Cecilia de Rafael Product Reviews
Cecilia de Rafael has always been known for their incredible sheer tights (meaning see-through). Commonly abbreviated as CdR, their massive range is legendary in both the company’s birthplace of Spain and in the UK too! CdR goes above and beyond creating a comfortable yet stylish tights for both everyday uses and for those times you need some fashion in your life.
If you would like to see more from CdR, visit the website here.
First impressions are very positive; very light, soft and smooth in hand with an attractive sheen and sparkle. A strong contender both regarding quality and price, right up with Falke Seidenglatt and Kunert Moonlight 15 Tights on our all-time favourites list.
They may look small but there is an endless stretch, and that makes them a delight to put on. When you release the material, it merges with your skin to give a finish like oil or an excellent varnish. All shine and colour, very little tights.
Although not designed as support tights, you can feel a delicate squeeze on your lower leg as you put them on and this will help keep your legs fresh during the day sitting or standing. The Lycra in fibre provides a perfect fit and plenty of stretch.
There are a variety of ways of closing seamless tights and the use a method similar to the likes of Wolford, where the direction of knit changes to give, faint diagonal lines in the crotch area.
Some tights are made for a specific season, and some go further and even tell you on the packet which season. These, in particular, are summer tights. It is a bright sunny day, and we didn’t need any more excuses to try them.
Much as we like fashion tights, we also do love it when sheer tights arrive for review. Here we have ten denier tights made in Italy for a Spanish brand. We would hope this means they looked to Italy for exceptional quality.
There was a time when hosiery meant stockings and stockings intended a seam down the back of the leg. Back then the seam was a necessity; now even though tights, pantyhose and stockings can be made, and frequently are made, without a seam, the seam still appears as a design feature from time to time.
While contemplating our reaction to the colour, we realised that we were running our fingers through the material. It was so smooth and soft it took a while to register!
The “Fusion” name come from the use of Lycra Fusion fibre, which is designed to prevent runs forming. The prevention of runs is vital in sheer summer tights like these, which intend to give a tanned bare leg look.