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HYD Velo 7 Eco Skin Tights

These are the lightest of the first three styles of tights we received to review from HYD. You can read more about the brand on the review of the HYD Push Up 10 Tights.

At seven denier these are tights unashamedly aimed at summer wear where you want colour but not weight. And they are indeed light. At first, we thought we had picked up an empty packet, and that was with a size four pair.

The sizing is an exciting place to start. There are six sizes in all 1-XS to 4-XL. The main sizes are 1-XS to 4-L with 3-XM, and 4-XL added to provide extra hip and bottom space without more height. The sizing scheme has a lot in common with Fogal. As well as the table of heights and weights, there are national size lists, which are based on dress size. Our test pair came in size 4-L so should fit up to 5’10 (180cm) and 170lbs (80kg), or in dress sizes UK 16 or US 14…so they should be a good fit.

Most of the weight in the packet is the card and the bag. The only thing heavy about the tights in the scent which quickly subsides to a gentle perfume. A treat for all the senses then, fragrant and light and soft in hand.

Detailing is classic summer sheer. A sheer to waist, sandal toes, legs lightly shaped at calf and heel and a cotton-lined gusset. T-band detailing is used in the panty to give strength, but unlike with lesser brands, the tiny thong created by this detail is patterned around the hip area. Flat seams promise comfort and a wide waistband comfort and security.

Sizing is spot on, and the fit is like a second skin, as you would hope with summer tights they disappear, leaving only texture and colour.

The feel on your legs and to the touch is gorgeous, the fabric caresses your leg, and under the touch of your fingers, it feels smooth and soft. 

Unlike lesser summer tights these do not feel fragile or insubstantial. They feel more like a sheer light evening tight, and we love it.

If you like your pantyhose sheer and versatile, these are for you, sensibly priced too. Excellent!

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HYD Push Up 10 Tights

It isn’t very often these days that we receive tights from a brand that we haven’t seen or heard of previously. When that brand claims premium quality on a par with Wolford and Fogal it promises to be a treat. The supplier of the sample should know a thing about quality; they currently sell Fogal and have past connections to Wolford.

The three samples of tights we received from Luxury Legs give a snapshot of the range. One support tight in 70 denier, one is an ultra-sheer in 7 denier and the last is a ten denier control top style.

As we noted in the introduction to HYD, they are a Spanish hosiery company, but they make their tights in Italy. You can see at once that they are a little different from other brands when you check out the packaging; firstly like Fogal, there is no packet picture and their sizing if Fogal-like too. There are no fewer than six sizes. S/M and XL cover the same height ranges as M and L but catering for more weight. In addition to the height and weight-based charts, there is a table of international sizes based on dress size. Our test pair came in size 4 (L) which should fit up to 5’10, and the UK dress size 16.

First impressions? Well, it has to be the scent, there is a strong perfume so you may want to wash or at least air these tights before wearing them. The legs are light and soft, shaped at the heel and entirely sheer to the toe seam, the toe seam is well finished but not up to say Falke standards. The panty is a complete contrast, it is heavy and engineered for maximum shaping, unlike some control top pantyhose these are designed to do more than squeeze. The panty feature flat seams and a lined gusset.

As you slip these tights on you, feel like you are donning light summer sheer tights and a pair of cycling shorts at the same time. The sheerlegs feels sublime and seems to merge with your skin. The seven denier style promises to be amazing. If the legs flow over your skin, then the panty has to be dragged and pulled. Take care you don’t pull on the leg by mistake!. Luckily there is plenty of length in the leg, so the leg follows the panty without dragging.

Once on, the panty girdle feels similar to everything shaped and firmed without any flattening on your bottom.

Nothing this tight will ever be truly comfortable, but the sizing is spot on, and the fit is excellent. The look is great too, the legs add a perfectly even tan to your leg without drawing attention to your hosiery. The shaping top is the perfect foundation for clingy fashions. There is no need to wear any other underwear with these tights.

Worth £15? You bet, only slightly more expensive than similar tights from Pretty Polly and Aristoc but a class apart. High recommended!

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HYD Cosmetic 70 Support Tights

The supplier told us that these tights are like Wolford Miss W Tights. A bold claim on. It’s par with a car dealer telling you the little known brand he is selling is like a Bentley.

At £21 the price is undoubtedly Wolfordesque, and as it turns out, so is the detailing.

These support tights that are made with a reinforced toe and fully shaped knitted heel to give optimum fit. The panty is a boxer style control top that has flat seams and in smaller sizes a lined gusset. Out test pair in size 5 had a comfort gusset. Aside from the motif on the waistband is straight out of the Fogal or Gerbe catalogue, sewn on with a flat double seam and scallop top.

If there were no label, we would have guessed Wolford or Fogal as the maker.

One tiny criticism on sizing. The label had a V on it (Roman for five), but there is no size five on the chart. This instead suggests that manufacture was contracted out to a company more used to standard sizing rather than to HYD’s 1-4XL scheme. We assume five is 4XL, but that does leave us wondering how 3XL is labelled.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating of course, and with tights that translates to the wearing. As graduated support tights we thought they might be a challenge to put on, but they are not to difficult at all just put them on like regular tights only remember to set the heel correctly before working up the leg.

If you have larger than average feet, and if you are buying the largest/longest size then you might then you will be pleased to know that the foot length is generous so the heel will sit correctly. Incidentally, size 4XL/5 in intended to fit up to 5’10 (180cm) and 200lbs (95kg) and it does that with ease.

So generously sized and it turns out a good fit too, the shaping and high Lycra content ensure a skin-tight fit and the graduated compression is just enough to let you know they are there caressing you.

The heavy opaque boxer style brief does a great job of holding the tights in place, it is heavy and opaque, but it is not a shaping or control top, what it does is provide a smooth silhouette while removing the need for other underwear.

Of course, we wear tights not just to keep warm and aid circulation. We want to look good too, and here HYD Cosmetic 70 tights deliver. The look is semi-opaque more 30-40 denier than 70, the colour is perfectly even, and there is a soft sheen to the finish. And they feel soft too.

Very classy, great looking top-quality tights. Are they as good as Wolford Miss W Tights? No, they are better!

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