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Oroblu Unique 20 Seamless Tights

Ask our reviewers what type of tights excite them the most, and they will all have a favourite. Then they will say “and of course top quality sheers” before remembering sheer seamless tights and starting to recount when they first tried a pair. However, as you will see if you read our page dedicated to seamless tights, new seamless styles don’t come along very often and sadly seldom stay around long. So today is an exciting day, a new seamless sheer from Oroblu.

Called “Unique”, they follow a similar formula from other leading brands. 20 denier with 17% Lycra in the legs and 11% Lycra in the waistband. It’s made in four sizes to fit up to 5’11” (180cm) and 187lb (85kg). As the fibre composition hinted at, these tights are made in two parts the leg and crotch area, which are sheer, and a heavier waistband sewn on with a flat seam; not a construction we have seen before. The legs are entirely sheer to the toe seam and lightly shaped at the heel.

Unlike other seamless tights we have tried, these are far more like conventional tights in the leg, and they feel far more robust. Seamless tights tend to look short in the leg, and these are no exception, but there is simply masses of stretch, and a 34″ leg is easily catered for by the largest size. In addition, the strong stretch fabric fills you with confidence. Not much heavier than the Pierre Mantoux seamless, they are many times more robust.

What we like about seamless tights is the way they follow every curve for a perfect fit. These are no exception; the fit is second to none. The waistband sits on your waist even if you are of a fuller figure, and the clever shaping hugs the curves of your hips, as well as the sheer panty, follows the curves of your bottom.

Creative knitting means they are sheer below the waistband, not even the tiny lines you see on Wolford Fatal. Perfect even colour with a matt finish to flatter. Smooth and soft to the touch, too, once warmed up a little The sexiest seamless tights ever? Maybe Pierre Mantoux still hold that title, the most practical for everyday wear? Most certainly! If you are taller than average, then these are perhaps the first seamless tights made for you.

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Oroblu Stefany Tights

Tights that give the visual impression of leggings worn over sheers are nothing new. We have seen them several times over the past couple of years from several manufacturers. What makes these stand out is that they arrive just when the fashion world is looking back to the 1980s, the decade that inspired this look. Fashion is all about timing, and this is where style is now.

The initial visual impression is quite strange. The leggings part is heavy opaque, and well, just like a pair of leggings. Then the sheer parts hang down like two little afterthoughts seemingly out of scale being un-stretched. The construction is quite simple forward. The light sheer lower legs are straight and finished with a sandal toe. With just a few decorative bands and the top of the calf. The “leggings” are entirely plain and finished with flat seams and a cotton-lined gusset, typical of any good quality 80 denier opaque.

Oroblu make this design in three sizes. The sizing is accurate but with enough stretch to cope if you are slightly taller than the size chart recommends. The fit is perfect throughout, and we were particularly pleased to find that the change of weight below the knee was not noticeable. You can feel the difference with some control top/sheer leg hosiery, and there is visible bulging.

The Colour is perfectly even throughout, and the strong contrast between opaque and sheer does give the impression of leggings over sheers with just the five bands at the top of the sheer parts giving away the fact this is one garment.

Those five bands are the one area that caused us a minor concern. In case you are not aware, tights and stockings are knitted as a spiral tube. Most of the time, you would not be able to tell that each line of stitches was not a closed circle. And even where there is a change from sheer to opaque the slight “step” is not so easily spotted. If, however you try to knit in darker hoops that are just 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 stitches deep, as these are, then the misalignment is quite apparent. Mainly as the “steps” are all lined up vertically.

Not a big issue from a distance. But again because of the way a pair of tights is made, by sewing to identical halves together. You will find that however you put them on, this misalignment will be on the front of one leg and the back of the other and highly visible to anyone sat opposite. That one small gripe aside, these are well made. Good quality and very stylish tights. They combine all the benefits of sheers to show off your shapely calf and ankle and opaques to keep you warm and protect your modesty. Sensibly priced at £10.95 too.

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Oroblu Shakira Tights

As you can imagine, after running this site for so many years, we have seen a lot of hosiery; and a lot of attempts to male something that stands out. So for us to be wowed by the design of a pair of tights is quite something. And that before we even open the packet!

Don’t be in too much of a hurry to release these tights from their packet though. The exciting pattern on the back of the leg can be prone to sticking to the plastic bag in which these tights are enclosed within the outer cardboard packet. Pull too hard and too fast, and the fine 20 denier material may get damaged. Beware too of sticking to the card. These are sheer to waist tights with just the narrowest t-bar reinforcement on either side of the flat seams and around the gusset.

The finger band provides a strong transition from sheer panty to the deep plain waistband. The legs were a bit of a surprise, being both straight and finished with a reinforced toe detail; at nearly £20, we anticipated a shaped heel and sandal toe.

Oroblu only makes this style in 3 sizes, and we thought that our L/XL size looked very short. With 22% Lycra, there should be plenty of stretch. But before you start pulling the legs to add some length, stop! Put your hand down each leg in turn. They are beautifully soft and run your finger up the pattern, and you will find it has stuck to itself in places, tease out all these little adhesions before stretching.

All the care and effort are well worth it. The fit is like a second skin, and the finish has a gorgeous sheen to it. As basic sheer tights, they are up there with the best. The seam detail adds another dimension entirely, and it looks likes 3d design that is part of your leg rather than part of the pair of tights you are wearing.

If you want tights to show off your perfectly “tanned” legs and cause the maximum envy among your friends, these are the tights. Not so much “following the newest fashion trends” as creating a new trend.

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Oroblu Riga Seamed Tights

A quick review of the various styles of seamed tights on the market reveals that most brands add the seamed design to one of their sheer (10-15 denier) styles. Oroblu chose 20 denier, something we have only seen before from Wolford. Not bad company to be in!

There are three sizes, small, medium and large/extra-large. Extra-Large is expected to cover an incredible range of heights and weights. First impressions are excellent. The feel in hand is smooth and soft like fine silk. There is a fluid quality to how they move. A more detailed inspection reveals a lightly reinforced toe detail. Far sheerer than the reinforced sole that runs around the shaped heel and ends with a pyramid detail.

The seam is quite delicate and has none of the traditional three thread seam impacts that we saw from Cervin recently. The seam runs from the top of the heel pyramid to gust below gusset level. The panty has a cotton gusset, flat seams and T-band reinforcement, all topped off with a plain waistband.

The strength, stretch and quality of these tights was very apparent as our model tried them on. All that Lycra has been used more for fit than for stretch. So a deal of patience is needed to get them on if you are near the top end of the sizing. To be expected with the L/XL size covering such a range. Take a little time, though, and you are rewarded with a superb second-skin fit, but watch the sizing. If you are near the top end of the L/XL size range, you may find them a little snug.

We are pleased to say a seam that runs perfectly straight up the back of your leg. The seam is clear, sharp and distinct too. The foot is big enough and has enough stretch for the pyramid detail to show over your shoes, even if you have larger than average feet.

A very flattering look on the leg with enough strength and durability for you to be able to keep bringing these tights out for all your “little black dress” parties through the colder months. Excellent quality, great style, great price!

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Oroblu Repos 70 Tights

We liked the Oroblu Repos 40 tights, and this 70 denier version certainly matches the former for the volume of information on the packet. These tights do, too; support, massage, aromatherapy, brew tea, wash the dishes (well, not entirely; we made the last two up to see if you are paying attention!)

There are five sizes available from Small to Maxi via Medium, Large and Extra Large; and three colours, Black, Music (purple, which is right on trend for the season) and Nude. We tested the Large size in black. 

First impressions. Well, there is none of the weight that we would expect of 70 denier tights. You would almost swear you had 40 denier semi-opaque sheer to waist tights in your hand. Both from the look and the weight. While considering the unexpected look and feel, another sense was awoken, smell. Not an easy scent to fully identify, but there is undoubtedly some lavender in there. Although thankfully not enough to make you smell like an old lady.

Detailing is of outstanding quality. Reinforced toes with a run stop detail from stopping holes spreading into the legs, legs shaped at the heel, sheer to waist, flat seams and in the most petite four sizes, a cotton gusset. The deep waistband is above a very narrow finger band. And there are little reinforced areas on either side of the panty seams.

You first become aware of the graduated compression when you start to bunch up the tights to put them on; it is almost unnoticeable at the top of the thigh but so strong at the ankle that you won’t get hands and foot in there at the same time. Our tester had to revise their tried and tested method of putting on tights and use just thumbs to stretch the material over their feet.

Fortunately, these are very strong tights made of suitable quality stretch fibres, and they will take some rough handling. All that stretch and strength means you get a perfect fit, and you can take a few liberties with the sizing too, but our advice is to take care to buy the right size for you if you can to avoid being overly constricted. 

There is not much support in the panty, but the lower leg compression is quite fierce but refreshing. Your legs will feel different within minutes. The look on the leg is that of a semi-opaque, and the colour is even if you take care to smooth the material evenly. Close to the heavy fibre is quite visible, but the finish looks smooth from a few steps away.

If you like slightly heavier hosiery and you are on your feet a lot, these are the perfect tights for you. They feel like they will forever be good value.

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Oroblu Repos 40 Tights

We have criticised tights packets in the past for not giving enough information. There is no way you can level that criticism at these tights from Oroblu. If anything, we would say that the wealth of technical knowledge is so overwhelming that you could forget to consider how they look and feel.

First impressions are excellent, and the quality is immediately apparent when you open the packet. The appearance of quality persists as you take them off the card. They feel smooth and soft, yet strong and durable. Sheer to waist with shaped legs and heels and a reinforced toe. The brief is finished with flat seams and a cotton-lined gusset (sizes I-IV only, size V has a comfort rear panel).

The waistband is about 4cm deep and attached to the body with a narrow finger band which is contiguous with a narrow band of reinforcement on either side of the central seam. The toe is constructed for stable length and avoids compression of your toes, not tights to wear with open-toe shoes.

Our test pair looked relatively short, the 18% Lycra provided plenty of stretches, though. And we never felt any danger of ladders stretching them beyond the quoted size. You are left with no doubt that these are designed to support. The compression feels so tight at first that you doubt you can get them over your feet once you get them to your ankles, though they are a delight to put on and the feeling turns to one of a firm embrace on your legs. Very comfortable and a perfect fit from hip to toe.

You would never convince anyone that you had bare legs, these are 40 denier tights, after all, but by the same score, they do not look like support tights. The look is far more like a 30 denier matt fashion tight. The sheer to waist construction means you could wear any length of skirt or shorts. And if you wear them for a date, even your closest friends will not know they are support tights.

If you are on your feet a lot, these tights are for you, and even if you are not, the invigoration of your legs makes it worth trying a pair. As for the aromatherapy fragrance, they had the scent familiar on many styles of tights from Levante. Very good quality tights and a sensible price

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Oroblu Intrigo 20 Tights

This is anything but a new style, but we have struggled to get a pair for review for some reason. On the first inspection, they have been worth the wait. There is an unmistakable feel of quality to these tights from Oroblu, right up with Wolford and Fogal. In your hand, they feel smooth, strong and more substantial than your typical 20 denier tights.

Detailing is first-rate with small, lightly reinforced toes, shaped legs, flat seam and a lined gusset. Sheer to the waist, of course, with strengthening either side of the panty seam and below the waistband. In the seaming that the extra shaping is provided, a slight V in the waistband and finger band draws the seem up between the cheeks of your bum. A detail we have seen just once before with La Perla Shape Tights.

When you come to put these tights on, you get a slight surprise, they feel almost like light support tights, and you need to be quite forceful to stretch them over your foot. You can be forceful, too, as these are perfect quality tights that have lots of stretches.

Fit is fantastic from hip to toe, skin tight and smooth. As for the shaping around your bottom, it works subtly but effectively defining your cheeks. Smooth and shiny on the leg with perfect even colour, the look is as good as the feel. The reinforced toe is essentially invisible once on.

No complaints about sizing, which is accurate to slightly generous. You may need to work a little to get all the length you need if you are very leggy. The stretch and strength are there, though.

Excellent tights that we can’t see any way of improving. Aside from a broader range of deniers and colours, maybe. Yes, we are greedy! We had a slight misfortune with our test pair. At the edge of the seam around the gusset, the fabric failed, perhaps due to the extra stresses caused by the shaping, but fortunately, the damage was restricted to the reinforced strip and did not run into the leg. And that is why that reinforcement is there!

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Oroblu Dolcevita 15 Tights

The description ticks all the right boxes, and the price is reasonable too. Have we found a new hot contender in our favourite 15 denier category? First impressions are excellent, and these tights feel smooth, light and soft. Opening them out, you can see that the sheer to the waist with legs shaped at the heel and the most lightly reinforced sandal toe.

In the panty, there are flat seams with a very narrow band of reinforcement on either side that runs into a shallow finger band. The cotton-lined gusset and flat seams should help significantly with fit and comfort, as should the very deep (5 cm) waistband.

Five sizes are available from Small through XL to Maxi, with each size adding more height and weight. We tested size IV/XL, which is Euro size 44-46. The sizing is spot on with enough stretch and strength to go beyond the suggested sizes if necessary. The fit is excellent, and the colour on the leg perfectly even.

The finish on the leg has a slight sheen, even a sparkle in direct sunlight. Far more subtle than the likes of Falke Seidenglatt, these tights will appeal to those who prefer their hosiery to be less shiny but find a matt finish unflattering. Very much on a par with Kunert Moonlight but at a lower price. If you can’t find these tights anywhere and are not widely available, the Kunert is a good alternative.

The tights live up to their billing. But they are nothing so durable as the Falke or the Kunert. Our test pair laddered late in the day, and £5 is a lot to pay for one day of wear. The Falke Seidenglatt last for months.

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Oroblu Couture Luxury 40 Lurex Tights

It is over two years since we last saw any tights from the Oroblu Couture collection, far too long, considering that we rated them on par with Wolford for quality.

When we saw that this latest style incorporated Lurex in the fibres, we were unsure what to think. Lurex can make for rough hosiery that looks tacky. The first impression on opening the box was very positive; however, for 40 denier tights, these feel very light. Indeed, the feel in hand was not smooth and soft, but it was far better than we expected.

Visually things were better than anticipated too. The Lurex threads are silver on our black review sample, which gives the whole a silver-grey appearance. The Lurex fibres also looked quite OK. These tights are sheer to the waist, feature a lightly shaped heel and have a little shaping at the heel. The panty is finished with flat seams and a cotton-lined gusset. There is a small Oroblu motif on each hip.

Closer inspection reveals that although the toe is the same weight as the rest of the leg and panty, there is a run stop. Fortunately, far enough back and pale enough not to be too visible with strappy shoes. The sizing is on the generous side of accuracy, and the fit is perfect. The harshness of the Lurex fibre is only noticeable when you cross your legs, and then the sensation is not unpleasant.

Of course, Lurex is about the look, and that will indeed divide opinions. Our view is that at an evening event with a black dress and shoes, this particular style would add a touch of bling without crossing the boundary of good taste. Our review sample would not go to the party, though, as there were distinct pale lines up each leg from ankle to knee. A close look under a strong lens didn’t help us to determine what caused these lines. Lurex can seem to be classy, but we would prefer a classic sheer.

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Oroblu Cherie Tights

Those of us with long memories will recall that lace pattern hosiery was very much the in-thing in the mid-1980s. We liked them then, and we want them now too. So how do the current designs stand up? The construction of these tights is quite simple, with straight legs with a basic toe seam, lace pattern from the toe to the plain 2cm deep waistband. A flat central seam and a cotton-lined gusset for comfort and hygiene. Nicely made and of good quality.

The lace pattern is in the style of a climbing rose on an excellent net background. The feel in hand is surprisingly soft. No reason why they should not be soft, of course. Just the way they looked created an expectation.

There are four sizes available, covering most figures and heights from 4’ 9” to 5’11”. Our friends at UKTights stock all four sizes. There is a choice of 1 colour; cream. The sizing is accurate with enough stretch to go a little beyond the suggested sizing; at least in length, the panty is less generous than the legs. Fit is perfect, a significant improvement on the 1980s design, when lacy tights meant sagging at knee and ankle and regular pulling up.

The lace background to the design is far more apparent on the leg, but if you are a few feet away, the laciness gives way to a slight shine. The lace look is not for everyone, and cream is not the most flattering colour if your legs are a little on the heavy side, but we like these tights. Perfect as part of a fashionable summer outfit, ideal as bridal hosiery and limited edition, you shouldn’t find all your friends wearing the same.

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