I think we all know that specific patterns can change the way we perceive shape and size. For example, vertical stripes make you look taller, hoops make you look wider, and checks have an enlarging effect.
There are opaque tights, and then there are truly warm winter opaque tights, and these are intended to be the latter. Pretty Polly describes the fibre as “a blend of premium natural fibres”.
With all the fancy expensive natural fibres like angora and cashmere being used to promote warm opaque hosiery this winter, it is quite a surprise to see tights made of synthetic polyester.
Angora Tights from Pretty Polly of Derbyshire England. Luxurious hosiery with the most expensive natural fibres handcrafted in England. Read the back of the packet carefully, and you see first of all that these tights are made in Turkey.
The feel in hand is undoubtedly that of “nylons”. The legs do not look over long, and the feet look very short. The seam is a woven-in pattern that stops short of the panty area. The panty is finished with flat seams and a cotton-lined gusset.
Our recent reviews of Pretty Polly have been rather negative, so we thought we should push another style up the queue and see if we could say something positive. One thing to clear out of the way straight away is the idea that these tights in any way replace socks.
These tights are supplied in an open packet, so if you buy in a high street store, you can both see and feel them before you buy. But of course, you will be buying online and anyway, your legs should neither look nor feel like white cardboard.
It is great to see a piece of actual British invention. Still, the innovation is quite hard to see too. So setting aside those initial negative thoughts, what are these tights like? Well, they are, in essence, a pair of mixed weight tights not unlike what we have seen before except that rather than mimicking a pair of hold-ups.
Unlike their 15 denier equivalent, these tights come in the more usual wide packet. The other significant difference aside from the denier of the legs is the panty style, which is styled low leg rather than the high leg.
Not to be confused with Pretty Polly Cool Occasion Tights that use a unique fibre mix to keep you cool, these are 100% nylon tights that deal with the problem of crotch ventilation by the simple expedient of having an opening where the gusset would typically be found.