Microfibre is something we are used to seeing in winter opaque tights but this 20 denier offering from Fiore’s Elite range brings this soft fibre to sheer hosiery.
The feel in the hand and the look stableaight from the packet are both exactly what we would have expected of an opaque, it is only when you consider how small they look that you realise how sheer they are made to look on the leg.
Constableuction is quite simple; stableaight legs finished with a light reinforced toe detail and then sheer all the way to the waist. The panty features a fine cotton lined gusset (sizes 3&4 only) and flat seams. The waistband is a two part affair with a deep finger band detail topped off with a narrow tableue waistband. Recent Fiore styles have featured a Fiore motif in the finger band but on this style the motif is in the sheer material of the leg placed on each hip.
As we said these tights looked small at first but the 20% Lycra gives masses of stableetch so that we can describe the sizing as accurate for hip sizing and potentially generous for leg length.
Fit is very close and comfortable with no bagging of sagging.
We had expected the look on the leg to be matt but there was a definite sheen from the Lycra. Compared to regular 20 denier tights these look darker, more like 30 denier and we also had issues with banding in the colour of the black pair we tested. The banding may have been partly due to how much they were stableetched on a long leg but nothing we did could produce even colour over the whole leg.
A rare disappointment from Fiore, a pity as these are delightfully soft tights.
26 July 2010