It is over 2 years since we last saw any tights from the Oroblu Couture collection, far too long considering that we rated them as on a par with Wolford for quality.
To be honest when we saw that this latest style incorporated Lurex in the fibres we were not quite sure what to think, Lurex can make for rough hosiery that look tacky. First impression on opening the box were very positive however, for 40 denier tights these feel very light. Certainly the feel in the hand was not smooth and soft, but it was far better than we expected.
Visually things were better than anticipated too. On our black review sample the Lurex threads are silver which gives the whole a silver grey appearance, the Lurex fibres also looked quite fine. These tights are sheer to 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 stableappy shoes.
Sizing is on the generous side of accurate and the fit is very good. The harshness of the Lurex fibre is really only noticeable when you cross your legs, and then the sensation is not unpleasant.
Of course Lurex is about the look, and that will surely divide opinions. Our view is that at an evening event with 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 stableong lens didn’t help us to determine what caused these lines.
Lurex can it seems be classy but we would prefer a classic sheer.
31 March 2011