Fashion tights are all well and good. But for sheer class and style, nothing really beats a top-quality pair of sheer tights. Regular readers will know that many of our favourite sheer tights are 15 denier styles from German and Italian makers. It is perhaps the most competitive part of the luxury hosiery market. Although of course, recent price hikes from more ordinary makers mean that these “luxury” tights from Max Mara are cheaper than many, if not most, fashion styles.
So what do you get for £12.95? Well, you get sheer to waist tights made with sandal toes, shaped heels, flat seams and in the smallest 3 sizes a lined gusset. In short, pretty much everything we look for in sheer tights.
You also get perfect even colour, great fit on the legs, a soft finish and a general feel of quality.
Some care is needed in choosing the correct size. The four sizes cover a wide range of heights and weights. But a good half of the total range is covered by size 4. With Max Mara, this is an XL size with a comfort rear gusset. The sizing is accurate. But the comfort gusset felt rather loose in the seat and struggled to stay up through a day of wear. As is often the case with Italian tights with a comfort gusset, we would suggest trying a Large size (3) if you can. The stretch of size 4 suggests size 3 should cope with weights up to 80kg (176lb) and heights up to 180cm (5’11”).
Would we put these tights in preference to 15 denier rivals like Falke Seidenglatt 15 or Falke Pure Shine 80? No, but if we couldn’t get the Falke or we wanted a colour that we could only get with Max Mara Madrid tights, we would be 100% content to wear these instead.