||Andrea Bucci LYCRA®FUSION™ fibre Ladder Resist Opaque Tights
||Medium (I’m a US dress size 6)
|Color Comments (if applicable)
||Classic black – nothing to report (though these come in several other subtle shades, too).
||There’s no getting around it – these just look like a standard pair of opaques. But the matte finish looks velvety to the eye and there is no ugly reinforcing to be seen. Then when I put them on, the finish looks even better on the leg – a smooth, even appearance that hides a multitude of sins.
||7/10 – nothing wrong with them, just nothing stand-out, either.
||The feel is where these really come into their own. Super soft on the skin, it’s easy to feel the difference between these and cheaper opaques on the market. Not only are these a thick 80 denier, they’re run resistant too, and the durability is easy to detect. Overall, a really lovely feel that’s as comfy at 9 at night as it is when I slip these on at 7am.
|Feel out of ten
||The fit was as expected – a medium was perfect, with plenty of stretch but no sagging. I’m used to wearing control top opaques, so the waistband did feel a little loose at first, but there was no rolling and I soon got used to the slightly different feel of a non-control top. These only come in two sizes, though, so make sure you check the size guide to ensure you can get a size that will be right for you.
|Fit out of ten
|Value for Money Comments
||At $19.95, these are a mid range opaque and I think that’s a fair price point – there are probably opaques of a better quality on the market, but these are certainly worth the extra money compared to standard everyday opaques.
|Value for Money out of ten
|So, Does it Work?
||I have worn these A LOT since I first got them and they don’t show any signs of snags or wear at all. I’m not saying they won’t rip if you really yank them, but so far these seem pretty immune to frequent wear and hectic schedules.
||I actually really like these opaques – as a classic everyday option or a slightly-better-than-your-usual-opaques option for a dinner or night out, these work. The finish, design and feel all scream classic – but if classic’s not quite your style, you can get busy with a pair of scissors and customise them, because thanks to their run resistant fibres they’ll never run! Check out our tips for customization inspiration.
|Any Tips or Care Instructions?
||Wash on a cool wash and don’t dry on a radiator or heater, as this can break the elastane fibres and will eventually stop them from being run resistant.
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Brr! Temperatures are beginning to fall quickly now, so for the last week hot chocolates and extra layers have been our best friends here at Alex Blake HQ. But wrapping up warm needn’t mean that you sacrifice style as we’ve started to stock up on some rather fab winter warmers – just take a look!
Black opaques are the epitome of chic, meaning no hosiery drawer is complete without a pair. We love how Hannah has teamed hers with on-trend leather and a cosy sweater.
For statement legs this season, dress legs in the Gingham OTK Tights from quirky Brit designer Henry Holland. Far easier to style than you may think, you can either dress them down like Nix or wear to the office with heels and a smart shift dress.
Keep legs snug and cosy this season in the Pretty Polly Supersoft Tights. As the name suggests, these feel fabulous once on and will instantly ‘winter proof’ those flirty hemlines.
Essential for the party season, netted tights will add elegance (and warmth!) to that LBD or cocktail dress. Keep it classic with a plain black pair, or venture into more colorful territory with the Rita Fishnet Tights from Trasparenze.
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Anne Hathaway was spotted just last week in LA in some really catty tights. The popular actress wore a silvery pair of cheetah print tights while out celebrating her birthday a little early. Hathaway was absolutely glowing, with some black shorts, a tailored coat, black ankle boot heels, and an eye-catching statement necklace. Her pair of tights are wonderfully versatile thanks to that subtle cheetah print, and she did a great job of dressing them up!
If you’re looking for something really wild, then Jonathan Aston’s Wild Tights are a no-brainer. I love these tights because they add a lot of sass without a lot of effort. They can instantly take you from serious work attire to flirty after-work drinks outfit. They’re really bold without being over-bearing and give off an aura of confidence.
Don’t want to settle for the classic brown cheetah print? No problem, go for Pamela Mann’s Leopard Footless Tights. These leggings come in black and white for a truly unique look. Dress them down with some black shorts, like Anne Hathaway, but add a more casual top and some simple boots.
Don’t be scared of these bold tights – they’re easier to wear than you think! Just make sure your outfit is free of any prints that might make your outfit too loud. Cheetah print tights are really great for party outfits, but play around with some everyday or work looks.
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Fall is here, with rain and wind and everything in between. And with the holidays fast approaching, fashionistas all over are wondering how on earth they’re going to find the perfect office-to-bar outfit to take them from work to all those festive parties. Fear not, fashion bunnies, for we have the perfect solution – day to night tights that will keep you feeling warm and looking hot, hot, hot no matter the occasion (or weather). So read on for our pick of the best styles to get you from desk to disco quicker than you can say nine to five…
The festive season often calls for a little sparkle in our sartorial choices. If you’re rocking shimmer at the office, choose something like the Moulin Rouge Metallic Seam Tights or the Startburst Tights from Jonathan Aston – both of which are perfect for adding just a touch of twinkle without making you look like a Christmas tree. Style with a chic pencil skirt during day to minimize the glitz on show and then switch to cocktail shorts and a vixen red lip for a fashion forward evening look.
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Colored tights are perfect for breaking up the boring black of your work closet, but choosing something that’s more Coco Chanel than Coco the Clown can prove tricky. Go for toned down rather than bright and bold to make it work for you – we love the Mary Portas Satin 80 Tights in Daring Damson and the Falke Seidenglatt 70 in Holly. Wear with a demure wrap dress in complementary hues for office hours, then pair with a patterned mini for a swinging 60s style when the clock strikes five.
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Pared Down Patterns
Patterns are nothing to be scared of – as long as you keep it chic they’ll work as well for that scary client meeting as they will for hours of number crunching. The Charnos Opaque Floral Tights are gorgeously feminine and will ensure all eyes remain on your lovely legs- or polka dot tights are a classic design that will go with everything you own. Wear with a skater dress, sweet pumps and blazer for day, then swap for a clinging bodycon midi dress and sky high platform for a fierce after-dark look.
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With Halloween done and dusted, it’s only a matter of time until Thanksgiving. Which then means Christmas is round the corner…! But before we get carried away with glitter and Christmas trees, we’re still the most of our autumnal hosiery collection here at Alex Blake HQ. Just have a look for yourself
Swoon! We adore the Sheer Heart Tights from Pamela Mann. Suzanne shows us that they add a pretty touch to skirts and flats but we think they’ll look great worn with a LBD and heels!
Trusty and weather-proof, we can’t live without our black opaques. If you feel the same, make like Hannah and purchase the Jonathan Aston 40D Opaque Tights.
Seeking to add a little fun to your work wear? Nix shows us that a little bit of color goes a long way in her colored opaques. Other on trend shades this season include burgundy and forest green.
Another simple way to jazz up understated outfits are patterned tights. Nix teams her Charnos Diamond Stripe Tights with knee high boots and a flirty hemline.
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