Princess Kate was certainly not at the head of the fashion pack. She has however managed by her celebrity to focus a world of attention and a zillion camera flashes on sheer tights. Little glints of synthetic sheen and sparkle have been seen flashing off gams as diverse and visible as Sarah Jessica Parker, Beyonce, and others up and down the A-Z list of glamorous globetrotters and want-to-be’s like you and me. I simply cannot compete with that crowd, and so am left in a bit of a quandary, posing hand on hip, the following question: Now that these girls are crowding me off of my nude sheer fashion corner, what on earth am I to do to attract just a little attention?
Color I propose, dear friends, is the answer.
Yes, color. Why do we not see more of it? Where are the sheers that rise above the level of novelty and find a home on legs not prone to hanging about in neon-lit nightclubs? Absent good fortune, abundant beauty and a huge shoe budget, what can I put on my legs to separate me from Kate Middleton in a favorable way?
Yes, color. I therefore went hunting. And I bagged some wonderful trophies that I will share with you here today and in a handful of posts down the road. To start the series I will talk a little about some gorgeous tights from Italian hosiery favorite Cecilia de Rafael. I’ll admit it. I paid full retail for my remarkable new look. Happily, you won’t have to. Read through to the end here to find out how 🙂
18% Lycra tights typically do not wick heat and moisture very well, but the 3D treatment creates a fibre that breathes nicely while being determinedly fixed on the leg. You can see all of that on the nude model above, and all of that magic is quite enough, but put a little dye in the mix, and all bets are off.
The visual effect is nothing short of mesmerizing. I cannot find a picture that really shows the true effect. The color swatches you will see online and immediately after pulling your new tights from the package are vivid, practically hot, but do not let this slow you down. These hot shades cool down and dissipate evenly as you stretch them up and over, leaving only the subtlest matte dusting of pretty pastel melted on your happy legs. They have a remarkable transparency which allow your all-important, all-mighty legs to maintain top billing. The Sevilla 521 is like a great supporting actress, never stealing scenes, always making the star look better than everyone else.
Love is never entirely about looks, so I will make mention of some other endearing qualities now. Flat seamed all around, smoothly, tightly finished. The invisible toe seams are clean, precisely cut. The waistband is broad, yielding and comfy. These are quality hallmarks, great indications of durability.
Versatility too. I never thought for a moment that these would be office appropriate. Wrong, wrong, and wrong againPetra! I picked out the lavender (pictured on the delirious author here) and the blushing pastel pink and went through a half dozen skirts before finding a look I wouldn’t take to work in broad daylight. Big date, little dress appropriate too, and bound to look stunning in night lights. All in all, a terrific value at $15.00, far exceeding my expecations of quality and appearance.
Cecilia de Rafael Sevilla’s and a whole host of gorgeous European hosiery brands including Trasparenze, Pierre Mantoux, Levante, Aristoc and others can be found at a new shopping venue for me Luxe Legwear.
The customer service was out of this world. They took the time to email me when I managed to fat-finger the wrong size into my shopping basket, and helped me fix the order up perfectly. In fact, I have Luxe Legwear to thank for suggesting that I was going to be happier with the Sevilla’s than I would have been with my original choices. Wonderful service from very real and involved people. Thanks Debbie!
When I wrote Luxe Leggings that I would be reviewing my happy findings here, they immediately suggested a little bonus for you. Your purchase at Luxe Leggings gets an additional 10% off simply by entering the discount code “Petra10” at check out.
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