Today, we are most delighted to feature a review by one of our dearest friends, Petra Bellejambes. Petra is a Marketing Communications specialist for her day work, and a fashion, style, culture and lingerie enthusiast for her day dreams and night life. All of this comes together on her blog, Voyages en Rose.
One happy day last year a smartly dressed woman walked past me in a Macy’s and fully captured my attention. She was wearing a dress I own, and looked gorgeous, better than I certainly. I was happy for her, really. I did take mine to the seamstress to have it nipped in to somewhat clingier dimensions though, I must confess. So there. Apart from the fact that I now cannot breath very deeply and require assistance to descend from my Subaru, the dress looks hot, and I feel better.
But what really caught my attention was on her pretty legs. Black sheers, but sheers with a difference. Abundant gathers and folds of fabric draped and glimmered up from ankle strap and down from hemline, and this to me was an entirely new and entirely entrancing effect. Ruching works so well with dresses, tunic, scarves, and leggings, it amazed me that I had not seen it in a pair of sheers before. The look was so, O so right.
We passed, walking in opposite directions, and with me still smoldering with envy about the dress, I took too long to figure out that I needed to know where she found these splendid tights. I turned on heel, and she had vanished deep into the clearance racks or the recesses of a fitting room, never to be seen again.
I needed her tights. This I knew. I set out to find a pair, and was thwarted for months until I became acquainted with online hosiery vendor, Sock Theory. The Sock Theory vibe is very much American Apparel minus everything but the tights and other gear for the toes. Edgy fashion looks, fresh art direction, modest prices. Style on a budget which is key for a lousy budgeter like me.
And yes, happy day again, they had my Scrunchies! Out with the plastic, click through an easy going shopping cart process, add a couple of bucks First Class Domestic mail and for under $10.00 I was in business. The nice people at Sock Theory do have their act together. Two day delivery and a nice handwritten note. Top stuff really. And now, on to the tights themselves.
First off, they are available in a broad range of colors provided all of them are Pink. A very soft floral pink with a dusty sugary lightness to them. No black. Ah well, a gal cannot have everything, yes, and we do know how to rock pink after all.
Next, out of the package they come, all 8 feet long of them. These would have a shirred effect on the tallest girl on Planet Avatar. There is enough raw material for 3 pairs of tights, I swear. As to the fabric, well much better a hand feel than the price would indicate (especially considering just how much of the stuff there is). If you could stone-wash nylon, this is what you would get. If you could stone-wash nylon you would get a little frailty of fabric too, so be sure to buff your nails and heels before stepping into them.
Prepare to spend about 5 minutes per leg simply gathering them into your hands. Be seated. Put your phone on silent. It actually takes time and focus. For real. Do not pull leg #1 up to or past your knees. If you climb them up your legs in 6 inch increments, you will achieve better distribution of the extra fabric and the best possible effect.
And what effect do you get?
Dear friends, I am still a little perplexed. I cannot tell whether they are Hosiery Haute Couture or Hooker Come Hither. I am willing to concede in fact that they can be both, which would make these nylons even more unique than they appear to be. And in any event, I like the effect. They do look good, a little cheeky, audacious, confident and fashiony, and you are nearly certain to be the only girl in the room wearing a pair. Hooray fashionista!
What sort of wear should you get from them? Highly variable, and maybe not many nights out. The weave is loose, very loose, relative to typical sheers. The slightest graze of stubble will catch. Fingernail nicks will snag. Leaning into a car window to negotiate terms and conditions of a short “date” may get you stuck in the chrome trim or a door handle. Slight tears in the fabric will not run wildly though, and will be obscured by the ruched styling.
If you have a shop close by that stocks Music Legs hosiery, you may be able to find them more rapidly than I did. You might even be able to find them in black and other subtler shades. But you won’t be disappointed if you order the pretty pink ones from Sock Theory, and you will have to smile a little when you roll them out of the package, up your legs, and out the front door, whatever you have in mind for your busy evening, you saucy thing you.