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Somewhere in the mists of time I reviewed seamless hosiery in fairly glowing terms. Being both a tights advocate and an unashamed tech-geek girl, two of my favorite things came together in a gossamer web on my legs:
Eye catching leg fashion and
Super sweet advances in technology.
Seamless tights do not change much about what is happening south of ones hemline, but make a big difference around the equator. Comfort for starters. And importantly an absolutely clean finish beneath clingier dresses, skirts and pants.
Friends at Hosieree (also reviewed here, and lookie over here) sent around some new entries from their vast online assortment for review. The Hosieree house brand Seamless Angel 15’s stood out in the pack and make for a great compare with legwear giant Wolford’s Fatal 15 Seamless sheers. Lets roll!
1st big difference. I paid full retail for the Wolfords, and the Hosieree offering is a gift, and you ought to know that. I am a little ashamed at paying full retail for anything, but I do make exceptions for Wolford. They make genuinely beautiful garments and sell them in super retail environments, but they do come at a premium. Which in part makes for difference # 2.
Price. The Angel is a full 33% less expensive than the Fatals. Not a fatal difference, but the girl on a budget has to care about these things, yes?
Lets take the purse off the table and talk tights now. Starting at the toe just the way we pull ‘em up.
The Wolford has a shadow reinforcement at the toe, where the Hosieree offering does not. Less is more in this case. The shadow reinforcement does not offer really anything extra in terms of run resistance, and entirely takes any sort of peep toe or sandal styles out of your outfit mix. Minor thing, but you oughta know.
Bigger deals emerge at the heel now. The Wolford is half-boarded, and the Hosieree offering is fully boarded. This is a small but important manufacturing step that Hosieree has gone the extra mile on. Half boarded tights does not cradle the heel and distribute stress like a fully boarded tight does. And we do put a little extra stress on all of our footwear at the heel. It is not the softest part of your foot. It also causes the sheers to expand to a bigger degree than your nicely even calves. Under normal circumstances, you will get longer wear from fully boarded tights. Points to Hosieree here.
Through the crotch, both offerings have all the glidey, comfy, no lines, no bunching gusset virtues of seamless sheers, but they treat the waist line a little differently. The Wolford has a traditional rest at natural waist, well above the panty shape to them. The sewn-on band has broad, mesh elastic construction that works, works really well in fact.
I totally love the Hosieree Angel approach though. Super-hipster. They sit pretty much where your thong sits, straddling the hip and staying put there. Cut-outs, low drapey backs, really any fashion look that runs a risk of going whale-tail on you will still work perfectly with this Angel. For those of you who have worn anything from Commando tights before, the material and effect here is very similar, except for the low-line hipster fit of the Angels. Love ’em. Again, the Wolford decision is not a bad one, just one that rules out a couple of outfit choices.
Angel hipster waistband
Both offerings at 15 Denier have a matte finish which provides subtle, dressy coverage, no undue sheen, just a good cosmetic look for a nice night out or a slightly amped up look at the office. They do differ pretty wildly in material though, which changes the feel considerably.
The Wolford is 85/15 Nylon/Elastane where Hosieree weighs in at 65/35. Elastane is the synthetic stretchy stuff that allows one shape to fit some many other shapes. I am a tall girl, 5’ 10”. Most of me is leg, so stretch counts. Elastane and other such synthy stuff can be treated differently than Nylon and in addition to providing loads of stretch, it can change the feel of the fabric considerably.
The Wolford feels sleek and polished. My Angels feel smooth and warm. Just a little softer on the leg. This is a matter of personal preference surely, not good or bad. Angels are intended to be good though, so for a change, I am going for angelic.
Wolford wins in terms of color range offering 7 shades across the usual pale to black continuum with Hosieree offering 3, and lightish Natural, a midnight Nero and the Daino in between. I have tested the Daino, and pale as I am, they blend nicely and match tons of wardrobe and shoe choices for me.
Each pair have been through 3 wash and wear cycles and are holding up super-well. This comes in part from care. Buff and file those nails and soles. Pretty please do a hand laundering with a non-detergent agent suitable for intimates. Hang on to the packaging so you can reach for the right pair when the day calls for it. Go look special and feel that way too.
2 thumbs up for both, but my thumbs have a little smiley on them for the Hosieree Angels. (p.s. Wolford, I still love you).
You will find a vast assortment of angelic and devilish legwear priced for any budget and ready for fast shipping at Hosieree.com. A visit is highly recommended.