There are a couple of things you see. First, I am the Hosiery Editor here at Guilty Pleasures. Second, I have nothing in the way of impulse control. I have therefore literally hundreds of legwear choices at the start of each day, shades, styles and brands too from all compass and price points. It is fair to say that really, I do not have needs for more things to cover my knees. I am more likely in need of meds that will help me make decisions.
So with that said, dear friends, I do not live with the expectation of coming across a name that I want to try that I do not have a taste of already.
Enter Shapings and Introducing Platino. Much more to say on Shapings in a few paragraphs. Let’s start with Platino. A quick check with my handy Spanish-English dictionary tells me that Platino translates to Platinum. Good start. Platinum is smooth, lustrous and durable. Platinum is rare too, and never fails to engender a little healthy envy amongst those looking and touching but not quite owning the stuff. Fine recipe elements for great hosiery. Platino has been working on the recipe since 1921, and so should by now have the recipe right.
And now on to the packaging. Pictured is the usual perfectly shaped and certainly younger than I model’s torso, shapely, free of blemish and clad in nothing but the 15 denier sheers, but with a difference: absolutely no waistband. No darkening, no stitching, no elastic, no evident binding at tight top. Cleancut® says the package, and clean cut is the look. Tights with a difference.
Upon opening the package even the most seasoned hosiery writer/fiend is surprised by just how much of the weight of a typical pair of tights is in the waistband. The Platino’s are featherweight, and pour into one’s hand with gossamer, free, silky abandon. Carefully, thumbs down to sandal foot toe of the fully boarded leg, up and easily over calves, knees, thighs and the rest of me, the most slidingest, glidingest, begging-to-be-worn sheers I have ever felt. I am not given easily to superlatives, but honestly, the Platino’s wowed me.
The feel and finish are fabulous. Platinum, yes, pearl even, smooth, polished and absolutely free of friction. And comfortable, yes comfortable. As I write this post, a full 10 hours into my test drive, my legs are cool as can be. I would love to tell you that I know how and why things are this way, but the hard truth eludes me.
Some of the Platino lines employ yarn treatment called Hydrofil®, a nylon variant with extra-ordinary moisture wicking properties which should confer this feeling, but the Clean Cut 15’s do not. With typical tights, 32% Elastine or Lycra content would be a sauna on the leg and especially through the seat. Here the super-high super-stretchy Elastine merely confers a perfectly sound, resilient fit through a long day. The lycra-like content simply does not get a chance to heat up. Why? At the end of the day, or at many moment during the day, who cares? They work.
And now, dear patient and hopefully breathless friends, to the appearance. The Platino’s have real visual impact. The product description indicates that your legs will look as though dipped in oil. Perhaps this is an overstatement, but not by much. Lights bounces, contours shimmer, winking splendor from south of one’s hem. These are seen as well as felt. Captivating, moving and mesmeric, most effective if the effect you want is to draw a little extra attention. In a world where big dots, bold geometrics and lace are all the thing, a beautiful glossy sheer still stands out nicely.
A final word now on the waistband. Or lack of waistband. Supremely comfortable, and prone only to barely noticeable rolling. Pair them with your sleekest, seamless knickers. I recommend Commando or TC Intimates. And then pull on your most unforgiving skirt without a care in the world. I don’t quite understand how Platino does it, but having been raised Catholic, I am well accustomed to leaving the odd mystery alone. Especially when it works.
Let me finish today with words about Shapings. The people at Shapings live and breath hosiery. They occupy the rare air between dedication and obsession. They focus on European vendors who run tidy, fashionable businesses but simply do not have the wherewithal (or appetite) to take on the world and acquire the cache of marquee brands like Wolford or Falke. Shapings has sought out and found dozens of determined survivors like Platino who apply craft and care in the design and manufacture of terrific, innovative, fierce leg fashion. And then they went shopping with you and I in mind.
Shapings delivers quality at super prices too. My Platino’s retail for $14.00, and yet still wind up in a class of their own. Cecilia de Rafael’s that I have reviewed here glowingly are priced lower at Shaping’s than I have seen anywhere else. And without fail, the product assortment within brands I love, including Cette, Pierre Mantoux, and Trasparenze run almost ridiculously deep. Which only adds to my issues with impulse control, but more importantly makes for some great shopping value.
If you are looking for a trustworthy, hardworking vendor to help you round out your hosiery wardrobe, I encourage a visit. And if you are looking for an entirely new, fresh, compelling look for your legs, look no further than Platino.