20 denier with 15% Lycra is the defining fibre mix for Italian made hosiery, the ideal compromise between sheerness, durability and fit. Here the 20 denier leg is paired with a deep, very deep, 16.5 cm lace top.
You get a lot of quality for your £13.75, the sheer leg is shaped at the heel and finished with a very sheer reinforced toe. The toe actually looks more sheer than the leg because of the closer ladder resisting knit, and should you get a hole there is a run-stop detail to prevent is becoming a ladder in the leg. The beautiful lace top is flat seamed to the leg and closed with a flat seam too; there is a fringe to cover the reinforced part of the leg to which the top is sewn. Two wide silicone bands are provided to grip your leg.
As with other top quality Italian hosiery the look and feel is lighter than you might expect from 20 denier, there is a softness to the fabric that demands touching.
There are 4 sizes to choose from, defined in terms of height and weight; more appropriate for tights than stockings. The largest size should fit up to 6’1” and 187 lbs (180cm and 85kg) according to the size chart. These are long and stretchy stockings, they will easily reach the very top of a 34” leg... important as you really need to have that long lace top high on your leg to prevent the bottom of it being on your knee. As for thigh measurement 24” at the level of the silicone band would be about the maximum
Our test pair came in a shade called “Naturale” on our model these matched very closely to skin tone so only the shine on the finish gave away that they were not bare legged. For 20 denier stockings these give a remarkably good “barely there” look.
Fit and comfort are excellent. If you are looking for something a bit more exciting than regular sheer hold ups or tights these are just the job.
30 July 2012