Review Wednesday: Wolford Dazzle Tights

 The name Wolford is associated with luxury, class, and elegance but when people first discover the brand they often wonder, “Why exactly do these stockings cost so much?”  After all, hosiery is hosiery, right?  And cheap pair of tights from the drugstore should cover your legs just as well as those from the department store, right?

Well…yes and no.  While all legwear pretty much serves the same function (to cover your legs), it’s not all created equally.  Think of it as the difference between a Kia and a BMW.  They’re both cars.  They’ll both get you from Point A to Point B.  But one is just a car while the other is an experience.  Wolford is, without a shadow of a doubt, the BMW of nylon.

While Wolford has dozens of items in its permanent Basics collection, the brand also releases special collections every season.  These limited edition items are only available for a few months, and once gone, they’re gone forever.  The Wolford Dazzle tights, which I’m reviewing here, are from this season’s line.

 Available in two colors, black and hibiscus (this is the color I own, and I just call it “raspberry”), these tights are a variation on the classic fishnet design.  They’re composed of an 81% nylon, 19% elastic blend and come in two sizes, small and medium, fitting a maximum height of 5’8″ and maximum hip measurement of 42″.  They retail for $55/pair and unlike most hosiery, are rarely ever on sale or eligible for discounts.

My first impression of the tights is that felt rather…light.  The fishnet weave is wide enough and the fibers are delicate enough, that it almost felt like I wasn’t holding anything when I removed the tights from their package.  My second impression, after putting them on, is that these tights are extraordinarily stretchy.  I think they could accommodate at least another inch or two and probably another three inches in the hips…good news for folks who don’t quite fit into a medium on the size chart.  My third impression was that these tights are a little…uncomfortable.  With most Wolford hosiery, I wear it and forget it.  With these, I was aware of them most of the day; something about the pattern made them a little more distracting than regular fishnets on my legs.

Here’s the verdict: While I’m more than happy to spend money on great lingerie, these didn’t wow or impress me.  They’re nice, as all Wolford hosiery is, but they’re not worth the premium.  I’d spend the money on pair of their basic pantyhose or fishnet tights before picking these up again.

Disclosure: I received the item discussed above free of charge for review purposes only.  The retailer/manufacturer/designer did not influence this review in any way, shape, or form.  All opinions presented here are the authors own.

5 Comments

  1. Petra Bellejambes
    19/05/10 at 5:21

    Fine review Trea. It would be tough to not love something that looks this good, but if they do not feel beautiful, they are not doing their job.

    xxoo – Petra

  2. Hosiery Advocate
    19/05/10 at 11:51

    Yeah, Wolford has great hosiery. They stretch well, and they seem to have longer legs, before stretching. I could fit into some of their medium size pantyhose & tights without problems. For cheap drug store brands, I'll have to take the bigger sizes, because they don't fit as well.

  3. Haute World
    19/05/10 at 12:28

    These are gorgeous and Wolford definitely does some quality tights, but I'd probably opt for a cheaper version as well when it comes to fishnets, especially as I"ve found few in this style that are that comfortable. It's a shame the Wolford ones don't provide the level of comfort either.

  4. Anonymous
    19/05/10 at 15:29

    No day without wolfords ;-)!
    The Wolford neon and Satin Touch are wonderful ! They fit great and feel great to wear and to touch! especially the neon lasts nearly forever! I have some pairs being worn and machine washed over 30times!

  5. Mademoiselle Frou-Frou
    20/05/10 at 9:40

    I actually have a pair of Wolford fishnet stockings that I got almost 4 years ago…and they are still in wonderful shape. I'm really impressed with the quality and certainly would buy them again…even if they are a steep $55!!
    xoxox alison

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