I love the delicate lace of these stockings. Very European chic, and quite reasonable at $20.00
I love the delicate lace of these stockings. Very European chic, and quite reasonable at $20.00
One of the best purchases I’ve made in the past year has been this James Perse, A-line, 3/4 sleeve, jersey dress. I wear it to work at least once a week, and one of the reasons I like it so much (in addition to the fact that it never needs ironing), is because it goes with all of my stockings. Today, I wore my James Perse dress with my Aristoc 5 denier Sheer Hold-ups.
The hold-ups are composed of 87% nylon and 13% spandex. They are available in two sizes (small/medium and medium/large) and, according to the package fit a maximum height of 5’8″ or 173 cm. The hold-ups also come in three colors: nude, bare gold, and black. I purchased black in size medium/large.
To me, the most important question you can ask for hold-up stockings is “Do they stay up?” and these most certainly do. These stockings have an extra wide (at least 3″), texturized welt with one thick silicone band at the top which does not move. I wore my Aristocs for 12 solids hours, and they were in the exact same place at 8 p.m. as they were at 8 a.m…quite an accomplishment.
Now, because these stockings are only £6 (roughly $9.70 USD), they’re not made of the softest nylon. In addition, I think Aristoc is overstating the 5d designation; on my legs, these stockings look more like a 10 denier. However, they are perfectly wearable and certainly work appropriate. The legs have a nice sheen which is neither overly glossy nor too matte and therefore masks imperfections well. Finally, these stockings have good stretch and do not run or tear easily. However, I would not recommend purchasing these hold-ups if you’re much taller than 5’8″ or weigh more than about 160 lbs.
One other interesting note–there’s a discrepancy between what’s advertised on the back of the package and what’s actually on the hosiery. The packaging says the welt is made of “breathable satin” but, as you can see in the photo, there isn’t an ounce of satin anywhere on these nylons.
At less than $10, these stockings aren’t a bad buy. Still, I prefer the Pretty Polly brand. Not only was Pretty Polly’s nylon softer, sheerer, and closer to my skin tone, it was also a couple of pounds cheaper. The Aristoc Ultra Sheer Hold-Ups are available from Figleaves or MyTights.
That said, I have to mention two pairs of stockings I wore during DragonCon: my Jonathan Aston Sweet Roses lace thigh highs, and my Tabio fishnet tights. Not only did they look great, and feel amazing, they stood up to hours of walking, running, crouching, posing, and standing in line. Plus, they’re affordable. The Jonathan Aston lace tights (unfortunately, I can no longer find the thigh highs) retail for $19.75 on MyTights and the Tabio fishnet tights sell for $9.00 on their website.
Finally, check out what just sold for $265.00 on e-bay. I’ve never seen anything quite like this, and I hope it makes the auction winner very, very happy.
Yesterday, I had my last date with Newboy until I return from visiting home next week. I wore one of my favorite pairs of thigh high stockings, the Victoria’s Secret “Sexy Satin Kittens,” which I reviewed here.
Sadly, I had to remove my stocking a few hours into the night because they wouldn’t stay up. However, this “wardrobe malfunction” was no fault of the hosiery; I failed to prepare adequately. So, without further ado, here are my three tips for keeping your stockings high.
1) Wipe the silicone bands inside the welt with a damp cloth after wearing. Cleaning the bands removes sweat, body oils, skin flakes and other assorted detritus that keeps the silicon from adhering to flesh. Even if you regularly wash your stockings after every wear anyway, I’d still recommend paying a little extra attention to the welt.
2) Don’t wear body lotions, oils, or perfumes on your legs if you intend to wear thigh highs. The emollients in your moisturizing products keep the silicone from clinging to your skin. Since I have a custom of slathering on lotion immediately after getting out of the shower, I completely forgot about this last night and wound up paying the price later.
3) If you’ve already applied lotion, or if your stockings simply won’t stay up no matter what, you can try putting a very small amount of talcum powder between the welt and your legs. The powder not only dries your skin, but gives the welt a little something extra to cling to. This is only a short term fix, however, as eventually the powder will wear away, and then you may be left exactly where you started from.
If you have tricks or tips you’d like to share, please feel free to post them in the comments section!
Every once in awhile, people stop by my blog or Twitter to ask me questions about hosiery. Of all the things I do on the blog, helping people find the right lingerie is one of my favorites. This particular question is taken from my Twitter, where an acquaintance of mine asked where she could find vertically striped tights. In the interests of conveying the “real-time” flavor of the conversation, I’ll cut and paste our Tweets directly.
@StockingsFangirl–You want fishnets, opaques, or sheers? Real stockings (garters required), stay-ups, or tights? I need details! ;-)
@StockingsAddict–garters, vertical black stripes, not fishnets maybe half opaque half sheer or all opaque.
@StockingsAddict–garters meaning real stockings.
@StockingsFanGirl–I’d definitely start with these people: www.sockdreams.com Good selection, good quality, good prices, good customer service.
@StockingsFanGirl–Just saw your most recent tweets. I still recommend Sock Dreams; they have a vertical stripes section.
@StockingsFanGirl–Dollhouse Bettie has striped stockings. I haven’ t tried Belle Epoque but they’re only $8.95.
@StockingsFanGirl–We Love Colors also has opaque vertically striped stockings in fifty colors.
I haven’t yet heard back from StockingsFanGirl, so I don’t know what pair she decided on. But if any of you ever have a stockings-related question, please don’t hesitate to either post it in the comments section of any entry, message me via Twitter, or even write to me at my e-mail address email@example.com.
I’ve mentioned the issue of lingerie companies claiming that certain hosiery designs are “exclusive” to them or “made” by them or any other adjective which conveys the notion that your company had a much greater hand in creating this particular nylon than it has.
While I understand it’s marketing, I also believe it’s dishonest,deceitful, and takes advantage of your less lingerie savvy clients who may not know, for example, that you just marked up those so-called “exclusive” items by 100% or more.
Case in point, I received an e-mail from a company directing me to the following thigh-high:
The description next to the stocking says the following, “The Art Deco Lace Top thigh high has a unique ‘Art Deco’ design in the sheer nylon net. We topped it with our world famous Veronica Lace to create a work of Art.” Notice the use of the word “create” as well as the ownership this particularly company takes of the design, even insinuating that the “world famous” lace is also their own creation.
Now take a look at these next couple of photos from Cervin:
As you can see, neither the lace nor the pattern from the first photo is anything close to an original design from that company.
The kicker? The first company was charging $30.00 for those stockings, when you could get them for half that off the Cervin website.
Am I the only person who thinks that’s not quite right?
It turns out La Perla hosiery really is quite nice.
Are they worth the original price of $47.00? No.
Are they worth the 30% off sale price of $32.99? Not quite, but they come pretty close.
There’s a lot to like about these sheer thigh highs. The 82% Nylon/18% Elastane blend feels nice on the leg, pleasantly snug but not uncomfortably tight. At 15 denier, they have a nice, subtle sheen which is very flattering without being too obvious. Furthermore, the high elastic content makes these stockings feel surprisingly sturdy. I don’t think they will tear easily, and that makes me very happy.
Best of all, though, is the 6.5 inch lace top. These are stockings that can make anyone’s legs look good, even if you don’t happen to be a 6 foot tall model. The elastic bands inside in the welts are also extremely comfortable. I wore these around the house for hours and had no problems whatsoever. La Perla seems to be the rare brand that works just as well in the boardroom as in the bedroom.
Still, I have a couple of points of note…these stockings come up very, very high on the thigh. I ordered a size large as I usually do, and I probably would have done just fine with a size medium. The lace top pretty much reached the bottom of my underwear, which was almost too high for me even though I like tall stockings. If you prefer your stockings at midthigh or so, then you definitely need to make sure you order the appropriate size. If you’re on the border between two sizes (as I was), you probably want to order the smaller size.
Second, these stockings are perfumed. That may not seem like a big deal, but if you have allergies or are sensitive to fragrances, be wary. Though La Perla probably intends for the fragrance to be a sophisticated, chic touch to their high-end hosiery, I found the scent annoying, distracting, and even a little bit offensive. Good stockings don’t need gimmicks. Quality speaks for itself.
The La Perla sheer stay-ups and other La Perla hosiery is on sale here.