Review: Retina Vita Bassa Low-Rise Fishnets
Disclosure: I received this item free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
The Stylish Fox has been selling hosiery online since 2010. Retina Vita Bassa is their first foray into private label products. Working with an Italian manufacturer, they designed and created these low-rise fishnets with a lace waistband. I field tested these fishnets to see how they held up – pun intended!
The fishnets arrived wrapped in cocoa colored tissue, tied with a ribbon. Slipped under the ribbon were detailed care instructions. When I opened the package and tried on the fishnets, a light perfumey scent was apparent – fancy! The perfume smell was pleasant but could be problematic for those with scent allergies. (It is clearly stated on the product listing, though.) Even seeing these laid flat, the difference in waistband is apparent. The band is wide and lined with two parallel bands of silicone strips along the top. There's also an oval shaped cotton gusset at the crotch which feels comfortably solid compared to the flimsy nylon gusset on most tights. The "nude" tone is somewhere between mocha and latte – more of a taupe than a beige tone. They are also available in "dark brown."
The waistband is fairly wide and the nets quite stretchy. As a result, I found myself automatically trying to wear these at my natural waist. When I slid them down, I thought the wideness of the lace band might interfere with it being a functional low rise. Wouldn't my panties already occupy the same skin real estate? Would the silicone have anything to stick to? But since the silicone is just at the top, they stayed put no matter where I positioned them on my hips. They stayed in place all day and neither the waistband nor the crotch slipped down.
The seamlessness under clothing was moderately successful. I wore the so-called "Nude" fishnets in M/L one day and Black S/M the next. I definitely tend to size up in hosiery – I have wide hips, hate the feeling of constriction on my lower stomach, and I feel the line is smoother. Even so, the S/M didn't feel tight at all. In certain poses there's a little bit of a ridge where the waistband is, but overall I found them to be pretty smooth. Since the M/L still felt secure, I slightly preferred that fit.
The fishnet texture is a fine, tight weave, and the toes are un-reinforced, as you can see in the photo at the top of this post. Several times I felt the net starting to snag on, say, a cracked piece of vinyl seating at a restaurant, and extracted myself with bated breath. I even had a minor run-in with a piece of velcro at one point. At the end of the day, though, they suffered no signs of wear. The legs and toes were both intact.
At $18.99, I would consider these fishnets are a pretty good value for the price. That is, as long as you don't have any allergy concerns with the silicone band or perfume scent. (At least the latter dissipates with washing.) It's no surprise that the quality is high – Italian hosiery generally seems to be top notch. The waistband is smooth and stays up, and the tight weave is resistant to snagging – in short, they perform exactly as one would hope!
What do you think of low-rise fishnets? Have you purchased from The Stylish Fox before?