I have a confession to make. I know that, as someone that works at a tights company, I should be a firm advocate of bold colours and unusual designs – and I am. On other people. But in my hosiery drawer the shameful truth is revealed – I’m an addict of the plain black opaque. I can’t help it: no matter how many times I dare to be different when it comes to legwear, I always end up back at the same place. One of my colleagues recently referred to them as the “LBD of the hosiery world”, and I think they’ve got it spot on – it’s that timeless staple that goes with everything, always looks chic and never goes out of fashion.
Last year I was introduced to fleecy tights, and a whole new obsession was born. Super thick, they give the unbeatable coverage I crave, with the extra magical warming properties. Add into the equation a super soft lining that feels like you’re wrapped in a blanket all day long… what’s not to love? Pretty Polly was the first product we stocked, and I relied on them to get me through last winter. But now other brands have started to release their own versions, so I decided it was time to roadtest all the options and give you my professional opinion…
Yay: The originals and the thickest style of our collection. These really do do what it says on the tin – I wore these to a fireworks display and (along with copious amount of mulled wine) they did the trick – I couldn’t even feel the wind or rain and my feet stayed toasty warm.
Nay: They’re super thick, which is great for warmth, but can look a bit chunky on your legs – you may want to avoid if you’re already a little self-conscious of your thighs and want to avoid any extra bulk. The thickness also makes them the least elegant option, so they work better for day than evening.
My verdict: The perfect option for daytime wear, outdoor events, and snowy days.
Yay: Fleecy perfection without the bulk. These 80 denier opaques use thermal properties to lock in the heat and have the same super soft lining as the other styles, but look like regular opaque tights on the leg, which makes them ideal for elegant evening wear. They come in a range of gorgeous colours, too, if you’re that way inclined.
Nay: The price tag. At £26, they’re not exactly purse friendly. You do get what you pay for in terms of quality and longevity, but they might be a stretch for your pre payday bank balance.
My verdict: The luxury option – great for wearing in the evening. If you can’t justify the price, why not put them on your Christmas list, instead?
Yay: Super warm and soft but not as thick as the Pretty Polly Tights, these are good if it’s not freezing cold or if you’re likely to end up in a heated office, because they’ll keep you cosy but still let your legs breathe a little. Plus, they come with a purse friendly price tag.
Nay: Although the name says thermal, and they are incredibly warm, in actual fact these don’t technically have thermal properties. So although they feel gorgeously soft, they won’t actually lock in extra heat like the other styles.
My verdict: Great if you want a finer fleecy but can’t quite stretch to the Falke version.
Yay: The footless version of the Pretty Polly Fleecy Tights (they come in knee highs too!), these have all the same great features – super thick, super soft and gorgeous to wear. I’m not a huge fan of leggings, but I’ll be layering these under shorts when out running on frosty mornings.
Nay: I kind of don’t quite get why you wouldn’t want the fleecy loveliness to extend all the way to your toes, plus as with the tights, you may feel that they’re quite heavy on the leg.
My verdict: If you’re a lover of leggings, you’ll quickly fall for these – and they’re great for wearing with long jumpers or layering under trousers.
Psst! We also have a Charnos version due to hit shelves very soon – I’ll be back with my verdict on those as soon as they arrive, so watch this space…