Well it’s been some time since I have been in a shaper pair of tights, so I am super glad to be trying them out again… And the fact these are in a Levante brand, I am even more excited. Levante is another favourite of mine purely because of their quality and how great they look on the legs.
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Materials: 70% polyamide, 27% lycra, 3% cotton
Price & Website: Unknown
I thought it would be best to wear a fitted dress with this pair to really see how well they work for me today. I paired up with some contrast court shoes to finish off the look.
The Packaging: is pretty informative. The model wearing them on the front and it shows the areas it targets as it’s selling point. The back goes into more detail about them and what benefits they have in each area of the leg and tushy.
When you get in, you will find these flat folded and wrapped around plain card. These also have foot and leg shaping to them, so you’ll know front from back 🙂
Getting Them On: so as you scrunch these up ready to get on, you will find they will be a little tight. I did struggle at first to get them on the feet and up the ankle, but it was fine as long as you take your time. Once I got past the anklets, I slowly rolled these up the legs and set them in place.
On The Legs: so let me start off by saying the denier is great on these. They are 30 denier, which means you get some sheerness to them, but they’re a little darker on the legs (of course) so this is perfect for those darker days when you feel 15-20 denier is a little too sheer.
The quality of them I found was great up until the point I ended up snagging them around the knees. I have no idea how I managed that but I was super annoyed as they had stayed pristine all day until I was going home!
The fit of them are great and I am so glad I tried these in a medium size instead of small; purely because I felt I had extra stretch which was needed to help me get them on in the first place. I would recommend checking the sizing guide, but I see there is no harm going 1 size up for a comfortable fit.
The feel of them are lovely. They are so soft and smooth on the legs, and they certainly don’t irritate either. I did love the way my dress just moved against it instead of sticking to it – that can happen sometimes when the tights are slightly rough on the outside and have friction between the clothing. One thing I did like is you get this smooth appearance on the legs, which is one of the benefits these are supposed to have.
Now you will see I added flash to some images, so I could show you what they look like in sunlight or when you’re in some good lighting. These so have a slight shine to them, which is even better. This also shows that it lightens up the pair slightly, making it look not so dark compared to normal daylight.
The Toes & Ankle: are great! I love that these have reinforced toes to them, which are a thicker denier strip going across the toes and slightly curved so it covers the majority on the ends. There is plenty of wiggle room for your toes to move around and breathe during the day. No pressure is added either, but I would suggest keeping your nails slightly short in these, otherwise you may feel pressure being added on longer nails.
Around the feet and ankles, these are lovely and smooth, with a gorgeous fitted finish.
The Waistband & Gusset: I have a bit to say in this section. Let me start off with the band and then work downwards. Now the band is pretty awesome as you can see by the way it’s knitted below. It’s pretty thick in terms of width and how it feels, and I gotta say it’s so comfortable. I expected this to be a pain; I would be able to see it underneath, it wouldn’t be smooth against the skin, it would cause issues etc. Basically I had no problems whatsoever. It hugged so well, to the point I actually didn’t feel it after being in it for 10+ minutes. It’s got plenty of elasticity in it as well, which I am super pleased about and there was no way these were gonna fall down or roll over itself.
Working down, you have this amazing reinforced boxer brief which has many benefits to it. Firstly, this is supposed to smooth and tone, and I felt it did that. I felt my top thigh to my waist was slightly more tucked in and smoothed out under my dress. It doesn’t pinch or squeeze you in hard which I thought it would do, but it’s a lovely subtle way of doing so without you feeling restricted.
Then we have the whole lifting effect working the tushy. You might have seen in my previous image that these had a thick denser line and then went sheer – this is basically the lifting part of it. This is supposed to sit right under your tushy (I didn’t as you don’t need to see all that on me – check out the model wearing them on the packaging for a proper look) and is supposed to help gently lift your tushy up to give it more of a perky toned look. I’m not saying this is gonna be extravagant, but it’s subtly done 🙂
I gotta say these are pretty nifty to have, and the shaper side of it actually does work. It’s not a major change like some shapewear does, but if you’re after slightly noticeable changes, then this is the one to go for. I loved them on the legs, but it’s a shame about the snags really. Otherwise I would totally recommend these!