Hosiery · Studio Collant Ballerina

Ballerina Zaria Backseamed Hold Ups

New bodysuit alert! Which means I am dressing up for the office today. I haven’t worn this skirt and brand of holdups in so long, so I’m happy to be back in these to see how they get on in this lovely weather.

The Spec

Colour: Black

Size: Small/Medium

Denier: 15

Materials: 82% Polyamide, 18% Elastane

Price: £18.99

Website: UKTights – Ballerina Zaria Backseamed Hold Ups

My Outfit

Adding a pop of colour to the outfit with my shoulder padded bodysuit. I added my high waisted skirt and simple suede court shoes to finish off the look.

My Deets

Bodysuit: Zara

Skirt: Mango

Holdups: Ballerina

Heels: Coleter

The Review

From The Website: Zaria by Ballerina is a stunner of a design that uses contrast like nothing else. The sheer leg, the opaque foot and lower calf, and the gold patterning that borders the two are stunning and perfectly contrast against one another. Altogether, we have a stunning pair of fashion hold ups that grabs your attention and really turns heads, as all sexy hold ups from Ballerina really should.

  • Patterned top
  • Point design
  • Backseamed
  • Elixir collection
  • Scented hosiery
  • Luxury packaging
  • 82% Polyamide
  • 18% Elastane

The Packaging:

Getting Them On: now these took me some time to get right this morning. I did my scrunch and roll, and realised that the backseam does not line up correctly. I had to twist my scrunch slightly so when rolling on, these would sit as straight as possible. I also had to spend time lining up the backseam and design around the ankles. It was time consuming, however I got there in the end and set them in place for the day.

These are fine going over anklets too, as long as you roll up with ease over them.

On The Legs: now this design is an eye-catcher for sure. I like that the design is opaque with the lurex surrounding it, making it a statement piece. It works so well with the heels I paired with them. I do like the way it looks, and especially when the backseam widens at the base of the welt.

The quality of this pair is not bad; they snag very easily and they don’t feel the greatest on the legs. These feel like they’re cheaply made to be honest – I can say tghis as I have had many of their pairs over the years and i do feel these have changed for the worse.

The fit of these are true to size, and I like how they fit my legs well. I had even coverage and was able to sit them higher up the thigh too. I do like how these fit overall. If in doubt, go one size up as you would rather have extra material to play with.

The feel of them are not the greatest as I mentioned above; they feel rough, thy feel grainy and they didn’t look after my legs at all. If anything I spent most of my time itching around the thighs. I expected the lurex to be itchy in warmer weather, but if anything, it was the sheer base of the holdups that did it for me. I’m not impressed to be fair, considering this brand were a favourite for such a long time.

The Toes & Ankle: if I am totally honest, I have no idea what is actually going on here. I didn’t realise the foot design looked like this until I got them on. I can’t say I like it; I wish the toes were slightly darker so it matched the design. And the weirdest part is the strip along the toes at the front – this makes it so hard to pair shoes with!

The feet come with reinforced toes I believe (it will be so odd if they aren’t) and I had plenty of wiggle room for my toes to breathe during the day. No pressure was added either.

Around the feet and ankles it was a smooth finish, with no wrinkling.

The Bands: I do like the bands on this pair. They have a lovely thick lace, with a floral and diamond design.

These have double silicone bands, so they can hold up well during the day. I did find they lose their tackiness slightly, but not too much they peel off and fall down.

I sat these higher up the thighs, which were no issue. I didn’t find they marked my legs or gave friction burn which is always a good sign.

My Thoughts?

I quite like the design, and how unique they are. But everything else let me down to be honest. I wasn’t a fan of the quality, the feel and the weird thing that was happening around the feet. This makes it really hard to pair with footwear.

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