So I am totally looking forward to this; not only is Gerbe a new brand in my collection, but I got them from a new stockist based in the UK!
I am so psyched to be trying Gerbe as I have heard so much about it; being a luxury-like brand, made in France and know for their quality. One thing I really do love is a damn good pair of hosiery on the legs; it makes all the difference and truly does stand out of the crowd.
About Mayfair Stockings
Mayfair Stockings is an award winning luxury stockings and lingerie boutique.
We provide glamorous stockings direct to your door, as well as hold ups, tights and lingerie to clients in almost every country. We are one of the most desirable, trusted and longest established legwear and lingerie suppliers in the world. Our team of ladies, managed by myself, Lucy, provide the finest selection of stockings, hold ups, and tights from premium luxury brands. We despatch your hand wrapped stockings direct from our HQ in England, the same day you order.
Here are eleven reasons you might like to choose us for your hosiery:
- One of the longest established and most recognised providers of luxury legwear in the world.
- Every product is hand wrapped in tissue and satin ribbon, free of charge. Perfect for gifts, or to spoil yourself.
- Postage is free in the UK if your order is over £50, or in the US & Canada for orders over £100.
- Every order is securely posted the same day that you order (provided you order by 4.00pm).
- If you can add a product to your basket, we physically have it here, in stock. So there are no long waits for your hosiery – in fact, we won’t let you buy any items unless we have them in stock. To maintain quality standards, we personally prepare your items for delivery – never relying on anyone else to send your hosiery or lingerie.
- We have the widest range of ‘finer quality’ hosiery available anywhere. We simply don’t stock hosiery unless the quality is classed as ‘extremely high’.
- Despite stocking the ‘finer quality’ ranges of hosiery, we are typically the most competitive on price.
- We have a ‘no quibble’ returns policy (if it is still in the packet, we can exchange or refund immediately).
- We supply stockings direct to almost every country in the world.
- We have a very personal service – you can get in touch anytime for advice from our team in stockings HQ.
- We are one of the most trusted hosiery stores online. Even stylists from international magazines, such as Elle, Brides and Vogue, personally come to us for their fashion shoot hosiery.
We are passionate about fine hosiery, and only select the most luxurious items for the boutique. As one of the largest and most popular legwear stores online, we have a wide selection of the finest hosiery, from the most highly respected designers in the world. We place an emphasis on quality European brands, such as Gerbe, Le Bourget, Falke and Wolford, as well as traditional British brands, such as Gio. We stock ranges that are suitable for evenings, special occasions, work, weddings, and everyday wear.
I truly believe that we are the best place to visit for the finest stockings, tights, hold ups and lingerie. I look forward to providing you with your luxurious legwear, whilst maintaining the attention to detail you will only find from our boutique.
– taken from their website
Size: Small (4’10” – 5’5″)
Materials: 83 % Nylon, 17 % Elastane
Mixing it up a little with my monochromes; I wore my checked cami top tucked into my highwaisted bodycon skirt, added a black cardigan (as it’s chilly), suede court shoes and a splash of colour with some pink!
Cami Top: Tezenis
Lipstick: Mac Marsala
From The Website: Following on from the success of the Gerbe Opaque 70 stockings, come these semi-opaque stockings direct from Paris.
They have a 30 denier appearance and look beautiful, but they also have the renowned Gerbe luxury fit, providing unrivalled comfort. The stocking top is flat, ensuring it remains invisible under the most close fitting of outfits.
The stockings are pictured with the Gerbe Sensation Suspender Belt in black.
Complimentary hand wrapped in tissue and ribbons
Semi-opaque, 30 denier
Flat stocking top
Invisible reinforced toes
Gradual support comfort fitting on the legs
83 % Nylon, 17 % Elastane
The Packaging: so let me go into detail about how amazing these came wrapped! Individually in a cute chiffon drawstring bag. I gotta say it’s damn luxurious!
So the front shows the model wearing the stockings, with the back going into slightly more detail:
“Founded in 1904 by Stephane Gerbe, the brand GERBE has built its reputation for excellence on essential values; a production 100% made in France, a unique “Savior Faire”, high quality material choice and hand made “Haute Couture” confection providing unmatchable comfort, painstaking verification throughout manufacture and a final control of each item.”
Getting into the packaging, you get this gorgeous smell from the stockings. That real nice new hosiery type – like Trasparenze has!
These are horizontally folded, so you get the foot and leg shapings to them making it easier to glide them right on.
Getting Them On: so rolling these up are so easy to do once you get over the anklets. I took my time to get them on with my hosiery gloves as I wanted to make sure that these don’t get ruined before my day has started. I gotta say they glided right on up, and stayed in place once set with clasps.
On The Legs: right so let’s get down to business…
The denier I found it quite dark to be a 30 – it works well don’t get me wrong but 30 is still quite sheer. I suppose this depends on how much it’s being stretched on the legs (or not!).
The quality of them really did let me down. I found after 30 minutes of wear that I came across snags, weird markings on the stockings, ringed outlines, weird pulls. I was seriously shocked when I saw as I have heard so much good about Gerbe as a brand. And to find that they look like this on the legs is a real disappointment – seeing as I really took my time to get them on making sure that I wasn’t ruining them.
The fit and feel of them are great though; a nice smooth silky finish on the legs with a real great matte look. They hugs curves very well and stretch where they need to giving good coverage on the legs.
I’m still really upset about how these turned out…
The Toes & Ankle: so the toes are all good; plenty of wiggle room in them which is always a nice thing when you’re in them all day long. I don’t think these are reinforced as there is no strip going across the toes to show any reinforcement.
Around the ankles … I’m gonna let that bottom right picture say all it needs to… and how much that really wound me up during the day. Think I was in court shoes ‘flaunting’ this around rather than a lovely smooth flush finish.
The Band: okay so just as I think things are gonna get better (and they actually did)… I find that the band is actually fits me so well! These are super stretchy meaning they are gonna give you an amazing hug.
The bottom right picture shows you how much I stretched it from my leg, and the left picture shows you how snug they look on the thighs. These are a proper lovely thick band, which makes these more interesting than your typical stockings band you get.
For the denier and how they look on the legs – I would recommend.
For the snags and weird markings all over them – I wouldn’t recommend.
This has been an interesting review as it has many good points, but the thing with the markings on the stockings really did let me know and looked like some cheap pair instead of this high-end brand!
Sorry Gerbe but I gotta say I was not impressed!