And another pair of overknees makes it way onto the blog! Once again gifted by a follower a while back, but now is the chance for me to get into them before I start the Spring / Summer collections!
Materials: 80% cotton, 17% polyamide, 3% ealstane
Price & Website: Unknown
I kept it proper basic (once again lounging at home) I went with a black t-shirt, black lace shorts and then added these bad boys. You can either team with trainers to keep it casual or maybe try some wedges to keep it smart causal. I wouldn’t do heels as it would look a little too out-there!
The Packaging: The front shows the model wearing the hosiery along with size and colour stated at the top with a peep window.
The back has a bigger window where you can fully see the hosiery along with a sizing guide.
Inside these are wrapped around cardboard which states the following (I have copied this from a previous review as it’s always the same):
“Congratulation, with Pierre Mantoux you have chosen a pair of tights of the highest possible quality. We are sure that you will be satisfied by your choice. A product of high value like tights from Pierre Mantoux should be treated with the utmost attention and great care. Following our recommendations how to treat them you can be sure that they will remain in perfect condition for a long time.”
Then you will see a pictorial…
“How To Put Them On. Always remember to remove jewellery with mountings and edged stones from your hands before putting on the tights.
Now roll then completely up that waistband and toes come close together. Now you can begin to put them on, starting delicately with one of your feet.
Stretch the tights carefully over the calves and up to the thigh and then do the same with your other leg. Now you can pull the tights carefully to the waist.
How To Take Them Off. Starting with one leg roll the tights with your both hands carefully up to the ankle and slip them delicately off.
How To Store Your Tights. Keep them accurately upfolder where you also store your lingerie, if possible protected each by any kind of envelope. Always protect them with a special kind of envelope when travelling than keeping them unprotected in the luggage.”
“Warranty of Quality. With more than 70 years of experience Pierre Mantoux dedicated all its skills and care to manufacturing a perfect product. The employment of only premium quality and innovative fibres, of advanced technology and of skilled workmanship result in silky-soft yet resistant hosiery of the highest possible quality: Pierre Mantoux hosiery excels in product finish due to the particular care of ultimate details like flat reinforced seams, reinforced or nude toes, preformed, gusset and exclusive waistband.”
Getting Them On: now once again you will need hosiery gloves for those you can’t trust themselves not to snag! I didn’t use them this time as these were pretty thick and reminded me more of socks than nylons.
I did the scrunch and roll on, being careful of anklets as can catch onto these easily as majority of them are cotton!
On The Legs: I gotta say these are unusual for sure; I have never seen this type before. It’s like they wanna be socks, but they’re not!
From the toes to under the knee, it’s all nylon, and over the knee is where it become more ‘sock-like’. I found them to be thicker here.
The denier I’m unsure of but it looks around 40-60 denier, with the feet being more of a thicker denier.
The feel of them are great though; they’re soft and comfortable and quite snug actually. These are great for cold months (good job I did them now!) and I love how weird and quirky they are; from striped to a lace top and then a ribbed band. There’s so much going on, I don’t think I could have done a proper work outfit with these, and I am glad I wore them casually.
The Band: it’s a great band to begin with, but it does start to slowly slip down the thighs a little. I don’t know if that’s because I am a little chunkier on top, but the grip wasn’t as great as I thought it would have been.
Now one thing I need to point out as it confused me was that little flippy band that separates the stripes and floral lace; I was mega confused by this at first thinking what’s the purpose? Then I gave up.
The band is great though, and I would actually wear knee high boots so I can show off the lace top if I was to wear these again but out and about. Not too keen on the stripe bit to be honest.
The Toes & Ankles: so snug but plenty of room in them too. These are more of a ‘sock’ finish; thicker, denser and cosy!
Around the ankles these don’t crinkle to begin with, but as they shimmy down, they do start to crinkle up a little. It might not be so bad if you was to layer with matte hosiery underneath to help keep them up.
Even though the design is so quirky, I can’t say I’m a fan of the stripes. I find it too much on the legs with 3 different textures all combined.
The quality of these are great though; no snags or anything throughout the day and the feel are just like overknee socks!