Normally I would have washed all the winter clothing & opaque tights and store them away by this time of the year. This year however, is a bit different. We have been having a windy and very damp spring, to the extent that I have to use heat pumps to lower the humidity. From the positive side, I have the opportunity to look into some of Wolford’s new releases before the heat wave arrives. One of which, is the Velvet 66 Leg Support tights.
Since the first pair of shape & control tights introduced in 1977, Wolford has been researching, developing and reinventing the collection. Within the hosiery range, there are shape & control for tights and leggings in various denier appearance. The Velvet 66 Leg Support tights fits into the 60-90 denier range, which was previously absent.
- Good insulation
- Strong presence of shape & control
- Highly durable
Appearance & texture
The Velvet 66 Leg Support tights comes in opaque and matte appearance (66 denier). It has a texture similar to that of Wolford Cotton Velvet tights but more “synthetic”. Also, the knitting appearance is similar to that of Cotton Velvet tights. The waistband is 6.5cm wide and approximately 17cm from side to side (when lay on flat surface). The toe section has a similar texture to the hose but slightly more fluffy. The heel section on the other hand, are made using a different knitting method and does not exert any shape and control effect. It is said that the tights went through a special coating technology and as a result, high durability.
The composition is 77% nylon and 23% elastane.
The size ranges from XS to XL. I did not see XXL on Wolford online shop at the time of writing this review. The size I reviewed here is S.
There are seven colours available at the time of writing this review. They are Mocca, Admiral, Midnight, Black, Nearly Black, Anthracite and Graphit. Colour Admiral is used in this review.
(Source: Wolford Velvet 66 Leg Support Tights)
As you might have expected, putting on a pair of shape & control tights is not so straightforward. Allow yourself plenty of time, especially the first time. The texture feels similar to cotton velvet but more “synthetic”. It may be the high nylon composition, the special coating or the combination of both. It offers good insulation thanks to high denier. I do not need an extra layer when the temperature is around 10°C.
There is a strong presence of support, from the thigh to the tip of the toe, and especially around the knees and feet (bony parts of the leg). Although Wolford has categorised it as “Shape & Control MEDIUM”, I felt the support are on par with, if not, stronger than Miss W Leg Support Tights. This is possibly due to a higher denier. In addition, I didn’t experience “vertical contraction”, i.e., the tights do not pull down from the waist because of the shape & control feature. Coincide with the product description, the support does not extend to the tummy and buttocks.
The tights are apparently very durable; they are less likely to snag and even when snagged, it is not apparent due to the opaque nature (unless very serious). Also, the tights does not develop pilling.
The toe section is not made particularly loose like the heel section, hence people with wide feet may find the toes a bit squeezed. In addition, I find the waistband to be slightly tight on my 29” waist.
The Velvet 66 Let Support Tights offers great support, provides good insulation and is very durable. I would consider it as a more advanced product than a simple Velvet 66 tight + shape & control feature. I am not a fan of opaque tights, but surely it is a good companion to have for the coming winter.
Velvet 66 Leg Support Tights are available now for £35 or €39