During the January sale, I bought a few pairs of Wolford tights at a special price. They belong to the Brand’s Autumn/Winter 19-20 collection. I have so far reviewed the Crossband Net and Diamond Snake Tights. In this review, I will look into the Banded Poison Dart Tights.
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Strengths & Weaknesses
⊕ Interesting boot-like appearance on the legs.
⊙ Shiny on the sheer part, rather than matt.
⊗ Do budge due to the weight of the patterned area being heavier.
Packaging & product description
The packaging is the brand’s standard. In brief, the tights are wrapped around a thin piece of cardboard. It is then placed in a tri-fold cardboard. The contents are then deposited inside a transparent plastic sleeve for protection. The description, size chart and wash labels are printed on the rear cover.
The description online and on the rear cover are the same, which reads:
Soft, matte and expressive
The knitted-in pattern with the overknee effect invites you to experiment with different skirt and dress length styles.”
- 20 den / Matte look
Appearance & texture
The Banded Poison Dart are sheer (20 denier) tights in matt fashion. It features patterns of fluid shapes in black colour from knee to toe. The patterns are knitted on the tights, thus feels thicker on this area. The total length of the tights is 103cm when laid on a flat surface. Its texture is soft and smooth to the touch. The knitted waistband measures 3cm wide. There is also a 5cm-wide fingerband. The length between the tip of the waistband and the crotch is 24cm. There is a gusset, and the toes are not reinforced (but covered by knitted patterns).
The composition is 61% nylon, 31% polyester and 8% elastane.
The current available sizes range from XS to L. If you are after size XL, you might have to enquire Wolford directly, or search other retailers. I have included the size chart below. Size S is used in this review.
At the time of writing this review, there are two colours available: Gobi/Black and Black/Black. I bought Gobi/Black for this review.
The fit was pretty good and true to the size recommendation. There was also a good envelopment on the legs. The knitted waistband fitted alright. It was slightly wider than that of the Satin Touch 20 Comfort tights when I looked closely. Given the patterns are being knitted, there was less stretchiness at the toe section. Yet there was sufficient room, so I had no issues with it.
Oh, I love the look! The tip of the pattern ends slightly above the knee cap. It slide downwards as it circles the calf, forming a boot-like shape. Depending on the length of the clothing, the patterns can be 100% exposed, i.e., a boot-like appearance, or a part of it. If only a portion is shown, it would look like wearing patterned tights.
Given the patterns are knitted on top of 20 denier tights, they look and feel thicker. I’d say somewhere between 40-50 denier. The remaining part is sheer, as the product description mentioned. In addition, this sheer part of the tights is shiny, rather than matt. I believe the patterns are knitted on a pair of Satin Touch 20 Tights for this reason.
I have had a complicated relationship with the colour Gobi. Back in the early 2000’s, the light nude colours that Wolford had were Cosmetic, Gobi and Caramel. Sand only appear in a small number of styles, and of course, there was no Fairly Light. Thus, for me, the nearest colour to my skin tone was Gobi. Almost all my Wolford nude coloured tights were in this colour, to the point that I had enough of it. I subsequently avoided buying Gobi for many years. Yet, when I looked at it now, the colour looks pretty good-matching to my skin tone. Perhaps many years of living in ozone layer-lacked place made my skin more tanned than it used to be.
The tights felt soft and smooth on the sheer part, but was slightly rough where the patterns are. Also, due to the patterned part being heavier, the tights did gradually budge down. I could feel the weight lay around the calves. No wrinkles were found though.
Since the tights were thicker at the patterned area, it was also more likely to trap heat. You could view it as opaque tights from this perspective.
I really like the look, and for this reason, I am already searching for another pair, maybe in Black/Black colour. If you also like the style, now is a good time to shop… The original price is €39, £39 or $67. Now they are on special.
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