Chiara has something to tell you, but she’s letting her Saint Laurent sweater do the talking! This is her third look for NYFW this season, which also features a Saint Laurent metallic mini skirt, Calzedonia tights and Zara boots.
My Outfit Today
Well I was pondering away about what I could pair with these tights this morning, and suddenly I thought what could go with stripes? PING – a stripey top with a bodycon skirt!
As it’s not yet Autumn, I didn’t want to go too dark with pairing a top with my green skirt, so to lighten it up my cream and black off-the-shoulder top will go along with my brown wedge boots to make it more casual. You can easily turn this outfit formal by wearing them with heels, however after spending the weekend in heels, I just needed a little break so my wedges were the one.
Skirt: New Look
Tights: Via Amazon
So getting them on I would recommend the scrunch and roll. Even though they are 40 deniers, the back of them are sheer which will easily snag (when you feel the area, you can tell it’s not a smooth reinforced quality). Plus it makes it easier to get them lined up and centered as it all starts under the reinforced toes.
You don’t need to pinch and pull the design in place as it almost sets itself to be honest. I didn’t have to do it at all with these and they have been put all day today!
The design works up from the toes all the way to under the bum cheeks. You will then find a cut-off point where it just becomes 40 denier sheer. I love how unique these are – a little twist on the strap ones you can get at the moment, making the back of you stand out more. I do love tights like these pair!
The band is strong and sturdy; it did feel weak when I was playing with the elastic this morning, however when they are on, they are really good!
I would put down the rectangle boxes at the back as 10-15 denier to give the ultimate see through look at the back. When they are on, it does look a lot brighter than when you look at them when they’re off. I suppose that also depends on the colour of your legs too!
One thing I am not impressed about is that they are pretty tight for their size. I am normally XS/S and these are a small. However I really had to tug them up my legs to make sure the gusset doesn’t sit lower than it actually is. That resulted in my tights having lines going through them at the front. I would possibly opt for the next size up in these, unless these were out of a bad batch!
Overall opinion? I think these are pretty damn cool and really funky. You can certainly play around with this design and as mentioned, it’s a twist on the classic strapped tights you can get from placed lie eBay and Amazon. I do like the 40-15 contrast that they have going on and the fact that they do turn your outfit into a playful one, however I am not too happy about the sizing of these this time around.
Well I’m pretty impressed with my outfit this morning – took me a while to pluck up the courage to wear these J.A’s, as I haven’t worn some in this style for a while.
I bought these a while back and haven’t had a chance to review them as many of my followers have been gifting over the past few months and theirs was a priority over mine.
But now that I have bashed through nearly all of them, I can start making my way through the rest.
So let’s get started as I have a busy morning writing this one up for you all and then an exclusive for LegsLavish:
- Packaging is always done well with J.As.
- I love the panel design – it’s also easy to line up against your leg if you get your starting point right. You need to make sure when you scrunch down that the line is sitting near enough straight on your toes and once you roll up, it should be easy. You may need to mess around with it a few times if you are not sure.
- The contrast between the 10 and 80 denier split between the grey stripe is so different, especially when you are walking! I have had a pair where it has been the opposite way around (black front and sheer back) and they were dead funky.
- It gives that little edge to your outfit (but that depends on what you are wearing) – I went with electric blue and grey just to pair up with them rather than make them a statement piece.
- The design goes right from the toes all the way to the waist band, so shorts, mini-skirts and dresses don’t need to suffer with that cut-off!
- A good fitting waistband to these as well – I did a bit of running (into work) this morning as they have stayed up the whole way so I’m happy! I hate it when you can feel them start slipping down!
There were a few cons I picked up on:
- These do snag extremely easily (on the sheer part)– I snagged them taking them out the packaging against the cardboard and also when rolling them on. I even snagged them at the back of the knee against my car seat (which is fabric!!!!) so not entirely impressed.
- They don’t have reinforced toes – apart from where the toes are half covered with the panel design. So if you have long nails, please be careful in these as I can see them ripping easily at the toes.
In my opinion, I would keep these for work as you can dress them up smart causal rather than casual. I tried them with shorts once before and they didn’t really work with me.
I would try to pair with an evening or night-out outfit, but would need to think what dress or skirt would go with that type of design.
Overall, would I recommend? I would if you do have an outfit in mind that it would go with. I bought these without one and I struggled for a while to stick one together. It was easy enough in the end, but looking at them, I couldn’t visualise what I would team them with. Also bear in mind the snagging, it does ruin the look a little unless you like that type of style.
My deets for today:
Bodycon Dress – AX Paris
Tights – via Amazon
Booties – Marks & Spencers