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Black Tights Drama

Wolford Black tightsI am a bit religious about black tights (I wrote about them before in this post, How to get Black Tights Right).  I adore them.  I weep at the passing of winter, because warm weather means I’ll have to bare my chalky white legs again.  As I mentioned in my previous post on black tights, many is the winter morning that I stand in front of my closet with my essentials on: bra, undies, and black tights, deciding what to wear on top of my winter undergarment trifecta.

Tights are to my body what foundation is to my face.  Like all good foundations, they accent the positive and cover up the negative.  My go-to tights for the last few years are the Wolford Satin Deluxe.  Let me tell you why.  First, they have a seam on the back of the legs… a detail which is retro, glamorous, and sexy in a very elegant way.  Second, they are as black as wet coal… not a half-hearted, washed-out black.  Third, and most importantly, they are SHINY.  Shiny in the way that a panther is shiny.  The shiny bit is important, because aside from making them a little special, it also means they’re slippery, so your clothes just slither over you instead of clinging where you don’t want them to.

All three pairs of my son’s shoes have damn velcro fastenings on them, and like a heat seeking missile, the velcro aims for my fancy tights and absolutely destroys them… usually in the mornings while I am trying to wrestle him into a school uniform.  Last winter, I had three pairs of these Satin de Luxe tights of perfection, and they were all decimated by his velcro fastenings.   Prior to velcro being a daily part of my life, I’d get 2 or 3 years out of these tights, easily.   As soon as he learns how to tie shoes with actual laces, I’ll get longevity out of my hosiery once again.

A few weeks ago, when I was shopping in Selfridges with my blog pal, Mithra, of The Bubble Joy (she was visiting London), we popped into the Wolford hosiery section to re-stock my supply of Satin De Luxe tights.  They were sold out in all sizes except for Extra Small, which I clearly am not!  A few days later, I went to the Wolford store in Westfield. They were also sold out.  Apparently (so I was told), there was a glitch in the supply of these from Austria this year.  I stopped by the Wolford store on Marylebone High Street.  Sold out.  Dizzy with this-can’t-be-happening panic and velcro-anger, I phoned the other Wolford Stores in London. ALL. SOLD. OUT.  Even the Wolford website is sold out; how is this possible?  This may not be a crisis for you, but there are times I wear black tights for 7 days in a row (not the same pair, obviously), and yes I have the fantastic matte ones I mentioned in my other post, and that I wore in my previous post with the leopard skirt… but I need my shiny, slithery, panthery, foundationy ones.

I did what any sensible person would do.  I came home and googled my beloved Wolford Satin Deluxe tights (surely SOMEONE must have a pair gathering dust in a drawer somewhere on this planet?) and guess who has them fully stocked in every size?  Amazon!  They’re the same price as Wolford sells them for, which unfortunately, is a lot.  Tights, like shoes, are one of those items that you really get what you pay for.  If you scrimp on them, they don’t wash well, they don’t last, they don’t retain their colour or shape, and they go sheer in all the wrong places.  If you need some perfect tights in your life, these are them.  Mine arrived in the post yesterday.  I’m so thrilled to have them again that I went all Peaches & Herb and sang, ‘Reunited and it feels SO GOOD!  Reunited and it’s understood, There’s one perfect fit, And sugar, this one is it…’   Perfect shiny, slithery, panthery, tights are linked below.  You’ll thank me if you’ve never tried these before:

Here they are on Amazon in the US

AND here they are in the UK

Black Satin De Luxe TightsSadly, not my legs in this photo, but look at the fabric!

Linking to: notdeadyetstyle, notdressedaslamb, fashionshouldbefun

 

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  • Reply
    RetroChicMama
    January 15, 2017 at 11:36 AM

    Just burst out laughing at your final sentence Lisa! You cracked me up…
    It’s the absolute worst finding a favourite item out of stock or discontinued that’s for sure. I’m also a massive fan of Wolford & won’t buy any other tights Brand.
    xx

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      Lisa
      January 15, 2017 at 8:15 PM

      Haha, I’m glad you liked that, Michelle my belle. It is hard to go back after you’ve gone Wolford, isn’t it?! xx

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    Lisa @ukglowology
    January 15, 2017 at 2:13 PM

    Love it! Amazing tights and you’ve made me want to actually wear a skirt/dress so I can buy some and show them off! I have sausage legs and stick to trousers or jeans but am desperate to up my style game. These silky offerings could be just the thing to start me off! Thanks Lisa xx

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      Lisa
      January 15, 2017 at 8:09 PM

      Oooo, I definitely see some shiny seamed tights in your future, Lisa! Let me know how you get on, love xx

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    jodie filogomo
    January 15, 2017 at 3:36 PM

    Nothing like obsessing over a pair of tights!! 🙂
    I felt the same way about this one bra I used to buy. But they discontinued it and I had to start the search all over!
    Glad you found some more!
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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      Maria
      January 15, 2017 at 5:29 PM

      I just started wearing bras by Third Love. I ordered the trial one, and I promptly ordered two more and threw out all my old bras.

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        Lisa
        January 15, 2017 at 8:02 PM

        I hear good things about this brand; I’ll check them out! xx

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      Lisa
      January 15, 2017 at 8:08 PM

      Thanks Jodie, it is hard to find a substitute for things that you REALLY love, isn’t it?! xx

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    Nancy Baten
    January 15, 2017 at 3:36 PM

    Oké, I also wear a lot of tights and I will search for these in the Netherlands!

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      Lisa
      January 15, 2017 at 8:07 PM

      Let me know what you think of them Nancy! xx

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    LA CONTESSA
    January 15, 2017 at 3:36 PM

    FANTASTIC!
    I was going to offer to SHOP NORDSTROM to find YOU A FEW PAIRS!!!!!!!!!!XX

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      Lisa
      January 15, 2017 at 8:06 PM

      If Amazon hadn’t come through, I’m afraid I would have taken you up on your offer, darling! xx

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    jess jannenga
    January 15, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    Haha! Peaches and cream! I remember that song.. I have heard of these tights now several times and love a quality tight. I am with you when you find the Holy Grail of black tights you want to stick with it. These look fab and i would like mine to last more than a season or two. I love the seam down the leg, very sexy.
    Have a great Sunday Lisa!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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      Lisa
      January 15, 2017 at 8:06 PM

      Thank you, Jess. It sounds like you might need some new and shiny tights in your life 🙂 xx

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    Marilee Gramith
    January 15, 2017 at 5:12 PM

    I’m new to your blog but have been aware of you through bloggers I’ve been following.
    I really loved reading your story of seeking your personal holy grail of tights! You’ve clearly illustrated how “fashion love” can have many meanings!!!

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      Lisa
      January 15, 2017 at 8:04 PM

      Thank you, Marilee! I’m so pleased you liked reading the post. Welcome to my little corner of the internet; I hope you’ll visit often! xx

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    Abby@Midlifecrisisnut
    January 15, 2017 at 7:16 PM

    I was reading your post like a thriller, Lisa! Will she get them at the end or not? Phew, was I glad Amazon came to the rescue ????. It reminds me of my underwear story with La Perla. Whenever they have something I like I buy it double because sooner than later it will be out and I will be left without my favourite pieces. Lots of love! ❤️ xx Abby

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      Lisa
      January 15, 2017 at 8:00 PM

      Ha ha, she FINALLY got her tights and rode off into the sunset 🙂 Love to you, Abby xx

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    Susan B
    January 15, 2017 at 7:54 PM

    I love my Wolford tights, haven’t tried this particular style yet. They look great with the Rockstuds!

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      Lisa
      January 15, 2017 at 7:59 PM

      Thanks so much, Susan! If you need slinky tights, these are them. xx

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    Jan
    January 15, 2017 at 8:23 PM

    Lisa! Again I learn from you. Heading to Amazon, because I hate “half-hearted, washed-out black” tights. I want them black as coal, and as sexy as a third chapter woman can demand.

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      Lisa
      January 15, 2017 at 8:34 PM

      No, Jan, we can’t be having any half-hearted washed-out black tights. No way, no how. Let me know how you get on with them, love. xx

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    Patti
    January 16, 2017 at 12:19 AM

    Well, these look marvelous and you have convinced me to give them a try! Thanks for linking up, xo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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      Lisa
      January 16, 2017 at 8:02 PM

      Thanks, Patti! xx

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    Little Red
    January 16, 2017 at 3:14 AM

    I don’t have this particular pair of Wolford tights but I’ve bought other types of tights and even sheer pantyhose and they’re great. I’m glad that Amazon came through for you because I was going to offer to pick up a few pairs for you. There’s a Wolford store location right next door so I’ll check them out the next time I go into the mall.

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      Lisa
      January 16, 2017 at 8:04 PM

      I also love the Miss W Wolford tights; they wear like iron, every if you wear them almost daily. When I wore suits to work every day, I lived in them! Let me know what you think of the Satin De Luxes, if you get them Little Red. xx

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    Suzy Turner
    January 18, 2017 at 11:27 AM

    LOL I’m so glad you found some, Lisa!!! I LOVE black tights as well – but living in the Algarve, I don’t get to wear them that much – a couple of months perhaps? But to be honest, I’ve never really paid a lot of money for them. I usually wear them a few times and then chuck them out. Maybe it’s time I invested in a pair of Wolford’s!!
    Hugs
    Suzy xx

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      Lisa
      January 18, 2017 at 7:46 PM

      Yes, I think you need some Wolfords, Suzy! As infrequently as you wear them, they’ll last decades! xx

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    Mithra Ballesteros
    January 18, 2017 at 2:33 PM

    Fun read!! Even the mundane becomes suspenseful under your deft touch. Thanks for the mention and I’m deeply relieved that Goldilocks and her tights do not suffer separation. As far as your lad and his Velcro, he needs those bungee laces that they make for toddlers and people with arthritis. Like these: http://www.arthritissupplies.com/coilers-elastic-shoelaces.html?gclid=CNSmr8Lzy9ECFYy2wAodeikDkQ

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      Lisa
      January 18, 2017 at 7:44 PM

      Glad you enjoyed it Mithra, and even more glad you were a player in my drama! I think my little man does need some of those stretchy shoe laces… what a great idea. xx

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    Laurie
    January 18, 2017 at 10:33 PM

    Glad you found them! I get you on the shiny sliding thing and non clinging to what your wearing. I always have a problem finding tights not too long in the leg, always trying to steer clear of the Nora batty look x
    http://www.vanityandmestyle.com

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      Lisa
      January 20, 2017 at 9:15 AM

      Thanks, Laurie! I always have a problem with tights being too short; I’m pleased the Austrians are tall so Wolfords work well on me. xx

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    Mieke
    January 19, 2017 at 5:45 PM

    People shriek when they find out how expensive they are, but I am a Wolford fan as well. I have a pair that are 20 years old. How they got past my children’s velcroed & stick wielding youth, I do not know. Perhaps they were cleverly cowering & biding their time in the back of the drawer?

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      Lisa
      January 20, 2017 at 9:13 AM

      Buying cheap stockings is such a false economy; you really do get what you pay for. I love that you have some that are 20 years old, WOW! xx

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    Dawn Lucy
    January 21, 2017 at 1:52 PM

    I love black tights too and miss them in the spring!

    Thanks so much for linking up with us!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.com

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      Lisa
      January 22, 2017 at 3:43 PM

      Gosh, me too Dawn. Thank you for hosting! xx

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    Marlena
    January 22, 2017 at 3:21 PM

    Now I know for sure that I have discovered a kindred spirit!! When I find something I like that works in my wardrobe or beauty routine it is just apocalyptic when it disappears from my life!!! Here’s hoping that you were able to find those fab tights. On another note, being a bit of a magpie myself with a love for sparkly things, how did did I ever live without a Sequin skirt?!?! That giant whole in my wardrobe has now been rectified!!! Many thanks! XO. Marlena

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      Lisa
      January 22, 2017 at 3:41 PM

      OH, I’m so happy to hear that, Marlena! I did find the tights on Amazon, thank goodness.

      I certainly don’t know HOW you lived without a sequin skirt, but I am relieved to hear that the situation has been remedied now, and I hope that I played some part in that. 🙂 xx

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    No Fear of Fashion
    January 22, 2017 at 8:51 PM

    Isn’t it fantastic how happy you can be when you think all is lost and you find the last stock? Well done. I am beginning to like Wolford tights as well. You are right, they last longer and are perfect. I usually have the hold-ups.
    Greetje

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      Lisa
      January 23, 2017 at 8:42 PM

      I’m always AMAZED at how long Wolfords last. I hardly wear any other brands after discovering them in my banking days! xx

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    dt519427
    January 26, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    just got my first pair..throwing all my others out and place an order for a second pair..Well worth the $$$$

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      Lisa
      January 26, 2017 at 10:50 PM

      Oh, I’m so SOOO pleased to hear that! They are worth it. xx

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    Gail Hanlon
    January 26, 2017 at 4:16 PM

    I am also a sucker for decent hose (as our US friends would say….). Samantha from Fake Fabulous has just got me started on Wolford and Falke pop socks (yes really….!). I love Wolford bodies too. They never stopped making them.

    Gail
    http://www.isthismutton.com

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      Lisa
      January 26, 2017 at 10:49 PM

      I also love the Wolford bodysuits; they’re fab! Now I’m off to ogle pop socks… xx

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    furcoatbigknickersblog
    January 26, 2017 at 7:36 PM

    omg i thought i was the only person that still wore these in 20 plus years that i have worn never found anything that could surpass these.

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      Lisa
      January 26, 2017 at 10:48 PM

      I know Angela, NOTHING is better! xx

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    Kathryn
    January 27, 2017 at 5:50 PM

    I quite agree that these are the most comfy and luxurious tights ever. I have loved all of my purchases from Wolford but Satin De Luxe tights are my favourites.

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      Lisa
      January 27, 2017 at 8:35 PM

      They are wonderful, aren’t they? They’re my favourites too, Kathryn. xx

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    thestylesplash
    February 1, 2017 at 11:32 AM

    I can see why you love them so much! I’m like you when it comes to hunting down my favourite things – I’ll go to extraordinary lengths to get my hands on them, it becomes my mission. I haven’t tried Wolford yet but I really think I need to!

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

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      Lisa
      February 1, 2017 at 12:05 PM

      I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed! They’re expensive, but such good quality and last forever. xx

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