Monday, June 20, 2011

And... we're back! OR Roadtested: 15 denier knee-highs

Hello!  Yes, it's me!  At least, my laptop has come back to me with a brand new keyboard and touchpad, all for free!  (This is the last time I disparage Mac customer service and gripe about the interface being mildly user-unfriendly.)  Pictures are going on like a dream, the screen is lovely and big and bright... can you tell that my words are flowing more smoothly already?

I took the pictures for this post a little while ago, but was unable to upload them until today.  Don't assume though, that it isn't still this cold in beloved Inklund.  The weather vacillates between chirpy and sunny and pelting with rain in the matter of tens of minutes.  Thanks, Inklund.  Thanks.

Anyway, at the time that I took the pictures for this post, I had just bought a box of 15 denier kneehighs from Marks and Sparks and wanted to test them out, so I wore them to a sort of class meeting with friends.  I'm a little bit confused by how I feel about them because while I like the way they look, let's see how they stack up in terms of use, shall we?

What:  15 denier "ladder resist" knee highs.  They look like a giant tube sock when you take them out of the box and have a dark nylon bit on the top.  You get 3 pairs in one box, so it's good value for money.

How they work:  Well, in terms of looks, you'll see that they pretty much deliver at promised.  They were comfortable, stayed up, and in my view looked quite lovely.  Also, the guys in the class were quite fascinated by them and tried them on like socks, leg hair notwithstanding.  (I paired them with Oxfords to avoid too much of a... uh... streetwalker vibe.)

In terms of ladder resist though... I have to say that I'm really unhappy but a giant hole appeared in the toe of one of them after I walked to class!  Thankfully, it was the toe, so I can still wear them.  I don't know if this was because my toenail was sharp and chafed it to bits or anything, but I was still really upset because Marks and Sparks tights are traditionally quite good and I was disappointed that they didn't hold up.

However, 15 denier really is very thin, and it could have been a fluke, so I'll have to test the other two pairs.  If they end up performing better, I'll put in an edit and let you know.

Will I be back for more?  Possibly yes, because they look cute, but I don't want to be wearing them out at the rate of a pair per wear.  So only if the other pairs are more tough.

FYI, they have boxes of 20 denier which might perform better.

Coat - Zara.  Cardigan - Present from mom.  Cami - Primark.
Oxford heels - Chatelet.  Shorts - DIY.  Earrings - Anjuly.  
Knee highs - M and S.  Necklace - Spitalfields.

In terms of the outfit, I know lots of people tell me this coat looks like a bathrobe, but it's so snuggly and warm that I don't care.  If not for the fact that it was white, I would wear it every day.  Given the weather, I don't see myself discarding my coats any time soon!  

Oh, the joys of consistent posting and big, bright pictures once more!  Blogging should go back to its usual schedule and thank you so much for continuing to read and comment, it really makes my day!

PS  I was thinking of doing a roadtest/review of all the tights I've ever worn and rating them according to the shops that sell them - would anyone be interested in a collective tight review?  I ask because when I wear my good tights, lots of people ask me where they're from and don't seem to know where to find good quality pairs.


Temporary:Secretary said...

I love your shoes! x

Nettie said...

Your coat looks so comfy! <333

Natalie Leung said...

very cute stockings! i like opaque socks, havent had the guts to do 15 denier. nice though!

nice blog :)


arnique said...

I vote for YES on the tights review.

Arianne from A + B in the Sea

Cassidy said...

I adore stockings. You can wear them with anything!

Anonymous said...

glad ur lappie is revived and back in your arms. my lappie has been pretty sick too. kinda sad abt it. *sniffz* it looks like i might have to get a new one. loving the outfit esp the white coat! :)

Grace said...

Lovely outfit! Love the stockings

*Glam Chameleon* said...

Woooooow hottie!!!;))) Lovely cardi!!!!!:)

Ruby Girl said...

fun! they add so much to the outfit. and i love your jorts too!! <3

Lexy @ Quirky Explosion said...

Aw yeahhh! Look at all this layering - SO fabulous. (the weather has been scorching. I can't imagine wearing that sweater!)

Camille said...

i love knee highs! i bought some online and i am waiting for them to arrive! nice oxfords!
love the tricot overcoat too!

Camille said...

sorry, tricot is knit in portuguese! forgot to translate! lol

mirjam schuurkamp! said...

Looks super cool! :)
looks great on you!

New outfit post ; Think pink

lisa said...

Great outfit!

daisymay aka Chantele said...

Loving the knee highs and your necklace looks really cute too!

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Winnie said...

Those sheer knee highs are really cute. I have some patterned ones but I actually have probably only worn them twice! I find them really hard to work into my wardrobe for some reason!

O d r e y B said...

OMG verry nice outfi !

Jenni Wells said...

so many layers... i love it! those stocking tights are super cute.

SARAH said...

J aime bcp ton blog!!
N'hesites pas a venir voir le mien,


Rosa Pel said...

i like your cardigan! i follow you girl

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