Dear Susie Bubble,
Where in the whole of London can you gain access to thick, thick opaque tights that just block out any wintry weather?
I’ve never really advocated people asking me for style advice or asking my opinion on things only because I don’t trust my judgement enough to hand it out to poor hapless souls. Fair enough if I make mistakes with my own style choices but upon your head be it, if you take any dodgy advice I hand out.
Still a question like the one above is pretty harmless. A girl from Australia enquiring about Opaque wool tights… I stupidly suggested John Lewis school tights in my email reply but completely forgot my opaque tights ‘tried and tested, absolutely can be relied upon’ solution! So I might as well share it with everyone else who is vaguely into opaque tights (per chance, who here ISN’T into opaque tights? I might have to politely ask you ‘Why the hell not?’). I don’t swear by things often but I will swear by Tabio tights. No, this isn’t a sponsored post (classy them wouldn’t dream of asking a inconsequential blog to sponsor things anyway…). I swear…
… no stretching ….
… lovely range of colours ….
… no chance of laddering ….
… no long crotches (when tights are too short and the crotch doesn’t ‘um’ pull all the way up if you know what I mean…gosh really no eloquent way of saying that) ….
… absolutely no chance of skin showing either ….
The 80 deniers are sufficient enough to have your legs encased in glorious colour (or more neutral colours if you prefer) for clubbing/partying in comfort as they’re about 95% opaque but don’t make your legs sweat.
The 110 deniers are the ones you want to be walking about in broad daylight without ANY chance of letting any skin show. Pulling them on is a bit of a pleasure in itself. I love how they make my legs look like they’ve been dipped in matted coloured paint.
For real hardcore opaque-ists, 140 deniers ribbed tights come in a more basic palette but a pair in black will see you through some tough times and for the brave could be worn as pants.
The 60 denier micro ribbed tights are also useful for creating slim leg illusions. Clever stuff, eh?
Tabio stores in London are tights/hoisery heaven for me but now an e-shop means everyone can enjoy a bit of Tabio goodness, albeit with a lesser range of colours. Don’t get me started on their other hoisery wonders. Let’s just say my sock/tights drawer is pretty Tabio-ed up.
So I have lifted my guilt for not answering the question quite so comprehensively. Conscience cleared…
P.S. Don’t be put off by sizes like medium and large if you’re slim – they’re not really baggy, probably because they originate from Japan where sizes are slightly warped.