I talked about how Wolford’s innovative yarn brought the utmost comfort seen in Pure 50 and Pure 10 tights. I also spoke about the addition of semi-sheer tights and shape & control items will make the range more complete. What I didn’t anticipate is an item that features both elements. What’s more, the Pure 30 Complete Support tights don’t look “pure” at all. Swipe down to find out why.
Strengths & Weaknesses
⊕ Strong shaping effect at the panty.
⊕ Medium support on the legs.
⊕ Invisible seam thanks to innovative glued seam.
⊕ Dynamic powdery/slight sheen appearance.
Packaging & product description
The packaging is more or less the same as other Wolford hosiery I have review before. It is self-explanatory in the images below.
The product description online is more detailed. It reads:
“Brilliant innovation: These powdery, shimmering, even look tights with semi-sheer leg and opaque panty section support and effectively shape all the right areas. Thanks to the new bonded seam, the panty section is comfortable without being bulky. Additionally, the tights have a push-up effect around the bottom and sculpt the thigh area.”
- Ultra shaping effect
- A knitted reinforced heel ensures a perfect fit around the foot and pressure in the right area
- Wide, comfortable waistband
- Cotton gusset
- Perfect support with every look and for every occasion.
Appearance & texture
The total length of the tights is around 99cm when laid on a flat surface. Since the panty and the hose of the tights differ in many aspects, I will describe them separately.
The panty has an opaque and matt appearance. It is constructed in a clever way to best exercise its shaping function. Specifically, the tummy section is firmly knitted and thus less elastic. The fabric at the rear is looser (i.e., less compression) to provide more room for the bottom. There is a lift-and-shape effect on the buttocks. This is done by having an elastic stripe running around and underneath each side of the buttock. The bonded seam that has been adopted in other styles of the Pure range is also present. The waistband measures 6.5cm wide and the gusset is knitted.
The hose is semi-sheer (30 denier appearance) with reflective sheen. The texture feels somewhat synthetic, with moderate to strong tension.
There is a 4.5cm-wide band between the panty and the hose, which has a compressive function on the upper thigh. Both the toes and the heels are reinforced.
The composition is 65% polyamide and 35% elastane.
Wolford uses a different sizing for this style. This will affect those of you who wear size M or larger in the standard sizing. I have included the chart below. As usual, size S is used in this review.
There are 8 shades available at the time of writing this review. They are (from left to right): Caramel, Mocca, Cosmetic, Gobi, Fairly Light, Admiral, Black and Nearly Black. I have bought Fairly Light for this review.
The fit is fairly good and true to the size recommendation. There was a very strong envelopment on the panty, and moderate to strong on the ankles and calves. The knitted waistband was stretchy and very wide. It didn’t cause any problems for me. Likewise, the toe and the heel section are pressure-free, thus no discomfort at all.
When I first laid my eyes on the tights, I thought I need to have my eyes examined. This is because some parts appear powdery while other parts exhibit slight sheen. It turned out that the tights has both qualities. The appearance transforms depending on the amount of light it receives. For me, this is quite fascinating to see.
I mentioned before that there was a colour difference between the panty, toe/heel section and the hose in Caramel colour. However, this was not present in Fairly Light, nor in Black colour. Thus, it may be just the odd one out.
The strong, compressive panty reshapes the bottom. Paired with the bonded seam, the tights make the silhouette very attractive. It is perfectly made for tight-fitting clothing.
The tights felt relatively soft and smooth, but this is no where near the sensation felt from Pure 50 or Pure 10 tights. Generally speaking, comfortableness and shape & control feature doesn’t go side by side.
The knitting on the panty is more dense, thus less breathable. The hose is fine on this regard.
COMPRESSION & VITALISATION
The compression by the panty is the strongest I have ever experienced within Wolford’s Shape & Control range. It flattened my tummy the moment I put it on. The support on the legs was gradual. It was strong at the ankle and moderate on the thigh. The band at the upper thigh not only sculpts the thigh, but also keeps the hose in place, preventing it to budge.
The vitalisation effect on the legs is only felt moderate. This is because the hose is made long and wide. I could feel the pressure at first but gradually loosen as the day went pass.
The Shape & Control tights that I have worn are all pretty resilient to snag. Though I haven’t snagged these tights yet (and hope it remains this way), I expect it to have the same standard.
The Pure 30 Complete Support Tights are sophisticate than the name suggests. I like to think it as a incorporation of all the positive features we see from various Wolford tights. This includes strong compression, glued seam as well as powdery and shiny look. It is precisely this reason that the item stands out from the rest of the Pure range. It also represents a new generation in Wolford’s Shape and Control collection. Of course, the price reflects on this as well. You can bring them home with you for €49, £49 or USD$85.
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- Revised the article and added high resolution images. (08 Aug 20)
- Price change. (20 Apr 18)