We have had a pretty mild Summer so far but it is too early to say the season is over. In fact, the very warm days have just kicked in, with temperatures soaring into high 20’s these couple days. The best way to get through a hot day is of course not wearing tights. But if you have to, and even ultra-sheer ones are still too much, then you may consider fishnet or open-knit tights. In this review, we will look into a pair of open-knit tights from Wolford. The Sail Net Tights are part of their Spring/Summer 2019 (SS19) collection.
Strengths & Weaknesses
⊕ Knitted gusset for a uniform appearance.
⊕ Smaller mesh at the toe section for better comfort.
⊗ Can be quite warm because of the thick thread.
Packaging & product description
The packaging uses the standard cardboard, tri-fold cardboard and transparent plastic sleeve manner. Since it was part of the SS19 Collection, it still has the old presentation on the front and rear cover.
The product description online and on the packaging are the same. I have extracted them, which reads:
“Setting trends in net: Graphic sail designs incorporated into the net pattern are sure to achieve a wave of admiring glances. The tights are wonderfully comfortable thanks to the seamless panty section and sewn-on waistband featuring the Wolford logo.”
- Matte finish.
- Created with summer scenes in mind.
Appearance & texture
The Sail Net is open-knit tights in matt fashion. It is characterised by mesh of triangle-shaped knitting from toe to waist. These threads are around 1.5mm thick, and the total length of the tights is 87cm when laid on a flat surface. Its texture is curly, not particularly soft or smooth. The Wolford signature waistband measures 2.5cm wide. It is made of elastic band with plush on the inner side. The distance between the tip of the waistband and crotch is around 15cm. The gusset is knitted, and the mesh at the toe section is made smaller.
The composition is 80% nylon and 20% elastane.
The size chart at the back of the packaging suggests XS to XXL. The Online shop shows XS to L at the time of writing this review. I have included the chart below. Size S is used in this review.
At the time of writing this review, there are three colours available online: Kir Royal, Petal Rose and Black. I bought Kir Royal for this review.
Size S provided a pretty good fit and was true to the size recommendation. The tights were relatively stretchy, thus gave a good envelopment on the legs. On the other side, it was easy to develop markings after wearing it for a while.
The smaller mesh at the toe section meant that the toes won’t stick out. It also has sufficient room to cover all my toes without squeezing them. The waistband was narrow but didn’t dig in or budge down.
The pattern was inspired by the sail. Frankly speaking, I would not have linked to it if I don’t know the name of the style at the first place. I would treat it as an ordinary, colourful open-knit tights.
The name Kir Royal refers to a French cocktail, which has a colour ranging from cherry red to orange. The actual colour is the same as that shown on the promotional image, which is a bright yet solid, orange colour. I was expecting the colour to induce a cheerful, bright character. However, it turned my already tanned skin tone look darker. I will update some images of me wearing nude tights with this style in due course.
The knitted gusset is perhaps the most interesting feature of this style. The Chrissie Tights from SS17 use a piece of cloth as gusset, while the Early Haze tights (SS19) don’t have gusset at all. I find the knitted gusset fits very well with the sailing pattern, creating an uniformed look.
The texture wasn’t particularly soft or smooth. Yet, it didn’t irritate my skin either. The threads were quite noticeable due to their thickness, and would budge down a bit after wearing for a while. However, it was hard to notice because the tights were also quite stretchy. Also, due to its thickness, it can feel quite warm despite its open-knit nature.
I like the bright colour that the style has to offer. It is tready and comfortable to wear. However, I wouldn’t recommend wearing it on a hot day, due to its thick threads.
The original price is €39, £39 or USD$67. Now it is discounted on the Online Shop.
Wolford Online Shop (English)