ilovehosiery has always been keen on sustainable hosiery. Last month, we looked at Gipsy’s Eco Recycled Yarn tights. In this article, we will look into another pair of tights made from recycled yarn – 50 Denier Recycled Yarn Tights from Pamela Mann.
A brief history about the brand… Pamela Mann was established in 1956, and have been making a wide range of hosiery since. In 1996, they started manufacturing products under their own brand name. Pamela Mann is currently the largest supplier of printed hosiery in Europe, according to their description.
Strengths & Weaknesses
⊕ Felt like fine cotton, very comfortable to wear.
⊙ A band of decor at the upper thigh.
⊗ Cardboard inside the hose has rough edges.
Packaging & product description
The packaging is very similar to Oroblù’s All Colors 50 tights, in which the tights are partially covered by folded cardboards. One difference is that Pamela Mann placed an additional cardboard inside the hose. This made the item to be able to stand upright. The entire packaging is probably made from recycled material as well. The specs of the tights and size chart are printed on the rear side.
The product description is only available online, which reads:
“Introducing these amazing tights made from RECYCLED YARN! We are determined to provide you with more environmentally friendly products so you too can become a part of the worldwide social movement! The production of tights made from recycled yarns, not only minimises waste, but reduces energy consumption and decreases emissions! Made with specialist recycled Nilit yarns.”
Appearance & texture
The 50 Denier Recycled Yarn are opaque tights in matt fashion. The total length of the tights is 78cm when laid on a flat surface. Its texture feels relatively soft and smooth to the touch. There is a 3cm-wide band at the upper thigh, where the hose meets the panty. The Knitted waistband measures 3.5cm wide. The distance between the tip of the waistband and the crotch is 19cm wide. There is no gusset, and the toes are reinforced.
The composition is 92% nylon and 8% elastane. The nylon is sourced from an Israeli company Nilit, under the trade name NILIT® EcoCare. It is made from recycled materials.
Pamela Mann uses a combination of clothing size and height for sizing. I have attached the chart below. I bought the One Size for this review.
There was only one colour, Black, at the time of writing this review. Hence this colour was used in this review.
The cardboard inside the hose does have rough edges. Be careful not to cut yourself or damage the tights when taking it out from the hose.
The fit was very good and true to the size recommendation. The envelopment was moderate, with mild, gentle hug on the panty and the legs. The waistband had a relatively good fit. In addition, the toe section was made wide, hence plenty of rooms for the toes to wiggle.
To be honest, I was expecting quite a number of snags as the item was partially protected, but I was wrong. Even with another piece of cardboard placed inside the hose, I only found a few distortions. Most of them could be ameliorated with gentle pulling and rubbing. The tights did have some uneven patches, though you have to exam very carefully to identify them.
The tights is matt in general, yet exhibited a reflective sheen when shone upon. The band at the upper thigh is too high to be seen and doesn’t seem to have any support capability. Hence it raised my curiosity as to why Pamela Mann adopted it in the first place.
There is no tag or marker on the inner side of the waistband, and the tights did not go through the boarding process. Suppose this means the tights can be worn back to front and vice versa.
I hand washed the tights, and there was very little residual dye in the water.
The tights felt particularly soft, like fine cotton, with a smoothness of nylon. They were very comfortable to wear. The waistband felt almost pressure free, and I had no issues with it. Since I didn’t feel any pressure from the band at the upper thigh, I think it is just for decoration purposes.
I was wearing them when the outside temperature is 13°C, with 76% humidity. The 50 denier was sufficient to keep my legs warm.
I like the sensation the tights bring. It is soft and comfortable. I don’t like the packaging though. It was very stressful trying to get the cardboard out of the hose. If you have steady hands, I highly recommend it.
The style is available for £8.99. You can order straight from the Brand’s website.
Pamela Mann (English)
If you are interested in opaque tights, do have a look at my review on Oroblù’s All Colors 50 tights here.