Cold weather plus skirts or dresses require good tights for comfort
When you are a regular reader of High Latitude Style, you know that I am a skirt/dress kind of gal. Living in Alaska this means that legwear is a Must-have from September to mid-May. Thus, I have tried a lot of different brands over the last 18 years since moving up here. What I am looking for in hosiery is a narrow knit, no shine (as shine adds weight), and a low- to mid rise with a smooth – read non-baggy – and non-slip, non-sagging top. Who needs that extra bulk arround her waist?
And yes, the crotch of the top should not “hang” 4 inch (10 cm) or so below my bum (as many tights do). You know for sure what I am talking about! Why is the latter so important for me? Comfort, sis! And at 40 below zero, you have to double them up for thermal comfort when wearing a skirt or dress. However, layering them doesn’t work when the leg part is too short.
Ordering a size larger to have the right length would lead to the top slipping down. The pair would keep you busy all day with pulling them up. That activity probably doesn’t count as exercise. It’s uncomfortable and plain annoying (even when you wear just one pair at a time)!
Today I want to share with you my recent discovery that I am really excited about: Hipstik® Legwear.
Legwear made by women for women
Hipstik® Legwear is a woman-owned and certified company who specializes in hosiery of all kind, i.e. leggings in various length, tights with and without toe/foot part as well as pantyhose. All their products are made in the USA by women.
When their outreach person asked me to review their legwear innovation, I picked two pair of tights for review. Fall is arround the corner. This means when you are a skirt/dress kind of gal and/or your work-dress code requires skirt (suits) or dresses, comfortable leg coverage is a Must-have for the cold season.
Every woman deserves great hosiery
Over the years I cut enough pairs of tights and pantyhose myself without success. I tried all kind of adjustments just to get rid of the rolling mess and/or unflattering (control) top digging in at the waist that made me look like a bee (you get it, I know!). It was really frustrating! Therefore, looking at whether their innovation works, seemed worth a try. Every women deserves comfortable hosiery that doesn’t distract her from her daily activities and that doesn’t ruin her outfit. Don’t you think so?Don't ruin a great look with messy hosiery. #agelessstyle Click To Tweet
What I am excited about
I’m glad I tried! The first innovation I noticed was that they came up with a size chart that advoids the compromise between fit of the leg length or fit of the top! What a brilliant solution! Why hadn’t someone the idea before? All you needed to figure this out, is women of different shape trying out what size fits which body shape! Here is what they came up with.
According to their size chart, I have a size A. I picked the opaque tights in black and gray. They also come in navy and brown. This means no matter which color season or tonal type you are, their collection covers the basic neutrals; there is a pair for every woman’s wardrobe.
When I opened the package I was really excited about the flat appearance of the top and the nice lace. No bulk whatsoever! See the photo below. A silicone stick strip – like those you know from strapless bras – serves to hold the tight in place. I wore my pairs at work and on the weekend. I hadn’t to pull them up at all (except after pulling them down in the restroom to discharge what my body made out of the coffee 😉 ).
The knit is narrow enough (97 denier) to give a great opaque appearance (see photos). It is also so narrow that the tiny loops of the knit hold some air. Air is a great insulator when it is in thin pockets like the loops of the knit. Together all these features mean that the pairs will reduce body heat loss when temperatures get uncomfortable at below 50F (10oC).
Hipstik tights consist of durable microfiber featuring Spandex. They feel super soft and comfortable with every move. Plus they are easy to style (see outfit photos).
Price performance ratio
The pairs cost $34 each, which is in the typical ballpark of pairs with similar fabric quality. Pssst, currently, the navy, gray and brown ones are on sale for $24.99. The innovation in sizing and the non-slipping, non-bulky top part are value added. Since leg coverage is a Must in the cold season for thermal comfort when wearing dresses or skirts, the tights will get below $1 per wear fast. As you know, this is my criterion for a great price-performance ratio. Thumbs up.
There is free shipping on all US orders! <3
This product is a perfect fit for women of all shapesan
It was about time that hosiery is made with women’s shapes and all-day well-deserved comfort in mind! I hope you love this product idea as much as I do. It solved my problems with fit, slipping and bulk. I can really recomment Hipstik® Legwear.
In a nutshell
This hosiery is made with women’s shapes and everyday comfort in mind at affordable price. Browse their collection now to stay comfortable this upcoming cold season.Every woman owes herself comfortable hosiery. #HipstikLegwear Click To Tweet
P.S. Share your excitment about the comfort of Hipstik Legwear with friends via email and YOU will receive a $5 promo code! PLUS as an incentive, your friends will get a 10% OFF coupon code for their first purchase.
Photos of me: G. Kramm
Diagram: Courtesy of Hipstik® Legwear
Disclosure: The tights are samples from Hipstik® Legwear. The post is not endorsed by them. I wrote it entirely myself and it represents my own 100% honest opinion. There are affiliate links in this post. You don’t pay more when you purchase a product through my link. These links just make it easier for you to find something, and I get a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of High Latitude Style. Thank you!
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