I have long been aware of Falke as the brand the fashion girls wear. We've all read those features: 'It's chilly so I broke out my fresh stack of Falke/Wolford tights. They're pricy but worth the money!' Besides getting distracted at the idea of buying a 'stack' of £20+ tights at the beginning of each winter, I have always wondered if they really were a worthy investment. Time to find out!
First impressions were good as I opened the packaging, although the tights looked a little long in the leg. (I'm 5'7" and ordered the M/L but I am definitely comprised of more 'body' than 'leg'.) I compared them to a pair of M&S opaques and they were significantly longer. However, once on they felt almost perfect. Perhaps still a fraction long but no bunching at the crotch or ankle. In fact they looked so sleek and snug I ran around in just my bra for a while and was even tempted to snap a picture for you. Very soft, very comfy and not in the least bit shiny. This is key! I am often horrified at the amount of sheen reflected off an otherwise smart pair of opaques. Not a problem with my new Pure Matts. They were also perfectly black and not remotely see-through. I wore the tights all day on a trip to London and late into the evening. They never rode down, snagged or sagged. And, luckily for me (judging by the pics of my shockingly short dress*), they do not have a 'brief' section of reinforced fabric that shows once your skirt rides up.
I washed the tights in with my woollens on a cold wash and air dried them. On inspection, the tights have developed some fluffy felt-like patches under where my feet go, perhaps from my boots rubbing on them. The rest of the material is still in good shape. I like the fact they have a proper label in the back of the tights so that I know which way round to put them on. And more importantly, to aid if I'm in a hurry and want to grab my 'posh' tights from the tangled mass in my undies drawer.
At £22.95 they are expensive for a pair of opaque tights, but for the quality, comfort and longevity I anticipate them offering, I would definitely buy them myself. I have read that the navy blue pair are the perfect shade; bloody impossible to find on the high street. I'd also like to try Falke's wool offerings as I usually find wool tights impossibly itchy! Are you tempted to invest in some posh tights? Where do you buy your opaques?
Black Falke Pure Matt 100 tights available at mytights.com*
*Product supplied for review.
*The dress is from Cos and it has shrunk in the wash. It has!