As an avid opaque tight wearing person, I was curious to discover what all the hype was over the new Heist tights. First those adverts of leaping topless women caused a bit of a stir on the underground (the company had to add bandeau tops to the women in the advertising) then they appeared to sponsor every podcast I listened to.
I love an upgraded basic, who doesn’t want the perfect pair of black opaque tights? I’d much rather spend a bit more money on making something I’m going to wear every day that little bit more wonderful. So I bought two pairs, one 50 (£20) and one 80 (£22) denier pair.
My order arrived swiftly and in packaging that made me smile with delight, cute animated women of all shades prancing about joyfully on the simple plastic wrapper. Inside, the beautiful pink box presented the two pairs of tights like they were expensive silk scarves, folded carefully into paper envelopes and given enough room to impress you with their touchy-feely softness. And I am sure I’m not the only person who looked at the pink of the box and thought ‘that’s the perfect shade for the bathroom/inside the kitchen cupboards/ hallway.’
Each pair comes with its own washing and storing bag, clearly labelled, so no more rummaging about in the semi-dark on cold mornings trying to find the perfect tights to wear. And washing them in the bag seems such a sensible idea when you think about it.
So far, so good.
I tried the 50 denier first. They glide on easy and the waistband is very comfy, they are shaped to be friendly around your lady-bits, with plenty of room and no nasty ridges. The one seam -which is flat-bonded -attaches the thick waist band section to the top of the tights and has been well thought through and leaves you with a nice firm silhouette. The thickness is nicely, densely matt with no shiny bits. I loved the way they looked, and wore them all day without another thought. Brilliant! I thought.
Then, after nearly ten hours of comfy wear, I came to take them off. And guess what? The start of a ladder had appeared at the top of the tights, right where the waistband joins the main leg, where there’s engineered shaping to expand for the hips. What a shame. Interestingly, we had a comment on our instagram feed which had the very same problem.
I’m so sad at this, I’ve patched them up with clear polish and I’ll carry on wearing them, but I’m not sure how I feel about recommending them to you all now. The 80 denier are fantastically dense, I’m wondering if that yarn will be more durable. Being bed-bound with flu has limited my wearing time, but I will report back.
Has anyone else been wearing Heist?