So much fuss has been made over Wolford’s Bonny Dot Tights (a.k.a how to instantly Stella McCartney-up any LBD) that a cult hosiery product which previously caused global waiting list pandemonium has managed to slip back into Wolford’s product range virtually unnoticed.
Grazia Daily well remembers the mayhem that erupted when Wolford launched its shiny shiny Satin De Luxe tights back in the early Nineties. The ultra-glossy legwear was worshipped by fashion editors, supermodels, and A-list music and movie stars alike. Way before It bags became a thing, the Satin De Luxe tight caused impossibly long waiting lists at stores worldwide.
The gloss of the Satin De Luxe is not to be confused with the 80’s-style sheeny hosiery favoured by the Middleton women. Wolford’s cult tights have a finish like black pearlised nail varnish. They’re like nothing else. Think your 100 deniers are thick? They’re practically sheer compared with Satin De Luxe’s leg coverage, which will elongate your legs to resemble a supermodel’s (no really); also helped by the sexy seam that runs down the back of each leg.
But the most flattering aspect is that shine. There’s a reason make-up artists always slick celebrities’ legs with shimmery tinted moisturiser before they face the cameras: it instantly gives an slimming and airbrushing effect. And these oil-slick style tights are the winter equivalent. The way a pair of Satin De Luxe's can resculpt your knees is worth the £19 price tag alone.
Best in black, they're the perfect thing to wear with a Little Black Dress (preferably a vintage Azzedine Alaia number from back in the Satin De Luxe’s hey day).
Our advice: buy a pair now before the waiting list hysteria hits for a second wave.
Satin De Luxe tights, £19 by Wolford from matchesfashion.com
- Angela Buttolph