Fashion By Jenni

{December 26, 2007}   Review of Express Tights

In my last article I gave a review of We Love Color tights and explained my decision to return them. I love the colored tights trend as I mentioned in my favorite fashion trends of the season article. I decided to buy my tights at Express and I wasn’t disappointed. These are my thoughts about my purchase:

The material is good quality.These tights stretch without fear of ripping and they didn’t tear despite my momentarily raggedy toenails. The material feels soft and are more comfortable to wear. According to the package the materials in the Express tights are 95% nylon and 5% lycra. So, if you are allergic or don’t like the feeling of either material than you might not find them as comfortable as I did.

The tights fit me better overall. The material sits evenly on my legs and doesn’t bag at the bottom. The We Love Color tights had a tendency to not stay centered on my legs. They would have parts that were stretched out and others that were too loose. The Express tights remain tight and the material stays evened out.

The tights are low waisted. Some people may prefer tights that are high waisted, but I feel that low waisted tights are more versatile. You can wear either a high or low waisted skirt without them showing. Also, you don’t have to roll them and have a humongous bulge.

There wasn’t as many colors available. The We Love Colors website boasts 45 different colors, which was a factor in my decision to order them. Express had less than 10 colors available, but there may have been more at different stores. The colors at Express were ones that would go with a variety of colors and many of them were primary. The colors included: blue, yellow, green, pink, and red.

The price of the tights were expensive. Fifteen dollars for one pair of tights at Express was a fifty percent markup from eight dollars a tight at WLC (We Love Colors). However, I felt they were worthwhile, because the overall quality was better. The price may limit the number you buy, but if you buy ones that match your wardrobe you won’t need many.

The sizing chart used your overall height, but the weight was more precise. I wish that tights wouldn’t use your overall height, because different people have different leg lengths even if they have the same heights. The weight was more precise. The package said 90-155 pounds while at WLC it just said under 300 pounds. The problem is that some of the people may weigh 110 pounds while others weigh 290, yet they are wearing the same pair of tights.

I don’t plan on returning these tights and am glad to have found some that fit me correctly. Have you bought colored tights at Express or elsewhere? In what colors?


{December 22, 2007}   A Review of We Love Color Tights

A few days ago I received three pairs of colored tights from the website We Love Colors. I had been looking for some tights, because they are one of my favorite fashion trends as I mentioned in My Top Five Favorite Fashion Trends This Season Article. After they arrived I tried a pair on to see how they would fit, but I had some discrepancies with them. The problem with the internet is that you don’t know how they will turn out until they arrive, so I wrote this article to tell how they really are from a fellow consumer’s standpoint.

They are high waisted. I dislike high waisted clothing and enjoy wearing my pants and skirts lower on my hips. I can’t even stand jeans being at my belly button, but these pants were exponentially high waisted. When I tried them on they were a little less than an inch below my rib cage and I’m long waisted! A possible solution would have been to roll them, but then I would have a giant bulge. I want an item that fits correctly.

The charts to order them are inaccurate. The charts on the website go by your overall height starting from your toes to your head. However, we all have different proportions. If I was the owner of the business I would have you measure your length of your legs, because the length of the rest of your body doesn’t matter. For example the tights may be too short on someone who has a short torso and long legs. Their legs will be longer than someone who has the overall same height, but has a longer torso and shorter legs. They are the same height and get the same size tights, but have different leg sizes. This is inaccurate, because the tights length depends on the length of your legs not the rest of your body.

They were baggy on me. My legs aren’t wide, but they aren’t extremely thin either. I have muscular legs, so I was surprised the tights were so loose on me. The size I ordered was for under 300 pounds, but it was the only one I could get because of my height. I wish there would have been more options available

I loved the colors of the tights. There were around 45 different colors available on the site to choose from. The colors ranged from neon pink to royal blue. With such a wide span of colors you could pick any color you can think of. When I received the package I wasn’t surprised by the color they ended up being, because they were the same color that was shown on the site. I’ve ordered items online before that have looked nothing like what was shown on the website.

I was elated there was a 30 day money back guarantee. The guarantee says that if you have any problems with the tights, even if you just don’t like them, they will take them back. However, you have to pay for shipping and handling, which was about half of what we paid for them. However, I figured if I wasn’t going to wear them, because they didn’t fit it would be a waste of money to keep them. Also, if they were worn or unsellable than you have to pay an additional restocking fee. We haven’t returned them, yet so I’m hoping we don’t have to pay for the restocking fee.

Overall, I felt that the negatives outweighed the positive and I believe making the decision to return them was the right one. I will miss the variety of colors. However, I plan on going to Express to get some tights, because at least I can try them on there. They may be more expensive, but they are low waisted and not loose on me. Also, I can try them on to make sure I like them. I was really excited about them until they arrived and I tried them on. So, I wanted prevent anyone else from feeling that disappointment and letting you know what you are receiving before you buy them.

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