Featured designer: Emilio Pucci

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When you think of multicolored retro fashion, it’s easy for the name Emilio Pucci to come to mind.  Emilio was a Florentine Italian fashion designer born in 1914, who lived up until 1992.  He was somewhat of a Renaissance man, delving into many different areas of interest.  But when he managed to receive notable attention for an experimental stretch fabric he created for his own ski wear design in the late 1940’s, he decided to pursue haute couture as his life long profession.

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Review: We Love Colors — Men’s Performance Tights


Earlier in my blog, I wrote a short piece about the hosiery retailer We Love Colors.  They have a section for men that includes tights, gloves, socks, and shoe laces (tights are listed first).  You can buy full nylon tights (regular or plus sizes) or performance tights for men, with or without feet.  This review is about their men’s performance footed tights.

The website title is “Men’s Performance Tights“, and the description says “Our high performance dance tights for men are built to last performance after performance, without running or snagging. These thick and comfy performance spandex tights for men are available in all of our 55 distinct colors. With no fly opening. 77% nylon 23% Lycra.”   These are available in four styles:  footed or footless, and solid or splash colors.

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Picture of the Day

Most of the eastern half of the United States is experiencing cloud cover or precipitation today.  It’s certainly a gloomy gray day over here in the New York City metro area.  Here’s a little color to liven up your day.  🙂

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Or, if you’d like something with more pizazz than solid opaques, let Emilio Pucci stir it up for you:

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Highly popular “We Love Colors” hosiery website sells to men too

If you search on the internet for tights with the keyword “color”, you’re bound to run into We Love Colors.  This is a American family run hosiery retailer based in Florida that has been in business on-line since 2003.  Their primary fashion statement is simply colors–a huge range of them, for socks, leggings, tights, and active wear, and for women, men, and children.  They are frequently featured in fashion and clothing style magazines, as well as a big hit with the younger female fashion crowd.

On their website, they have a link for “Men”, and curiously enough the topmost entry is “tights“.  Socks are at the bottom of the list!  I think that’s a first.  So, I took a look around their website and found that they offer a few tights styles for men, with the benefit of their enormous color range.  For footed tights, you essentially have two choices:  basic solid color nylon and “performance”.

The basic nylon is essentially just the women’s plus size nylon tights.  The size chart is exactly the same.  This means that for the taller athletic male, you’re left with basically one choice:  3X.  That’s because 2X may support up to 220lbs, but is capped at 5’9″.  In going to 3X, you gain a height maximum of 6′, but then the max weight is 260lbs.  So, they won’t provide a very snug fit for someone with a more slender build.

Their other offering is “performance” dance tights, made of thicker heavier nylon/lycra.  Lycra is important for good fit, much better than just plain 100% nylon.  The size chart on “performance” is much more in line with what the taller athletic male would look for.  The large size supports weight from 180-210lbs, and height is 5’11” to 6’4″.  Now you’re talking!  The male models shown on their web page look very much like my physical profile.  If you look closely, you will notice a seam pattern on these tights.  There is an angular seam construction at the feet, and a leg seam runs from the feet up the inside of the legs to the crotch.  You can get a clear view of this in their example photo.  The seam construction is remarkably similar to dance tights by M.Stevens (a very popular dance wear maker), as one of the foot seams runs a few inches up the outside of the calf (a signature of their design).  Price wise, you are paying about as much as you would for men’s ballet tights in size XL, but with a tremendous advantage of a large color range.  UPDATE: They are indeed by MStevens!

To get nylon/lycra tights with seam free legs, you’ll find these on the pages for women’s tights.  But for the taller male, you’ll find the largest regular size falls a little short.  Only two sizes are offered, and M/L has a size range of 5’5″-5’11” and weight of 135-168lbs.   Moving to the plus size, you’re again faced with more weight accommodated for the height.  However, a representative from their company told me the fabric is very stretchy, so they may be just fine.  I’ll have to try them at some point.

From reviews I’ve read, many women are giving a big thumbs up to We Love Colors for the fit, quality, and color range of their tights.  What I would like to see the company do is to extend the nylon/lycra blended tights range a little, adding the large size from their performance tights line for us taller men.  So what the heck, I’ll point them to my little write-up here and see if I can get them to muster up some consideration.  🙂

UPDATE:  I got a pair of their performance dance tights and posted a review, here.