I recently reviewed a pair of DKNY Super Opaque control top tights and found them to be very acceptable for the price. This was a pleasant discovery, as in the past I had found the plain opaque DKNY tights to be less generous in sizing. I then decided to have a look at the Donna Karan line and noticed several styles that appealed to me. They have a “Luxe Layer” version that is micro fleece lined and results in a very deep and uniform opaque appearance. But unfortunately the sizing offers only two choices, the larger being M/L, reduced by 30lbs in maximum weight from Donna Karan’s Tall size.
Donna Karan seems to experiment a lot style naming, resulting in a little confusion about what their product names really mean. I’ve noticed “Perfect Opaque”, “Signature Luxury”, “Signature Lux 90”, and “Sueded Jersey”, all looking to be about the same in terms of description. I decided on the “Perfect Opaque”, after being able to feel the material first hand at the Bloomingdale’s flagship store. This has a 90 denier material, heavier than the Sueded Jersey style that is described as 70 denier. They aren’t control top, but there is mention of the brief offering light support.
NOTE: I changed the title… it turns out that the “Signature Lux 90” is not some exclusive style made for Neiman Marcus. It is the “Perfect Opaque” style, simply labeled differently.
I was a bit confused by a number of naming variations that Donna Karan had come up with for a line of opaque tights. You would find “Perfect Opaque”, “Signature Luxury”, “Signature Lux 90”, “Luxe Layer”, “Luxury Layer”, “Sueded Jersey” and so on. They’re all opaque tights… so what’s the difference? Well, in some cases the same style is just being resold under a different name. But, in other cases, there are some physical differences (ranging from slight to more substantial). And some hosiery makers will create a style that is distributed to only a few select stores.
I recently came to learn about the “DK Luxe Layer” tights, which are a very solid looking opaque style (could pass for 120 to 200 denier) with an inner micro fleece layer, sold through Bloomingdale’s. They have a terrific looking front panel that can serve both women and men very well. These are different from the “Luxe Layer” style also offered by Donna Karan, as the Donna Karan website shows a different panty/brief design (seam is up the front).