If money was no object, I’d be buying Falke most of the time. But alas, their price point is a bit too rich for me. Across the last few months of my expedition through the world of hosiery, looking for brands and styles that would fit me, I find myself coming back to DKNY/Donna Karan. Apparently this brand seems to be the best overall in matching up to my proportions on an affordable level. There is also an interesting history of many different styles that have since been discontinued, which is generally the tenuous nature of fashion. Occasionally, some interesting styles come around at very attractive prices, as closeout items. And if you get lucky with few bidders to compete with, a great price may be had indeed.
I recently managed to find a pair of DKNY satin rib silver tights. Although the denier is not stated, I would venture to say that they’re about 60 to 70 denier in appearance. The stripe pattern is rather masculine, so I figured I could wear these in place of dress socks.
The material feels like good quality, with a raised stripe texture and slight sheen. It is called “rib”, but usually that’s for closely spaced lines and they are well spaced apart here, like stripes. I wasn’t expecting that they would stretch much, but the Lycra content proved to be reasonable and allowed for a good fit. The toe seams are rounded, which allows the material to conform nicely to the foot, but the toe area does not appear to be reinforced.