Off the Rack ~ Kix’ies Thigh High Tights Reviewed

Technically this post is still related to Curve even though it’s now 5 weeks past. Kix’ies, the hosiery brand beloved by the pinup community, was there for the first time, and I got to chat with a rep. She also gave me a sample pair of tights to try!

Kix’ies are thigh-high tights with a special no-slip, no-sink triple band at the top of the thigh so you can wear them without garters and they stay in place. I’m sure I’ve mentioned previously my ban on clothing that makes you get undressed in order to use the toilet (though I’ve since broken that vow with the Trashy Diva Hepburn jumpsuit and my Freddies of Pinewood Chain Gang jumpsuit), so tights that don’t have to be pulled down in order to pee are right up my alley! Plus they come in a wide range of styles, and the triple-band just looks cool.

The Kix’ies display at Curve.

The Kix’ies display at Curve.

I ended up selecting the sheer black tights with a seam up the back, to go with all my vintage reproduction dresses. I literally don’t own any sheer stockings, so I’m always stuck with freezing bare legs or opaque black tights.

The Kix’ies rep showed me the size chart and measured my thigh at the point where I expected to wear the tights. Since there’s no threat of a mis-fitting crotch, you only need to consider your height and thigh circumference. The sizes are as follows:

A = height 4’11” – 5’5”, thigh up to 20”
B = height 5’5” – 6′, thigh up to 25”
C = height 4’11” – 5’5”, thigh up to 30”
D = height 5’5” – 6′, thigh up to 35”

I fall right in size B at 5’6” and 23”. If you’re on the border of two sizes, consider the material of your selected tights. I was told that fishnets are stretchier, and sheer and thinner materials are less stretchy.

You may be wondering how those three bands give the appearance of floating on your skin. Well they have tiny parallel lines of fishing line-like threads between each layer. They practically disappear on your leg, and they keep each opaque band from digging in. The way the tights stay up so well is by first selecting the correct size, and second each opaque band is lined with a flat strip of clear silicon.

So let’s get to some photos, shall we?

I only dressed up for work so that my outfit would match the tights!

I only dressed up for work so that my outfit would match the tights!

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Getting those seam lines straight was no easy feat! But at least they didn’t shift around once in place.

Getting those seam lines straight was no easy feat! But at least they didn’t shift around once in place.

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You can see that the bands aren’t digging in, and the fishing line is totally invisible. Success! However, I did have one minor complaint…

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That tag!! The little white care tag on the inner thigh was really itchy. I think they should just do away with it, and put all the care instructions on the packaging. Plus, who doesn’t already know that tights are supposed to be hand-washed? (Though I’m lazy, so I just throw them in a lingerie bag and use the washing machine’s delicate/hand-wash settings.)

Also, if you click on the tag photo above, you’ll be able to see that I drew two little lines on the top of my thighs with permanent marker so I could see if the tights slid down at all throughout the day. I drew the lines on at about 1pm, and here’s how the tights looked at 7pm when I got home (after sitting down and getting up from my desk several times, walking up and down a flight of stairs twice, and riding the subway home):

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My left leg did pretty well, only sliding down about a centimeter—but my right leg! It slid down like 4 inches! This is especially unexpected because if anything my right leg would be bigger (since that’s the one I favor, the muscle gets used more and could conceivably be slightly more developed). Maybe it has to do with the fact that I have short legs. Or it could be that this side was more stretched out due to having the cardboard square stuck inside of it to keep the tights flat in the package. I guess next time I’ll pull the bands up even higher, and see if that’s an improvement.

Despite not entirely living up to the claim that they never fall down, I would definitely buy more of these. In fact, the Kix’ies rep told me there’s a new vintage-friendly style in development—sheer tan with a black Cuban heel. Can’t wait!

 

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Big Bust Babydoll Boredom Busters: Curvy Kate Kitty & Freya Pandora

Sometimes a fabulous full bust development flies right over my head, like this Curvy Kate Kitty plunge longline babydoll that Sweet Nothings and Bras and Body Image recently reported and Big Cup Little Cup has already reviewed.

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It took glimpsing it from the corner of my eye at Curve before I finally recognized something I’m always looking for: supportive sleepwear that doesn’t hide the waist.

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The merlot color will be available in 30-40 D-J in October, but the Kitty longline babydoll in black has been available since December.

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I’ve always appreciated the bra element of babydolls, but I’m tired of their inevitable flounce-y empire waists. The maternity-look is so ubiquitous to babydolls, that I wonder, is it even a babydoll if it has a waist? Wikipedia characterizes a babydoll as short, sleeveless and loose-fitting. The Kitty is short and sleeveless, but thanks to the longline, it certainly isn’t loose-fitting.

Freya also challenges the “loose-fitting” element of the babydoll. As many of you know, I love the streamlined look of a chemise, and I’ve always thought that Freya’s babydolls look more like chemises because they lack the typical puffy gathers coming from the underwires. If you study the Freya chemises and babydolls that I included at the end of my post on deep cup wireless sleepwear last year, you’ll see what I mean.

When I mentioned this to an Eveden rep, she informed me that the only difference between a Freya chemise and a Freya babydoll is the underwire. No wonder the Freya babydolls appeal to me so much–they’re simply chemises with underwires!

Of all the underwired chemises in the Freya AW16 collection, the Pandora stands out with its sheer vertical-seamed cups that go up to a G cup! We weren’t the only ones disappointed that last year’s vertical-seamed Starlet only went up to an F cup. Pandora is Freya’s response to the demand for this light look and feel in a G.

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Available in 28-38 D-G.

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Side slings help with support.

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The Pandora collection also includes Freya’s first longline plunge without padded cups.

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Available in 28-38 D-G.

Finally, a Pandora vertical seam bra will be available in 30-36G and a plunge balcony in 28-38 D-H.

The only bad news about these beautiful pieces? They don’t reach stores until November . . . just in time to make it onto your holiday wish list.

 

Big Bust Curve Appeal: Bralettes for Almost All

Here’s something I never expected to find from multiple big bust lingerie manufacturers at Curve this year: bralettes!

Freya was our first discovery. Remember those adorable mix-and-match Freya Fancies that Leah wrote about in March? They’ve added a bralette to the mix.

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The Freya Fancies bralette is sized from XS to XL, and their model, who wears a 32FF, wears a size small. Basically, it’s like they’ve turned their chemises into cute little bras. Such a great idea!

The “magenta” above is a limited edition continuity color, and black and white are new continuities. I’ll edit this post later to add shipment dates and retail price.

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Tia Lyn includes a bralette in every line, including their new Rendevous line. This one ships in October and will come in sizes S-3X.

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Finally, look what Natori + Support has in store for us in December!

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It’s called the Glance and will comes in sizes 30-42 DD-H (remember: Natori’s H = a UK FF). It also comes in cafe, but the black looks much cooler. It will retail for around $66.

If none of these will work for you, don’t forget Ewa Michalak’s sleep bra that Georgina reviewed in January and CurvyWordy reviewed in February. “Sleep bra” doesn’t sound nearly as delicate as “bralette”, but EM has worked her design magic to create something both feminine and practical.

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Off the Rack ~ Comparing Underwire Comfort Pads

Without fail, every single bra I own cuts into me in the same spot—my right side where the underwire and the band meet, and then following the band back. And I do mean that literally. Even too-big bands, even my Panache sport with its padded, enclosed wires, still hits that spot and drives me crazy. With some bras, this phenomenon is super itchy. With others, it can actually break the skin like a rug burn. It’s worse when I’m sitting still at a desk all day.

I know I’m wearing the right size and it’s only on the right side, so I suspect it’s the result of where my ribs happen to be located in relation to the band and the fact that I don’t have much squish in that area.

Depending on what I’m wearing, sometimes I’ll tuck my shirt up under that spot on the band to create some extra padding and give my skin a break. But recently I decided to look for a better solution. I ended up buying two types of “underwire cushion” to compare: Braza’s Underwire Comfort Strips, and Nearly Me’s Silicone Underwire Pads. I found both on LadyGrace.com.

Braza’s pads are thin strips of fabric stuffed with a tiny bit of padding. Their backing is a flexible textured plastic that sticks to the soft side of velcro. The texture will also stick to your underwire casing, and that’s how it stays on. It’s slightly curved to follow the curve of your underwire.

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I tried the Braza strips first, and found them pretty much useless. For one thing, they’re simply too small for the purpose I needed. They only fit over the underwire and aren’t big enough to cover the entire band area that irritates me.

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Further, after one day of use, the underwire has permanently squished and made a dent down the center of the strip, so now it’s basically got no padding at all. It’s been several days since I wore the strip and it still hasn’t bounced back. So I definitely do not recommend these. I’m wondering if I can find some other purpose for them, as it seems wasteful to just throw them away.

The silicone pads, on the other hand, are amazing! After trying it once, I’ve been wearing one every day. They’re available in two lengths—four inches or six inches (I purchased the four-inch ones)—and are a little over an inch wide. They’re super squishy and thick. One side is soft, tan fabric, and one side is ultra-sticky, clear silicon.

You get two in a package, and they come stuck together with a sheet of plastic separating them (like the plastic that comes on Dr. Scholl’s reusable gel inserts for shoes). When you’re ready to use it, you peel one strip off and stick it on your body, then carefully put on your bra. They can be washed with gentle soap and water, then allowed to air-dry before sticking back onto the plastic sheet and storing in a zip-loc baggie (which they come in).

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The silicone pads completely solve the discomfort I was experiencing. They’re big enough that I don’t have to be that precise in putting them on, and they stick really well and stay put all day even when I’m moving around a lot. I do sweat a little extra on that spot when wearing one, but so far it hasn’t bothered me and the silicone still stays stuck on despite the sweat.

Here’s a photo of how I placed it under my bra (this is the Comexim Magic Blue):

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And after removing the bra:

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The other red marks you see are not painful or itchy, they’re just normal imprints I always get. There’s just something about the spot under the silicone that is painful for some reason.

I love these pads so much that I’m probably going to order loads more of them, maybe in both lengths. I’ll probably be wearing them every single day from now on.