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Offering a fantastic range of tights and stockings in basic, and extravagant colours and designs, I was really excited to try these. Given a couple of pairs as a gift, I was taken in by pretty patterns and the glossy sheen of their finish. But I have never felt more let down by a product in my life.
Firstly, as to be expected, it's hard to pair these weird and wonderful tights with any outfit if you're not going out in the evening. This adds to their charm, but I first opted to try the black spotted pair that had been purchased for me. I was amazed, considering the price tag, as I pulled them on gently how thin they were. They weren't warm, they weren't really doing anything. They clung nicely to my legs, and had that glossy effect, but within seconds I noticed a snag behind my calf. A massive ladder had already been ripped.
I keep my nails incredibly short, so there was nothing for the fabric to really catch on!
I peeled them off, and tried the next pair, hopeful that they would be more of a success story. They lasted the best part of a day, my toes actually wore through the fabric and laddered it from the inside out. They caught on everything imaginable, and even rubbing your hand against your leg seemed to send seams splitting.
Honestly, I would never purchase another pair of these again for myself. They're appalling quality. I would only suggest these tights for a one off occasion, such as a night out, and not for everyday use. Don't waste your money if you're after anything more.
Well where do we start with the pamela mann tights...
They are tights , if you are like me you will wear them for about an hour then you have a massive hole, ladder, snagged them whatever you have done do you then think that the £5+ you have just spent on these tights has gone down the drain and you may aswell have not bothered spending more on a pair of thights to make you self feel nice, sexy, posh what ever the reason, unless you have more money than sense i wouldn't bother, and to be honest you pay for labels and quality and the quality is no better with these than what i get from tesco when doing my weekly shop!
I would much rather go to a cheap shop say tesco or primark spend a couple of pound for 3 pairs and then i dont care if damage them. Instead of paying £5 for a single pair of plain black tights. You may think i am being tight but i think im just being practical and in the high street shops you can get a great range of fashion tights for less than the pamela mann. for example a pair of fishnets £8.99 primark £1 the choice is yours.
For any other item of clothing i will splash out but for goodness sake who can tell if your tights are from asda or pamela mann?
Website URL - http://www.pamela-mann.co.uk/
Present Collection - Spring Summer 2010 available to order online
Products - Designer wear socks - tights - leggings - Stockings - Hold-ups
While browsing in the ladies lingerie section, waiting for my better half to make an appearance from the retailers dressing room, who wanted to close incidentally. Instead of looking like a stalker, I glided slowly around trying to appear aloof like, and suddenly a familiar name done in eloquent script on a glamorous box winked at me, her name was Pamela Mann. Pamela and I go back twenty five years; she was an American porn star I was an easily excited, greasy haired, bunny fluffed boy with a healthy appetite. It was all VHS in those days, on a very noisy Panasonic video player; so I found out; usually after constantly touching the rewind button, to further my education. What an education it was and now her name franchises tights. Going by the innocent shapely legs that wore the gaudy, silky attire on the designer box, I made the decision, it was all planned; obviously a clever piece of marketing by a team who knows my sort too well. I will stay away the best I can.
Before I continue with this article, I would like to express that I know what I am doing. Yes I am reviewing Pamela Mann tights, no, I haven't become a cross dresser; and I am aware that many ladies alike could take offence and take me to the cleaners, but alas; no male has written about tights on this site; until now. I must clarify that this is why I've titled this article 'Snakes and ladders'. There is some logic in my madness.
Ms Mann's tights are available in an array of 1980's striking patterned designs and gaudy kitsch colours. They retail up to 12.00 GBP per pack that makes laddering them a major lucrative mistake; or not depending on the style your emulating to your peers. Like all these types of leggy attires the chosen material is nylon, thanks to its very male inventor Mr Wallace Carothers in 1935; at last a factual piece of information that may be of use, if you're an active pub quizzer. Twitter addict and eloquent gentlemen Stephen Fry corrected analogies on 'Quite Interesting' that the word Nylon is not based on an Anglo American alliance (New York - London) The increasing travel exploits in the 1930's from these two great cities, gave improper propaganda that Carothers had in fact wanted to get onboard with fashion hitting the streets being the new fad. He was looking elsewhere in the areas such as tyres and the wonders of parachuting, before making it something of a fashion concept.
Pamela Mann is having a prolonged career in the fashion stroke sex industry, after being every schoolboy's big haired fantasy in the eighties. In the time when the 'Y' fronts kept your tackle warm for the real men, the ladies had leggings, all different colours and designs. Pamela Mann had married glamour with bold patterns, making it truly her own. Nylon helped with the clingy sexiness, and I believe the pioneer Carother's would have approved of the masterpieces, that shaped around the slender female pins. Soft to touch, easy to catch and rip; which makes it even more a sexy accessory that maybe even Carothers wouldn't have thought of it while testing it out on parachuting, and oily tyres. I certainly can't imagine Carother's being anything like the nylon thong fanatic Peter Stringfellow; he surely would be shocked to know his products had led to debauchery types who crave sex. Sadly Carothers did not see what his invention had done to women's legs or bodies, he decided to end matters in 1937.
Thanks to Wallace Carothers the West has seen an orgy of attires that women seem to not get enough of, whether it is pleasing her Mann (pun intended) or pleasing herself by displaying boundless amounts of femininity that even the moustached dinner lady would be envious of. For me, I tend to sway to the less abstract designs as I prefer to seek the lovely curvature of a decent leg rather than gazing at a over sized butterfly perching on a leaf. Pamela Mann leg attire is inventive but I find 'warts and all' real leg in all its glory more reassuring. Going by past experiences, it is good to have a good prod before buying I find; a good honest bare leg, blemishes and scars all inclusive, no hidden agendas. A simple opaque silky tight is all that is required to reap the rewards of a tight orientated male. There is also nothing more distracting either than being confronted with animal print on the leggings or tights while getting served at the bar, very off putting for low levelled intelligent males who lose the thread of eerrrrrrrr thought, and appear glossy around the forehead region. Afraid of being caught eye shifting to the Pamela Mann leg attire. It tells me if she has got panther footprints printed on her pins, I wander what other animal marking are going to make a guest appearance? It is all a bit too eye catching, and as I have a posture of William Gladstone anything too exciting would have cause for concern. I know Pamela Mann far too well.
I visualise the hardworking Carothers in the lab, working tirelessly (pun intended) making the best ever invention of the 20th Century being 'Nylon', and it certainly is the most used product and affordable; then I visualise what the product has done for women attire, which out weighs the intended invention. Nylon certainly has enable women to exaggerate definition curvatures that have duped many men. Tights, for sure do cover the bottom in a snug peachy way and this means she can wear a skirt as short as a London taxi driver's temper, we men do not want the ladies to get draughty, it is not in our nature to make their nipples erect with the cold; only in excitement is allowed. It is not that we can offer a coat down to the lower regions, unless you're a Scot, and even that is a little too risqué for Pamela Mann's seasonal collection.
The only thing I haven't done is wear any. I could state that they are as silky as satin, soft to touch and as brazen as a hussy in Soho, but I have stayed clear of those sorts of comments, all I think about is those heady days during my early sexual enticements when Pamela Mann was at her prime.
Fifteen minutes later my better half made an appearance, we left empty handed. What a surprise!
Thanks for reading
I hadn't heard of Pamela Mann until these arrived, but I'd needed some grey tights and they stocked just the right colour. Doing some research shows that Pamela Mann is a reasonably well known brand, that are famous for their bright coloured and patterned tights, but that still stock plain colours.
They are slightly more expensive then usual, pricing at between £8 - 10 depending on where you get them from, and some of the 'premium' patterns can be even more. First impressions don't suggest that they are worth this price tag, as the material is very thin, and looks easy to snag.
They do come in one size fits all, which is fine for me but can be quite annoying if you happen to differ from the usual body shape. However these seemed to have a lot of elasticity, which meant they should fit anyone. I didn't ladder them putting them on, and they looked quite good. The grey colour was subtle, and I've since bought an opaque pair which for once were actually opaque, and a bright pair for nights out...
They are good quality, and there are some brilliant patterns, but you have to be extra careful with them to ensure you get your £10 worth!
Pamela Brand is a hoisery brand that, although selling plain tights and stocking are best known for specialising in alternative coloured and patterned hoisery.
Most Camden shops, online stores and 'goth' shops sell this brand of hoisery. The cheapest I've seen them is online - through Cheekylegs.co.uk where you can pick up a pair for as little as £3. Other places usually charge betwwen £5-£10 depending on the style. In my opinion, they are worth it whatever you pay as they are very good quality.
I've been tempted my quirky coloured and patterned fashion tights sold in the likes of Primark and Topshop before. Often, however, I've found that they are poor quality, too thin and too small or short. Fashion tights most of the time come in 'One Size' - SKINNY!
I thought I'd give the Pamela Mann tights a go. I'd seen them in Camden so many times and have been tempted by them. The range of colours and styles are amazing, though I expected, being 'fashion' tights that are ultimately designed for look rather than comfort, I would come across the same problems.
I wanted a purple pair for a party and purchased them £6 from ebay (I had not then discovered cheeky legs!). This pair were opaque 50 denier in the dreaded 'one size fits all' (or should that be no one?)
I was very surprised, they fit perfectly and opaque, for a change really did mean opaque. They are extremely comfortable and I've worn them a number of times now and not a ladder in sight. Also for a bright colour they are surprisingly flattering. What do they make these things from??!
I've since bought a blue pair and have my eye on a black pair with a red lips pattern! The ranges of styles is vast - stripy, leopard print, zebra print, polka dots- even a comic book print tight! Also each pattern they seem to do in every colour. I may have to start a little collection.
If you want to jazz up your little black dress, a great idea is a pair of crazy tights. Mine are always a talking point- for the right reasons!!