Masha models Holly tights by Fiore

May 9, 2017 under Fiore

Masha models Holly tights by Fiore in graphite shade. I love that geometric fishbone pattern! i personally have a pair for myself in brown (which is already sold out) and I love to pair it up with long over knee socks. Perhaps you’ve seen photos of that on twitter.

Holly by Fiore – $4.99 Sale!

opaque hosiery for winter with fishbone pattern

My cousin surprises me with some photos

August 21, 2016 under Fiore

One morning I woke up, but my teen cousin was still sleeping. I asked her to be up by 10 a.m. every morning, so I asked her why she didn’t wake up on time.

Turns out that she was fooling around at night with the camera, taking photos of her legs on the washroom floor. She wanted to surprise me!

Out of all the things she photographed that night, Vadima by Fiore were her favourite. She said that she wants to wear them in winter. Here are some photos of those.

Vadima by Fiore on the legs 1

If you like these, here they are in my shop – Vadima tights, 60 den, in ecri shade.

Wearing Ofelia tights in Plum shade

August 10, 2016 under Fiore

These are tights by Fiore called “Ofelia”, completely opaque, with a geometric print. You can find them in the shop here – Ofelia by Fiore.

I decided to try them on in plum shade. Let’s just say that our Calgary summer has been unusually cold and wet, so I feel quite comfortable wearing these around the house instead of pants. I usually don’t reach for 60 den until it’s October or so.

I like the kaleidoscope pattern on these tights. Outside it does look like the colour of a plum, but inside in dim light it looks almost black. This pattern covers the legs only and not the panty portion. Reinforced toe.

Ofelia by Fiore in plum shade on my legs

Ofelia tights in plum shade

I do hope though that the weather will improve. So far my trip to a lake in Saskatchewan has cancelled because of not so hot weather and floods in that area. I went to a lake in Alberta called Pigeon lake and didn’t even bother to swim, it was cold and windy. My only hope now is to swim in Lake Ontario in two weeks on my trip to Toronto.

Wearing Opaque Tights in the Summer

July 1, 2016 under Fiore

Just about every day I see people wearing leggings in the summer. So if they wear leggings, why not wear tights? Perhaps I wouldn’t go outside like that in the sun, but later on in the evening when it’s not as cold I would.

Photos below are of me wearing Davina tights by Fiore. I just have a few left and they are on sale.

Davina tights by Fiore photo 4 waist line

Davina tights by Fiore photo 3

Davina tights by Fiore photo 2 legs

Davina tights by Fiore photo 1

Davina is a cool 3D textured style with a zigzag pattern on the sides and dotty texture towards the middle. It has a slight gloss to it and the pattern goes all the way up to the waistline. Black is always easy to match to any outfits. The toe is reinforced for extra durability.

You’ll see that on the cover photo it is shown in blue. For whatever outrageous reason, Fiore never produced it in that shade. It was available in black only.

Wearing 60 den Nubia tights by Fiore

June 29, 2016 under Fiore

Today is too hot for 60 den, but I figured I’ll wear this at home instead of leggings while doing a few chores. This style is Nubia by Fiore. The name sounds Egyptian and the pattern has distinct geometric shapes to fit the theme.

What I like most about this style is that the pattern goes all the way up to the waistline. It should be put on with caution though to keep the lines straight in order to make this pattern look the way it is supposed to. Reinforced toe adds some detail to the feet, highlighting the toes.

Graphite is one of my favourite shades because it easily goes with almost anything and because it is a muted colour, other bright colours are brought out by it, just like the blue shoes that I am wearing in the photo.

Nubia tights on my legs by Fiore 2 feet close up

Reinforced toe on Nubia tights

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Scratch and snag test on pantyhose

February 27, 2016 under Brands

I was reading an article about several brands of thick pantyhose going through the scratch test. Yes, there was a cat scratching on top of the woman. Here’s an example of a cat on top of Wolford tights, 70 den. All candidates were opaque styles, suitable for winter.

scratch test, snag test, thick opaque tights 70 den WolfordOMSA and Falke, both from totally different price categories, suffered the same. Runs and lots of fur stuck to them.

Uniqlo, Calzedonia, and Wolford did better. But still there were some snags, even though no holes. Cat hair clung just as well as on the previous ones.

The best sample from this run turned out to be from surprisingly a Chinese-made brand, JNBY. There were no holes and no snags, and minimum cat hair.

Wearing Ravenna textured tights by Fiore

October 7, 2015 under News

checkered pantyhose, 40 denI took this selfie photo still in spring, but didn’t get to upload it anywhere up to now. The weather got cold again here, so I am back to wearing 40 den.

A good friend of mine bought these tights from me for some other girl and she ended up getting the size wrong. That girl ended up being very skinny, but extremely tall, so medium didn’t fit.

As soon as I heard of it, I gave them a full refund and took these pantyhose for myself. Now I get to enjoy these textured tights in my own pantyhose drawer.

In case you like it, I’ve got some new pairs in stock in black and in mocca. It’s actually on sale now since this was a limited edition a few years back.

Link – Ravenna tights by Fiore, $6.99 sale

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Bright Tights for Plus Size – Fashion Statement?

October 12, 2014 under Seasonal

plus size lady in orange pantyhose 2 plus size lady in orange pantyhose

I saw these photos on a fashion blog that suggested this look for plus size fall fashion. Any thoughts? I don’t know if I like the outfit as much as I actually like the model. She looks so confident and happy!

Modeling Iris Tights by Fiore, 60 Den

July 15, 2014 under Fiore

Irish by Fiore tights

I absolutely love these! Reinforced toe and gentle pattern. I love that comfortable feel of microfiber around my legs and hips.

Iris tights by Fiore are now on sale.

Video – Hosiery News Report in French – Translated

October 21, 2013 under Practical

Youtube link :

 Thank you so much to Michel from France who did this translation!


Reportage de collants Hosiery news report
Présentatrice : (A Josée, la maquilleuse) Merci Josée. (Au public) Oh non ! Encore une maille ! Les femmes qui, comme moi, portent des bas Nylon régulièrement, peuvent en acheter 2 ou 3 paires par semaine. C’est beaucoup d’argent. Ca peut coà?ter jusqu’à?400$ par année. Est-ce qu’on peut économiser en achetant des bas nylons de meilleure qualité ? C’est ce qu’on va voir aujourd’hui en allant magasiner. Et heureusement, j’en ai une paire en réserve.(Musique et plan de coupe. Dans une boutique de collants.)collant reportage 10 den photo

Présentatrice : (A la vendeuseQuand je magasine des bas nylon, quelles questions je dois me poser, tout d’abord?

Vendeuse : Avant tout, est-ce que c’est une occasion de soirée, ou si c’est un bas nylon, pour tous les jours, pour le bureau, et deuxièmement si on veut une culotte de maintien ou non, et si on va les porter avec des chaussures ouvertes ou non.


Présentatrice Qu’est-ce que je dois regarder pour avoir un bas résistant ?


Vendeuse : Le denier doit être un peu plus élevé. Plus le denier est bas, plus le bas est mince. Et un autre facteur très important, c’est le Lycra dans le produit. Ca existe 100% Nylon, c’est-à?-dire, il n’y a pas de Lycra, alors, à?a risque de descendre sur la jambe. Ca va glisser. Avec le Lycra, à?a reste mieux sur la jambe, et puis c’est plus moulant.


(Musique et plan de coupe. Chez la coiffeuse.)


Présentatrice : (A la coiffeuseA quelle occasion vous portez des bas Nylon ?


La coiffeuse (la dame 1) : PlutГѓВґt dans les soirées. Les parties de Noà?l, les choses comme à?a.


Dame 2 : Dès que je me mets en jupe ou en robe, je mets des bas Nylon.


Dame 3 : Le travail, régulièrement. Les sorties.


Dame 4 : Quand je me mets en robe. Des fois pour le travail, pour une sortie.


Présentatrice (off): Claudine, Amélia, Katia et Sylvie, travaillent à?la maison Saint-Laurent de Longueuil. Elles acceptent de se transformer en mannequin pendant quelques jours.


Présentatrice (de retour à?la boutique de collants) : Nous avons choisi quelques modèles pour nos 4 testeuses. Tout d’abord, un modèle assez simple, je crois.


Vendeuse Le premier, c’est un bas assez mince, mais très bien pour tous les jours. Culotte de maintien, et le pied renforcé.


Présentatrice (off) : Modèle numéro 1, bas de gamme, à?7,50$, 15 deniers, 6% de Lycra.


Dame 1 : J’ai pas vraiment aimé le confort, le bout du bas. Il n’y avait pas de renfort. En plus la première fois que je l’ai porté, à?a a fait une maille. Première journée.


Dame 2 : Il est plus soyeux. Il bouge sur la peau. Le seul inconvénient, c’est qu’il n’est pas durable.


Dame 3 : Avec, on les enfile, juste s’asseoir, se relever, à?a fait des plis.


Dame 4 : Je l’aime beaucoup. C’était confortable dedans pour bouger. C’était souple. Il serrait bien la jambe. Il était assez solide. Rien, pas de maille.


(Musique. Plan de coupe. Dans la rue.)


Présentatrice (A un homme dans la rue) Vous, en tant qu’homme, qu’est-ce que vous pensez des femmes qui portent des bas Nylon ? Est-ce vous trouvez à?a sexy ?


Homme 1 : Bien sà?r que je trouve à?a sexy. J’adore à?a.


Homme 2 : Ca peut être suggestif, comme à?a peut être juste esthétique.


(Musique. Plan de coupe. Dans la boutique de collants).


Présentatrice Le deuxième modèle ?


Vendeuse : Le deuxième, c’est un 40 deniers. Alors, c’est bien pour quelqu’un qui va porter une jupe, qui ne veut pas d’un produit trop opaque, qui couvre complètement la jambe, mais assez soyeux.


Présentatrice Est-ce qu’il est plus résistant ?


Vendeuse : Oui. Parce que le denier est plus élevé.


Présentatrice (off) : Modèle numéro 2. Milieu de gamme. A 12,95$. 40 deniers. 21% de Lycra.


Dame 1 : Bah, moi, le numéro 2, en fait, je l’ai adoré. Le renfort au bout des pieds. Moi, à?a me plaà?t assez. J’ai des orteils mangeurs de bas. Le confort, aussi au niveau de la culotte, j’ai adoré. J’ai aucune maille.


Dame 2 : C’est un massacre. C’est une torture. Il est difficile à?mettre. C’est comme si on avait une couche de bébé entre les 2 jambes. Et on peut pas les monter à?la taille, comme les autres, les premiers.


Dame 3 : Il ressemblait pas mal à?un collant.


(Musique. Plan de coupe. Dans la rue.)


Homme 3 : Ca peut être sexy, effectivement.


Homme 4 : Tout dépend de la personne. Ca fait un plus beau galbe, la plupart du temps.


(Retour dans la boutique de collants.)


Présentatrice : Le troisième modèle, c’est vraiment un modèle de luxe qu’on décide de se payer, n’est-ce pas ?


Vendeuse C’est un produit de designer. Il est de 10 deniers. Alors c’est un peu plus mince. Pied sandale. On peut porter à?a avec des chaussures ouvertes sans problèmes. Et au niveau maintien, à?a contrГѓВґle les cuisses et les hanches. Voyez ? Il est très serré.


Présentatrice (off) : On ne risque pas d’étouffer, par contre ?


Vendeuse Non, il faut prendre la bonne taille, mais faire très attention, parce que si on prend trop grand, à?a risque de rouler à?la cheville.


Présentatrice (off) : Modèle 3. Haut de gamme. 34$. 10 deniers. 24% de Lycra.


(Musique. Plan de coupe.)


Dame 1 : Le renfort au bout du bas est moindre que le deuxième. La gaine est « huh ! ». Je suis étouffée complètement. C’est un peu trop. C’est pas confortable.


Dame 2 : Il n’est pas trop serré. Il est un peu rude sur la peau. Je trouve qu’il est assez transparent. Ca fait l’effet qu’on n’en a pas.


Dame 3 : Au niveau de la jambe ici, c’est trop large. Ca plisse.


Présentatrice (off) : Ca fait des plis ?


Dame 3 : Il faudrait que je le tire, que je le tire. Il descend tout le temps.


Présentatrice Et la gaine ?


Dame 3 : Trop serrée. Vraiment trop serrée. Inconfortable.


Dame 4 : C’est assez confortable. Parfois à?a vaut la peine, des fois de payer le prix. Mais là?, non. Je ne paierais pas ce prix-là?pour ce bas-là?.


Présentatrice (off) : Même si elles ont choisi la taille qui leur convient, deux de nos quatre testeuses se sentent vraiment inconfortables dans le bas numéro 3. Et voici leur verdict final : le premier modèle remporte 3 votes. Le second, 1 vote. Et le troisième, aucun vote. Elles préfèrent le confort à?la durabilité.


Dame 1 : J’ai été très surprise d’être confortable dans un bas Nylon. J’ai été très surprise.


Présentatrice (off) : Si, de votre cГѓВґté, vous préférez un bas plus résistant, n’oubliez pas de vérifier le nombre de deniers. Plus il est élevé, plus votre bas risque de durer. Pour le confort, regardez le pourcentage de Lycra.


Homme 5 (dans la rue) : J’aime bien un look naturel. Je plains les femmes qui en portent. Je trouve que c’est agaà?ant. J’ai jamais essayé, mais c’est ce que je constate.


Présentatrice (près d’une machine à?laver) : Pour que vos bas Nylon durent le plus longtemps possible, l’idéal, c’est de les laver à?la main, mais  on n’a pas toujours le temps de le faire, alors on peut les laver à?la machine, au cycle délicat, mais ce qu’il est important d’utiliser, c’est ce petit sac en filet, dans lequel on met nos bas. Ca évitera bien des mailles. Et voilà? ! Le tour est joué !


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Host : (To Josée, the make-up artist) Thank you, Josée. (To the viewers) Oh no! A run, again! Women who, like me, wear stockings on a regular basis, can buy 2 or 3 pairs each week. It’s a lot of money. It can cost up to CA$400 per year. Can we save enough money by buying stockings of a better quality? It’s what we will try to know today, by going shopping. And fortunately, I have a spare pair.(Music and cutaway shot. In a hosiery store.)Host: (To the clerk) When I purchase hosiery, which questions should I ask myself, at first?

Clerk: First, is it for a party, or is it pantyhose for everyday use, for work, and second, if you want a support panty or not, and if you will wear them with open-toes shoes or not.


Host: What should I look for to have more resistant pantyhose?


Clerk: The denier must be higher. The lower the denier, the sheerer the hosiery. And another very important factor, it’s the Lycra inside the product. It exists in 100% Nylon, that is, without Lycra, but it may slide down along the leg. It will slide down. With Lycra, it stays better on the leg, and also, it’s more clinging.


(Music and cutaway shot. At the hairdresser).


Host: (To the hairdresser) What are the opportunities for you to wear sheer hosiery?


Hairdresser (Lady 1): The most often in parties. Christmas parties and the likes.


Lady 2: Each time I wear a skirt or a dress, I wear sheer hosiery.


Lady 3: At work, on a regular basis. Or for stepping out.


Lady 4: When I put on a dress. Sometimes for work or to step out.


Host (off): Claudine, Amélia, Katia and Sylvie, work at Saint-Laurent of Longueil’s hairdresser shop. They accepted to model for us for a few days.


Host (back to the hosiery store): We chose a few styles for our 4 testers. First, a quite inexpensive style, I believe.


Clerk: The first one is quite sheer, but is OK for every day’s use. Support panty and reinforced toes.


Host (off): Style number one. Low range. CA$7,50. 15 deniers. 6% Lycra.


(Back to the hairdresser salon.)


Lady 1: I didn’t really like the comfort, the toes. There is no reinforcement. Plus, the first time I put them on, I got a run. The first day.


Lady 2: It’s quite soft. It moves on the skin. The only trouble, is that it’s not durable.


Lady 3: When I have them on, just sitting down or standing up makes creases.


Lady 4: I like it very much. It was comfortable to move. It’s supple. It clung well the leg. It was quite robust. No run.


(Music and cutaway shot. In the street)


Host: (to a man in the street) You, as a man, what do you think of women who wear hosiery? Do you find it sexy?


Man 1: Of course, I find this sexy. I love it!


Man 2: It can be suggestive, it can also be only aesthetic.


(Music and cutaway shot. Back to the hosiery store)


Host: Second style?


Clerk: The second style is a 40 deniers. So, it’s good for someone who wears a skirt, who doesn’t want a too opaque product that covers the leg completely. It’s quite silky.


Host: Is it more resisting?


Clerk: Yes it is, because the denier is higher.


Host (off): Style number 2. Middle range. CA$12,95. 40 deniers. 21% Lycra


(Back to the hairdresser salon.)


Lady 1: Me, the number 2, I loved it. The reinforced toes, I like it quite a lot. I have toes that are aggressive to the stockings. The comfort, too, at the panty. I loved it. I had no run.


Lady 2: It’s a massacre. It’s a torture. It’s difficult to put on. It’s like I had a baby diaper between the legs. And I cannot pull it up to the waist, like I did for the style number 1.


Lady 3: It looked very much like opaque tights.


(Music and cutaway shot. In the street)


Man 3: It can be sexy, indeed.


Man 4: It depends on the person. It makes the legs more shaped, most of the times.


(Back to the hosiery store)


Host: The third style is really a luxury style that we decide to purchase, isn’t it?


Clerk: It’s a product from a designer. It’s 10 deniers, so it’s sheerer. No reinforced toes, so it can be worn with sandals without problems. And for the support, it’s tighter on the thighs and the hips. See? It’s very tight.


Host (off): There’s no risk to suffocate, at least?


Clerk: No, you must take the right size, but be extremely careful, given if you take too large, it will slide down.


Host (off): Style number 3. High range. CA$34. 10 deniers. 24% Lycra.


(Music. Cutaway shot. Back to the hairdresser salon.)


Lady 1: The reinforcement at the toe is lower than the second style. The panty is "huh!" I can’t breathe. It’s a bit too much. It’s not comfortable.


Lady 2: It’s not too tight. It’s a bit itchy on the skin. To me, it’s quite sheer. It’s like I have no hose at all.


Lady 3: On the leg, it’s too large. It creases.


Host (off): It makes creases?


Lady 3: I should pull it up, pull it up. It slides down all the time.


Host: And the panty?


Lady 3. It’s too tight. Really too tight. Not comfortable.


Lady 4: It’s quite comfortable. Sometimes it’s worth paying a high price. But now, it’s not. I would not pay such a price for such a pantyhose.


Host (off): Even if they chose the size that fits them, 2 of our 4 testers felt really uncomfortable in the pantyhose number 3. Now, the final results. The first style gets 3 votes. The second style gets 1 vote. The third style gets zero vote. They prefer comfort to durability.


Lady 1: I was surprised to feel comfortable. I was very surprised.


Host: If you prefer a more resisting pantyhose, don’t forget the check the deniers. The higher deniers, the more durable the pantyhose is. For comfort, look the percentage of Lycra.


Man 5: I like a more natural look. I pity the women who wear hose. I find it boring. I never tried, but it’s what I see.


Host (close to a washing-machine): To maximize the durability of your hosiery, it’s better to wash them by hand, but we don’t always have the time, so we can wash them in the washing-machine, on the program "Wool", but what’s important is to use that kind of fishnet bag to put the hosiery inside. It will save it from running. That’s all!

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