I’m not sure how to tell you, but, well, umm, I’ve made it. I’m officially famous. We probably can’t be friends anymore.
Sorry about that.
How did I make it? Well, I reached that holy mecca of blogging. I got free shit. That’s right. Free shit. Not real shit – that would be weird – but a real company, sent me actual goods to blog about. And I didn’t even have to sell my soul. Win.
Let’s talk about the free stuff – with opinions that are all my own and free for you to read.
Just over a month ago I was contacted by Marta from UK Tights, an online company selling tights and a bunch of other hosiery items, if you hadn’t guessed.
I was asked if I would like to choose a few pairs of tights to try and I did like the sound of that. I’d come across UK Tights a few times before but never bought anything because I just don’t like online shopping that much. But I ignored my dislike of online shopping for the good of hosiery.
I was going to comment on the delivery but really, it’s not so much how long does it take for the company to send the package but rather how long does it take me to go to the post office to get said package. So I can’t really comment, only to say that it arrived and as always, I was at work.
The free shit
Tights mean outfit posts – or trying to replicate the poses that tight models use – I deemed outfit posts to be softer on the eyes.
Outfit #1 :: Pamela Mann Paint Drip Tights
Details || Size :: One size (8-14). Price :: €12.14
I wasn’t going to get these at first, they were my 4th pair of the “chose 3 to 4 pairs”. I was sure I wouldn’t be able to pull these off but then I wondered “does free clothing look better, like the way free food always tastes better?”. I think so.
I also had the idea of pairing them with another pair of tights. The original drip tights are black and looked kind of weird on their own so I decided to pop coloured tights underneath and quite liked the look.
It took me a while to find a skirt to wear with the tights that still showed the drip details. Short leg problems and all that. Luckily I have one inappropriately short skirt which worked out quite nicely.
Verdict :: Me likey when combined with some colour.
Outfit #2 :: Tiffany Quinn Up Arrows Suspender Tights
Details || Size :: Small. Price :: €9.44
I picked out these tights because I think the knee-high sock/fake suspender thing is cute and I’ve wanted to add some more to my collection. Also, arrows are pretty cool.
I really like these tights, although they are too long in the leg. I’m a tall-petite person, I’m 5’2” and there was quite a bit of extra leg. I could fix it by pulling the tights up more but that got rid of the “suspender part” so I just bunched the material around my ankles and put on some boots. Problem solved.
Another plus, I didn’t rip a hole into the suspender part – like I’ve done to other tights I own – which surprised me because I pull and stretch the tights around trying to get the perfect straight line and usually end up ripping something.
Verdict :: Me likey but can only really wear them with boots, leg extensions are quite pricy.
Outfit #3 :: Pamela Mann All Over Cat Faces Tights
Details || Size :: One size (8-14). Price :: €12.14
These were a no-brainer to get. I mean, cat print, what’s there not to enjoy about these. They would only be better if the print was an actual cat and not a cat face. What else can I say? Oh, maybe that watching the cats faces deform around my thighs is somewhat amusing. But really, they’re just a regular pair of patterned tights.
Verdict :: Me likey.
Outfit #4 :: Gipsy Dotty Seam & Heel Tights
Details || Size :: One size. Price :: €10.79
Tights with seams make me feel fancy. Tights with yellow dotty seams make me feel fancy and cool. That’s why I chose these, because I like to be fancy and cool. The thing about tights like this is trying to getting the damn seam straight. There’s not a lot that I’m particular about, but that seam better be dead straight before I’m going anywhere. This is where Kris comes in, he’s my official seam straightener – all the fancy people have seam straighteners, don’t ya know – he’s quite good, he’s even stopped accidentally pinching me in the back of the leg as much.
Again, just a regular pair of tights.
Verdict :: Me likey. Me feel fancy and cool.
It’s not often that I buy things labelled as “one size”, since I’ve always been more of a size 6 (UK) and I’ve always assumed one sizes were going to be designed for the average size. But since pizza, I’m a comfortable size 8 (UK) so I figured I’d risk it. Two of the pairs stated sizes 8-14 (UK) and just generally on the website they state that One Size is “up to size 16 (UK)”. Now, I don’t think you’d get into these if you were bigger than a 10 (UK), maybe a 12 (UK) at a literal squeeze.
I felt a little squeezed in the thigh and waist department for one or two pairs and I think, even if you got your waist in, since the waists were quite stretchy, you’re going to have problems in getting your thighs in. At around €10 a pair, I’d say they are worth their money, they felt like good quality, they fit alright and the still fit alright after a wash – I just went to try them on to make sure of that!
€10 is around what I like to pay these days for tights. I feel like I get a good balance between the amount of times I can wear them before I put a hole in them.
I admit, I was a little nervous about putting this post together. I’ve never reviewed – I use that term loosely – anything before for giggles or for free stuff and spent quite a bit of time mulling the post over and over in my head. In the end, I went with my gut, I feel like I’ve stayed true to my style of writing and my blog and I’m happy with this post.
Oh, and if you are wondering, I did tell Marta that I would be titling this post “Free Shit Friday”, as a professional courtesy and all that.
I’d love to make this into a little series, but I need more free shit. Anyone? *wink wink, nudge nudge*