Hosiery has been a largely unexplored area of lingerie for me until very recently. My drawers are filled with more bras, panties, chemises and slips than I can count, but my experimentation with different kinds of stockings only dates back a couple of years and I'm still learning a lot about what's out there and where to shop. My hosiery wardrobe was limited to plain pantyhose with professional outfits or solid colored tights to stay warm in the winter. Then, one day I discovered a cheap pair of sheer lace-top stay-ups at a department store and haven't looked back!
Lucky for me, Cervin contacted me a few weeks ago and offered to send me a garter and a pair of stockings of my choice to review on my blog. I wasn't familiar with the brand before, but I learned that Cervin is a Parisian hosiery company that has been creating all sorts of beautiful tights, stockings, garters and accessories at varying price ranges since 1953. I'm really impressed by how long Cervin has been around to perfect this craft because most of the lingerie companies I usually work with are much younger and more experimental.
The more stockings I own, the more I find myself liking vintage-inspired looks and fabrics. I had never tried French heel stockings and have always loved the look, so I chose the Tentation stockings in black and paired them with the vintage suspender belt. I wasn't familiar with stockings sizes in the past, but in talking with a very helpful representative from Cervin, we decided to try size 1 in the Tentation nylons, which accommodate heights of 4'11-5'2 and an inseam measurement of 27". In the suspender belt, I chose size S.
The Tentation stockings are a very sheer denier 15 and are made of a soft and sturdy nylon that feels lovely on my skin. The detailing on the stockings is just beautiful and the color is just opaque enough to create a smooth look on my legs but still allow my natural skin color to show through. The stockings themselves don't have any stretch to them, so it's important to choose the right size for your height and inseam. In my case, the size 1 was perfect for my 5'0 frame and 28" inseam
The top of the Tentation stockings is reinforced and has additional seaming and detailing that adds a lot of visual interest and also serves as a nice barrier between the garter straps and my skin.
This pair of stockings really feels special and makes an entire outfit look and feel that much more polished.
The vintage garter is also one of the best belts that I've owned to date. It's got a sexy but somewhat industrial look to it - both function and form, which is generally what I look for in lingerie. This garter is a higher rise than most garter belts I've tried, so it has an added benefit of smoothing out my midsection since it's made of a taught, supportive fabric. I appreciate the double clips on each of the six straps, which do an excellent job of making sure my stockings don't budge all day.
I also have to say I love the adjusters on this garter belt. Most of the garter belts I own have bra strap type adjusters which might look sleeker but slide down all day long and require re-tightening every few minutes if I'm walking around. Since I'm petite, I almost always have to wear my garters on the shortest setting and the metal clasp adjusters stay put all day without any need for readjusting. Bravo!
I would definitely encourage you to read the size chart on the product page and not choose your usual garter size by default, which is what I almost did. With a 24" (61 cm) waist and 33" (84 cm) hips, the S was a snug fit but comfortable fit on the loosest hook, so if you're in between sizes, I'd suggest sizing up.
I'm really starting to see the appeal of well made stockings in my lingerie drawer. These stockings look fantastic with a pencil skirt for work or a form fitting dress for going out. I get tons of compliments on them every time I wear them out.
Cervin, you've created a monster! Now I want all of the pretty stockings. I think my next purchase will be a pair of sheer beige stockings with an accent color on top, like these bicolor nylons in peach and blue.
What's your favorite style of stockings and what's your favorite place to buy them?
Disclaimer: The items in this post were provided to me free of charge for review purposes. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.