Friday, August 23, 2013

Review of Wear Moi men's tights

Last Saturday I decided to got for the classic tights and a T-shirt outfit. It'd been a while since I'd done a dancewear review, so I pulled out my Wear Moi "Solo" style tights to update my impressions.

I got these because I'd been whining to the owner of a local dance store (Footlights Dance & Theater Boutique) about how "plastic-y" the M. Stevens Milliskin tights felt in comparison with my Capezio 5945s. She said she'd recently decided to stock the Wear Moi brand, and would put aside some in my size when they came in. A few weeks later I got a phone call to tell me my order had come in -- how's that for customer service?

The first thing I noticed is that they don't feel plastic-y at all. They're more like a cotton T-shirt than the silky feel of the 5945s, but not scratchy like the MT-11s. They're plenty stretchy and don't sag or bag, but at the same time they don't feel constricting. I quite forgot I was wearing them, and they didn't need pulling up during class. I have only two slightly negative things to say about them: they're not as opaque as the other styles I've worn, and they're warmer than I'd like. Not clammy, as they breathe quite well, but warmer. I'm sure those who wear a sweater in the studio even in the summer will think that's just dandy, but I'm quite warm even before class begins and get hotter as I get more active.

On the whole I think I like them a bit more than the M. Stevens Milliskin style.


  1. I started with Capezio for a few years years, but they are poor quality. I then tried M. Stevens, but they don't have a size large enough for me. I've settled on Mirella tights, and have found them to be durable, comfortable, and well-fitting.

  2. Are you comparing Black Wear Moi? I have Solos in grey, which is more popular in places like France, Monaco and Canada National School. The cotton is a bit thinner so bound to be less opaque at stress points like flexed knees and glutes when in grand port de bras en avant. Hopefully the flesh tones don't bleed through unacceptably. I have found that they start to loose their stretchiness around the knees when I remove them after a class. As a result I don't think I will order another pair again. They do feel less clammy in humid studios than the synthetics, but I don't live in that climate so it's not an issue for me like it would be for men who do I suppose. I like the compression qualities of well fitting synthetic hose but it means I have to sew elastic suspenders on them, which is no big deal

    1. Yup, black. I haven't worn the Wear Moi's a lot, having switched to knee-length shorts for most classes in the last year, so I don't know how well they'd stand up to constant wear. The last time I wore them they were still stretchy.

      I don't sew suspenders to my tights, but then I don't do any sort of performances. During the first half of barre I'm often pulling things up or down or sideways, but after that things usually settle into place for the rest of class or classes.

  3. I just have to say that everyone that posted needs to understand the meaning of the word "opaque" before you use it. Get educated!

    not able to be seen through; not transparent.
    "the windows were opaque with steam"
    synonyms: nontransparent, cloudy, filmy, blurred, smeared, smeary, misty, hazy;

    1. I debated for a while whether to allow your diatribe to post. I'm doing so only to respond.

      I know full well the definitions of "opaque", one of which is "not transparent or translucent; impenetrable to light; not allowing light to pass through." I used the word in a manner which conveyed my meaning clearly and efficiently to those who read it. To wit, they are NOT "impenetrable to light", as they show a hint of the wearer's skin color.

      If you have so little to contribute that the best you can do is criticize my choice of words, please don't bother contributing again.


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