Recently, I’ve heard a huge wave of positive feedback about Varley’s tights, so I decided it was high time to put their gear to the test. Their designs have a sleek, luxe look that I’ve always really liked. I was perusing some new arrivals and was drawn to the Union tights in aluminum snake. I decided to order them along with the Biona tights in marble, then keep whichever of the two I liked better. While I loved the marble print too, the Biona tights ended up fitting slightly loose at the calf/ankle. I opted to return those and declared the snake tights the winner.
Here’s my review of the Union tights.
I bought these in size XS, my usual size, and they fit very well. I would call these true to size, so order your regular size, or go with your larger size if you’re in between. The rise is high-ish, reaching about an inch below my navel. They’re an average length, which leaves a little bit of ankle bunching on me, but not too much to be annoying.
The fabric is mildly compressive and very stretchy. It’s not too thin or flimsy but still nicely lightweight rather than too heavy. The finish feels slick and silky to the touch.
I’m told Varley changed their fabric a few months ago, and the new version is apparently a big improvement. If you’ve tried Varley in the past and weren’t in love, you might have better luck with one of their newer releases.
As for coverage, I admittedly had pretty low expectations given the super-light color. But I loved the print so it was a risk I was willing to take! That said, the coverage is better than expected, though not quite perfect. I’ll explain…
If you notice the seaming at the hips, everything above the lowest seam is double-layered. Underneath that seam, starting about halfway down my hips, it switches to single-layered. The double-layered section is totally opaque, but the single-layered lower half is not. The major positive of this is the double-layered area covers the waistband and upper portion of my underthings. This greatly reduces how revealing these tights are, since any coverage issues are limited to the lower hip area. I noticed there’s a slightly more peachy tone from my skin in the single-layered panel, but you can’t see much other than the faint skin tone. The pattern also helps to hide what’s going on underneath. While I don’t recommend wearing bright undergarments (skin-colored is always the safest bet), any sheerness is more subtle than you might expect.
Other than the seam details and unique print, the pants are pretty simple. There’s a generously sized pocket in the waistband. Instead of the usual triangle gusset, these have something a little different. Basically, there’s a double seam running down the inner leg, which is one uninterrupted panel that runs across both legs with no center seam at the crotch. The center seam runs up and down the front and back of the pants, but breaks at the crotch for the gusset panel.
Overall, I’m loving this new pair and have already worn them several times in the last couple of weeks since they arrived. I love the unique look and the fit and feel are great for me, too. Since I had good luck with these, I’ll definitely consider buying more Varley in the future.
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Also wearing: Lululemon swiftly long sleeve in black