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Published on May 16th, 2012 | by Kira

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Gerbe: Lovely French Stockings

There is noth­ing sex­i­er than a wom­an in tights. His­to­ry and fash­ion have shown us this again and again. Queen Eliz­a­beth’s love for silk stock­ing be­gan in the 1560s with her first pair of “silk ladies.” In the 1920s, wom­en could not be seen in pub­lic with­out a pair of seamed hose. For the wom­en who could not af­ford them, it was some­times bet­ter to draw a seam on their legs with an eye­brow pen­cil than be seen with noth­ing! Tights con­tin­ue to be in fash­ion-  whether used to class-up a dress, or even to com­bine stock­ings with a pair of cut off shorts. Tights have come a long way from some­thing that on­ly men wore to wom­en be­ing able to find them in pret­ty much ev­ery col­or, pat­tern, or tex­ture imag­in­able. With leg­gings be­ing more in fash­ion and the ar­ray of tights avail­able, you may have even no­ticed the ques­tion­able trend of wom­en wear­ing tights as a pants sub­sti­tute…

Like most things in fash­ion, the French know how to make it that much more al­lur­ing, fash­ion­able, and se­duc­tive. Gerbe, es­tab­lished by Stephen Gerbe in 1904, is de­fined by their de­sign­er qual­i­ty stock­ing and de luxe items, and does not dis­ap­point. This Paris based com­pa­ny’s col­lec­tion is pure high fash­ion, with each piece hav­ing its own unique el­e­gant and sen­su­ous feel. And if you don’t be­lieve us, check them out in Vogue UK.

We’ve had the plea­sure to try out three of their tights: the Delice Tights (in choco­lat noir), Plumetis 10 Stay-ups(in noir), and the Plumetis 10 tights (in black/noir – this is the pair that was fea­tured in Vogue UK). All were true to size and made from about 90% polyamide (ny­lon). Like most de­sign­er things, they did seem a bit more frag­ile, and I was very dis­heart­ened to find that the one set de­vel­oped a rather large run on­ly hours in­to wear­ing them. Oth­er than that, they were su­per sexy, looked classy, and felt great.

Any­thing that is de­sign­er is not in­ex­pen­sive and these three pairs run at 50,00 € ($63.67 US) for the Delice Tights and 32,50 € ($41.39 US) for each pair of Plumetis 10s. They can al­so be a bit hard to find on our shores, but def­i­nite­ly ask your high-end re­tail­er, or check on­line. As al­ways, be a lit­tle gen­tle with them- they’re def­i­nite­ly al­lur­ing, but a bit sen­si­tive. Gerbe gar­ments are the type of ac­ces­so­ry that will make you prance while in them.

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Former neuroscientist, and now fashion photographer, Kira is a perfect fit for TrulyNet. She has a great understanding of what is hot, loves the new geeky toys, and has the academic background to be opinionated on it. Kira is well traveled, has lived in Australia and Canada for school. Loves the outdoors, biking, all types of art, and is completely obsessed with fashion and photographing it. She presently can be found in New York City at an art event, art gallery, museum, science talk, one of the NYC parks, a vegetarian friendly restaurant, a comic book store, or out getting bubble tea. She is a little obsessed with bubble tea.



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