Monday, 27 April 2015

Kix'ies Thigh Highs Hold Ups: Brooke LeAnne, Sam, and Lois

Being a keen wearer of hold-ups, Kix'ies is a brand I have been aware of for some time. They are based in the USA and are the brainchild of Samantha DeMartini, who came up with the idea after an embarrassing tights-related experience as a teenager. You can read Samantha's full story here. Particularly of note is the fact that a proportion of the profit from all Kix'ies sales goes to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - what a great initiative!



When I saw Georgina from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust wearing Kix'ies in her blog review back in October I was even more keen to try them out for myself. They looked absolutely fantastic on her and very different to the stockings and hold-ups I already owned. Kix'ies are designed to be seen and are built to last. They have four distinct bands around the tops that make them so eye-catching, and the hold-ups are held in place with strong but gentle silicone-grip bands.

I was absolutely thrilled when the team at Kix'ies offered to send me three pairs of my choice to review; it took me quite a while to narrow down my selection from the vast options available on their website, but in the end I went for the Brooke-LeAnne, the Sam, and the Lois. After consulting the size chart and a discussion with Georgina, I opted for size D, which is the largest available. For reference, my upper thighs measure 30", so I may have got away with the size below but I decided to size up for comfort.



I am really impressed with the size range available from Kix'ies. Not only do they make thigh highs for women with slim pins, they also make them for those with larger legs. Nowadays it's pretty easy to get regular tights and even basic stockings in a large range of sizes, but it's much rarer to have this many size options in hold-ups and thigh highs. This brand has really risen to the challenge of providing plus size women with fashionable, sexy, and fun hosiery - thank you, Kix'ies!

When my Kix'ies thigh highs arrived, I excitedly tried them on. I was not disappointed! The quality was amazing and the hold-ups were very comfortable to wear. Naturally, I took lots of pictures in order to show you all how wonderful this hosiery is, so be prepared for a Curvy Wordy photo overdose! I tried to capture how they look from a variety of angles, and this is something I aspire to with every blog review I write so that you can get a realistic idea of what the item really looks like on a normal, everyday person.

You may be wondering what's so special about Kix'ies, and what makes them different to other hold-ups and stockings available on the hosiery market. I will explain this by quoting the Kix'ies packaging:

"Let's face it, no-one likes how regular tights put the squeeze on you. And who doesn't breathe a huge sigh of relief when they're peeled off after a long day?

Samantha DeMartini believes that no matter their size, shape, or age, every woman deserves to feel comfortable and have fun. So she created Kix'ies to free women from the 'tights that bind'.

  • Our kicky patterns are just as comfortable at work or at play.
  • The strong but gentle silicone-grip band keeps them in place.
  • Best of all, they're built to last.
So kick your bulky, unflattering tights to the curb and fall in love with Kix'ies."


Kix'ies are made from two components: the tights and the band. The tights are 90% nylon/10% Spandex, and the bands are 55% nylon/33% polyester/12% silicon. Kix'ies can either be handwashed in cold water, or machine washed in a lingerie or hosiery bag (this is to avoid them getting snagged on other garments).

So, let's get on with my reviews! First of all, I tried the Brooke-LeAnne ($22):


Image courtesy of Kix'ies

These white polka dot thigh highs appealed to me because they are very different from other hosiery I already owned. I wanted to review a wide range of Kix'ies and these could be suitable for wearing with a pretty summer dress or even for a bride.

I teamed the Brooke-LeAnne thigh highs with my Ewa Michalak PL Słowianki Bra 34KK 75KK, my white frilly knickers from Yummy Bee, and nude high heels from Internaçionale.







I absolutely adore the pretty polka dot print of these hold-ups, and the Kix'ies trademark four bands around the tops gives them a fashionable edge.

I found the Brooke-LeAnne thigh highs to be a good fit, with slightly less stretch than the other two pairs of Kix'ies I tried. These hold-ups are designed to be seen, which is why they only reach mid thigh on me. I am only 5'5 in height, so if you are taller than me but have a similar thigh size, they may come up lower on your thighs.

As you can see from my photos, the Brooke-LeAnne look great with white and red lingerie, so they are a versatile addition to my hosiery drawer.

Next up are the Sam ($22):


Image courtesy of Kix'ies

These thigh highs are fishnets - possibly my favourite type of hosiery! Fishnets look fantastic with pretty much anything and can add a very sexy edge to an outfit. I certainly feel extra special when wearing them, so to have them as hold-ups was an opportunity I simply could not resist.

I teamed the Sam thigh highs with my Ewa Michalak SM Czarna Mgiełka Bra 32KK/70KK, my black frilly knickers from Yummy Bee, and some killer stiletto heels from Primark.








For me, this lingerie combination is all kinds of sexy. Starting with the sheer bra, continuing down to the über-frilly knickers, and finally ending up with the fishnet Kix'ies, what's not to like? I felt absolutely amazing in this get-up, so if you're looking for something for those 'special occasions', this is a look I highly recommend!

The Sam thigh highs are definitely a lot stretchier than the Brooke-LeAnne, and that's probably because the fishnet construction lends itself to having more give than the tighter and smaller weave of normal hosiery. As they are stretchier, my photos show that I can wear the tops of these Kix'ies much higher on my thighs. In fact, I could have worn them even higher if I'd wanted to, so these would be the perfect option if you are long-legged or simply like wearing your hold-ups high up on your thighs.

I also found the top bands of the size D Sam thigh highs to be looser than the other two. I definitely could have sized down to a size C in this style, although the D are perfectly comfortable to wear and stay in place very well.

Finally, I tried the Lois ($22):


Image courtesy of Kix'ies

Again, these thigh highs caught my eye because I didn't own any seamed hosiery and I wanted to put that right. The simple but classic design works well for any occasion and the back seam definitely adds a touch of va-va-voom.

This time I wore my Kix'ies with my Ewa Michalak BM Bibi Czarny Tulipan Bra 34K/75K and High Waisted Briefs 20/48, along with some fab strappy stiletto heels from Primark.








I think this is such a classy look! The lingerie is simple and understated, and so too are the thigh highs. Sophisticated elegance is definitely the theme here, with the four stripes at the tops of the hold-ups adding a touch of sexy style. Naturally I took lots of photos from behind for these Kix'ies as the main feature is the back seam. It's thicker than I was expecting but looks fantastic and certainly won't be missed. I even made this little gif for fun:



The Lois thigh highs are again a good fit, and come up somewhere in between the Brooke LeAnne and the Sam in terms of stretchiness and sizing. I think the size D I am wearing here is the correct size for me in this style, although I find they do come up a bit bigger than the Brooke LeAnnes.

So, I have shown you three pairs of Kix'ies, and they all look fantastic. But how are they to wear?

Just like any woman, I have parts of my body that I like less than others. As I have said in previous blog posts, my legs are not my favourite area of my body, but when I wear Kix'ies I feel sexy and confident. The variety of patterns, colours, and designs available is fantastic and really enjoy wearing these thigh highs.

I have worn my Kix'ies on a number of occasions and have found them to be extremely comfortable. The two black pairs seem to stay in place better than the white pair, but this may be down to the position I put them on my thighs; maybe I should try to hoist the white ones up a bit higher as they sit on the downward curve of my thighs and this may make them more likely to slip down. As with all silicone bands, I find there is a slight sweaty residue on my legs when I take off my Kix'ies, but this disappears very quickly and certainly does not cause any problems during wear. 

I have not experienced any rolling down or cutting in issues, nor have I found any major runs in the material. I have spotted a few small snags, again particularly on the white Kix'ies, but these are only noticeable when looking very closely. All in all, I adore my Kix'ies, and can't wait to add to my collection! You will definitely be seeing these thigh highs in my lingerie reviews in the future.

As a UK blogger, I more often than not review UK brands. It has made a refreshing change to review items from a US brand, but I wonder if my British readers might be wondering about shipping costs. Kix'ies' website says that in order to get shipping costs to locations outside the USA, you should email them at info@kixies.com. 

Do you own any Kix'ies thigh highs? Are they a style of hosiery that appeals to you? Let me know your favourite hosiery brands in the comments below!

11 comments:

  1. I'm not a wearer of stockings or hold ups but you look smokin'

    Naomi
    Diamonds n Pearls

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    1. Well Naomi from your blog you certainly have the legs for them

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  2. You look so hot! And that gif is amazing, my boyfriend loves it haha x

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  3. Oh wow I have seen these holdup's all over the place but never knew where to buy them. Now I know they are Kixies thank you! I will be buying the fishnet one's in all the color's as my DH love's me in fishnet's. Can't wait to try them =)

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  4. they look amazing on you lady, as you know i don't wear hold ups often but i have worn kixies before and loved them. I agree that the seam is too thick in the seamed pair, but i am also used to wearing fully fashioned stockings with finer seams. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  5. I've never tried holdups but I love the polka dot ones. I might have to branch out from my usual leggin!!

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  6. Those seams and all those pics made my bank holiday . No idea why you don't like your legs I can tell you now they are stunning and that GIF is amazing , big smiles here miss wordy x

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  7. My wife posted this link to her Facebook wall and I'm so glad I clicked on it...something about stockings...I forgot what I was reading...yes, good job.

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  8. Caroline you are an absolute stunner x

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  9. I have a few pairs of kixies and i adore them! They did so nice and they add a sexy edge to most outfits. Even occassionally sport them for thigh high Thursday photos.

    My favorites are the black diamond patterned (can't remember the name off the top of my head) and the fishnets. So glad I found them.

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