Wolford AW 2017/18 Collection


Wolford AW 2017/18 collection

When it comes to stockings and tights, there is one brand that has never disappointed me, as its quality is second to none and the style of its irresistibly gorgeous patterns go so incredibly well with my vintage 1930s-1950s clothes. Don’t simply take my word for it though, instead take as an example their “Marlene” tights, with a hand grasping the knitted seam right above the heel, which you can see in an image below from one of my photo shoots. Sadly now impossible to find but it’s just a small indication of what I’m saying. It’s the details that count. Also, when you do take a peek, I imagine that you’ll come to understand why I find it impossible to visit their store without buying at least a pair or two on one occasion seven of their hosiery! What can I say it’s beyond my control!

Wolford tights

One of my favourite Wolford tights “Marlene” from a few seasons ago, still in mint condition.

So, imagine my excitement when I was approached by my beloved hosiery brand asking if they could send some of their tights and lingerie from the AW 2017/18 collection in order to get my honest opinion of their new line. Well, I was over the moon, to say the least. Not just to be asked as you see, I wear their tights and stockings in almost all my photoshoots but I’ve never tried their lingerie and so I was very curious what they had come up with and how their style would go with my vintage, the 1930s-1950s, taste in undergarments.

Now before I continue, I would like to point out to those who are relatively new to the It’s Beyond My Control blog, that I, Dominique de Merteuil, goddess of all things vintage (got a problem with that; meet my hand), can honestly swear that I ONLY write about brands that I LOVE, wear and can wholeheartedly recommend! So… Now that the formalities are out of the way and we UNDERSTAND each other, I would like to share my thoughts on said lingerie. Oh and by the way, the name of that iconic brand which I dare now to share with you, whispered quietly into your ear is Wolford, to whom their beautiful tights and hold-ups I’ve been a faithful purchaser of for nearly two decades.

So without further ado, I would like to present you with pictures from my Wolford photo-shoot taken by the one and only Gregory Michael King!

The Wolford Tulle Flock high-waist panty in ash rose and black is utter perfection in every possible way, as with its heavy shaping I can give my vintage girdles a well-deserved break. So far I’ve worn it three times, not counting the photoshoot, under a very tight 1950s wiggle dress, a 1940s suit, as well as my Wheels and Dollbaby pencil skirt and it felt great! Very comfortable and invisible under such tight clothes, which is of the utmost importance to me. The one thing worth mentioning is that Wolford’s shape-wear is extremely tight and even though I always buy my undergarments in size small (I’m 34b-24-35) with Wolford I go one size up.


Wolford AW17/18

In the picture taken by Gregory Michael King, I’m wearing Wolford AW 2017/18 Tulle Flock high waist panty in ash rose/black, an authentic Victorian cape, vintage necklace, Dita von Teese bra and a vintage hat designed by Irene Sharaff and worn by Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest. (you can read about it here!)


Wolford’s Mesh tights are great and completely seamless which makes them a perfect choice under tight clothes. And even though I was a little bit hesitant at first, thinking, that that particular pattern (“net structure in a diamond look”) might not work with my legs, surprisingly it did and it looked perfect under a couple of 1940s suits that I tried. Don’t hate me for saying this but I can’t wait for the autumn to come earlier this year so that I get the chance to parade them!

Wolford AW17/18

In the picture I’m wearing Wolford AW 2017/18 Mesh tights, paired with  vintage velvet cape, body and hat.


The Wolford Tulle Flock forming dress in black is also heavily shaping and I simply LOVE the vintage feel to it. You will need to pair it with a bra but obviously, you always have the option to go “au naturel” as we say when in France. I wore it under a dress and it felt really natural and sexy because after all, it’s what’s underneath that counts right 😉 Sizing wise, again as is the case with the Tulle Flock high waist panty, I had to go a size up so I strongly recommend trying it on before purchasing. Also, on a technical note, I put it on, stepping into the dress and pulling it up rather than trying to put it over my head. It’s much easier that way.

vintage lingerie

In the picture, I’m wearing Wolford AW 2017/18 collection Tulle Flock forming dress in black, paired with Rhomb Net Tights, Dior bra, antique lace and a 1940s hat.

Last but not least Wolford’s Rhomb Net tights with a much finer diamond pattern are my absolute favourite tights for the colder days! They look great under my vintage ‘Mommie Dearest’ outfit but since it’s a couture dress not meant for daily use, I’ve also tried them under a couple of 1940s and 1950s dresses and it looks great!

Mommie dearest dress

In the picture, I’m wearing Wolford AW 2017/18 collection Rhomb Net tights and a vintage dress designed by Irene Sharaff and worn by Faye Dunaway in the role of Joan Crawford in the film Mommie Dearest! (you can read more about the costumes here)


More beautiful tights and lingerie from Wolford 2017/18 look book!


Wolford AW 17/18 Collection

Wolford  AW 17/18

Wolford AW 2017/18 Collection

Wolford Collection AW 17/18




Wolford AW 17/18 Collection

Wolford AW 17/18 Collection

Wolford AW 17/18 Collection



3 Responses
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    June 27, 2017

    I have also been a major fan of Wolford tights and stockings for years. Sometimes they are not the very best fit for me, but, oh, the quality. I was just thinking a day or two ago when pulling some favourite tights out of the wash that I must have had them for two years and worn them 40 times. They are seamed and with a hidden design and little ‘jewel’ above the skirt line. There are no pulls and they are as good as new, which is pretty amazing – and demonstrates the value of what you pay. But I have not tried any of their underwear. Now I am thinking again! Thanks for a great post! Kx

    • Dominique de Merteuil
      Dominique de Merteuil
      July 17, 2017

      Hi Karen,
      Thank you very much for your comment! The quality of Wolford tights and stockings is really incredible. I can’t believe, that some of their tights, that I’ve been wearing for over 6 years (many times over!) still look brand new! I highly recommend their underwear!

      Dominique x

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