On April 6, UK screenprinter Teja Jamilla posted that they’d be having a “seconds sale”, offering packs of tights with minor imperfections for a discounted price. Teja Jamilla has long impressed the lolita community with their high quality, unique designs that work well for classic and gothic substyles. Lately, they’ve been focusing on other items (including patches, shirts, and scarves), so I knew I had to set an alarm so I wouldn’t miss out on the tights sale. Unfortunately, I forgot and was only saved because people in the lolita community look out for me (Thanks Lady Redfox, PhD!)
On April 8, 2022, I placed my order on Teja Jamilla’s website. They have a straightforward cart system and accept Paypal. I chose untracked shipping because it was slightly cheaper. On April 11, 2022, I received an email that my order had shipped. My order arrived in Los Angeles on April 19, 2022. Not bad for international shipping!
Seconds packs were 18 GBP and came with 3 pairs. With shipping, my three pair of tights were a little less than 30 USD. I think this is an absolute bargain, especially since I know I love the fit of these tights.
My seconds pack contained 3 tights from in “Gothic/Classic”. The packs were random, but the seller grouped the packs so you could chose between “Gothic/Classic” and “Pirate”. I’ll be honest, their “Pirate” pack also seems like it would work pretty well for gothic and classic but I appreciate that you had some control over what designs you got.
I have purchased from Teja Jamilla before, so I was a little nervous that I would get a design or pair of tights I owned. While I did get one design duplicate, it’s in an entirely different color, which I’ll discuss more later. Otherwise, I got two designs that I’ve long admired but never had the chance to own!
I received the “Art Noveau” design on white in black, the “Key and Clock” design on purple in silver, and the “Memento Mori” on ballet pink in black. I’ll admit, I was a little stumped when I saw the color of the “Memento Mori” design. “How on earth am I going to wear this gothic design in ballet pink?” I thought as I pulled it out of the package. Luckily, it turned out to be a great combo. Because the pink is so light, when it’s stretched and on my skin, it ends up looking off white or cream. It looked stunning with Rosie Night’s Masquerade.
Teja Jamilla noted on Instagram that these tights might have defects, like misaligned prints. If something was wrong with my tights, I didn’t notice it. My small/medium tights fit me perfectly at 5’4″ and 150 lbs, with a comfy amount of stretch and no sagging in the crotch. The tights are thick enough that they’ll last, but not so thick that they’ll be uncomfortable throughout the day.
While these colors and designs might not have been something I picked out myself, I cannot wait to coordinate them!