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Taylor wowing the stage!

Taylor wowing the stage!

 The who’s-who of the music industry turned out in force on Wednesday night to celebrate all the amazing music that’s graced our airwaves over the last 12 months. With Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran deservedly being the biggest winners on the night, perhaps The Brit Awards 2015 will be best remembered for Madonna’s dramatic tumble off the stage. Ouch! That’s put us off wearing capes for life (like we would anyway.) While Madge’s mishap was definitely a talking point, another thing that caught our eye was the array of lovely legwear that adorned the pins of the music elite. Not only Madonna herself, but we also spotted Taylor Swift and Paloma Faith, who were both winners on the night FYI, accessorising their look with some fashion-forward hosiery.

It’s not only musical talent that Taylor and Madonna have in common, with both performing in a pair of vampy fishnet tights. Teaming hers with a sophisticated black playsuit, Taylor took to the stage in true fashionista style, finishing off her look with some leather heeled ankle boots. While we’re envious of Taylor’s never-ending pins, the good news is everyone can copy her look for undoubtedly a fraction of the price paid by Swifty herself.

Pamela Mann Fishnet Tights

Pamela Mann Fishnet Tights

Looking at least a decade younger than her 56 years, Madonna also wore fishnets as part of her sultry Matador get-up, pairing her legwear with high-waisted cropped trousers, blouse and that now infamous cape! To copy the star looks, the Pamela Mann Fishnet Tights are ideal, and what’s more, are only £5 a pair – how’s that for value? For the more experimental amongst us, they also come in eight shades should you want to mix and match with some colour.

Award-winning Paloma in her ankle socks!

Award-winning Paloma in her ankle socks!

Moving on now to Best British Female Paloma Faith, we’ve long been a fan of her kooky style. Opting for a floor length number for the night itself, her after party attire saw her wearing a Peter Pan collar lace mini with quirky boots and chocolate brown ankle socks. Her sophisticated look was right up her street, particularly her socks, which added a sweet twist to her lace dress. 

Trasparenze Monique Ankle Socks

Trasparenze Monique Ankle Socks

 If you were a fan of her look, why not recreate it with the Trasparenze Monique Ankle Socks in Marrone. Brown not for you? They also come in 12 other colours…every colour of the rainbow in fact.

 

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Another year older and another fabulous year in the world of hosiery! It’s my birthday this week, and while I’ll certainly enjoy a glass of red wine or two to toast the occasion, our new promo means it won’t only be me who has reason to celebrate. That’s right, to mark my birthday, we’ll be offering 20% off my favourite 20 hosiery styles! Ranging from classic essentials through to the latest fashion additions, all you need to do to get your hands on the brilliant discount is enter the promo code BDAY20 on the basket page – but beware, there’s no time to hang around, with the offer ending at midnight (GMT) on Tuesday 3rd March! You’re probably wondering why these styles in particular have made the shortlist, right? Now, I’m not going to list all 20 styles in the mix, but if you are intrigued to know what makes these stand out from the crowd, I suggest you stay tuned…

BASICS – the foundation to a thousand looks!

Laura rocking her Wolford Satin de Luxe!

Laura rocking her Wolford Satin de Luxe!

They may not be as eye-catching as some of the patterned legwear on the list, but where would we be without our basics? The key to unlocking an abundance of stylish looks, I believe that every woman should own a collection of quality pieces which form the core of our wardrobe. Speaking of which, the Wolford Satin De Luxe simply have to get a mention. I’ve always been a fan of tights with a high gloss, and these opaque tights fit the bill perfectly, not only keeping me warm on evenings out but coming with a very shiny finish and backseam capable of adding a certain je ne sais quoi to any look. A must if you’re a social butterfly! If something a little more conservative is your usual point of call, it has to be the Falke Warm Deluxe Tights. Thick, wearable and as soft as kittens, these 80 denier tights come in nearly every colour under the sun (7, to be exact), all of which work to keep your legs effortlessly cosy thanks to an innovative soft plush technique that actively traps in the heat. Of course, they also come with the horde of quality features that Falke as a brand are famed for! From one luxury brand to another, the second Wolford product that’s made the cut are the Wolford Satin 50 Opaque Tights. Similar to the Satin De Luxe but with a more demure slight sheen finish, these 50 denier tights are in my eyes, the perfect opaque. Whether for a day in the office or after work drinks, the astonishingly smooth finish and choice of four hues make these everything you could possibly need from a pair of everyday tights– what could be better?

 

COLOUR – all you need to brighten your days!

Pamela Mann 80 Denier Tights - Turquoise Blue!

Pamela Mann 80 Denier Tights – Turquoise Blue!

I’ve got a bit of a confession to make. I might have founded a hosiery company, but like many women, I’ve often been guilty in the past of sticking to classic black tights. That is, of course, until I started to experiment with colour, and it’s safe to say I’ve never looked back, so much so that I’ve often been described as having the wackiest dressed legs in the capital! Of all the styles that have ever graced the MyTights warehouse, one of my all time favourites are the Falke Seidenglatt 70 Tights. I’m not ashamed to admit I own a pair of each of the four available colours, and why wouldn’t I? Incredibly thick, luxurious and having that shiny glow I adore, these 70 denier tights deliver both fashion and function, and what’s more, are virtually indestructible. Shopping on a budget? You can enjoy colour too, 20 of them to be exact…and it’s all thanks to the Pamela Mann 80 Denier Tights. The very best way to update your look and have change left over from a ten pound note, these 80 denier tights are perfect for jazzing up your basic pieces. If you like these but prefer something with a little more longevity, turn your attention to the Jonathan Aston Finesse Tights, with all the appeal of bright colours but made with 65% cotton for a skin-friendly feel and everyday luxury.

FASHION – it’s time to experiment!

We love the Jonathan Aston Magma Tights!

We love the Jonathan Aston Magma Tights!

I’m a big fan of how fashion tights can make something you’ve had languishing in your wardrobe for years look unrecognisable. Anyone who knows me will know I love my fishnet tights. Ideal for when the weather is too warm for sheers but you still want to decorate your legs, I’ve fallen hook, line and sinker for the charms of the Trasparenze Rita Tights, Made with a larger net than average, these fishnets are rare in that they come in 7 colours. A fashion statement in their own right, I also love to layer mine over sheers and coloured opaques to add a little customisation to my look. Brand new for SS15, the Jonathan Aston Magma Tights immediately caught my eye, so much so that I’ve already nabbed a pair for myself. Fun and quirky, there sheer tights come complete with a graphic inspired print to make any wardrobe piece look as good as new. It’s early days, but my prediction is that the MyTights office will be seeing a lot more of these over the course of the next few months. From the fun to the exquisite, the next addition to my top 25 is the Wolford Josephina Tights, and it will only take a single glance to see why! Yet another case of Wolford doing something that little bit different, these sheer tights come with a sumptuous quilted panel on the outside leg for a unique take on the seam trend.

SHEER – summer is on the way!

Trying out all the gorgeous sheer tights that have made their way into MyTights HQ, I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few years persuading my friends that I AM actually wearing tights. One of my favourite styles are the Wolford Sheer 15 Tights, amongst the best out there for cheating your way to a bare legged look. Made in a flattering matte finish and with two skintone shades on offer, they have a  smooth silky texture that feels utterly exquisite against the leg. If you prefer something even more lightweight, another option are the Pretty Polly Naturals 5D Sideria Tights. Your eyes aren’t deceiving you; these really are only 5 denier! Well, in appearance at least, as these tights have been made with Sideria yarn, sourced from Japan and giving these silky soft tights the robustness of a higher denier. A real gem to have in your hosiery drawer!

As wonderful as these styles are, I’ve barely touched the surface, with no less than 9 other top picks included in the promotion. It may not be your birthday, but I just couldn’t help but share some of the birthday cheer to all of our lovely customers. I’m off to cut the cake, but you should shop the whole selection here…

Until next time…

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If you’ve been wondering why you haven’t seen the fashion in-crowd much in the press of late, that’s because they’ve all been locked away in Somerset House, admiring the new designer collections for AW15! Don’t worry if you haven’t had time to catch up on the new styles emerging from London Fashion Week, the MyTights team are here to fill in all the blanks and round up our favourite hosiery looks for the upcoming season! And what a great week it was – we were thrilled to see just how much legwear made the cut. Here’s our round-up of the best styles that you’ll be wearing come the autumn…

 Spots

Spotty sheers at GILES

Spotty sheers at GILES

Oroblu Adelle Tights

Oroblu Adelle Tights

 

While there was an abundance of tights and socks on the catwalk, we’ve narrowed it down to four main trends which stood out, the first of which was spots! It doesn’t take a genius to work out that spots are set to be huge in the coming months, not only appearing at the Diane Von Furstenberg show at New York last week but also being a consistent part of Giles Deacon AW15 collection.

Every single one of his models paired their gothic ensembles with black spotty sheers, a look that we loved! While this monochrome ensemble may be a bit OTT for a trip to the shops, we’ll certainly be copying the tights. How? With the Oroblu Adelle Tights of course, which are identical to the tights worn by the GILES models.

For something a little different, head for the Wolford Poppy Tights – all the appeal of spots but with an asymmetrical design for a quirky twist.

 

Colour

Time to banish your black opaques to the back of the drawer, ladies! Colour is set to reign in AW15, appearing at the shows of Preen, Costelloe and Daks to name but a few. Our favourite look stemmed from Costelloe, in particularly the gorgeous berry opaques as seen on the right. Paired with a red velvet coat with a skater style bottom, the great thing about shades like this is that they’re not too loud, meaning they can be worn well…just about anywhere! Burgundys, forest greens and deep violets were the biggest trends we spotted, which is brilliant, as we have the perfect way to recreate the look with the Pamela Mann 50 Denier Tights! Available in no less than 20 colours, these 50 denier opaques are a) affordable, b) versatile and c) fabulously on-trend! If something a little more luxurious is up your street, another option are the Falke Pure Matt 100 Tights, which come in eight colours and benefit from a multitude of quality features, not to mention a super soft finish.

Coloured Opaques as seen at Costelloe

Coloured Opaques as seen at Costelloe

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Pamela Mann 50 Denier Tights

 

Socks

London Fashion Week was something of a sock frenzy – no arguments from us! From colourful ankle socks to black knee highs, socks featured just about everywhere, adding a cute and preppy touch to the looks and offering some warmth at the same time. For us, the best looks were seen at Jones and Daks, particularly the mustard yellow socks as seen on the left. Coming from much-loved designer duo Teatum Jones, the vibrant socks worked perfectly with the kooky patterned dress and fringed shoes. Okay, so we don’t think we’d opt for this much colour and pattern at once, but we’ll definitely be pulling out our colourful socks! Great with denim shorts and day dresses, you’ll be the height of fashion in the Trasparenze Monique Ankle Socks. Whether you opt for the Giallo shade a la Jones or any of the other 12 hues, these are the inexpensive way to nail the hot ankle socks trend.

Jones - coloured socks

Coloured socks at Jones

Trasparenze Monique Ankle Socks

Trasparenze Monique Ankle Socks

  

 

Wet look

There’s nothing like a high shine finish to inject some rock chick glamour in to your look! Which was exactly the thoughts of Huisghan Zhang, it would seem, who included an array of gorgeous wet look tights into her designs. Keeping it classic in black, her models teamed their glossy legwear with printed dresses and heeled sandals for a look that was brimming with allure. We hear you, it might not be suitable for everyday life, but there’s nothing stopping you opting for some wet look hosiery for a glamorous evening look. To master the trend, the new Wolford Estella Leggings are perfect, even coming with a quirky seam at the knee for yet more fashion points. For something more budget-friendly, the Trasparenze Callophrys Leggings may be just the thing…

Zhang - wet look tights

Wet Look Tights at Zhang

Tras Callo

Trasparenze Callophrys Leggings

  

 There we have it…what a great week it was! Watch this space for more emerging trends…

 

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Trasparenze Callophrys Leggings

Trasparenze Callophrys Leggings

The mornings are getting noticeably lighter and it’s not pitch black at 4pm anymore… spring is on its way! And with a new season comes a whole host of fabulous new hosiery from our brands, who have been busily compiling their SS15 collections while we’ve been shivering into our hot chocolates over the last few months.

The latest arrivals to land on our doorstep last week were from Italian brand Trasparenze, and were met with more than a little excitement from the MyTights team! One of our favourite brands, Trasparenze continually produce stylish hosiery that’s a) on-trend and b) lovely and affordable. With 15 new styles being uploaded to our website this week, the SS15 collection is full of the vampy glamour and quirky twists that the brand are famed for.

While we’d be hard pressed to name a single favourite, we have managed (after a lot of deliberation) to round up our top 5. If standing out from the crowd comes as second nature to you, we suggest you stay tuned…

Trasparenze Callophrys Leggings – for a look that we can imagine adorning the legs of Kate Moss herself, these opaque black leggings come with a high shine finish capable of adding a rock chick element to every look.

Trasparenze Fluture Socks – from rock chick edge to super sweet florals, these sheer ankle socks are covered in a cluster of pretty roses motifs, Right on trend and making your dull outfits seem suddenly current, your collection of summer dresses and denim shorts is about to expand with these in your drawer!

Trasparenze Argo Tights – it would take a lot of willpower to turn down these beautiful lace tights! Full to the brim with floral charm and transforming your bodycon, these fashion tights are the epitome of elegance.

Trasparenze Hypolimnas Tights

Trasparenze Hypolimnas Tights

Trasparenze Hypolimnas Tights – something for the romantics now, these fashion sheers are typically Trasparenze. Combining animal print, diamonds and some seriously cuuuute love hearts, the love hearts even continue with an ever so amorous boxer brief!

Trasparenze Spindasis Footlet – footlets are often taken for granted, but there’s zero chance of you overlooking this pair, bringing both florals and nets to your everyday life, these are ideal for accessorising your look down to every last detail…

We’ll be blogging about our new ranges as they arrive, so it’s definitely worth watching this space…

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Taylor Swift

Every inch the style superstar Taylor Swift

You’d have a hard time arguing against Taylor Swift being crowned the popstar of the moment. With new album 1989 selling more copies in three months than her previous (award winning, we should add) album Red has since its release in 2012, it’s fair to say that a lot of the media spotlight has been focused on Swift of late. Now, usually, with a baying mob of photographers following your every move, there would be occasions in which you look less than chic. Not Swifty, however! A big fan of using tights to enhance her look, she has an incredible ability to pull out endless perfectly styled outfits. Girl after our own heart!

This week’s look was no different, stepping out for a dinner date in a gorgeous vintage inspired ensemble. Covering up in a lovely camel coat, sweet clutch bag and heeled boots, all eyes were on Taylor’s fabulous fashion sheers, complete with pretty polkadots and a captivating striped seam along the outside leg. It comes as no surprise that we adored her legwear of choice, and we’ve been busily trying to recreate her look ever since…

Listen up; here’s how you can bring some vintage glamour even Taylor herself would be proud of to your own look…

 

 

Moulin Rouge High Heels Dotty Tights

Moulin Rouge High Heels Dotty Tights

Moulin Rouge High Heels Dotty Tights - amongst the sweetest tights we’ve ever laid our eyes on, these 15 denier fashion tights are the number one choice if you loved Taylor’s look! Complete with a similar polkadot pattern, these alluring tights are fit for the Parisian dancehouse itself, also boasting a gorgeous backseam and finished with a Cuban heel. Taylor Swift eat your heart out!

Pretty Polly Versatile Panelled Mesh Frontseam Tights – this time opting for a quirky front seam rather than an outside leg à la Taylor, these unique tights from Pretty Polly are made from a chic micromesh fabric. Not polkadots admittedly, but the mix of open net material and mesh adds an abundance of interest to your look. Pair with heeled brogues and a cut out skater dress if you really want to shine…

 With tights forming a key feature on Taylor’s look, we’re pretty confident she’ll be appearing here again in the not too distant future…

Check out our whole range of polkadot tights, seams and stripes before you leave…

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There’s a real buzz around MyTights HQ at this time of year. Awards shows, red carpet events and above all, the fashion elite showcasing their collections on the catwalk… we just love it! With New York Fashion Week now in full swing, we’re not ashamed to say that we’ve been well and truly glued to our screens, taking every opportunity we can to spot some gorgeous new legwear! It certainly hasn’t disappointed, either, and the MyTights team are thrilled to see that hosiery is playing a big part in the AW15 collections of the most esteemed designers in the world. We obviously don’t want you to miss out on any of the action, which is why I thought it a brilliant idea to round up some of our favourite looks so far, and let you know how you can recreate them. You may not have the same budget as the style famous, but there’s no reason why you can’t bring a little bit of New York to your hosiery drawer with the offerings at MyTights.com…

Diane von Fürstenberg

We’ve always been a fan of Diane von Fürstenberg, but never more so than this week when her Fall collection featured our favourite fashion print of late…polkadots! We were hardly surprised to see spots on the catwalk, with spotty sheers seeming to be cropping up on the legs of just about everyone at the moment (Taylor Swift and Anne Hathaway to name but a few…) With one of her models being none other than Kendall Jenner herself, we were pleased to see that Fürstenberg’s range was both elegant and wearable, our favourite look being this simple white wrap dress, peep-toe heels and gorgeous black spotty sheer tights! For a copycat look, the Oroblu Adelle Tights are perfect, coming in black (à la Fürstenberg), as well as navy and nude for the more experimental amongst us.

Tommy Hilfiger

Hilfiger has been a household name for as long as we can remember, so it’s fair to say the American style extraordinaire knows a thing or two about what looks good. Taking to the runway in preppy leather outfits inspired by the Super Bowl, Hilfiger’s models all had one thing in common…and that was their ribbed over knee socks! I’m pleased to see that we’re on the same wavelength as the famous designers, as we’ve always been fans of the way ribbed hosiery can transform your look. You may not feel ready to pull on an all leather American football ensemble (we don’t blame you!), but if you’ve fallen under the charm of ribbed socks, head to Italian label Trasparenze and their Dora Wool Rib Over Knee Socks. A near on identical look to Hilfiger’s models, these look great both dressed up with heeled boots and a skater dress, or toned down with a chunky jumper dress and slip on plimsoles.

 

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Oroblu Adelle Tights

Trasparenze Dora Wool Rib Overknee Socks Aristoc 50D Opaque Tights   Pamela Mann Legwarmers   Pretty Polly Nylon Raised Diamond Tights

 

 Marissa Webb

The name may not be all too familiar to you yet, but the up and coming designer has been turning heads in the fashion world of late, and one look at her AW15 collection will tell you all you need to know… she’s set to go stratospheric! With an emphasis on power dressing for the modern women, Webb’s collection was right up our street. Not least because it featured the, in our eyes, taken for granted fashion staple that is black opaque tights. As simple as they may be, there’s nothing out there quite so effective sometimes, and we can never say no to something with so much versatility. Our favourite look was this edgy red dress with collar, which Webb styled to perfection with leather boots and black opaques. We have an abundance of black opaque tights on offer at MyTights. For a particularly great pair, British brand Aristoc has a trio of choices depending on how much coverage you’re after. Regardless of whether you opt for the semi-opaque 30D, mid-opaque 50D or thick 80D, you’ll gain a pair of reliable and stylish opaques with staggering levels of quality given the price!

Thom Browne

Our eager eyes also spotted tights gracing the catwalk of American womenswear designer Thom Browne. Being high fashion and all, his collection was based on a slightly, well, macabre, theme. That’s not to mean it didn’t feature some gorgeous tights, however, with one such shot from his show featuring a chic pair of opaques with diamond print. Adding weight to the saying that ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’, Browne teamed his patterned tights with a black fur coat and ankle boots, as well as some slightly wayward applications of the make-up brush! For a matchy-matchy look, Pretty Polly does a very similar version in the form of the Pretty Polly Nylon Raised Diamond Tights, albeit with a very different price tag! The most dedicated hosiery fans will also have noticed the thick white tights worn in the background of the image. Don’t worry; we did too – which is why we’re pointing you in the direction of the Jonathan Aston 40D Opaque Tights, semi-opaque tights that are available in white as well as a multitude of other shades. If you’re a sucker for wool, opting for Wool White in the Falke Soft Merino Wool Tights isn’t a bad shout, either!

Charlotte Ronson

Celebrated British designer Charlotte Ronson’s collection combined feminine prints with more urban pieces; coming together to form a number of stylish looks that gained plaudits from the fashion know-it-alls. For us, it was reminiscent of ‘70s fashion, with most of her models sporting scrunch-knit legwarmer socks with leather boots. With both warmth and fashion kudos on offer, we certainly wouldn’t mind this style becoming one of the go-to looks of AW15! To make sure you’re best prepared, stock up early on the Pamela Mann Legwarmers. Available in black to mirror Ronson’s range, the more nostalgic of you out there might also opt for the brighter shades of orange, green and pink!  

With a few days left to go before the red carpet is rolled up and the fashion spotlight turns to London, we’re sure there’s going to be a lot more hosiery taking centre stage. Watch this space!

Until next time…

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Shapewear Supremo Sara Blakeley!

Shapewear Supremo Sara Blakeley!

If we were pushed to name a few of our favourite women in the world, the mastermind behind shapewear maestro’s Spanx would undoubtedly feature on the list somewhere along the line. Ah, our trusty Spanx! Increasing the body confidence of women across the globe, Sara Blakely and her range of fabulous shapewear make smoothing over our lumps and bumps easy. We trust anything Sara has to say here at MyTights… after all, she’s revolutionised our lives, so why wouldn’t we?! Featuring in this month’s issue of Porter Magazine, the self-made billionaire disclosed her 10 golden rules for having a more positive outlook on everyday life. Listen up, ladies!

1) Trust your gut – Sara revealed that, although she lives just 5 minutes from her work, she actually leaves 45 minutes in advance, opting for a long route to have time to think and come up with innovative new ideas!

2) Look for hidden blessings in bad events – believe that everything that happens will lead to something greater. Giving us one of our favourite quotes of all time, Sara added ‘I mean, look what my cellulite led to!’ What a woman!

3) Be grateful for being a woman in this era – we’ve got it good, don’t we? Embrace life and show gratitude for what you have.

4) Keep close girlfriends – Sara’s had the same group of friends since she was five, and she claims keeping such a loyal and close group has enabled her to get where she is today!

5) Laugh at yourself – don’t get easily offended, let go and find the funny side in your misfortunes. Starting with those terrible fashion choices you made back in the ‘80s!

6) It doesn’t matter what other people think of you – we particularly love this one. Let go, be yourself, wear what you want. If you like an outfit, that’s a good enough reason to wear it!

7) Always aim to be a better version of yourself – Sara constantly asks herself the same question; ‘How would I be doing my job is no-one showed me? Is there a better way?’

8) Care more than anyone else – starting out with just $85000 and with no experience of the shapewear industry, Sara asserts that being so passionate about what she does opened doors for her, you should do the same.

9)  There’s always room for improvement – whether relationships or our careers, we can always improve. Take a step back, listen to motivational audio books, and strive to be the best you can be.

10) Think about what you’ve failed in – there’s no harm in failing. In fact, it makes us work harder. So at the end of every week, have a cup of tea and think about what you could have done better.

Oh Sara, we love you. With all those motivational tips, we’re in the mood to treat ourselves to some fabulous new shapewear. Why not check out our amazing range of Spanx products?

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Beyonce does biker chick!

Beyonce does biker chick!

Wolford Estella Leggings

Wolford Estella Leggings

International pop star, superstar husband, insanely talented. Is there anything that Beyonce can’t do?  It appears not, as this week she added yet another string to her already jam packed bow – style icon! Stepping out for a post-Grammys dinner with husband Jay Z and Ed Sheeran in a gorgeous pair of leather look leggings, Beyonce worked her curves to a tee, mastering the often difficult rock chick style. Teaming her biker leggings with a black leather jacket, statement tee and leather ankle boots (of course), the fabulous look has caused quite the stir in MyTights HQ – we just love her! If, like us, you’d love to be a little more like Beyonce herself, the good news is you can recreate her look with just a few simple clicks. Landing in our offices only last week (perfect timing), the Wolford Estella Leggings will give you the same statement look as the Queen Bee herself, with their high shine finish, skin-tight fit and quirky seam above the knee. You may not have her millions or bank, or maybe even her vocal range, but here’s how to get it right:

1) Experiment with patterns – while the leggings may make a statement in their own right, that doesn’t mean you can’t rock some colour and patterns on your top half. Beyonce’s statement tee was a great look – opt for stripes, aztec and spots to recreate,

2) The more leather the better – the key to nailing the rock chick look is to make leather your best friend; you can never have enough! Pull out your biker jacket and studded boots, ladies!

3) Jewellery is a must – the perfect accessory to leather, accessorise your look to perfection with chunky rings and a statement necklace.

She can do no wrong in our opinion! See our entire range of fashion leggings, here.

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Anybody who regularly reads our blog will know that the weekly Laura’s Choice is usually based around something topical, offering you some advice and style tips for an upcoming calendar event. However, this week we’ve opted for a slight change of tact. With January now behind us and February seeming to be speeding past within the blink of an eye, we’ll soon be encroaching on that awkward time of year – not quite winter, but not yet enjoying that glorious spring sunshine. What to wear on our legs?! To bridge the difficult weather, not only at this time of year, but all year round, I thought it would be a great idea to round up my selection of hosiery that no woman should be without. Come rain or shine, my top picks will ensure you have a pair of tights for every occasion… call it a hosiery capsule if you will!

Tights to brave the winter weather

Falke Pure Shine 80 Tights

Falke Pure Shine 80 Tights

Starting off with the basics, the trusty opaque may not stand out in the crowd or win any awards for their innovative design, but they are, and will remain, a staple part of any female wardrobe. For a particularly great pair, head to Wolford and the Velvet de Luxe 66 Tights. Velvety soft, long-lasting and the choice of for colours, these are a superb choice if you’re after some legwear that will take you across the day, being incredibly versatile thanks to the matte finish. If sparkly things are forever catching your eye, the Falke Pure Shine 80 Tights are your port of call, lending themselves to a glamorous look with their high shine finish, yet having all the qualities of standard thick opaques. Opaque tights are fantastic for when there’s a chill in the air, but should the weather outlook be extra bleak (we’re talking snow and frost!), a pair of thermal tights are a must. One of our bestsellers, and for good reason, are the Pretty Polly 200D Fleecy Opaque Thermal Tights; these work wonders at keeping the cold at bay with their snug as a bug fleecy lining. Just £9.95 a pair, too! Or if you’ve fallen under the charms of German brand Falke, they also offer a thermal option with the Falke Warm Deluxe, utilising a soft plush technique and satisfying your colour cravings with 7 variations.

Moving into spring: semi opaques and sheers

Oroblu Sensuel 13 Tights

Oroblu Sensuel 13 Tights

When the weather heats up a little but the summer is still a way off,  semi-opaque tights start to come into their own. Reverting again to the wonders of Wolford, the Wolford Neon 40 Tights always stand out for me. Virtually indestructible despite only having 40 denier strength, what’s brilliant about these is that they actually appear as if they’re a 20 denier – so you get excellent coverage and durability as well as an elegant sheer leg. If like me, black tights aren’t always your first choice, they also come in 8 other shades, so complementing any look becomes simple. For a classic pair of everyday sheers, Italian brand Oroblu put all their hosiery prowess to good use with the Oroblu Sensuel 13 Tights. The slight sheen finish makes them suitable for both the office and for impromptu after-work drinks; I particularly love the darker skintones during the winter. If you’ve fallen foul of fishnet fever (who hasn’t), a top tip of mine would be to also layer these under fishnets for some added warmth.

Speaking of fishnets, I truly believe that no collection is ever complete without a pair of two. Forever en vogue and much more versatile than you’d think, they’re a great way to inject some sophistication into your look without giving too much away. While micronets and whalenets are both chic, opt for a mid size net if you’re trying to build a capsule collection. If i were pushed to name my favourites, it would have to be the Trasparenze Rita Tights, thanks in large to the fabulous array of colour combinations (from classic black to bold orange). I love to layer these over sheer tights to add some fun to my look.

Cheat your way to perfect pins: a bare leg look

When the weather starts to warm up but you haven’t got the confidence to go hosiery-free, bare leg tights are for you. The ultimate bare leg look, in my opinion, can be achieved with the Falke Shelina Tights. Coming in an 8 denier appearance with 12 denier strength, these appear so sheer that even ladders and snags will go unnoticed! Appearing completely natural, they’re available in classic black as well as an impressive 7 skin shades. Feel a little overwhelmed? Our skin colour guide is on hand to help.  Moving down the sheer spectrum now, for something ultra-sheer, the Aristoc Ultimate range combine the elegance of a bare leg look with a Lycra fusion content – making ladders old news. Resulting in brilliant robustness, a superior fit and fabulous feel, opt for the 10D if you’re a fan of matte, and the 5D for some glamorous shine.

Fashion, fashion, fashion…

Jonathan Aston 40D Opaque Tights

Jonathan Aston 40D Opaque Tights

All that’s left to do is introduce you to some of my favourite fashion tights. The colour chameleons amongst us won’t be able to hide their delight once they see the Jonathan Aston 40D Tights. A matte finish, 18 (really!) gorgeous hues and the choice of wearing any length of hemline in your repertoire, they’re also just £6 a pair. If your penchant lies more with patterns, target a select few trends that are popular at the moment to complete the capsule – for me, the biggest trend at the moment is spots! Dainty and versatile, the Oroblu Adelle Tights are my go-to when my outfit requires the sweet appeal of polkadots, with a 20 denier appearance and flock of small dots for a butter-wouldn’t-melt look.

Until next time…

 

 

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Meghan Trainor

Meghan Trainor and her fabulous tights!

Bursting onto the scene in 2014 with perhaps the catchiest song of the decade, the domination of All About That Bass singer Meghan Trainor doesn’t look like it’s about to end anytime soon. Currently sitting pretty at the top of the album charts with her debut collection (and that’s no mean feat), this week saw Meghan being noticed not only for her tunes, but for her fashion choices, stepping out at a Sam Smith concert in a pair of chic sheer tights with inbuilt knee high sock.

Opting for an all black ensemble which showed off her curves perfectly, the star paired her tights with a leather look skater skirt, black sweater and strappy heels. Proving that wrapping up from the cold doesn’t always mean you have to revert to a pair of trusty black opaques, we think Meghan looked fabulous, mastering the trend for layers and undoubtedly saving herself some time in the process. If you love her A-list look, the good news is that you can easily recreate it with the collection at MyTights, and even more music to your ears… without the A-list price tag.

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Pretty Polly Modal Secret Socks Tights

For a great style replica, head to Pretty Polly and their fabulous Modal Secret Socks Tights. Near on identical to Meghan herself, these 20 denier matte tights have an inbuilt 60 denier sock, finishing just below the knee. Not restrictive in any way, the sock sits comfortably on your leg, appearing like regular knee highs with their mock band and opaque finish. It’s really up to you how you style them – great for creating a flirty look à la Trainor, you could also just use them as an extra layer behind knee high boots.

If your outfit is in need of a little update, Pretty Polly has created a similar style, but this time with a patterned sheer panel above the sock. Perfect for completing your black skater dress and peep-toes combo, the Pretty Polly Pattern Modal Secret Socks Tights come with an attractive diamond design from the brief downwards, lifting your look and merging into a 60 denier sock at knee height.

Should you want just that little bit more coverage, open your eyes to the wonders of suspender tights. Similar to Meghan in that they combine both sheer and opaque panels for a chic contrast, the pick of the pack are the Henry Holland Super Suspender Tights. Finishing around the mid thigh, the opaque section makes way for a 20 denier panel at the top, complete with mock suspender straps and belt for a look on the right side of sultry!

Keep the fantastic legwear coming, Meghan!

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