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December, 2009

Anna Friel stays glamorous thanks to thick fashion hosiery

Wolford Velvet Leggings from MyTights.comAnna Friel, who is currently starring as Holly Golightly in the West End’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, has become as famous for her after-show outfits as she has for her performance as the flighty it-girl.

The Pushing Daisies star has been spotted in an array of dazzling dresses as she leaves the Theatre Royal Haymarket each night, earning her dozens of column inches for her style sense.

And we were pleased to see that despite sub-zero temperatures this week, Anna didn’t ditch her super-stylish look – she was pictured in the Sun (here) wearing a cute peach dress together with thick leggings as she left the venue.

This allowed her to stay relatively warm while still rocking the vintage look she’s so fond of – and it’s a style you can copy as you head out this New Year’s Eve!

Anna’s leggings had a touch of velvet applique running down the legs, but if you want to go even more glamorous, why not opt for Wolford’s Velvet Leggings from MyTights.com?

These are really soft and would look fantastic teamed with a dress like Anna’s, or with a more casual longline T-shirt.ADNFCR-2232-ID-19534891-ADNFCR

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Clear your back-to-work blues with patterned tights

We hate to bring this up before you’ve even been to your New Year’s Eve bashes, but it’s not long before the festivities will all be over and it’s time to return to the world of work again.

No more getting up at whatever time you like and nodding off in front of the telly in the afternoon – but you could ease yourself back into the real world by adding some cheery accessories to your office attire.

If you’re used to wearing trousers all the time, why not try a skirt and some patterned tights? Fashion hosiery, as long as it’s not too garish, can look great with smart work clothes.

Amy Verner, fashion expert at the Globe and Mail, agreed. She said that some patterns will add a welcome splash of colour while still looking professional, with black or grey being the most suitable.

"High statement hosiery needs to be offset by classic pieces. So if you’re going out on a limb with a print, make sure to keep everything else basic black," she urged.

We love Emilio Cavallini‘s Metallic Pie De Poule Tights, which have a great houndstooth print with a splash of metallic threading for a classic but funky look.

If you’re nervous about trying patterns and prints, why not try going for a different colour opaque instead? Purple can be a great alternative to brown or black in winter and will ensure you look both capable and fun in the office!

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Ring in the New Year with striking hosiery!

Time to plan your New Year’s Eve outfit, girlies – and of course, that means investing in something new to dazzle fellow revellers with! Why not try some fashion tights for an individual look?

However, if you’re anything like us, you may not want to splash out too much. We want to employ chiconomics to keep us debt-free and enjoy a sensible start to 2010, thank you very much.

And this is where hosiery and in particular, sparkly and patterned tights come to the fore. This year has seen an explosion of different hosiery designs gracing the pages of the fashion mags because girls have realised that they can totally transform an outfit.

You can buy an inexpensive high street little black dress – or even wear something you already own – but make it look totally different using some new fashion tights. Perfect!

If you’re heading to an exciting New Year’s Eve party but don’t know where to start when it comes to fashion hosiery, don’t worry – we will give you the lowdown here.

Sparkle & Shine

Since it’s still the festive season, why not go for something sparkly? Emilio Cavallini’s Metallic Medallion tights are gorgeously glittery and so ornate that you’re sure to get loads of compliments. If they’re not spangly enough, opt for all-out glitter in the form of Pamela Mann’s Lurex Highball.

For shimmer with an edgy twist – think Kate Moss or Alexa Chung – you can’t go wrong with Celeste Stein’s Black & White Cheetah Glittery tights. Amazingly cool, these would pair well with a Cheryl Cole-style tulip dress.

And shiny but a little more daring is Jonathan Aston’s Wet Look Body Stocking – team it with a coloured mini skirt and killer heels, or wear it alone if you feel a little Lady GaGa-esque!

Chic Patterns

Finally, we know that a lot of you may have been invited somewhere formal where you’ll want to dress to impress. Fear not, as we have a range of hosiery for you!

For the polka-dot look that’s been so in this season, you could opt for Gerbe’s Plumetis tights. These have been featured in Vogue plenty of times and are achingly chic – you’ll feel positively Parisian in these.

In a similar vein, Wolford’s Circles Tights have a slightly larger print on a sheer background for a bubblier feel – but they are also super-strong for their weight, making them perfect for clumsy party fingers!

Elegant Back Seams

And last but not least, the humble yet effective back seam. This style will give you the epitome in 1940s-style glamour – think Dita Von Teese and go for subtle sex appeal.

We have a range of these for you to choose from, but one of our favourite examples is Jonathan Aston’s Seam and Heel variety. These will give you endless legs with added panache for under a tenner!

Or for a bit of luxury to bring in the new year why not tryWolford’s Individual 10 Back Seam Tights, where the seam goes all the way to tthe toe.

Using some of the tights we’ve suggested here – or other pairs from our website – together with some Gok Wan styling and accessories, you can create an outfit that’s sure to turn heads. Plus you’re unlikely to see anyone wearing the same – result!

Knock ‘em dead, girls – and may we take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy New Year!

Laura

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The key to wearing coloured tights? Keep it simple!

Unless you’ve been asleep under a rock for the whole of 2009, then you’ll be aware that everyone who’s anyone has been rocking brightly coloured tights over the last few months.

They are a fantastic trend, as they can totally transform an outfit with minimal effort – you can even make old outfits look like new thanks to some cleverly applied hosiery.

However, if you’re going for a particularly bright colour, then you should definitely keep the rest of your ensemble simple.

Style expert Courtney Hollands, writing for Boston.com’s StylePhile, said that when she wore yellow legging recently, she did so with a plain grey jumper dress in order to avoid looking like Will Ferrell in Elf, keeping accessories down to a minimum and footwear innocuous.

"Go for a dark, solid dress and leather boots or flats … Be bold, friends, but don’t overdo it," she insisted.

Sound advice indeed – if you’ve found the perfect plain outfit and now want to jazz it up with coloured tights, you could try Jonathan Aston at MyTights.com.

This company makes an array of coloured hosiery sure to suit your every mood!

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Catherine Zeta Jones stays warm in ribbed tights

She was brought up in the Welsh Valleys, so perhaps it’s no surprise than Catherine Zeta Jones knows how to dress for cold weather.

The actress was spotted by the Daily Mail (here) walking her dog in New York recently, looking snug as a bug in a rug thanks to a warm winter coat and some cosy wool ribbed tights.

Her trainers didn’t exactly match, but she was taking her pooch out in deep snow after all! She returned to her usual glamorous self later that day in a furry coat and boots – but she kept the wool ribbed tights on, proving that they really are a winter essential!

We’ve got a range of wool and ribbed tights here at MyTights.com in an array of colours and finishes.

They will all keep you feeling warm and looking good, but for a similar style to Catherine’s, perhaps go for Aristoc‘s Cotton Texture Cable Tights.

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Festive Season Style

Whether it’s parties or family gatherings you’re dressing for, we’ve got the hosiery you need to keep you looking fabulous this Christmas.

The Christmas holidays – it’s the only time of the year when you’re willing to get up before 7am, encouraged to lounge around in your PJs and able to consume brandy and a selection box for breakfast without getting funny looks from your family or housemates.

However, there are occasions during the festive season that call for you to be more formal – for one thing, visitors may be surprised to turn up at your house only to be greeted by you in your jimjams!

We clearly can’t hibernate for all of the Christmas season. So here are our solutions for a) being snug while visiting friends and family in our range of winter warmers and b) look as dazzlingly stylish as the tree with our Christmas party tights?

Parties

First up, parties. Whether you want to boogie the night away or pose in the hope of attracting someone under the mistletoe, a great way of standing out from the crowds is by wearing some of our party tights.

Lace is huge right now, so capitalise on this with products like Jonathan Aston’s Sweet Roses Hold Ups. Add some sparkle with Pamela Mann’s Highball Tights, or go for a similar but toned-down style in the form of the Nite Lites Lurex Tights in Chocolate and Gold from Jonathan Aston.

Meanwhile, subtle shine that oozes sophistication will be yours when wearing Aristoc’s Crystalli, which give a nod to 1940s glamour.

Team any of these products with your LBD and you’re sure to be the belle of the ball!

Christmas Eve

The next tricky event is Christmas Eve. We don’t know about you, but we tend to spend the afternoon and evening cosied up in front of the fire, watching Elf and wrapping any final presents. The key here is comfort, so why not team a warm but stylish jumper dress with some cute socks?

We love Trasparenze’s Cinzia Knee High Socks for cold days, as they look great (even a little sexy!) while keeping our legs warm. Our favourites are the black ones and the lovely pale pink shade. For a similar style without the rib, perhaps try Falke’s Soft Merino wool socks.

For those of you who are embracing the ’80s are sure to loveJonathan Aston’s Peeptoe Legwarmers.

Christmas Day

For the big day itself, why not celebrate through colour? A rich red can be achieved by wearing Trasparenze’s Gennifer Tights in Rubino, or Jonathan Aston’s Scarlet 40-denier tights, while Emilio Cavallini’s 200 denier white tights will look wintery even if there’s no White Christmas!

We also love Falke’s Soft Merino Tights with their range of rich colours for indulgence, as well as Emilio Cavallini’s metallic tights, especilally the Metallic Medallion Tights in red and gold for sparkly Christmas glamour!

Boxing Day

Unfortunately, no sooner is it Christmas then it’s all over and Boxing Day is upon us. By this time, you’ll be sick of being cooped up with your family and stuffing your face, so it’s time to get out for a brisk walk. Don’t forget your warm hosiery! Why not opt forLevante’s Wool Rib Tights in Nero, or Jonathan Aston’s Soft Diamond OverThe Knee Socks?

To add a splash of bold colour however, you could try Pamela Mann’s divine Argyle Over the Knee socks.

We hope we’ve encouraged you to add some style to your celebrations this Christmas – head to MyTights.com to check out all these tights, socks and more!

Go on, treat yourselves – it’s Christmas!

Happy shopping!

Laura

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2009 – The year of hosiery!

The weather outside may be frightful, but you don’t have to stay by the delightful fire in order to stay cosy this festive season – because 2009 has truly been the year of all kinds of hosiery.

Some of the fashionistas at Sugarscape.com noted that while Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties usually mean that we girls freeze in the name of fashion, this is not the case this time around, because tights and socks of all kinds are the must-have accessory for all sorts of outfits.

"There’s socks, tights, footless tights, thigh highs, knee highs, opaque, wool, there’s even leg warmers! You name it, they’re out there," they enthused.

Henry Holland’s Mock Stockings tights and black over the knee socks were recommended for daring divas, while patterned tights and knee high socks were also suggested as being bang on trend.

We just love over the knee socks – for a really luxurious pair, try Wolford’s Velvet Over Knees from MyTights.com. These are made from beautiful velvet yarn and are also really strong and durable.
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Cool lace tights will spice up your LBD

How many times have you been out shopping and bought a great new colourful dress for a special event, only to bottle out at the last minute and go to the party in your trusty LBD?

Hilary Alexander, fashion director at the Telegraph, said she’s seen it happen more times than she’s had hot dinners, because everyone has an LBD that makes them feel fabulous with minimum effort.

However, since so many girls do this, the chances are you’re not going to be the only one wearing a black frock at whatever event you’re going to.

That’s why she recommends that you should spice it up by adding some choice accessories.

You could opt for a statement belt a la Kate Moss, or some luxurious hair ribbons like Victoria Beckham.

Or, you could go for our favourite accessory and opt for lace, cobweb or fishnet tights.

The perfect choice could be Jonathan Aston’s Rose Glass Lace and Opaque Tights, which have a beautiful floral lace pattern up the back of the leg and a purple panel on the front for ladylike glamour.

And as you can see from the picture, they go great with an LBD!
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Statement tights – anything goes this season!

Obviously, we’ve been raving about all kinds of hosiery and funky fashion tights for years, but we’ve loved 2009 as the entire world of fashion has joined in.

The celebs really got on board with statement tights after they were all over the catwalks back in the spring and now it’s winter, they are making even more of a splash on everyone’s legs than the rest of their outfits!

The Mirror’s Celebs magazine spotted a whole host of famous faces rocking patterned tights this month, with Henry Holland for Pretty Polly a popular choice for Agyness Deyn, Una from The Saturdays, Fearne Cotton and, erm, Cheryl from Hollyoaks.

However, there were so many other styles and designs that it proved really anything goes – Juliette Lewis wore red tights with glittery circles, Taylor Swift sported herringbone-patterned lovelies and Sadie Frost went for white lace to create a classy, Jackie O-style look.

There you go – proof that you should definitely experiment with patterned tights if you’ve never tried them! They’re fun, bang on-trend and they might even keep your pins warm as you head from party to party this Christmas.

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Eat, drink and be merry this Christmas thanks to Spanx

If your Christmas holidays are anything like ours, they usually amount to lots of stuffing your face and no time whatsoever to go to the gym.

To be honest, a walk on Boxing Day to stop us going stir crazy is the closest we get to exercise over the festive season.

It doesn’t matter – it’s Christmas, we tell ourselves. However, this backfires slightly when we look somewhat bulgy under the outfits we planned to wear and envisioned ourselves looking fantastic in.

Thankfully though, all is not lost. Thanks to a miracle-working invention named Spanx, we can scoff that last choccy without even thinking about our waistlines until the New Year.

Danica Lo, author of How Not to Look Fat in the US, told the Fayetteville Observer that she highly recommends the Spanx Hide & Sleek Full Length Slip.

"Other shapers can cause muffin top, but this slip won’t exacerbate one problem while solving another," she pointed out.

You can then go on to dress your best and emphasise the positive, she said.

We agree, the Spanx slips are fantastic – there is also a strapless one for more versatility under bandeau dresses. To get the most smooth silhouette, always choose the size you usually wear – too small will constrict you and too large won’t give you full support.
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