With the temperature reaching 30°C in some parts of the UK over the weekend, it might be tempting to throw off your tights even if your bare legs aren’t ready to face the world. Luckily, thanks to clever hosiery technology and plenty of experience, the MyTights team has got some top tips to help you stay cool in the heat and keep your hosiery-clad legs looking fabulous.
Elastane (also known as Lycra or Spandex) in tights can sometimes make you feel hotter, even in very lightweight sheers, but many hosiery brands have developed brilliant elastane-free yarns especially for summer tights-wearers. These elastane free tights, offer a bare leg finish, and still have stretch and recovery. Pretty Polly’s Almost Naked tights are made in a barely-there 5 denier Sideria yarn and are so light on your skin that you’ll hardly know you’re wearing them. We also love Falke’s Shelina tights which are made entirely from super-fine polyamide yarns but contain a tiny amount of elastane in the waistband to ensure the best possible fit at the waist.
Some women find it’s having that extra hosiery layer over the top of their underwear that makes them feel hot, and if you’re one of them you could think about switching to suspender tights for the summer. With the look of stockings and suspenders but none of the fuss of attaching garter belts, suspender tights have an open brief area which allows air to circulate and can help you stay cool. For everyday wear, Charnos’ Boudoir Bodyfree suspender tights and Trasparenze’s Strip Panty suspender tights are simple, unadorned styles with plain legs which will be indistinguishable from your normal everyday sheer tights.
Pretty Polly Pretty Cool
If you’re worried about the possibility of the suspender tops showing under your workwear but like the idea of ventilation in your tights, Pretty Polly Pretty Cool tights are designed with an open gusset and are made in a 100% polyamide yarn but in every other aspect are just like everyday 15 denier tights.
Similarly, it can be more comfortable to wear hold ups instead of tights during the summer months as they allow more air to circulate where you’d usually have the brief of your tights. It’s important to remember with hold ups that the silicone bands that keep them up are less effective if they become coated in moisturiser or talc, so be careful not to overdo the body lotion should you choose to wear hold ups. Pretty Polly’s Almost Naked ultra-sheer and elastane-free style is available as hold ups which are perfect for achieving a bare-leg effect, or try Charnos Sheer Lustre hold ups: the elegant shiny finish leg is finished with a unique ElasTAC silicone band which is designed to be especially stretchy, comfortable and extra secure.
Nets and Lace
Fishnet tights and lace tights are brilliant for summer as they look fantastic and allow your skin to breathe. They’ll add interest to a simple outfit and the eye-catching pattern will draw attention away from less-than-perfect pins, so they’re a great addition to summer party looks. There’s no need to stick to black either, when Pamela Mann’s Fishnet tights and Wild Flower lace tights come in so many summery shades.
Whatever the weather brings, you don’t have to give up your tights to stay cool, so get shopping for your perfect summer hosiery wardrobe now!