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December, 2010

What to wear at Christmas

Packing to go away for the Christmas holidays always takes up more space than you expect – it’s not just the presents but outfits for all those festive occasions.   I’ve never needed an excuse to pack an extra outfit but this year MyTights.com has done some of the thinking for you and provided our selection of what we’ll be taking away for the Christmas break .

Christmas Eve

If your Christmas Eve is about catching up with old friends over a glass of mulled wine in the pub before heading on to the late Christmas service and your local church – then you will need to dress appropriately.   I’d recommend these Wool Rib Tights from Trasparenze – their high wool content will keep your legs nice and warm in a drafty church whilst allowing you skin to breath so you don’t overheat in front of that roaring fire.  If ribbed tights are not for you and you prefer a smoother finish then the Gennifer Merino Wool Tights – also by Trasparenze come in a range of gorgeous colours and will also keep you feeling snug as well as glamourous.

Christmas Day

Whether you are the one slaving over a hot stove or not, Christmas Day should be all about putting on the glitz.  The Bebaroque Carla Tights are a great way to add a little sparkle to your Christmas day  – their metallic stubs stretch and will glint as you move.    Choose them in plum, don a paper crown to match and you are ready for Christmas to commence.

Boxing day

When the food and drink hangover begins to kick in around Boxing Day there is always someone that suggests going for a long walk to burn off all those excess calories.  Whether you are the one that initiates the big family walk the one that gets talked into it, go prepared!  Try some over knee socks, the Jonathan Aston Long Wool Mix Boot Socks are brilliant under a pair of wellies and the angora wool in them makes them super warm and soft.  Wear them pushed down and slouchy or, if you are really feeling the chill, pulled up over the knee.

New Year’s Eve

Finally the night we have all been waiting for – New Years Eve is the time to dress up and get out on the town.

If you feel like you have overindulged over Christmas and are worried about fitting into that little black dress, never fear MyTights has the answer you have been looking for.  Our Shapewear range contains some of the best products on the market to help lift, pull in and smooth your body so you look your best on your big night out.   When it comes to shapewear, Spanx has become a firm celebrity favourite with products to suit every outfit.   For really firm control from bustline to mid thigh we’d recommend the Spanx Slim Cognito Seamless Mid-Thigh Bodysuit which give optimum shaping by slimming your waist and minimising that mince pie heavy tummy.  Spanx have thoughtfully made this from a slick yarn and with a minimum of seams which means that you can wear even clingy outfits without it sticking or showing.   No one need know your secret!

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With tried and tested shapewear brands like Spanx, Trinny & Susannah and Shatobu there is sure to be a product that will firm your unique wobbly areas and make you feel fabulous.

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Todays look is warm!

Snowfall always brings mixed emotions in the UK.  Whether you have just braved a long and chilly commute or have succumbed to the pester power of your inner child and built your snowman you’ll need to find a way to warm up and fast.  Here are a couple of MyTights recommendations for quiet cosy nights in by the fire.

Part sock, part slipper the Pretty Polly Fairisle Slipper Socks are warm and comfy and the perfect accompaniment to those cozy winter pyjamas.  The soles are nice and thick to protect you from cold floors and the non-slip feature on the sole means you can be warm and safe.   Coming halfway up the calf, these socks reduce the risk of any annoying chilly gaps.  The colourful pattern is just what you need to brighten up a chilly winter’s day.

If you really want to push the boat out you could try the Pantherella Cashmere Ankle Socks.  It doesn’t come more indulgent than these soft and cuddly socks.  They come in a range of feminine pastel colours so your feet will look gorgeous both inside and outside of your snow caked wellies and are certain to keep icy feet at bay.

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Whether you are braving the chilly weather or staying indoors and admiring the view – it’s your extremities that will feel the cold first.   So make sure you wrap your feet in some of the cosiest kit around from MyTights.com.

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Ellie Goulding Wow’s in Chain Suspender Tights

Fishnet tights were not the only hosiery of choice at the Burlesque premiere in London last week. Ellie Goulding looked striking in a pair of Henry Holland Chain Suspender Tights, with a blazer and bow tie that matched her boyfriend’s – Radio 1 DJ Greg James. The sparkling suspender strap makes a glamorous alternative to Holland’s classic Suspender Tights, which a great for parties – we’ll certainly be rocking a pair this New Years Eve! More celebrity fans of the Chain Suspender Tights include Pixie Lott, Una Healy (The Saturdays) and Tulisa (N-Dubz), and now you can get the celebrity look for only £14.95!

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Christina Aguilera stuns in embellished tights

With the release of the Burlesque movie fast approaching, Christina Aguilera is the style queen everyone is watching, and she’s not only favouring fishnets. She stunned the crowds on Saturday night’s X-Factor performance in her sparkling embellished tights. These hand made beauties from Bebaroque, with their gorgeous crystals and pearls, fetch for £195. But fear not if that is a little out of your price range, we have a great selection of embellished tights available from just £8.00 – choose from sparkly sequins to stunning studs, whether you want something subtle or daring there is something for everyone….

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Cosmopolitan Magazine

This month MyTights were featured in the January issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. Paired with a cool pair of denim hot pants were a checked shirt, sneakers and Emilio Cavallini tights from yours truly. So, even though it’s cold, you can still rock your denim hot pants… with tights – because lets face it, its hard to put our hot pants away!

But it’s too cold, I hear you whisper. Well fear not! Here at MyTights, we’ve got a great selection of opaque tights to help keep your legs warm enough for you to brave the cold in your favourite hot pants as well.

First up, Pretty Polly’s 60 denier opaque tights have been in our top ten best selling list for weeks – with 8 bright and bold shades to choose from, you guys just can’t get enough of them! Similar and new in our top ten this week, Jonathan Aston’s 40 denier opaque tights also come in a fabulous variety of colours. However if your looking for something a bit lighter, then these are perfect. At 40 denier, they’re thick enough to shield you from the chill yet do not feel heavy on your legs! You can’t go wrong can you?

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If you’re more of a daring fashionista, then Miss Oroblu’s funky fashion tights will be right up your alley. MyTights have a great collection of some of the brands showstopping tights that will definitely make you stand out from the crowd. Check it out for yourself, take a look at they’re creative, movie and celebrity designs. They’re loud and attention grabbing – perfect for anyone who loves to make a statement.

And of course, we can’t forget all you chic fashion followers. Leather hot pants are in this season and we can just imagine how great Trasparenze’s Kuma tights would look

teamed with a pair and a silk shirt a la Alexa Chung. Definitely a good look!

So forget the cold and get squeezing into those hot pants!

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Burlesque

It will probably come as no surprise that the MyTights team are all massive fans of the burlesque movement – well we do spend all day working with gorgeous tights and stockings!  So we were all very excited to be treated to a sneak preview of Burlesque the Movie this week courtesy of Jonathan Aston.

Jonathan Aston is one of our best selling brands and also an official partner of Burlesque the Movie, having designed an exclusive range of Burlesque hosiery especially for the film.   The film is set in a burlesque club that has seen better days.  It is run by Cher’s character, Tess, who is experiencing financial difficulties and risks losing the club that has been her life.  That is until small town girl Ali, played by Christina Aquilera, shows up and uses her considerable talents to help turn the club’s fortunes around.  Both gritty and glamorous the film captures the essence of burlesque and celebrates all things a little bit naughty.

Just minutes into the film you can spot the distinctive Ringers over Knee socks which play a prominent part of the wardrobe for this film.  They can be spotted on practically all the stunning girls in this film and – to get the really authentic Burlesque look – look their best when worn layered over sheers or fishnets.   While this is one of the most eye catching looks from the film we also think it is totally wearable if you swap the fishnets for a pair of opaques and team with a plain black dress.

Of course no tribute to burlesque would be complete without some saucy fishnets.  As you would expect, funky fishnets are a wardrobe staple in this film and of course Jonathan Aston has updated this old classic by adding a glittering gold back seam.   Available as a hold up or a tight, these are actually some of the softest fishnets you can buy and the gold back seam is a perfect accessory for the run up to Christmas and New Year.

If you prefer to keep it classic but are still hoping some of Cher’s Burlesque glamour will rub off on you there are also lovely midinet tights and hold ups in the range.  Like their fishnet cousins they are also brilliantly stretching – perfect if you are planning to do a little high kicking of your own.

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With this new range, Jonathan Aston has championed old fashioned glamour and dressed some of the hottest legs in Hollywood.   As Burlesque the Movie opens in cinemas across the country, the MyTights team is excited to be offering the very leg wear sported by stars Christina Aguilera and Cher.   Burlesque is one of the hottest films of the year so shimmy on over and get your hands on the look.

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All that glitters… Embellished Tights

Round about Christmas we all get the urge to add a bit of sparkle to our outfits.   This year the high street has been awash with beading and sequins.  Embellished clothing is big this year and, whilst you may be more used to adorning your top half with all that glitters, we at MyTights would like to remind you that this trend works for legs too.

Rock the embellished look to perfection with the Bebaroque Lourdes Tights.  The whole office has been lusting after these hand crafted luxury tights adorned with crystals, sequins and pearls.  At £195, I will admit that you have do have to be fairly committed to the embellished cause to pick up a pair of these gorgeous tights but they are second to none in terms of quality and luxury.  The black version will make you look like you have just waded through diamonds to get to your party.  We think the cream version will look great with a super girly outfit – consider wearing it with pale lace if you want to nail two winter trends at once.  In the past couple of weeks, we’ve been delighted to speak to a few of you who have ordered them to go under wedding dresses.  Both warm and beautiful, I can’t think of a better accessory for a winter wedding!

Bebaroque designers, Mhairi McNicol and Chloe Patience are true innovators in legwear design and their range of embellished tights are on every fashionista’s wish list.  Based in Scotland, their products are set to become a British design classics.  A more affordable alternative to the Lourdes tights, are their Carla tights which come in black and plum and are adorned with colourful metal studs which will glint as you walk.

If you are a newcomer to the embellished trend and want to start subtle and affordable, the Pretty Polly Embellished Tights are the perfect place to begin.  Decorated with gold and silver discs on one leg, they will glitter under the light without taking over your outfit.   We recommend these as a key piece in any winter party wardrobe.  Wear black opaques in the day and then switch to these to take your work outfit from day to evening effortlessly.

Embellished tights are a tasteful way to add a little sparkle to a Christmas party outfit.  They are also a little out of the ordinary and will make sure that your legs are the centre of attention.

Laura

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Founder of MyTights.com

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Christmas Gifts – Your Best Friend

Whether you and your best friend are like two peas in a pod or you are polar opposites, buying presents for friends is always a challenge, especially since it is hard to resist the temptation to keep some of those lovely goodies for yourself.  Go on admit it – we’ve all done it!

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If you best friend is a wannbe fashionista – you can wow her with an affordable piece from one the Britain’s hottest designers with these House of Holland Ball and Chain Socks from Henry Holland.

Alternatively, lace is still hot for Christmas.   MyTights.com has lace tights and stockings in a range of colours and styles which will satisfy even the pickiest of chums. Our pick of the bunch are these Jonathan Aston Sweet Roses Lace tights with their sweet roses pattern and back seam.

Looking for a little something for the Christmas stocking?   Pretty Polly’s 60 Denier Opaques are a great way to give a gorgeous little something without blowing the budget this Christmas.  At only £4 each, they are a barginous price and come in a delicious range of colours – quite literally – including grape, raspberry, chocolate and orange!

These are just a selection of the pressies that the MyTights staff are wishing our best friends would buy for us.  Hint.  Hint.

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