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September, 2011

How to do… Bondage Tights

When we saw this picture of these Jonathan Aston Casino bondage tights that we supplied for a shoot in More magazine we knew immediately they were going to be HUGE news this season.  With Cheryl Cole and Jessie J spotted in similar styles not too long ago, they are the perfect accessory for the fetish trend this season.  They’re enough to make anyone feel an urge to get to the gym IMMEDIATELY (yes, even us) – but the good news is they are a really simple and inexpensive way to update your wardrobe.  To stop us from thinking about when the last time we went to the gym actually was (c.2007) we’ve rounded up the top three ways to do bondage tights…

1)      Rock Chick – The key to this grunge luxe look is black, black, black.  Team short black skirts with leather jackets and baggy t-shirts, and finish with clunky biker boots and mussed up hair to stop it from looking too ‘done’.

2)      Chic Casual – Proving that the fetish trend can work for daytime, layer shorts over the tights and top with slouchy jumpers or plain white t-shirts and chunky knit cardigans.  Flat boots are a must, and to make the look even more relaxed pile your hair up into a messy high bun. 

3)      Fetish on Fetish – This look takes a very brave fashionista indeed, but when it works it looks IN-CREDIBLE.  Team the tights with leather and finish with leopard print accessories.  We’ve seen a few leather dresses on the high street recently – if you go for a slightly longer hemline than usual and keep the cut and shape of it simple and clean you will keep the look glamorous, not trashy.

The bondage tights pictured are from Jonathan Aston, but the new collections from Oroblu and Trasparenze also have some great fetish-inspired pieces.  Happy shopping!  We’re off to the gym.  No, really…

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Tall Tights

If you are a tall lady then you need to check out this week’s Reveal magazine which has a special photoshoot with extra tall model Jessica Pardoe and lots of helpful tips on how to dress your height.  At 5ft 10in, I have an easier time than Jessica who is 6ft 9in but I can still sympathise with many of the problems she faces.   For tall girls the high street is a much more welcoming place that it used to be but I still regularly face the frustration of too short trousers and dresses that look sweet on girls of an average height and totally indecent on me.

Our taller customers also often come to us with their tales of the badly fitting hosiery they have endured for years.  So here are my faves from what I think is the world’s best selection of tights for vertically gifted girls.

First up, Falke are highly recommended as a brand for tall women.  They are cut generously on the leg length and all their products come in sizes that fit girls up to 6ft comfortably – if you are very slim and choose opaque styles you may even be able to stretch them a little further.  If you are over 6ft look at the Falke Seidenglatt Tights which come in a range of different deniers from 15 – 70 and will fit up to 6ft 2in.  With Falke you get great quality as well as exceptional fit and comfort so if you are sick of constantly pulling your too short tights up over your hips – I promise these Falke tights will feel like a revelation.

I do understand there are still those of you that wince at the thought of paying more than a tenner for a pair of tights so if you need something a more affordable for every day then Levante’s Class Tights are ideal.  With a size range that fits girls up to 6ft 1in, they are a classic sheer look with an elegant shine that you can take anywhere.

Constant tugging at your ankles to keep your footless tights down and then at the waist to keep them up is not a good look on anyone.  Traspareze’s Dorella Footless Leggings are not only super soft and comfy but they are also cut generously so the size range reaches up to 6ft 1in. I love these because the the opaque fabric shows just a hint of leg which is really flattering and the best way to make the most of your lovely long legs.

These are just a few pieces from our range for tall girls so do check out the Extra Tall Tights section on our website for a comprehensive list of suitable products.  We really get the difficulties of buying hosiery for long legs and tall bodies and we’d love to hear your experiences and what products do and don’t work for you.

Emily

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Fashion for the Transition

Dressing at this time of year is always a bit of a gamble.  The weather reports just can’t be relied on and dressing for work is especially tricky if, like me, you are usually up before the day has had a chance to show its true colours!  Making sure you have lots of layers on your top half that you can put on and take off as the day goes on is key.  Legwear however, is not so simple to get on and off in public.  So here is our guide to the warm but not too warm hosiery that will help you negotiate that tricky period in between the seasons.

On days when it is too warm to wear opaques Jonathan Aston’s Sheer Coloured Tights are a perfect alternative.  They’ll give you the same colour pop you get from your thicker opaques but in a 15 denier weight which is much more suitable for the Indian summer we seem to be experiencing.

If you are devoted to your sheer tights through summer and want to stick with them when the weather has cooled slightly, I’d advise trying something in a 20 denier like Falke’s Pure Matte 20 Tights. They’ll give you the natural finish you crave but with just a little more coverage and warmth.  For early autumn evenings, Levante’s 20 denier Brillante Tights have a glamorous high gloss finish you will love.

Warm enough to keep the chill at bay when the sun goes in but breathable so you won’t overheat when the sun comes out blazing, fishnets and lacy tights are your best friends through the transition of the seasons.    Pretty Polly’s Honeycomb Fishnets are a really unusual and decorative way to wear your fishnets.  Aristoc’s crochet lace Textured Chevron Tights are soft and knitted to give warmth when it gets chilly.  If you are nervous about wearing fishnets or you don’t feel they are appropriate for work try micronets like the Jonathan Aston and Levante Micronet Tights.  The holes are much less noticeable and, especially with the Levante, from a distance they will look like sheer tights.

We’ve also got a range of sheer patterned tights that are absolutely ideal at this time of year.  Falke have been especially good to us with their ultra flattering Grand Pepita Tights and Fine Stripes Tights. Both are 20denier and have patterns that run in vertical lines to slim and elongate your leg.

Sheer and opaque combinations are great for when the weather is changeable as they offer just enough but not too much warmth.  Spotted hosiery and animal prints are a big trend this season and you can get both these looks in sheer/opaque styles.  Wolford’s Wilderness Tights with their ultra fashionable tiger skin pattern should be considered essential.   Subtle spotted patterns on sheer backgrounds come in the form of Pamela Mann’s Sheer Dotty Tights or Gerbe’s Plumetis Spotty Tights.   If you want a bolder look then Wolford’s Bonny  Dots Tights or Pamela Mann’s Oversized Spot Tights have the polka dot look that has been featured regularly in all the fashion magazines!

If you have invested in a few choice pieces for Autumn Winter that you are itching to slip into, then choosing your hosiery wisely is key.  On cool days choose patterns that combine sheer and opaque hosiery or plain 20 denier sheers.  When it is warmer experiment with breathable nets and lace to cover up but still stay cool. Sensible choices on leg wear will have you wearing next season’s clothes today without melting into a puddle.

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Tights are a girl’s best friend…

Woman magazine has realised what we here at MyTights have known for a while now – that tights are the perfect way to update your wardrobe for AW 11.  Citing the legs of some of our favourite stars like Sarah Jessica Parker and Mary Portas, they have wrapped up the three ways to update your wardrobe for AW 11.

1)      Punchy Autumn Colours

Berry and jewel toned opaques in this season’s gorgeous palette start from and will make everything from classic shift dresses to wide cut city shorts (yes, we’re looking at you, Ms. Portas) look bang up to date.  Try coloured tights in shades of plum, mulberry and rich green.

2)      Texturised

We’re vaguely aware that we spend hours of our lives harping on about the trend for texture this season – well pay attention this time, because Woman magazine has backed us up!  They recommend gorgeous cable knit tights which will look great this season with your Fairisle knits and slouchy winter jumpers.

3)      Pretty patterns

Lace tights and patterned tights will go with almost anything – try not to over-accessorise though or they can look a bit much, especially for daytime.  Favourites this season are polka dots which have been seen on catwalks everywhere, but the fashionistas among you can afford to be more daring and browse our full selection of patterns and prints for something extra quirky.  We’re loving our patterned tights as they are the perfect way to inject new life into the summer’s playsuits – just add a chunky cardigan.

Getting new tights is a much cheaper alternative to buying a whole new outfit – in fact, with some starting from under £10, your friends will be looking on enviously as you debut a new look every day (and laugh all the way to the bank!)

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London Fashion Week: Trend Update

Ice cream parlour pastels, lashings of yellow a flurry of florals and a medley of metallics – that’s what London Fashion Week has had to say about what we will all be wearing next spring and summer.  We’ve been watching the catwalks closely to bring you some of the MyTights.com highlights and a few tips on how you can use your hosiery to take those key looks and make them wearable for every day.

Pastels are big news  for next  season.  Christopher Kane, Richard Nicholl, Meadham Kirchoff and Roksanda Ilincic to name just a few, chose the palest of palettes in shades that remind us of ice cream parlours and sugared almonds.  The good news is these shades  are a really easy way to mix colours without fear of clashing or drawing too much attention.  Jonathan Aston’s Sheer Coloured Tights are our favourite way to get just the right translucent tones to combine with pretty summery dresses but there will be lots of new products in these icy shades hitting the MyTights.com website as we head into spring. The House of Holland catwalk also saw pastel shades, with the layering of distressed fishnet tights in pastel shades.

Yellow has also made quite a splash on London’s catwalks this week.  Whether combined with pastel shades as at Emilio de la Morena, with black, white or as part of a tribal pattern, yellow looks set to be the key colour for next year.

Of course, when Spring 2012 rolls around London will be in the grip of the Olympics so it is perhaps not much of a surprise we saw some sporty touches here and there.  JW Anderson exhibited Aertex effect shirts and skirts while racer backs were in abundance.  Marios Schwab used mesh inserts in black, white and pastels to give his feminine silhouettes and halter necklines a more relaxed and modern edge.   Get ahead of the trend with Miss Oroblu’s Wild Tights. Their stripe down the side and mesh inserts will instantly give you this sporty look.

Floral printed trousers popped up at Erdem, Clements Ribiero and Mary Katrantzou for a very summery and youthful look.  If you are nervous of the effect that floral prints will have on your derriere, get a similar look wearing floral print tights with skirts or shirt dresses that cover your bottom.  Pamela Mann’s Ditsy Pink Floral Tights with their dainty flowers can be worn with ankle boots to give the right effect.  We’ll have more pretty florals arriving in the next few months but if you are really keen for this trend Celeste Stein’s Red All Tattoo Tights in particular are a fun way to play with bold floral prints now.Schwab used mesh inserts in black, white and pastels to give his feminine silhouettes and halter necklines a more relaxed and modern edge.   Get ahead of the trend with Miss Oroblu’s Wild Tights. Their stripe down the side and mesh inserts will instantly give you this sporty look.

High shine metallics and beading are always an opportunity for designers to really show of their skills – the Giles collection seemed to be inspired by armour with glossy silver fringing while Antonio Berardi covered whisper thin dresses with silver beading.  To wear beading and embellishment on our legs now check out our new Bebaroque collection which is resplendent with jewels and shiny metallic studs.

It looks like this summer’s palette is going to be more delicate and refined than the last with its pretty girlish pastels and soft sunny yellow.  If you choose your shiny accessories well in the run up to Christmas parties you may even be able to mix and match them for summer evenings.  Strong, unfussy silhouettes with sporty touches will be a stylish way to see us through the Olympic season.  Whatever your style, it looks like there is something for you amongst the collections at London Fashion Week.

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Move over mustard: London Fashion Week Heralds a Yellow Dawn

Mustard might be the colour of the season right now but, come spring, it will be making way for its brighter, sunnier cousin – yellow.  Last week, I wrote about orange being a key colour trend from New York Fashion Week.  Well if the catwalk shows at this week’s London Fashion Week are anything to go by yellow is also going to be huge for Spring Summer 2012.  Expect to be slipping into citrus brights next season to give your wardrobe the sunniest of palettes.

Asish brightened up the catwalk with bold sunflower prints on a striped, sequined background  – I just love this edgy way to do summer.   London Fashion Week stalwart Nicole Fahri showed off a relaxed and sporty collection which relied heavily on combinations of daffodil yellow and white.   Crisp white and sunny yellow is such a fresh and summery colour combination and very easy to integrate into your wardrobe when spring rolls around.  Jonathan Aston’s 40 Denier Opaque Tights in daffodil are also just the right shade of yellow tights to combine with paler shades and white for that sporty look.

Emilio de la Morena mixed acid yellow with sheer knits and chiffons in pale lilac.  It’s a colour combination that has been growing on me the more I think about it and urging me to try combining Jonathan Aston’s 15 denier sheer coloured tights in which give just the right shade of lilac tights to wear with a bright yellow dress or skirt.  Jonathan Saunders has given us extra colour inspiration with his combinations of yellow and pale blue and very pale pink.

London Fashion Week darling Christopher Kane also got in on the act with his iridescent shift dresses with a yellow gold and silver floral print while fashionista’s favourite Louise Gray made sure her incredible prints were highlighted with lashings of bright yellow.

Do experiment with colour combinations using the soft pastel colours of Jonathan Aston Sheer Coloured Tights or give your look a sporty dash with white and yellow highlights. Mustard will have its time again no doubt, but Spring Summer 2012 looks set to be all about its cheery cousin yellow.  Can’t wait!

Emily

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Get a high fashion look for just £6!

The stylists over at the Sunday Times Style Magazine know their stuff when it comes to fashion, and last week they went crazy for tights, pairing high fashion from powerhouses like Ralph Lauren, Dior and Armani with tights from Jonathan Aston and Falke supplied by us here at MyTights –  even though prices start from just £6.  

Our top look was white tights (such a hard look to pull off) teamed with faux fur and dusky pink satin kitten heels, followed closely by a decadent red velvet dress which fell in drapes over barely black sheer tights from Falke.   Take a look at these beautiful outfits and pick your favourite, and see how an affordable pair of tights can hold their own with even the highest of high end fashion…

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Pastel Punks and distressed fishnets at House of Holland

In a collection that Henry Holland reportedly described as “pastel punk”, the House of Holland has again exhibited another critically acclaimed collection this London Fashion Week.  The House of Holland catwalk show is always the one to watch in the MyTights office – it isn’t often that we get a catwalk show that shows us EXACTLY what we will be selling next season!

Hosiery was again an integral part of the show with some interesting layering of distressed fishnet tights in pastel colours.  Wide net fishnet tights were ripped to show off smaller nets underneath – this is probably about as “pastel punk” as it gets!  Fishnet socks were also teamed with feminine pastel skirts and snakeskin clogs.

I’ve remarked before that fishnet seems to be having a bit of a revival.  Henry Holland is a designer with his finger firmly on the fashion pulse so I guarantee if you haven’t yet succumbed to the lure of the fishnet you will have before 2012 is out.

The rest of the collection was dominated by a bold and interesting print that is part cow and part oversized animal print.  I’m not doing it justice but I would like to register my plea to Henry Holland to put this print on some tights!

I love this collection that is changing my preconceptions of how to dress tough and streetwise.  Keep an eye out in the months ahead for the Spring Summer House of Holland Designs.  In the meantime, we’ve still got Henry Holland’s current collection of funky Bingo Balls, Crochet Prints and Alphabet Tights to keep us occupied until then.

Emily

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Binky’s the Business in Kiss Me Deadly Longline Girdle

The lads at Loaded seem to be appreciating our sexy Longline Girdle from Kiss Me Deadly!   When Binky Felstead from Made in Chelsea shot this steamy shoot for Loaded we were delighted to see her sporting this seriously sexy bit of kit.  Kiss Me Deadly’s Longline Girdle hugs the hips and accentuates the waist for a bit of femme fatal glamour.  You can certainly see the effect in action on Binky who normally sports a more laid back style.  We are not surprised the boys at Loaded were drooling!

Since you are probably not in the habit of posing in your smalls for lads mags, you too can enjoy the vampish styling of Kiss me Deadly’s suspender belts under your clothes.   Make use of those metal suspender clips which are the best thing you can buy to keep your stockings in place all day.

Emily

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Back to Work? What to Wear

Returning to work after a fabulous holiday is always a drag.  Even if you love your job, lounging on the beach is a more attractive prospect than morning commuting.   Still you can cheer yourself with the fact that autumn/winter is the best time to invest in your work wardrobe.  The heavier, warmer fabrics of winter lend themselves to a polished, professional look more than the light silks and cottons of summer and leg wear becomes more central to your look.   Of course, we’ve got the basics covered but we’ve also got some suggestions for adding a dash of fun fashion and colour to your work wardrobe.

In some workplaces only classic sheers will do but nothing spoils your professional look like an unsightly ladder.  The MyTights.com top work wear tip is run resist tights.   Aristoc’s Ultimate Matte 10 Denier Tights for example, have special ladder resist technology.  Unlike the old fashioned ladder resist products which looked and felt less than lovely, Aristoc have developed ladder resist yarns that are velvety soft and look sensational.

Warm and easy to wear, black opaques are also likely to made a regular appearance in your work wardrobe.  At MyTights.com we’ve made sure we have opaques in every thickness and to suit every pocket.  Start with a 40 denier now, like Jonathan Aston’s 40D opaque Tights or Falke’s Seidenglatt 40 and then work your way up to heavier weights like Pamela Mann’s 120 Denier Opaque Tights or Trasparenze’s 100D Cortina Tights as the winter wears on.

Opaque Tights offer endless outfit transforming possibilities however, so don’t just stick to plain old black.   This season’s fashion is brimming with rich autumnal and jewel colours.  Black tights can be a harsh a contrast with these shades and cheapen an otherwise polished look.  Instead, choose deep shades of red, purple, blue and brown to wear with complementary tones – between them Pretty Polly’s 60 Denier Plush Opaques and Aristoc’s 40 Denier Microfibre Tights should have all the shades you need.  Mixing these deep rich tones is an easy way to dress for success as they will instantly make your outfit look more expensive and high end.

If you really want to show off your style savvy and exude confidence then you can use carefully chosen fashion tights to add a little pep to your work outfits.  We’d recommend choosing classic, regular patterns and subtle designs.  Wear Pretty Polly Clossio Fans Tights for example, with a knee length skirt and heels for a classic, elegant but interesting look – the lacey effect will take you effortlessly from boardroom to evening drinks too!  If it is important for you look like you have your finger on the pulse of fashion but don’t want to buy a whole new work wardrobe every season, then the dainty spots on the Gerbe Plumetis Spotty Tights or Pamela Mann’s Sheer Dotty Tights are a pretty and professional way to wear this season’s key trend.  Wolford’s Bonny Dots Tights are a bolder way to wear the trend but their polka dots are arranged in flattering vertical lines which will make you look neat and sophisticated.

Classic sheers and opaques are inevitably going to dominate most work wardrobes – they are tried and tested and whatever the dress code they are always work appropriate.  However, when you can we’d certainly recommend you brighten up your work day (and everyone else’s) with flashes of colour and pattern.  Tights are one of the easiest and cheapest ways to do this and we’ve got pattern and print in just about every style and in a rainbow of colours.  Experiment and you may just find yourself crowned the office style guru.

Laura
Founder of MyTights.com

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