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October, 2011

More! Magazine loves Henry Holland

More! magazine pay tribute to the House of Holland for Pretty Polly collection this week, admitting that, following the cold temperatures most of us have been experiencing this week, our bare legs are just too cold – we need tights and we need them now!  Hooray then, because the Henry Holland collection is set to give you legs like you’ve never seen before. Having just named Jessie J as the legs of the new range, the styles in the collection are set to be huge! More! featured four pairs of tights from the collection, and there really is something for everyone.

Those of you that are dubious about prints and not really sure how to wear them, try the Superstar Tights or the Alphabet Tights in black, as the colour is subtle enough to not overwhelm you and won’t look too over the top if you pair with an LBD or plain pencil skirt and shirt. They really are incredibly wearable!
If you are a recent convert to patterned tights and want to take things to the next level, you can try the glittery versions of the “Beginner Tights” – the Alphabet Tights also come with silver letters and the Superstar Tights are available with multi coloured glittery stars, which are perfect for festive parties or jazzy daywear!

The I’m Laddered Tights are another in between product – the back seam has a traditional vintage feel but the lettering at the bottom and mock hold up design make them quirky, up to the moment fashion.
For the bravest of the brave, any girl with a sense of fun and an eye for out-there fashion will love the look of the Bingo Balls Tights. White Tights AND an in-you-face multicoloured design make these one of the trickier styles to pull off, but believe it or not, you can even make these a subtle accessory. Simply pair with either a midi skirt or a knee length skirt and knee high boots, and the vibrant design becomes visible only in little glimpses.

Check out the entire Henry Holland Collection – and if you like what you see you might also find it useful to check out Pamela Mann who also does a great range of quirky designs. Look out for the Love Seam Tights and the Oversized Spot Tights – they’re particular favourites!

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Grazia gives Spots Some Edge

You’d be forgiven for thinking that spots are a girly kind of print, but these Pamela Mann spotty tights, supplied by MyTights, were used by Grazia not once, but twice in a breathtakingly edgy fetish-inspired shoot.  Think leather, sexy basques, masks and… spots!

Spotted hosiery is HUGE this season after being plastered over the AW 11 catwalk, and what’s perfect is that, like animal print, it’s one of those trends that never really goes out of fashion.  Priced at a pre-payday friendly £8.25, by teaming with your leather from last season you can get a whole new look for under £10!

The two looks are both easier than you’d expect to pull off, and we think that teaming a leather skirt with a graphic t-shirt is an absolutely inspired way to work the fetish look for daytime.  For even more casual cool, pile you hair up in a messy bun and team with flat pumps or even trainers!

Who ever thought that spots were a one season wonder?

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The US has gone crazy for Emilio Cavallini!!!

Last week, New York TV Channel 11 aired a segment on AW hosiery (which you can view here), and they went absolutely crazy for the new Emilio Cavallini collection. The host of the segment showed how to use hosiery to work four key trends, so we decided to being you our new season favourites from Emilio Cavallini

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Danni Minogue gives us a peek…

… into her wardrobe that is.  In the Daily Mail this weekend, one of TV’s most inventive and interesting style icons shared her fail safes and secrets to always looking the part.  If you missed Dannii Minogue opening her closet in Sunday supplement, You Magazine you can still check it out online here.   We’d defiantly recommend it as a handy cut out and keep guide to fashion’s dos and don’ts.

Dannii dishes out handy advice on negotiating dress codes, finding the perfect dress, accessorising like a pro and getting your foundations right.   We are thrilled to see Dannii recognises the power of hosiery to put the finishing touches to your outfit and update your ensemble from day to night – has she been taking notes from this blog we wonder?  Dannii says -“I love opaques and boots for winter, and there’s nothing like a pair of sheer stockings with seams down the back for a touch of sexy sophistication.”  Dannii you are so right!

Dannii also stresses the importance of good foundations with her tips on the effects of a good bra and the fabulous shaping power of Spanx.  In praise of Spanx, Dannii said: “[it] smooths and streamlines the figure, helping you to retain a fabulous shape in the face of close-fitting cuts and clingy fabrics.”  Slip on a pair of Spanx you’ll also eliminate the ghastly visible panty line and underwear bulges that can add pounds even to skinny girls.  Dannii has spoken many times before about the transformative power of her Spanx so we know she is telling the truth when she says she relies on them for all her red carpet appearances.

Dannii’s style is always flawless and now we know why – the shaping power of Spanx, back seamed stockings and a perfect little black dress  – she knows how to rock them all at once.

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Kim Kardashian Turns Heads in Wolford

Kim Kardashian is winning fans on this blog for her recent choices in legwear.  When we spotted her sister wearing the Henry Holland Alphabet Tights a couple of weeks ago we immediately added the Kardashians to the MyTights ones to watch list and she hasn’t disappointed.

She turned up a couple of days ago in the Wolford Cheryl Tights – the oversized dog tooth check perfectly complementing her cosy fur trimmed coat.  These tights have a slight 60s flavour which is right on trend so therefore the perfect accompaniment to Kim’s white shift dress.  If you want to copy this look, make sure you also take note of Kim’s elegant platform shoes which elongate her legs and keeps her outfit unmistakably modern.

Wolford are an enduring celebrity favourite and by sporting their fashion tights, Kim is following in the footsteps of Cheryl Cole and Jessie J (in fact Jessie j has been seen rocking these very tights herself).  Can’t wait to see what Kim slips onto her legs next.

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Behind the Scenes with Jessie J

Check out the new video of Jessie J at her first shoot as the face and legs of House of Holland for Pretty Polly. Featuring exclusive chat with Jessie, designer Henry Holland and the shoot stylist, the video shows all the behind the scenes action from the sizzling superhero themed shoot.

Wearing the new Henry Holland for Pretty Polly Mock Fishnet Super Suspender Tights, Jessie displays her trademark wit and confesses to her love of tights (and Whitney Houston!), and tells us that she even wants to see her nan in the Henry Holland designs!

Jessie has said: “Ever since I started out as a singer, tights have been my statement. When you put on a pair of tights, you feel sexy and powerful. I have been wearing House of Holland for Pretty Polly tights for ages”. She has made a name for herself with her hit songs, individual style and feisty attitude, and now she’s set to stun us with her amazing legs too!

David Hinchcliffe, Brand Director for Pretty Polly, agrees:

“Jessie J was the only choice for this campaign – there is no one else who can capture the essence of the House of Holland for Pretty Polly tights quite like she can. She is amazing – her style, talent, unmistakable attitude make her the perfect choice for the collection.”

In the video you also get to see her wearing the quirky Henry Holland I’m Laddered Tights – but the entire Henry Holland for Pretty Polly collection is set to be HUGE, so quick – get the look now!

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National Stockings Day!

If you didn’t know already, yesterday was National Stockings day, which was created by Charnos as a celebration of hosiery.  If you missed it, fear not – we’re celebrating all week!

These Charnos Models were spotted yesterday celebrating in their stockings in front of St. Paul’s cathedral – how fab do they look?!  (And brave, too – as temperatures in the capital plunged as low as 4°c yesterday).  Brr.

Get the look with the new hold ups and stockings from Charnos’ 75th anniversary collection.  Will you choose the Marylin Stockings, with their sexy backseam and dainty bow detailing, the Ava Hold Ups, with a gorgeous floral backseam design, or the classic Katharine Stockings, with their luxury feel and ladder resistant finish? It doesn’t really matter – whichever one you choose, Charnos will donate £1 to Breast Cancer Care for each pair sold until Sunday! (Although we would recommend at LEAST putting on a scarf, too).

Not a fan of Stockings?

If you find them too cold, uncomfortable or exposing, Charnos have also created three pair of beautifully crafted tights, so you can still ooze glamour wherever you go.  From the Jackie Tights, with their sexy back seam and dainty bow and diamante detailing, to the timeless and yet so now Brigitte Tights, with their polka dot and Swarovski crystal design, Charnos have taught us a lesson in Hollywood glamour.

Whatever you’re after, take a look around MyTights.com.  For every size, occasion and style, there’s a pair of tights just waiting to become your perfect fit.

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The Middleton Effect

We are not the only ones to have noticed a slight boost in the popularity of nude coloured tights.  With the weather cooling we were searching for an explanation and then it hit us – of course the Middleton effect.  We suspect that both Kate and Pippa Middleton are girls with an old fashioned sense of decency and they never leave the house without dressing their legs properly.  Nude tights seem to be their favourite look.  Now girls desperate to capture the demure and classic style of the Duchess of Cambridge and the country’s most eligible younger sister are buying up nude tights in their hundreds.

In the hosiery world speculation was rife that Kate favoured Falke’s Shelina Tights for her public appearances this summer. If this is true, she has chosen well, these are the best tights you can but for a natural bare leg look.  Pippa seems to favour tights with a slightly more noticeable sheen.  Try Aristoc’s Ultra Shine 10 Denier Tights or Pretty Polly Nylons for a similar glossy effect which looks especially good on legs with a healthy tan like Pippa’s.

Royal protocol may have had a strong influence on Kate’s wardrobe but when we caught sight of her mother, Carole Middleton, emerging gracefully from a car we know who had laid down the sartorial rules in the Middleton household.  Carole gave us a great view of her stunning pins clad in shiny nude tights. With their unmistakable high gloss look, could they have been Falke’s super shiny Seidenglatt Tights we wonder?

Nude tights are no longer old fashioned, they are the look of choice for a new generation of Royals.  They are a handy way to stave off the chill whilst still looking effortlessly stylish and well turned out on sunny autumn days.  If opaque tights still feel too heavy for this time of year, grab yourself some nude tights.  You will be in the very best of company.

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Halloween – it’s creeping up on us

Loving as I do any excuse to dress up – Halloween is usually quite a major event in my house.  I do appreciate it is not everyone’s idea of fun, but Halloween is the one time of the year where dressing up is almost compulsory.  So whether you’ve planned your outfit meticulously or you are in a last minute rush for something that will add just enough spookiness to keep your friends quiet, check out our special Halloween tights range for a little inspiration.

With their horizontal coloured stripes Pamela Mann’s Twicker Tights add instant witch – available in range of colours including halloweeny orange, red, purple, and green you can be any flavour of witch you like.  Wear the white and black Twicker Tights with red sparkly shoes to dress as the Wicked Witch of the East (the house on the head is optional of course).

Sexier, modern witch looks can be created with fashion tights like the mock suspender Jonathan Aston Roulette Tights.  They’ll look great with short full skirt and a witch hat worn at a rakish angle.  Lace tights, fishnets and over the knee socks are all great for more youthful looking witches.  Good witches can opt for lacy tights, hold ups and fishnet in pretty shades of ivory and white.

If you are looking for an easy and inexpensive way to add a bit of Halloween to your look then the Pamela Mann Webber Tights are available in a range of bold colours with a contrasting spiders web design.  Slip them on with any black outfit and you have an instant costume and none of your friends will be able to complain that you didn’t make the effort!

My favourites from the Halloween range are the Pamela Mann Skulls Tights.  Their skull and crossbones pattern is suitably spooky but it has also inspired me to give a Pirates of the Caribbean style zombie outfit a go.  Tricorn hat, waistcoat, knee high boots and plenty of creepy make up should do the trick.

Get creative with your tights for Halloween – wear them under pants for superhero outfits or rip them up for horror and zombie movie inspired looks.  The possibilities are limited only by your imagination and there is just enough time to order for Halloween.  You can share pictures of your Halloween looks via our Facebook page and Twitter.  We’d love to see them!

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Stock up on your stockings for Breast Cancer Care

Blame the rise of burlesque.  Blame Dita Von Teese personally if you like (I don’t think she will mind) but stockings have definitely crept back into our consciousness.  The 20th October has been designated National Stockings Day so this week is the perfect time to try them out.

We’ll be celebrating National Stockings Day by teaming up with Charnos to raise money for Breast Cancer Care.  Throughout this week, £1.00 of profit from sales of each pair of Charnos 75th stockings & hold ups will be going to the charity (Marilyn Stockings and Ava and Catherine Hold Ups).  So, stock up on your stockings with a clear conscience or try them out for the first time and help raise money for a great cause.

Charnos have been the driving force behind National Stockings Day from the start.  However, this year has been bigger than ever after they saw sales of sheer stockings rise by 15% in the first half of 2011.  With the vast majority of women appearing to favour tights, who is this army of secret stocking wearers?

Sexy siren

If you are planning a romantic night in then stockings and suspenders are an essential ingredient.  They are so sexy and, trust us, men of all ages simply love them.  Really turn up the heat with the Trasparenze Amandine Suspender Belt and Jonathan Aston’s Fishnet Stockings.  If you don’t like the idea of fiddly suspender clips, then you can get a similar effect with hold ups.  Draw the eye up your leg with the gleaming floral pattern that runs up the back of the Charnos Ava Hold Ups.

Devotee

Some women simply prefer the hidden glamour of stockings and hold ups.  Everyday stockings wearers will know that nothing grips your stocking tops as firmly as metal clips.  To avoid embarrassing slipping stockings, the Kiss Me Deadly Van Doren Boned Belt has excellent metal clips and comes highly recommended.  If you favour hold ups, then make sure you check out the unusual and beautifully detailed flocked rose pattern on the tops of the Charnos Katherine Hold Ups.


Vintage babe

The vintage babe wears her stockings as a statement of her identity. She’ll love bullet bras and slipping into one of our Kiss Me Deadly Longline Girdles will be second nature to her.  She will of course favour fully fashioned stockings like Gerbe’s Carnation Fully Fashioned Stockings but she will be drawn to anything with a seam at the back.  Charnos’ gorgeous Marilyn Stockings with their cute bow and diamante crystal at the ankle will give her extra allure inspired by one of the silver screen’s greatest legends.

Fancy dresser

If you have never tried stockings before, burlesque themed parties, Rocky Horror Show nights or just general fancy dress are a great time to give them a whirl for the first time.  Whether you are channelling the smouldering looks of Moulin Rouge or the camp silliness of the Rocky Horror Show stocking will finish the look.  If you are not brave enough to bare your stocking tops, then you can always cheat with some suspender tights!

Whichever one of these “types” you are have some fun with your stockings on National Stockings Day.  Shout it from the rooftops, it is for a good cause after all and don’t forget to check out the Charnos’ Ava, Marilyn and Katherine styles to make sure that lots of money goes to Breast Cancer Care.

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