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October, 2011

Jessie J is new face (and legs) of House of Holland for Pretty Polly

So it has finally happened, tights loving superstar Jessie J has been snapped up to promote a hosiery brand.  With her sensational pins and penchant for ultra short hotpants, Jessie is often seen sporting the latest hosiery trends.  Pretty Polly and House of Holland have clearly jumped at the chance to exclusively provide hosiery for the hottest legs on the planet.  With Henry Holland’s quirky and witty designs and Jessie J’s edgy style, you couldn’t have asked for a more perfect partnership.

Pretty Polly have unveiled a new advertising campaign featuring Jessie J in House of Holland tights in striking comic book poses.  She’ll be wearing the brand new Mock Fishnet Super Suspender Tights, the Alphabet Lurex Tights and the quirky “I’m Laddered” Tights.

Look out for the stunning billboards – Jessie looks especially tough and cool in her pinstrip bodysuit, killer heels and Mock Fishnet Suspender Tights!  If you want to get ahead of the crowd and dress like Jessie J in House of Holland tights we’ve got the new range all ready to go on the MyTights.com site!

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Autumn Winter Trends: What to wear this season

Your tights have the power to totally transform the way you look.  They are an easy way to add a dash of bright colour.  They can tie an outfit together with complementary shades.  We are all watching our pennies too so, if you want to wear the latest trends, tights can be an affordable way to update your outfits for the new season.  If you need a little inspiration for your autumn and winter wardrobe, here is my guide to how to wear this season’s hottest looks.

Spots

If you want a really easy way to a fashionable style then spots are it.  Marc Jacobs caused a sensation with his ultra spotty Autumn Winter collection and ever since we’ve been seeing spots everywhere.  Oh so wearable, bold polka dot patterns, colour and subtle dots give you almost endless options.  Whatever your style, we’ve got all the spotty styles you could need from brands like Mary Portas for Charnos, Emilio Cavallini, Pamela Mann and Gerbe.

Mustard

Mustard is simply the colour to be seen in this season.

Stars from Pixie Geldof to Sarah Jessica Parker to Rihanna have been seen sporting the shade.   It goes well with black, navy, brown and other autumnal shades so just show a flash of mustard in your tights, bag or jewellery.   Cut the mustard in the fashion stakes with Pamela Mann’s 50 Denier Tights.

60s Mod

Fashion thrives on nostalgia.  Designers like Henry Holland and Bottega Venetta have given us sleek 60s looks for Autumn Winter.  Short skirts and high necks with peter pan collars in monochrome palettes will really work this look – Pamela Mann’s Duo-Tone Tights in black and white are our favourites for an easy 60s hit!  White opaques are essential but if you want to add a dash of colour Henry Holland’s Bingo Balls Tights will give you very look that was showcased on his AW11 cawalk show.  Go all the way and beehive your hair if you dare!

70s Style

We’ve detected a very definite 70s vibe in the air of late.  Our favourite way to give the 70s an outing is by channelling the original Studio 54 look with its mix of disco and luxurious bohemian style.   Load up on lurex with Pamela Mann’s Lurex Highball Tights but make sure you mix with silk and satin to strike the right note of luxury.   The Mary Portas and Charnos Baroque Floral Tights or Jonathan Aston’s Taylor Tights both feature brocade style patterns in metallic threads to give a high end and luxe disco look.

Fetish

Power dressing for this season is about fetish inspired accents – don’t worry it’s not all Lady Ga Ga latex.  Leather, buckles and studs can be added to your outfit in subtle touches to give you a tough, edgy look like the models at Lois Vuitton and Alexander McQueen.  Jonathan Aston’s Casino Tights and Roulette Tights with their sheer and opaque strap designs are a great way to get the fetish look without showing any flesh.   Team with spiky heels and platforms and you have a sharp look that says “don’t mess with me!”

Make over your wardrobe with accessories featuring mustard, spotty prints or fetish inspired straps and buckles.  Tights are a really easy and cheap way to transform your favourite outfits to make them relevant for this season.  Alternatively, throw yourself into the retro trend with 60s and 70s inspired looks from head to toe.  Whatever you decide to do, make sure you have lots of fun with your look this season.

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Mary Queen of Frocks

If you caught Mary Queen of Frocks on Channel 4 last night you might have spotted Mary Portas showing off her new ArmeryMary Queen of Frocks documents Mary Portas’ journey as she tries to pull together her new fashion range aimed at women over 40 and open her very first shop.  It is amazing really that, despite the stress and financial headaches of opening the shop – Mary has still managed to design innovative new products like Armery which is a revelation for anyone who has ever fretted about flabby upper arms.

More used to dishing out advice to struggling retailers, it was interesting to watch Mary deal with criticism from her business partner, focus groups and journalists.  My favourite moment of the show was her tense encounter with the formidable Liz Jones of the Daily Mail.  In the end though, Mary seems to have tamed even this steely beast with the Lace Armery.

It’s such a simple idea.  Made from a choice of plain hosiery or lace, Armery works like detachable sleeves and hugs your arms to make them look slimmer and firmer.   We were all so intrigued by the product that the MyTights office had a little Armery try on session the other day.  Trust us they look good worn inside and outside your clothes and they have a great slimming effect.  I’m defiantly considering one in each colour to replace my now tired collection of long sleeve tops and cardigans.

If you can’t get up to London to visit Mary’s shop in person – sleek, slim arms can still be yours.  We’ve got Armery in all styles and colours and we’ll deliver to your door!

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Recession Busting Fashion!

Following the news that the Olsen twins (yes that’s right, those slightly creepy but used-to-be-cute girls of Two of a Kind fame) had designed and produced a handbag that costs $39,000, we felt slightly faint.  Then we realised that that price is dollars, and we’d forgotten to take the exchange rate into account.  So $39,000 is roughly equivalent to…  £25,000.  Oh.

To cheer ourselves up (it’s not even a real bag, it’s a rucksack!!!) we’ve decided to bring you three pairs of recession-proof tights.  See, you CAN look good on a budget.  Probably.

For $39,000 you can buy…

5,882 pairs of these classic black opaques.  Designed to go with EVERYTHING you own, they are also available in several other colours and cost just £4.25!

2,500 pairs of these elegant lace tights.  From the gorgeous new range from Mary Portas and Charnos, they’re practically designer too!

3,225 pairs of these kooky printed London Tights from Pamela Mann – tons of fun to wear and a snip at £7.75!

Incidentally, for $39,000 (£25,000) you could also get:

Sixty-three ipad 2s

Eighty-Three pairs of designer shoes

Fifty THOUSAND Crunchies.

Now there’s food for thought…

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Best Girl Band Ever…? X Factor Style Gossip

The first live final of the X Factor was an emotional roller coaster to be sure – it has been the talk of the MyTights office this morning. It is always fun to see the excitement of the contestants after they have had their first pop star makeover. My absolute highlight, in terms of performance and the styling, has to be Misha B who is clearly being groomed for mega stardom. Loved that spectacular newsprint dress!

My eagle eye spotted the Jonathan Aston Casino Tights  on a member of the “best girl band that has ever been on the X Factor” (well that’s according to the great Gary Barlow anyway – personally I was rooting for 2 Shoes).  Perry Edwards from Rhythmix was sporting the Casino Tights in the intro shots.  Hurrah!  We will get to see them again next week after the girls were saved from elimination by mentor Tulisa.  On stage, I was also enjoying Rhythmix’s funky leg warmer and shorts combos which gave the band a cool urban flavour.

It’s shaping up to be a strong year for X Factor talent – I’m looking forward to seeing the acts develop almost as much as I am looking forward to seeing what ridiculous get ups poor Johnny Robinson is subjected to.  Who are your favourite acts?  Which were your favourite looks from the first live show?  Did you spot any MyTights gems in the line up?  

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Kourtney Learns Her Alphabet!

Well, some of the letters anyway.  Kourtney Kardashian was recently pictured in New York wearing celeb favourite Henry Holland’s House of Holland for Pretty Polly Alphabet Tights, flying the flag for British style across the Atlantic.  The star of Keeping Up with the Kardashians (and businesswoman, don’t you know) stepped out in an edgy top to toe monochrome look.  She wore the sheer patterned tights under a ruffled white minidress and kept out the chill with a classic black blazer. 

She finished her look with chic but vaguely dull monochrome accessories – a white clutch, black patent ankle boots and black cat-eye sunglasses.  The sunglasses are gorgeous, but we would have liked to have seen some colour pop action going on, with some rust or mustard accents.  If you’re thinking of trying this look, we also advise steering clear of ruffles on a white minidress if you’re self conscious about your weight as they can really add bulk to your frame – of course, this also makes them ideal for all you skinny girls who want to add some curves! 

We’re also LOVING Kourtney’s up do.  The humble ponytail was all over the SS 12 catwalks and is set to be huge next season.  It’s so simple to wear and takes zero effort to do – so get fashion forward now!  If you love those House of Holland Alphabet Tights, check out the rest of the Henry Holland Collection for more fun fashion inspiration.

We are slightly worried, though.  Those tights only have a few letters on them, and we’re pretty sure with her family, she’s going to need to learn the letter K…

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Tess Daly: So stylish we’re exhausted!

Tess Daly posed in Hello! Magazine this week in retro style and happily chatted away about Vernon, Brucie and all things Strictly.  But, as open and honest as she may have been, there was one thing we were left wondering:  just where on earth did that style come from??  Gone are the sugary sweet frocks and girly hair, and in their place are retro waves and an edgy, urban style. 

Why it works

Spotty tights are perfect if, like Tess, you fancy adding a cool edge to plainer outfits.  By teaming hers with block colour basics Tess makes sure that the outfit doesn’t look too busy, and yet she manages to tick several trend boxes all at once!  Every girl needs a great quality white shirt in her wardrobe, and what’s more, they’re perfect for working the boy-girl trend this season – just make sure you go for clean lines and a crisp white shade.  Tess has teamed hers with colour-of-the-season mustard shorts (trend: mustard), patent black high heeled ankle boots (trend: fetish)  and a feather stole (trend: native).  And the pièce de resistance? These Pamela Mann Oversized Spot Tights supplied by MyTights, that look just like those from the Marc Jacobs AW 11 catwalk. 

Phew- no wonder she’s sitting down, we’re exhausted just thinking about working all those trends!  What do you think of her look?  Trend-tastic or Fashion Faux-pas?

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Mary’s Marvellous Collection of Tights– Announcing the Mary Portas collaboration with Charnos

Retail guru Mary Portas came to the rescue of deserted charity shops and ailing independent boutiques but, by opening her very own shop, she is stepping up to her biggest challenge yet.  Sick of shopping in high street shops that seem to ignore fashionable and stylish women in their 40s and over, Mary decided to take matters into her own hands.  As part of her new fashion collection Mary has collaborated with world renowned hosiery brand Charnos to create a range of Mary Portas Armery which will banish wobbly upper arms for ever and a new range of Mary Portas Tights “…..using colour and pattern to inspire women to be bolder in their choice of hosiery, yet remain ultimately stylish”.

No matter how hard you work at the gym, once the wobble has set in on your upper arms it is notoriously difficult to get rid of.  It’s even more frustrating trying to find beautiful, feminine outfits that incorporate sleeves leaving many women to resort to unflattering cardigans or jackets.  If you have ever felt self conscious about your upper arms then Mary Portas has hit upon a ground breaking solution – Armery.  In a nutshell, they are sleeves you add to your outfit to cover up and secretly sculpt your arms to make them look slimmer and firmer.  Fashion mags have been all over them and they have been selling so fast it is hard to believe no-one thought of this before! Choose between plain, classic 140 denier or a gorgeous lace design both of which can be worn underneath to look like sleeves or over your clothing as a fashion accessory in its own right.  They are discreet and easy to wear and come in a range of great colours.  The Mary & Charnos Armery is a revolution that will have you digging out all those sleeveless dresses and tops you had once banished to the back of the wardrobe.

The range of Mary Portas Tights really is a statement in grown up dressing.  Mary claims to be able to put together her professional but fashionable look in 10minutes each morning and we can see why.  The Mary Portas tights range includes fashion pieces that are really versatile so you can mix and match a range of looks.  Her Argyle Backseam Tights for example are an  easy way to wear a dash of one of the season’s most fashionable patterns without overpowering your outfit.  Her Crochet Lace Tights and Spotty Net Tights are soft enough for day wear but it doesn’t take much to glam them up for a night out – ideal for if you are planning to head out for drinks straight from the office.  The range also includes Baroque Floral Tights with a metallic sheen that will instantly add a luxurious feel to your outfit, vertical stripes that will flatter the legs as well as spotted styles that will keep you in touch with one of the season’s hottest trends.

Legs don’t look grown up with ladders so the Mary Portas tights range also includes beautiful 10 denier sheers which are made with Lycra Fusion for extra run resistance.  When the temperature drops she has also get a range of luxurious opaques in 40 and 80 denier in a range of these season’s key colours.

Just like her approach to business, Mary’s approach to fashion is no nonsense.  She knows women over 40 especially appreciate great quality but they still need it to be at an affordable price.  She also knows that, whether dressing for work or the weekend, grown up women don’t have time to ponder endlessly over what to wear.  A well dressed leg (and arm) is key to finishing an outfit and the Mary Portas tights are proof that you don’t need to dress like a teenager to acknowledge the season’s key trends.  Grown up, classy and effortlessly stylish – that’s the Mary and Charnos range.

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Milan Fashion Week

While we were still reeling from the giddy whirl that was London and New York fashion weeks, the fashion pack marched on to Milan.  After a slight pause for breath, I’ve trawled the catwalk images from Milan to bring you news of the key trends from the uber-chic Italians.

Milan Fashion Week kicked off almost before London had ended and, as at London, again we saw lashings of yellow.  The sunniest of colours was seen at Marni, Prada, Moschino and Etro so it’s settled – yellow is the must have colour of Spring Summer 2012!   Prints have also played a really key part in all this season’s Fashion Weeks so tick off two trends in one with Celeste Stein’s Yellow Bugs Tights which are a personal favourite of mine.

1920s style dropped waists have also made a regular appearance in Milan being seen on the catwalks of the likes of Alberta Ferretti and Versus.   Dropped waists conjure up images of racy flappers.  It is a style that looks its best in the evening and I expect high street copies to be awash with rich, beaded fabrics.  If the budget will stretch, accessorise with any of Bebaroque’s incredible, hand embellished tights.  If you can’t quit stretch to these, Pretty Polly’s Embellished Tights feature a scattering of jewels from the ankle to mid thigh for £12.

Paris Fashion Week ends tomorrow so I’ll be bringing you more catwalk highlights and tips on how to get a taste of next season’s looks right now.  With October shaping up to be bizarrely hot this year we might well be fast forwarding straight into Spring Summer fashion anyway!

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