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December, 2011

Hosiery of the Year Awards: Part 3

So far this week, we’ve brought you the MyTights Hosiery Awards, with our nominees winning… well, nothing actually.  Never mind.  We’ve already seen Mary Portas pip shapewear giant Spanx to the post for best brand, and all other trends bow down to the mighty suspender tights as the winner of Trend of the Year.

We also saw Kate Middleton unexpectedly take the crown for Trendsetter of the Year, thanks to her love of sheer tights, and teen-brat Taylor Momsen take the trophy for Mess of the Year.  So it’s finally time for the big one: who will be our hosiery icon of the year?


Winner: Jessie J

Honourable Mention: Fearne Cotton

Maybe it was obvious, but we don’t care.  Named as the new face of Pretty Polly, exploding onto the music scene and making everyone fall in love with her were just three of a hundred achievements.  And she did it all wearing some ama

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zing hosiery – to get her look, all you need to do is check out the Henry Holland collection…  We can’t wait to see what the next year will bring for the Essex girl.

A worthy runner up, Fearne Cotton turned up at the last moment last week after taking a hiatus from her amazing tights collection.  The DJ and presenter’s love for quirky fashion extends to her weird and wonderful choice of tights, from lace to prints and everything in between with nothing off limits – our kind of girl!

So that’s it for another year!  Here’s to the next twelve months of hosiery, and may we wish all of our customers a very happy new year.

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Hosiery of the Year Awards: Part Two

On Tuesday we brought you the first two winners from our unofficial Hosiery of the Year awards (I say unofficial because otherwise the winners will start expecting prizes and the like). After much debate, we have selected the Trendsetter of the Year and (possibly our favourite)- Mess of the Year, the award dedicated to the celeb who has most successfully taken some great hosiery and yet managed to wind up looking… well. See for yourselves.

Winner: Kate Middleton
Honourable Mention: Cheryl Cole
It’s been a good year for Kate. Despite CERTAIN people claiming that her style left some to be desired (yes, we’re looking at you, Vivienne Westwood) she has become a style icon everywhere, AND she got married to her Prince Charming in from of screaming crowds, in an Alexandra McQueen dress. If we didn’t love her so much we would hate her. Despite this, we agree that she’s an unusual candidate for trendsetter of the year when it comes to hosiery – were it not for the, as we call it at MyTights, “Kate Middleton Effect”. Turning sheer tights from “just-for-OAPs” frumpy into a covetable accessory with her sleek, glossy legs was a superhuman feat, but the Duchess did it.
It’s been, well, not such a good year for Cheryl. Back with Ashley, broken up again with Ashley, kicked off the US X Factor (even though nobody quite understands why) and forced to wear purple trousers with a

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n orange top, making her look like Daphne from Scooby Doo. And then she was pictured in the Wolford Bonny Dots Tights, and everyone breathed a sigh of relief and knew Cheryl was going to be ok.

MESS OF THE YEAR (Dedicated to great hosiery made bad…)
Winner: Taylor Momsen
Honourable Mention: Rihanna
We thought we had lived a full, rounded, well-balanced life, but nothing had prepared us from seeing sulky Gossip Girl (sorry- talented rock musician) Taylor Momsen on stage at Glastonbury, ruining her beautiful lace hold ups with the rest of her outfit. It’s too upsetting – just go and look at the picture. We can’t talk about it anymore.
Something else that upsets us is having to put the usually fabulously dressed Rihanna. But when she wore those suspender tights with too-tight shorts and a fur overload, she let herself down. Thankfully, the following week she was back to her old self (but the damage had already been done: we’d seen the photos and she was on the shortlist).

Don’t forget: on New Year’s Eve we will be announcing our Hosiery Icon of the Year – for the celeb with THE most consistently best dressed legs around.

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Hosiery of the Year Awards: Rihanna, Kate Middleton and more!

What a year it’s been for celebs and their legs.  In celebration of the fabulous hosiery we’ve seen, talked about and wept over in the last twelve months, we thought we’d bring you a little reminder of the best from the last year: the Hosiery Awards 2011.

We have decided to choose our very favourites from the world of hosiery, from the brand who took our breath away to the trend that got heads turning, and of course, the big one: Hosiery Icon of the Year – the celeb with the best dressed legs around.

Today, we take a look at the best brand and trend of 2011…


Winner: Suspender Tights

Honourable Mention: Spotty Tights

What else could it have been but the classic suspender tights?  The trend was huge when it first hit a few years ago, but this year it has really resurfaced, making its way across the pond end engaging with the American celebs who all embraced it, with the likes of Selena Gomez, Rihanna and Kimberly Wyatt all donning a pair.  It also made its mark as a classic trend when it started spawning adaptations – now, not only can you get the classic Henry Holland Super Suspender tights, you can try out the embellished Pearly, sexy leopard print and pretty floral versions.

Honourable mention goes to the trend for Spotty tights.  The easiest way to rock a print and still look elegant and chic, spots rose

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to prominence this year when they were featured all over the Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney AW11 catwalks.  Thankfully, the trend is set to continue well into the new year, so we can give spotty legs another outing!


Winner: Mary Portas & Charnos

Honourable Mention: Spanx

Congratulations to Mary, Queen of shops.  Not only has she become an adviser to the government on high street commerce, she also launched her own range of clothing, including her collection of hosiery produced in conjunction with leading hosiery brand Charnos.  That alone would have been enough to propel her to top spot- and then came Armery.  The shapewear for your arms exploded onto the scene and was an almost instant sellout, with suppliers struggling to keep up with demand and a very happy group of satisfied customers daring to wear sleeveless dresses for the first time in a very long time.  Even Helen Mirren is a fan! Mary: we salute you.

The honourable mention for Spanx is well deserved.  An enduring shapewear brand adored by celebrities everywhere, only the might of Mary could have knocked it off the top spot.  It seems as though devotees just can’t stop shouting about their love for shapewear – from Danni Minogue to Eva Longoria, everyone has a Spanx addiction.

Don’t forget to check back in a couple of day for more awards, including Trendsetter of the Year (you might be surprised!)


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Bag a bargin at the sales – and wear it all year

It is traditional at this time of year to do a round-up of the best of the year but you might have noticed that the sale has started today with over a hundred great products at up to 50% off so I thought I would give you a little taste of the trends that will be big in 2012 along with some sale items that will keep you on trend this season and next.


Designers have been showering the catwalks with bold prints but, unlike the clashing patterns of seasons past, this time they are all together more matchy matchy.  Make this look work for well….. work by teaming a bold dog tooth print skirt or jacket with Falke’s Grand Pepita Patterned Tights (down 50% from £20 to £10) which have a dainty check that will match but still tone down your bolder upper half.

Have some fun also with Wolford’s Wilderness Tights (now £29.70).  If you want to match your prints in a more interesting way, their tiger print pattern looks great as a softer accompaniment to straighter more regular stripes on a top or skirt.


Good news for hosiery lovers everywhere is that we’ll still be rocking the ladylike look throughout 2012.  High necks and elegant tailoring means that you can let your legs take centre stage with this look.  Show off a well turned ankle with a slim elegant stiletto and the unusual buy cheap flagyl

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Elegant spotted tights look lovely with knee length skirts to add something pretty and feminine.  Wolford’s Bonny Dots Hold Ups (now down 25%) look the epitome of ladylike chic when they are worn with a pair of round toed courts or t-bar shoes.


With the Olympics in London this year, the sporty trend is going to be really hot through Spring Summer 2012 but you can invest with confidence knowing that it will still look current well into Autumn Winter 2012.  Don’t worry this year’s sporty look is not about 80s style sweat bands it is all together more sophisticated than that.  This incarnation of the trend is about layering and soft tailoring with flashes of bright “go faster colour”.  Turquoise, orange and yellow make especially great highlight colours so, for spring summer, choose Trasparenze’s Monique Ankle Socks (£3.85) in Arancio (bright orange), Jonathan Aston's Slouch Socks in lemon yellow (now 50% off) or Cinzia Knee High Socks (£5.25) in Verda Acqua (bold turquoise).   Be fashion forward and wear the trend now with colourful opaque tights like Jonathan Aston 40D Opaque Tights (£6.00) in Daffodil and Orange knowing you can break them out again when the weather cools later in the year.  Ok these socks and opaques are not in the sale but they are cheap as chips all year round and a really simple way to give the requisite colour splash so I decided they counted anyway.

Lots of these fantastic pieces and more will be featuring in our winter sale – some of them with up to 50% off.  Stock up now and you’ll have you’ll have your key looks for 2012 sorted at a barginous price.


Fearne's Back!!!

Fearne Cotton is back, and her hosiery’s better than ever!

It’s been a bit quiet on the Fearne front recently.  We got used to seeing her in gorgeous hosiery all the time, and then, fickle as we are, we got distracted by all things Jessie J related.  But a couple of weeks ago she was photographed in an outfit so gorgeous we sat up and took notice.

Teaming a cream, ruffled, lacy skirt with a black jumper over a buttoned up shirt, Fearne rocked the cute look to perfection, toughening it up with a leather jacket, black bag an army boots.

But the best bit was, of course, her embellished spotty tights.  Matte black mock suspender tights with dainty pearl embellishments, the Henry Holland Pearly Suspender Tights ha

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ve been incredibly popular since they hit the shelves a few weeks ago.  Rock them like Fearne with a slightly longer skirt to cover up the mock hold up tops for a sweet look or make the most of your legs with shorts cut high up your leg to show off all the detailing.

Get the look: Henry Holland Pearly Suspender Tights or, for a rocky edge, get a similar look with the Pamela Mann Studded 120D Tights, available in black with silver or gold studs.

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Grazia tells you how to get SJP's style…

Where Sarah Jessica Parker leads, the rest will follow. So expect everyone to be wearing statement hosiery in the new year, following SJP stepping out in bright aqua tights last week in New York. Even Grazia magazine’s high end loving fashion editors have given the look their stamp of approval, and suggested various (in their words) “snazzy, party-worthy, Christmas-dinner-talking-point tights” to try.

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Grazia recommends working colour pop tights in purple, blue and red – we also advise trying bottle greens, which are much easier to pull off than you’d ever think. Check out the entire selection of coloured tights, or to get SJPs look, try the Jonathan Aston 40D Tights in Hyacinth or Velvet Green.

Animal print tights seem to be back season after season, so


this is a safe bet to keep you looking current for ages, and will go with loads in your wardrobe. Or try cute heart print tights- so on trend this spring. We know most of your budgets won’t stretch to Grazia’s recommended Yves Saint Laurent version, but you can get your hands on a cute style for much cheaper, plus we’ve got lots of different styles so you can choose your favourite (or get them all to last you right through until Valentine’s day!)

Fairisle tights and Tartan tights designs are also the perfect way to work fashion tights when it’s simply too cold for patterned sheers. Try the Pretty Polly Fairisle Backseam Tights for a twist on the look, or the Pamela Mann Fairisle Tights for a more classic take on the trend.


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The Guardian Style Gurus Test our Favourite Tights!

Tis the season to be jolly… and very, very cold, unless you wrap your legs up in something toasty warm.  But what hosiery to go for to make sure you stay warm and comfy?  Enter the Guardian, who have conducted a tights test to find out which opaque tights are the best: for looks, comfort and durability.  So what did they think of some of our favourite hosiery?

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“Looks: Very Green.  These drew quite a few glances.  Perfect opacity, though: you could leave your legs unshaven for months and no one would know.

Comfort:  The closest feeling to support tights.  So tight, taking them off felt a little like a liberation.

Durability: Frighteningly good.  No snags.”

MyTights says: We LOVE Mary Portas hosiery.  It always seems to be of the highest quality, and it looks stunning, too.  Don’t worry if green isn’t quite your colour, as these tights come in 8 amazing shades.  As to the comfort, tights should generally feel snug – this will prevent sagging around your ankles.  But make sure you check the size guide for each product to prevent ordering a pair of tights in the wrong size!  We also recommend taking a look at the thicker option: the Mary Portas & Charnos Satin 80 Tights, which are a luxuriously thick 80 denier, and so perfect for wintery days!

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“Looks: Revered among tights: classic matt black, as smart as tights can be.  So special you feel you should wear gloves to put them on.  In confidence terms, the closest hosiery gets to carrying a Chanel bag.

Comfort: Exceedingly Comfortable

Durability:  These were barely on when something sharp hidden in the stair carpet tugged at the underside of my foot and, horror, even before 8am, they were flawed.  The ladder didn’t travel far, though, and they held their own for the rest of the day.  Forgiven.”

MyTights says: High praise indeed, and not undeserved for a pair of tights that, although made by a top class brand, aren’t that expensive on a cost per wear basis (providing you don’t keep sharp things hidden in your carpets, we suppose).  Available in brown, navy and charcoal shades as well as classic black, so there’s a pair for every outfit.

Falke Ribbed Tights

“Looks: A nice woolly, subtly patterned rib: not outlandish, but a change from plain black.

Comfort:  I didn’t think about them all day: a good sign.

Durability: A less good sign: they snagged on the zip of my boots, making a hole.  Slightly stiff after a wash and, disappointingly, for all Falke’s reputation, emerged from the drum a bit bobbly.”

MyTights says: For Falke quality and wintery indulgence, we like the Falke Soft Merino Wool Ribbed Tights.  To prevent wearing out during washing, wash by hand or on a cool wash in the washing machine in a hosiery bag.


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Jessie J ♥ Henry Holland

We seem to see new pictures of Jessie J in a different standout style of hosiery every day, so image our surprise when she was spotted wearing the same pair of tights with a selection of eye catching outfits!  The superstar must have taken a real shine to her Henry Holland I’m Laddered Tights – and as the face of Pretty Polly we’re sure she’s got a huge selection to choose from!

So what makes these so special?  Well, as well as  a gorgeous slight sheen that will give your pins a healthy glow AND an on trend mock hold up top, they also feature a sexy back seam with a quirky twist- it spells out the words “I’m Laddered” at the ankle and up the back of the calf!

And no wonder Jessie’s been wearing them over and over again – as proved by the pictures of her style choices, they really can be worn with anything.  They look super cool with Jessie’s casual “rave sailor” look – although the hat might not be ideal attire for the real world, most of us will be able to dig out our army boots from last season and give them another whirl.

Perhaps more surprisingly, her glam disco look also sets them off to perfection!  To get a similar look whilst remaining real-world appropriate, team with black cocktail shorts, heels and a gold sequinned top or blazer.

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Monday, December 19th, 2011

Fashion Rules: Suspender Tights

As much as we love suspender tights, there’s no denying they can be tricky to get right if you don’t know the rules.  Last week, Reveal magazine came to the rescue of bemused fashionistas who couldn’t work out why the hottest new trend just wasn’t working for them, and created a list of Dos and Don’ts for the stuggling fashion bunnies out there.  Thankfully, the rules are the same basic guidelines we follow without thinking whenever we don a standout accessory: KEEP. IT. SIMPLE.  As fashion legend Coco Chanel once said: “When accessorising, always take off the last thing you put on.”  We’re pretty sure this basically means “don’t overdo it” – obviously don’t follow this rule exactly, especially if the last thing you put on was your coat.  Brr.

Reveal suggests keeping your look simple by sticking to block colours to really let the tights stand out, and to not ad

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d too much extra “stuff” – yes, we’re looking at you, Rihanna.  They also recommend choosing shoes in the same colour for extra leg-lengthening properties, to try styles with sheer black tops instead of nude for better coverage, get the right size, and act confident.

This is all stuff you know already- simply apply it to your suspender tights to nail the trend.  We also recommend taking a look at variations on the classic suspender tights as they seem to be the way forward for this trend – we especially love the embellished Pearly Suspender Tights and the Trasparenze Aukland Tights, with their super cool leopard print design.

However you wear them, you’re guaranteed to blend in with the fashion crowd – suspender tights are here, and they’re not going anywhere soon!


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Friday, December 16th, 2011

Christmas: We’ve got you covered

If you are still not up to speed with your Christmas shopping, there is just enough time to order to get your gifts in time.  But while you are picking up the last minute bits and pieces, don’t forget to make sure you get some essentials for yourself.  You’ll need super snug layers for the wintery days (and nights) and glamorous sparkle and shine for Christmas Day and New Years Eve.  Whatever you are up to this Christmas, we’ve got everything from warm wool tights to glittering sparkle and embellishment to make sure you look the part for every festive occasion.

Christmas Eve

With everyone home for the holidays, Christmas Eve is the perfect time for catching up with old friends in the pub.  Christmas jumpers are huge this year as are classic winter patterns like fairisle.   Accessorise cozy knits with Pretty Polly’s Fairisle Backseam Tights – the woolly feel will keep you warm while the red back seam will slim and elongate your legs as well as giving them a subtle festive flavour.

Throw yourself into the festive mood with Celeste Stein’s Christmas Ornaments Tights.  Their pattern of baubles and tree decorations is fun and Chrismassy and way more original than a silly santa hat!  If baubles alone are not enough we also have this pattern in a glittery style which will give the Christmas tree a run for its money in the sparkle stakes!

If Christmas carolling is what you have planned for Christmas Eve then wrap up warm in some snugly wool tights.  Our Trasparenze Pechino Wool Tights are really cosy and their elegant ribbing is flattering on the leg.   In fact, I’ve found they are even warmer than trousers so you can sing your heart out without fear of chattering teeth!

Christmas Day

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dinner there is no need to compromise in the style stakes while you are in the kitchen.  Choose a classic shift dress and accessorise with sparkly jewellery and patterned tights and you have an outfit that will still look glam when you pop out of the kitchen in your pinny!  The Mary Portas and Charnos Baroque Floral Tights and the Jonathan Aston Taylor Tights have a sumptuous brocade pattern with an opulent shine that we think is just pure Christmas.

Boxing Day

By Boxing Day the urge to work off those excess calories often proves irresistible.  If you are heading out for a long walk in the country make sure you pick up some of Jonathan Aston’s Long Wool Mix Boot Over Knee Socks to keep your feet warm in your wellies.  Slouch them down below the knee and layer them over the Trasparenze Pechino Wool Tights you bought for Christmas Eve or get pick up some of the fantastically cosy and luxurious Falke Soft Merino Wool Tights.

New Years Eve

It’s the biggest night of the year and it is a great excuse to get out some serious glitter and shine.   We’ve made sure we are well stocked on sparkly little numbers like the Pretty Polly Embellished Tights and the Henry Holland Superstar Multi Tights.  If you really feel like pushing the boat out and making this a New Year’s Eve to remember, choose Bebaroque’s Lavender 80 denier Tights with their hand placed gems that will twinkle beautifully as the clock chimes midnight.  Sure they are pricy but I promise you they are the most beautiful tights you will ever own.  Invest now and you won’t be short of a party outfit pick me up throughout 2012.

Whether you need to wrap up warm or dazzle with amazing sparkle we’ve got you covered this Christmas.   Whether you are buying for yourself or still getting presents for others, you have just enough time to order to get your tights in time.  Order by 5pm on Tuesday to get your order in time by Standard delivery and by 5pm Thursday to get it by Special Delivery.


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