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January, 2012

When Henry met Laura…

Henry Holland Tights

Our founder Laura met the lovely Henry Holland last week at the Pretty Polly AW12 Preview Party at the Pretty Polly Pop Up Store in Covent Garden.  Sporting the Henry Holland Alphabet Silver Tights, which she teamed with a bright colour pop dress, Laura thinks that the fashion is fab and she can’t wait to wear it!

With top designers like Henry Holland working for them as well as Jessie J as the face of the brand (not to mention the numerous other celebs that hav

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e been spotted in Pretty Polly designs), Pretty Polly are flying high at the moment and there’s no better (or less expensive!) way to get your hands on a slice of designer fashion for your wardrobe.

Copy Katherine Heigl and team the Pretty Polly Nylons Back Seam Tights with chic basics, or get Caggie from Made in Chelsea’s style with the Henry Holland Super Suspender Tights paired with slouchy casual pieces and bedhead hair.  Or go for a look just like Laura’s and team bright colours with statement tights – choose pieces with simple cuts and textures to make your legs the centre of attention!

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Who Wore it Best: Dione Bromfield vs. Jade Thirlwall

Dione Bromfield (singer and goddaughter of Amy Winehouse) and Jade Thirlwall from Little Mix have both been spotted out and about recently in a twist on the classic suspender tights.  Both girls stepped out in tights which were opaque to just above the knee and then gave way to sheer hosiery, with a pretty line of opaque hearts around the top of the opaque leg – perfect with Valentine’s day just around the corner!  You can get the look with the Pamela Mann Large Overknee Heart Tights (pictured), a snip at just £7.99!

Both girls are no stranger to exciting and unique hosiery – Jade stepped out in customised Little Mix Henry Holland tights just before her and the rest of the band won the X Factor, while Dionne has been spotted in suspender tights and polka dots among others.

Jade wore hers to the Tickled Pink Girls’ Night Out gig and teamed them with black shorts, and a zip up jumper

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over a black shirt with a pink tie – see her look here.  Coincidentally, Dionne also performed at the gig and plumped for the classic suspender tights design.  However, the singer must have recognised Jade’s tights as she had worn them already – to switch on the Christmas lights at the Brunswick at the end of November.

Dionne dressed hers up with a black prom style dress but added an edge with some heavy duty black army boots.  A slick of pillar box red lipstick completed the look that earned her a nod of approval from the fashion elite including Vogue Italia, who named it their “Look of the Day” (see it here).  But Jade isn’t without her fair share of admirers, with designer Henry Holland counted among the bands biggest supporters.

So who do you think wore it best?  Do you like Dionne’s Punk Princess take or is Jade’s urban cool more your thing?  Tell us on Facebook or Twitter!


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The style gurus at Cosmopolitan Magazine always seem to get it right… so who are we to argue with their rules for a happy wardrobe even when we’re broke and freezing?  You can read the entire article here, but we’ve pulled together the highlights …

1)      There’s no shame in faking it

Cosmo reckons that when push comes to shove, there’s no harm in using shapewear to supplement your gym routine in the quest for a gorgeous figure.  Having felt our own resolve dwindle as January went by and watching every single New Year’s Resolution fly out of the window, we reckon there’ no harm in using shapewear to replace your gym routine.  Flat stomach in 2 minutes?  Yes please.

2)      You CAN work bright colours and still feel chic

If the thought of acid and neon brights coming back into vogue any time soon is enough to make you break out in a nervous rash, it’s time to learn that colour is not a no-no.  Pastels are going t

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o be everywhere this spring and there’s nothing easier than a mint green handbag or pale lilac pair of tights to perk you up for Spring (when it finally arrives, of course).  Browse our range of coloured tights and team with creams and pale greys for a look that is as right on trend as it is classically simple.

3)      It’s “All in the Legs”

Of course Cosmo caters for the braver fashionistas, too, and they think that a pair of statement tights are “an ingenious and affordable way of updating and changing your look”.  They love the Pamela Mann coloured Fishnet Tights (pictured), supplied by MyTights, and the Henry Holland for Pretty Polly range, as worn by Jessie J.

Great style advice from the Cosmo team, and just in time to update your wardrobe before it begins to look horribly bare!

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Exclusive personalised shopping site Free to be Supreme is giving away a pair of tights – all you have to do is head to their Facebook page!  They’ve created a range of gorgeous hosiery centred looks perfect for any occasion – and not only are they all so on trend, they’re all completely wearable, too.

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Get the Look: Coloured Socks clashed with a colour pop sports top is the key to this look.  Keep the rest of your outfit neutral to avoid overkill.  These Henry Holland socks are in the sale at the moment- or try the Trasparenze Monique Ankle Socks which are available in tons of colours.

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Get the Look: You can’t go wrong with Henry Holland tights. With celebrity fans everywhere, the Brit designer is a favourite and his quirky styles look great with monochrome looks finished with metallic accessories.  The studs are optional, but can really finish an outfit.  If you want the exact look, get the Alphabet Tights, but there are tons of styles to choose from so don’t feel you can’t adapt the style to suit your favourite!


Get the Look: The ladylike trend is always around in some guise or another, but it can feel too toned down for some fashion queens.  But fear not – stick to on trend choices like pleated skirts and fitted jumpers and add one colour pop accessory to work girly chic with an edge.  Lilac Tights are a perfect choice as they are neutral enough to blend with the rest of the look and the colour will work with any skin tone.


Get the Look: Patterned Tights like those from print queen Celeste Stein are the perfect way to get the urban feel of the latest prints trend.  For a daytime friendly look, try printed hosiery under knee high boots with a skirt so that the tights are glimpsed as you walk rather than on full display.  And for night, rock them with the tiniest hotpants you can lay your hands on! The ones pictured are the Celeste Stein Black Butterflies Tights.


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Heiress Hosiery

Society Heiress Paris Hilton has been spotted in LA working the trend for suspender tights in the Henry Holland Mesh Suspender Tights (see the photo here).  Despite being the heiress to an estimated $20 million fortune, she shows us that fashion doesn’t have to be expensive with the £12 tights.  Paris teamed her hosiery with an unusually understated and demure (for her) combo of a black dress, gilet and heels.

The mesh version of Henry Holland’s bestselling Super Suspender Tights  work perfectly if you want to try the trend for suspender tights but are worried about looking like you’ve come out in your underwear, as the mesh, which from a distance just looks like sheer hosiery, lends the design a subtler look.  They are perfect for everyda

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y wear too, because the mesh at the top makes them more difficult to ladder.

Paris is just the latest in a long list of stars to tap into the suspender tights trend, including Saturdays star Frankie Sandford and pop sensation Rihanna.  With a line up like that, it’s hardly surprising that the design has been honoured by other hosiery designers who have created variations featuring hearts and pearls – check out our full suspender tights range and pick your favourite!

Try rocking your suspender tights with simple basics like Paris has – it’s too cold for bare arms this side of the pond at the moment, plus we’re not entirely convinced by the furry gilet if we’re honest (and yes,  we KNOW it was on the AW Gucci catwalk).  Try an all black look like Paris with a skater style black dress and leather jacket, or if you want to add a splash of colour keep lines clean with shift dresses and tailored cocktail shorts.


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Fashion Tights for Curves

When it was announced that Adele would be on the cover of March’s edition of US Vogue, the internet was awash with speculation about whether this meant that the fashion industry had cast aside their dogmatic classification of beauty.  In truth the fashion industry (OK the High Street at least) has been bringing out popular, profitable and highly fashionable ranges for women of UK size 16 plus for years.   Despite this revolution though, it has still been difficult to find fashionable plus size hosiery on the high street.  In response to the huge demand, has now expanded our range to include even more funky, colourful and feminine hosiery made especially for curvaceous women.  Whether you want fashion styles or just good honest basics with just the right fit our plus size range includes the very best of both.

Pamela Mann specialises in taking the hottest hosiery trends – from the catwalks and celebrities – and making them available quickly and at highly affordable prices so we were really excited when they announced a new plus size tights collection.  What we particularly love about this range is that, instead of designing a special range in larger sizes only, they have taken some of their most popular fashion designs and re-sized and restructured them to fit UK sizes 16 – 32.  Bestsellers like the Pamela Mann Jive Seam Tights, which have a timelessly classic back seam and pointed heel, are now available in sizes that fit real curves.   You can also get on to this season’s trend for spots with the Pamela Mann Sheer Dotty Plus Size Tights or the suspender tights trend with the Large Overknee Hearts Plus Size Tights.

Pamela Mann have also given their ever popular opaques a plus size makeover.  Pamela Mann opaques have always been great value for money and the new plus size versions make great every day tights.  There are 50, 80 and 120 denier styles available to see you through the seasons and, although there is a limited range of shades available at the moment but,  with Pamela Mann

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’s reputation for dazzling colour we are sure there will be more on the way soon.

While Pamela Mann have got your fashion styles sorted, Pretty Polly’s Curves range is best for basics.   Glamorous sheer tights have always been tricky to find in larger sizes but Pretty Polly Curves Nylons Tights fit hips of up to 60inches.   When it’s cooler outside, we highly recommend the Pretty Polly Curves Plush Opaques with their super soft feel and smooth appearance – beautiful durable opaques you will want to wear every day.

Most of these styles come with a back panel in the brief which is a way of making the tights larger around the body to accommodate your hips.  Some people find this OK others will find it really uncomfortable.  If you dream of avoiding the back panel, I thought I would also mention Levante’s Extra Tights.  These 15 denier tights are designed with UK sizes 20 plus in mind and they will fit up to a 60inch hip without that annoying back panel.

Outside from the specific plus size tights ranges, there are also plenty of other choices in the plus size section of our site.  Brands like Falke have always made their products in a wide range of sizes – most styles cater for hips up to a 54inches.    They are more expensive than either the Pretty Polly or the Pamela Mann ranges, but for such fantastic quality they are well worth the extra money.  Falke’s Seidenglatt 70 Tights for example have a gorgeous shiny finish and come in a range of beautiful fashion colours which change every season.   They are especially good too if you are tall and curvaceous as they tend to be cut quite generously in the leg.

If you are a size 16 or above, you’ll know how tricky it can be to find hosiery that not only looks good but fits well too.  Now we not only have some fantastic every day products but we’ve upped the count of fun plus size fashion tights too.  We’ll keep on the look out for more styles to add to the collection but in the meantime, check out the plus size section at  We’d love to hear what you think of our plus size fashion range.


Kristen Stewart: A mere mortal, after all?

If you’re anything like us, you’ll be feeling the shame of your Christmas eating binge whilst simultaneously turning green eyed over pictured of celebs who should KNOW BETTER than to flaunt their perfect bodies in front of us at such a vulnerable time. So hurrah for Kristen Stewart, who let us catch a glimpse of her figure fixing Spanx not once, but TWICE in one day back in November.

It just goes to show that no matter how slim, beautiful and successful you are, body insecurities just don’t go away (not even if you have a boyfriend as hot as Robert Pattinson). And although we’re betting that Kristen was red-faced about flashing her slimming secret (first at the Grauman’s Theatre where she was taking part in the hand and foot prints ceremony with Robert and Taylor Lautner, then later on the Jay Leno Show), the fact is that almost all of the celebs wear them for extra slimming and an elegant streamlined figure.

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If you’re struggling with the extra pounds that Christmas can bring, why not try a shapewear product from the new ShaToBu Get Fit Range, which is shapewear featuring inbuilt resistance band technology that means you actually burn more calories when going about your everyday life with no extra effort!

Oh, and FYI, Kristen… most shapewear products come in nude shades which are perfect for blending in a bit better if you’re wearing a shorter dress, or else try a briefs product rather than shorts, which will be no more visible than normal underwear, no matter how short your hemline is!


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New Jessie J Video!!!

The new Jessie J single, Domino, has already reached number 7 in the midweek iTunes charts and is AMAZING!  The video is equally brilliant, with tons of Jessie’s trademark cool and an eye catching array of outfits.  From Goth style studded lips to acid bright colours, there’s no trend too out there for Jessie.  She also wears her favourite I’m Laddered Tights, with mock hold up top, backseam and witty “I’m Laddered” motif which she’s been spotted in all over the place recently, plus we catch a glimpse of her in the super cool Mock Fishnet Suspender Tights, which feature the uber-trendy mock suspender top and mesh panelling at the top of the thigh which looks like sheer hosiery from a distance. Both of these styles are from the hugely talented Brit designer Henry Holland in collaboration with hosiery legends Pretty Polly, and are available at for less than the price of a pub lunch.

Watch the video and let us know what you think – is Jessie the Queen of Cool?


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How to… wear WOW Tights

Wondering how to wear statement tights without looking silly? Or bored of wearing trousers all the time now the weather has (finally) turned wintery? were featured in a handy how-to guide in the press this week, so we thought we’d share their top 5 ways to work statement tights…

1) Colour blocking
With the 60s revival still going strong, colour blocking is going to be around for a while longer yet, and what easier way than to buy a simple pair of coloured tights? A simple, cheap and cheerful addition to your wardrobe, they start from a teeny tiny £4.10, so you really can afford to match them to everything in your wardrobe!

2) Embellished
Spots are hot at the moment, but try a twist on the trend with the Charnos 75 Brigit

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te Tights (the actual tights in the feature, supplied by which feature glittering Swarovski crystals up the back of the leg for a sparkling addition to a glamourous black dress.

3) Texture
Different textures can work really well as long as you don’t go OTT. Try leg lengthening ribbed tights with cotton skirts or silky shirts.

4) Stars
The stars trend last year was begun by designers like Christopher Kane, and planetary movement have dictated they’re set to last well in to 2010. Snap up a pair of the Henry Holland Superstar Tights, available with either classic black or spangly multi-coloured stars.

5) Elaborate Girly
Lace tights and girly designs like bows and floral motifs are the order of the day. Use them to glam up your party frock, or add a sweet edge to a tough biker look.


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12 Trends for 2012: Part 2

In the second part of my 12 Trends for 2012 style guide I’ll be looking at the colours and print.  This is where hosiery really comes into its own so I’ve saved the best to last!  Tights and socks are one of the most affordable ways to give your wardrobe an update with the season’s key colour trends so without further delay here are the colours and prints you will be rocking through 2012.


Oscar de la Renta, Normaluisa and Blumarine all used florals to give a fresh, summery feel to their latest catwalk collections.  In a couple of weeks Jonathan Aston’s new Spring Summer Collection will be hitting our site so keep an eye out for their fab florals!  In the meantime, check out the floral tights section on our website for colourful floral tights by brand like Pamela Mann and Celeste Stein.


This season we’ll be moving on from leopard and into even more unusual and exotic animal prints like zebra, snake and tiger.  Wolford’s Tiger Tights and Celeste Stein’s Black Faces Zoo Tights will have you on trend in an instant.


Get ready to dress in white from head to for summer 2012 as the all white looks at Daks, Nina Ricci and Lanvin got a lot of attention from the fashionistas.  Nothing looks more serene and summery, but brilliant white can be a little harsh and unflattering unless you are very tanned.   Softer shades like cream and ivory will give the same effect but are more forgiving.  Cover up under those hotpants (see 12 Trends for 2012: part 1) or short skirts with the Jonathan Ast

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Black and White

Good old black and white combinations never fail to turn heads and there were lots of black skirt white top combinations on the SS12 catwalks.  We’d recommend adding a funky edge to a classically tailored plain white or black dress with the Pamela Mann Duo Tone Tights in Black and White.  Combine with courts or peep toes with a modest platform – perfect.

Sweetie Shop

Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton hove shown the way to the sweetie shop with their gorgeous pastel collections.   The colours of this look remind me of sugared almonds so accessorise with Jonathan Aston’s Sheer Coloured Tights which give just the right touch of translucent colour.

Bright Colour

If whisper soft pastel shades are too demure for your taste, the other signature colours of the season are orange, yellow and blue.  Wear these shades for maximum impact in their brightest most electric guises.  Pamela Mann’s 50 Denier Opaque Coloured Tights with their range of “Flo” colours in blue, yellow and orange are the best place to start. Highlight with crisp white and you have a look that could have jumped straight off the Nicole Fahri catwalk!

Shake off the winter gloom by planning your spring and summer wardrobe.  If you are feeling the pinch after Christmas then tights are a great way to update your look without spending a fortune.

There’s plenty to have fun with this Spring Summer season.   I hope you are looking forward to playing with these colour and pattern combinations as much as I am!