Okay, it was here and now it’s gone. It charmed us, and now we’re wondering if we’ll ever see it again. I’m talking of course about the sun and how as Brits we are used to the disappointment of starting the day in blaring heat and ending it, soaking wet. It’s what we do.
There is no reason why the weather should dampen down your style though and this week we want to talk about grooming. Not the eyebrows, smart haircut, manicure type of grooming, but the ‘healthy looking, well turned out’ look. Deep down it’s what we all want, to look as though our shell is a perfect foil for the clothes, make-up and accessories that we layer over it.
Legs, which in my view should be on display all year round, can look a bit mottled when first exposed to the sun. If your skin has been under wraps all winter, it’s amazing how it can react when exposed to a little sun. Rather than the healthy glow most of us expect to get, it serves only to bring out blemishes and reminds us of the little imperfections that we’ve striven to keep hidden.
Sheers! That’s my solution. Now before you all run for the hills with blindfolds emblazoned with ‘American Tan’ on them, I urge you to take a fresh look. Sheers aren’t what they used to be and these days companies have really pushed technology, texture and colour to try to make sheers as close a match to your own true skin colour as possible. A friend of mine who is a master with the bare leg look tights is often complimented on her perfect legs. Even up close it’s impossible to tell that she’s wearing tights because she gets the colouring absolutely right.
Falke is a German brand that deliver consistently high quality hosiery, and their Falke Shelina Tights are perfect for getting that super natural, bare leg look. They are made from bi-component yarns which give a really superior bare leg look because they are generally much finer to look at that the denier suggests, and are generally cooler to wear so they are perfect for the hot summer months. They are 12 denier but look much less, meaning you get a wonderfully ultra sheer look – but with a little added strength, too. All of the products will leave you with “better diflucan latin america than bare”, flawlessly natural pins! And what a selection of
products they have. The classic option is the Falke Shelina Tights, but the range also includes hold ups, stockings, toeless styles and socks. And with an enormous variety of beautiful shades, you can be sure that you’ll get a gorgeous pair of tights that will match your skintone.
The Pretty Polly Naturals range is great if you want a gorgeous bare leg look product for everyday wear that's a little less expensive. The 8D Sandal Toe Tights are a classic everyday product. The ‘only just there’ eight denier matte finish is one of the most realistic around and the colour range which extends from pale English rose to olive skin covers plenty of skin tones. Plus, at just £5 a pair, it’s a really inexpensive way to get a gorgeous bare leg look.
Belgian brand Cette know how to dress to impress. Their tights are knitted from bi-component Sideria yarn for an extra thin, almost transparent finish and infused with cooling Aloe which will last for the life of the tights. Or Transparenze Capri Tights are another style that mean you can get smooth blemish free legs, even when wearing sandals or open toe shoes. The very fine eight denier finish offers a range for light to dark skintones that are completely sheer from toe to waist.
How low can you go? In denier, we mean! Wolford has the last word on this and their Wolford Individual 5 Tights have four barely there colours and a smooth matte finish that just evens out skin tone and creates a better overall look. Wolford is the ultimate in luxury and are perfect if you’re looking for high end, luxury sheers.
The newest addition to the bare leg look collection is the wonderful new range of Oroblu sheers. An Italian company, Oroblu are masters at the well groomed look and both the Suntime products (again made from bi-component yarns for the best bare leg look money can buy) and the luxurious wear anywhere Geo 8 classic sheers collection will give you flawlessly natural looking legs.
In my view there is no point fishing for compliments if you don’t work with your best assets. Creating great legs is the easiest way of giving the impression of a well groomed you. Forget expensive fake tan, tights are more cost effective. Treat them with respect and you can wash them and wear them again and again. Don’t say I never give great financial advice!
Until next week