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Get a Fabulous Bare Leg Look this Summer…

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

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The new sexy…

Recently we’ve noticed something strange… our favourite celebs are shunning the try hard, ultra glam looks of previous seasons and rocking our favourite trends with chic, understated charm. This is the new sexy – so learn from the stars and balance your favourite statement trends with some casual styling.

Made in Chelsea’s Caggie Dunlop was spotted generic name for flagyl ages ago ahead of the pack, dressing down her suspender tights with denim cut offs and a baggy t-shirt. This was swiftly followed by Vanessa Hudgens, who teamed her patterned hold ups with a scarf print dress, floppy hat and wellies at Coachella a few weeks back, channelling hippy chic and working laid back sexy to perfection. Even better, this look is so easy to pull together at home – just team a pair of stockings or hold ups with your denim shorts and favourite slouchy jumper.

Those two aren’t the only ones at it, either. Caggie’s Made in Chelsea castmates (past and present) seem t

o have picked up on the trend. First Chloe Green, daughter of Sir Philip Green, stepped out looking super hot in a black dress with black leather jacket and animal print tights. A dash of animal print is perfect for adding a sexy finishing touch to a plainer look – just make sure you keep it to one statement piece or it can look OTT.

Then just a few days ago Made in Chelsea’s Amber Atherton rocked up to the World Premiere of The Dictator showing of miles of legs, covered in spotty tights. Showing she knows her fashion rules, she balanced out having her legs on show by wearing a high necked t-shirt under a conservative cropped jacket, and stuck to monochrome.

This new look might take some restraint if you’re tempted to bare more than normal because of the weather, but we can guarantee it’ll be worth it when you’ve got the most sophisticated look in town!

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A Calendar of Tights for Summer

We all like to think we’re unique and have carved out our own style that separates us from the masses, but there are few products on the market that are available through limited channels. You know we’re keen to support your individuality and that’s why we are the only UK stockist of Celeste Stein. The creators of this funky American brand obviously enjoy what they do (if you know what I mean) and we are constantly amazed at some of the designs they come up with. Not entirely for the faint hearted (I have been known to stop traffic when wearing my Celeste Stein Pink Lady Tights) the designs range from downright cute to totally incredible. If ever there was a call for colour blocking on the upper part of your body, it’s so that you can go wild with your legs. We have a great calendar of events this year, so here’s our run down of how to make the most of these great designs all through the summer.

The Queen's Jubilee

Unless you’ve recently returned from another planet, you will know it’s the Jubilee next weekend. Celeste Stein Red Spot Tights which will make a great 1950’s alternative to all the flags and pomp that’s around, as will the lovely Celeste Stein Royal Stripe Tights. Bring on the net underskirts!

London 2012 Olympics

Patriotism continues with the Olympics but at least we can break away from being completely red, white and blue. Celeste Stein Harlequin Footless Tights embrace the colours of the Olympic rings but if you really want to show your support for the world’s sporting heroes, then our money is on Celeste Stein’s Flags Footless Tights. Stretch your legs and get someone to count the number of flags you display.

Festival Season

There is no lull after the Olympics as festival season kicks off with a bang. This is where you can really take crazy design to town (or the country rather). The hypnotic flowers on buy generic cialis online

target=”_blank”>Celeste Stein Reddish Daisy Tights are more than reminiscent of the festivals of the 1960’s, as are Celeste Stein Gold Paisley Socks which will look great with ankle boots and bare legs. Glastonbury might be off this year but there is bound to be rain and with rain comes mud. Counter the effects with Celeste Stein New Giraffe Footless Tights which will look as good dirty as clean. The Hay Festival requires a more country garden look and Celeste Stein Heaven Flowers Footless Tights will see you through the day and you can change them for Celeste Stein Black Floral Tights in the evening.

Royal Ascot

Away from the books and the music it wouldn’t be summer without the horses, although recent changes to protocol mean a more sedate look for your lower half. The pretty, subtle pattern on Celeste Stein Blue Lace Tights will be a winner. Buy a second pair of tights and Online propecia uk create a contrasting band around your hat to extend that unique style upwards.

Summer Holidays

By now you should be ready for a holiday. Pair flimsy cotton dresses with a pair of Celeste Stein Missoni Footless tights or Celeste Stein Green Pucci Footless Tights. They will not only protect your modesty after too many cocktails but you can also channel the St Tropez of a bygone era. Use them the following day as a belt to draw in that lovely kaftan that you picked up at the market.

All too soon we’re back at work and starting to think of the approach of Autumn. The weather might get cooler but there’s no reason to not keep Summer front of mind. See out the season with Celeste Stein Blue Palm Tights and keep dreaming of sandy beaches and azure seas.

A whole Summer of fun and one way to create endless new looks with your existing wardrobe.

Until next week….

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