No matter where in the world I am, I meet someone who comments on the British weather. Our reputation as the island with ‘four seasons in one day’ has reached every corner of the globe.
Hot on the heels of discussing the weather is our style and it’s interesting how the two seem to go hand in hand. Like evolution of man, our fashion has developed because of our need to be prepared for everything. I certainly have my favourites, which are the worst kept secret in my company (something to do with me plundering the stock in the warehouse) and so I thought I’d share my essential tights & socks with you, along with a few other summer basics too…
1. Bare Leg Look Sheers – Falke Shelina
Sheers always feature top of my list. I like great looking skintone and capitalize on this by using some of the great hosiery products out there. Falke Shelina Tights and Falke Shelina Hold Ups are my stalwarts. I swear I will be buried with these two. The 8 denier appearance (with 12 denier strength) is just enough to give you an even skintone without imposing additional colour when you don’t need it. If you have a suntan, buy a shade that’s slightly darker to match. You skin will still shine through. These are the non tights tights, the ones that you yourself don’t remember that you’re wearing. They feel lovely and the decent sized 6.5inch lacy top on the hold ups are so feminine as well as practical. Try them once and you won’t believe what you did before you found them.
2. Light Shapewear – Spanx Undietectables
If you’ve read my column regularly you’ll know that everything should start with great foundations. None of us wants to be trussed up like a turkey when it’s warm but there is nothing that will boost confidence and give you that carefree groomed look like a good base. The Spanx Undie-tectable Bodysuit is one of the lightest shapers around – wearers say it feels like wearing a ordinary underwear, yet the invisible compression still pulls you in and firms you up in all the right places. It really is my ‘wear all day everyday’ product.
3. Footless Tights – Pamela Mann 50D
Footless tights may not be my cup of tea, but the girls in the office can’t live without them during the summer! They are great for days when you can’t tell if it will be wet or dry. There is a huge range out there now but one of the favourites continues to be Pamela Mann50D Footless Tights. Their colour range is huge and covers pastels, fluoros, dark colours, primary colours. You name it they have it. Footless tights are a great way to create a colour blocking effect which is so ‘now’. You can put them under shorts, dresses and skirts and they will instantly change your look.
4. Toeless Tights – Oroblu Sunny 8 No Toe Tights
Toeless Tights are another great invention and believe me, they do work. I have worn them with the strappiest of strappy sandals and they are brilliant at giving you great, even skin colour. Oroblu are an Italian company whose products have a really superior finish. Oroblu Sunny 8 Tights are a lovely light 8D weave with completely flat seams so you will never be able to see where you tights end and your toes begin. If you are going for a shade darker to promote good health, just make sure that your toes get a dusting of bronzing powder and a good pedicure!
5. Classic Net – Levante Fishnet Tights
You might associate fishnets with evening wear but they are incredibly versatile during the summer months. Levante Fishnet Tights in Natural are a great way of adding interest to an outfit and giving the illusion of all over good skintone whilst allowing your legs to breathe. Black on the other hand changes your look completely and all of a sudden a very demure dress can give itself a sassy edge. Black fishnets have been around for ever and there is a reason why. They are a classic and one that we all associate with bringing out the inner woman in us all.
6. Elegant Lace – Charnos Tattoo Lace Tights
Lace tights are another classic and in recent years the range of patterns and styles has grown enormously. Lace is incredibly feminine, I think the Charnos Tatoo Lace Tights in black, should be a staple in anyone’s wardrobe. For an extra summery touch take a look at the lace hosiery we have in pale grey and cream shades.
7. Polka Dots – Mary Portas Sheer Spot Tights
Spots are another post war design that has stayed with us and the breadth of spotty tights available is still growing. Cheryl Cole grabbed the World’s media attention last year with her oversized spotty tights and since then we’ve seen polka dot tights on a host of celebrities. My favourite way to wear my Charnos Sheer Spot Tights is with an oversized sweater dress, combining dress down comfort with all out womanly legs.
8. Bold Colours – Jonathan Aston 40 Denier
With the unpredictable weather it is likely that the temperature will drop on numerous occasions throughout the summer months. This can be tricky when making outfit choices – but you can still keep your summer look by swapping black opaques for bright coloured tights. My favourites for summer are the semi-opaque Jonathan Aston 40 Denier Tights, which are available in 24 colours.
9. Ankle Socks – Trasparenze Monique Socks
I don’t spend my whole time in tights, although it might seem like I do, but I do pay the same attention to detail when buying socks. I like nice socks and Falke and Transparenze make some of the best. Their lovely ice cream colours and superlative finish have been everywhere this past season and with Autumn not too far ahead, there is no need to switch product, just change your colour scheme. The lighter Transparenze Monique Ankle Socks come in eight colours including cherry red, pea green and the more subtle indigo while the cotton Falke Family Socks are available in all of those ‘I need that’ colours from navy to chocolate, grey to black and even white. Try substituting tights for socks with knee highs. Transparenze Cinzia Knee High Socks are available in 14 colours with something for every season and every look. Styled well, they will make you look more ‘business’ than ‘Britney’.
10. Footliners – Trasparenze Peggie Footcover
Footliners are a must-have in the summer months. The Trasparenze Peggie Foot Covers are ideal at only £3.95, they will protect your feet and shoes whilst keeping you fresh. The low cut means they will remain undetectable under your shoes!
So there you have it. My guide to essential hosiery for the summer… plus we have entered all our facebook fans into a lucky dip to win an entire set of my top ten products! Become a fan here
These are great products, well priced, that will see you through the Summer and into Autumn. Using these you can inexpensively completely change your look and feel at the drop of a hat. Now, with black clouds looming, where did I hide those bed socks…