Monthly Archives: June 2012

Sexy Versus Spanx

Thanks to commercials, magazines and runways increasingly featuring plus size models, as celebrities from Oprah Winfrey to Michelle Obama and Kim Kardashian simultaneously fess up to their secret Spanx addictions, we can officially celebrate that curves are in Vogue. And Cette’s new range of plus size hosiery is the prime example of why

we’re celebrating as much as we are.

Fantastic quality, comfortable and affordable plus size hosiery – of course we’re celebrating! But wait for the real X Factor of the leading Belgian brand’s new luxury leg wear line, the crack-open-the-champagne-we’re-celebrating-factor: the fact that these tights are sexy.

Yep you heard right ladies. Cette’s new range of plus size hosiery is comfortable and sexy. Browse the full collection in a minute but right now have a little lust after these Cette Paris Plus Size Hold Ups. A subtle shine and a lot of lace scream sex appeal a lot more than a pair of suck-it-all-in-Spanx. While hold ups were previously the domain of salad eating stick insects, in creating a product this sexy and properly fitting for the fuller figured women, Cette are revolutionising the hosiery market for plus size women.

Ask yourself how often you’ve sacrificed comfort to squeeze your way into another pair of Spanx. I’m going to hazard a guess you don’t have enough hands to count on. The result may be that hourglass figure aka Joan Holloway from Mad Men that yes, is sexy for passers by who get to look at you. But do you feel sexy?

There’s a time and a place for Spanx, for instance when you want your curves to accommodate the dress of your dreams. But day to day, let’s not girdle ourselves ladies; I’m sure Joan would be a lot less stressed in the job if she could breathe. Let’s look and feel truly sexy aka Marilyn Monroe with the wind blowing up our dress as we wear a pair of fabulous and properly fitting lacy hold up stockings rather than always resorting to the Adele method aka layering four pairs of Spanx for the “correct” silhouette. A little less of the Bridget Jones-esque scenarios where our embarrassing knickers are uncovered at the end of a night and a touch more of the tantalizing that accompanies fancy, fitted lingerie will do very nicely, thanks Cette!


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What to Wear to Wimbledon 2012

There are few better ways to spend a lazy afternoon in late June than with your darkest sunglasses donned, popping oh-too-sweet-strawberries and swigging ice-cold Pimm’s to the rhythmic echo of a tennis ball being hit back and forth at the Wimbledon Championships. If like me, you go to watch the tennis at Wimbledon as much for the people watching and trend spotting as you go for the actual tennis, then read on.

This year the unspoken Wimbledon dress code seems to have been backhanded off the courts. Delicate lace, crisp white linen and raffia wedges remain – phew! – but the simple accessories and nude hosiery are no more. Animal print belts adorn white cotton dresses in place of blue satin sashes, leather biker jackets add Rock to a look that shouts a Kate Middleton Princess style, and the array of coloured tights sitting courtside are bold and bright enough to

distract even the most focused Federer from his game. In fact, rumour has it that Nadal lost yesterday after a pair of funky fuchsia ones knocked his concentration.

We’re hankering after every hue, as it’s far more than just red and blue being donned. Little denim shorts are being paired with saucy scarlet tights and in one case a wispy white, pleated skirt was matched with daffodil yellow coloured tights in a cute ensemble that resembled a walking daisy – truly floral from head to toe. A tennis tournament is the ideal catwalk to clash the conventional dress code with something unexpected and coloured tights are the best way to try a new look that toes the tennis line.

Two of my absolute favourite coloured tights have to be the Grape and Raspberry shades on offer from Pretty Polly tights – they sound good enough to eat! But more importantly, they’re more than colourful enough to wear. If the bold and sometimes psychedelic prints on some fashion tights seem too much to handle on the morning that you pull together the pieces you’re wearing to Wimbledon, grab a pair of fun and fabulous coloured tights. We guarantee you’ll be standing out in the stands for all the right reasons.

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Pretty Provocative Polly

Perusing the most recent hosiery collection from Pretty Polly, it suddenly hit me that a fashion dichotomy had snuck into the scene. “Pretty Polly” are two words that conjure images of fresh white daisies lazily scattering fields under a Lichtenstein pop-art blue sky as two best friends dressed to match in cream cotton dresses and with their hair in pigtails climb over fences and pluck strawberries from the neighbouring farm before being called in to tea and scones by their mothers. Sounding a little bit House on the Prairie? I know. But that’s what “Pretty Polly” is. In the fashion world it’s white lace and coloured tights in all colour palettes from the palest of pinks to zesty orange. In the social world it’s…well quite simply, it’s Kate Middleton.

So you’ll forgive me for stopping in my tracks when I saw the most recent Pretty Polly tights collection. Luckily it was for all the right reasons. Pretty Polly tights this season, on top of drawing inspiration from the fashion and social scenes, are channelling the trends of the literary world. Think “Fifty Shades of Grey” more than girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes. Don’t be alarmed if you haven’t read the book or indeed the trilogy. No doubt you know the novel’s themes. The translation of this really rather dark novel – more midnight-black than “grey” – into fashion was an eruption of dominatrix styling, lots of leather and a fair bit of

bondage. For fashion tights, as Pretty Polly is showing us, it’s meant crochet fishnets and “backseam opaque with bow” styles. “Pretty Polly Suspender tights” are the epitome of a clash of the unexpected, a style that’s erupting everywhere in the fashion world.

Fashion tights are the best way to wear a bit of pretty on your sleeve and some sexy on your pins. Match a cream Zara dress with black suspender printed tights; clash Louis Vuitton lace with fishnets or coloured tights in shades of navy, burgundy or plum. Maybe don’t let ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ inspire you literally, but do let it inspire you in your hosiery endeavours and embrace the fashion dichotomy Pretty Polly tights have to offer.

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Rihanna's Daring New Shorts

Last weekend, the Hackney music festival was held in East London. Musical artists such as Ed Sheeran, David Guetta, and Jessie J gathered to perform in front of thousands of screaming fans. Although music was the focus of the weekend, festival fashion is always a hot topic. This time the style debate was on whether Rihanna’s Jonathan Aston fishnet shorts were trendy or trashy. Rihanna paired her shorts with leather hot-pants, a leopard printed shirt and a gold detailed leather jacket, exuding an urban cool vibe.
Rihanna’s exact look should probably stay on the stage, but as usual she is always sporting the latest trends. The cycling shorts look has resurfaced this summer, seen on celebrities such as Alexa Chung and Little Mix. This style can be quite flexible, layering lace shorts under skirts or satin shorts are girly and more conservative, while fishnet, patterned, or bright colour shorts radiate more of a relaxed urban vibe.
This is a fun trend to play around with, but is not for those not

willing to experiment. If you want to be a bit edgy, try Jonathan Aston’s Opaque Shorts underneath a short dress or long tee. If your style is more classic, wear Jonathan Aston’s Lace Shorts layered underneath a mini skirt, tight at night or full during the day.
Another fun way to wear cycling shorts is to layer them over your favourite tights and pairing them with a boyfriend blazer or long sweater, changing up the look of both the shorts and tights. Overall, cycling shorts are actually easy to layer and quite versatile. They are great to avoid a wardrobe malfunction with those slightly too short shorts and skirts and they provide an inexpensive way to perk up an outfit.
At first this look may seem hard to pull off every day, but really it is quite wearable for everyone. If you are looking to mix up your style and try something different, throw on a pair of cycling shorts underneath a typical outfit and you have a fresh new look. Just please wear shorts longer than Rihanna’s!

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Your Wedding Look Sorted (whether you're guest or bride!)

Wedding season is fast approaching again, and whether you’re a Bridezilla in the making or a nervous bridesmaid secretly hoping to upstage the bride à la Pippa Middleton, your hosiery choice for the day can make all the difference. Whatever you decide to wear, a great base is imperative which is where your underwear and tights come into play. Sure, weddings are about celebrating the love between souls, but who’s saying you can’t look amazing while you do it?

The Mother of the Bride is a hugely important role in a wedding, both in the run up and on the big day, and keeping the flower girls in check whilst lending support to a nervous bride can be a big task to juggle. Take one thing to worry about off your list with some great quality ladder resist tights. Or if you’re on the lookout for something a little bit superior to your everyday sheers, take a look at the collections from top brands like Wolford and Falke for truly flawless legs.

Brides can take a deep breath and relax, too – we’ve got you covered. Take a look at the range of bridal hosiery for some gorgeous styles that will make you feel like a princess. We especial

ly love the Falke Seidenglatt Hold Ups, with their ultra deep lace top for something breathtakingly beautiful to go under your dress. Plus we have loads of other options to go with any style of dress or shoe, including seamless and toeless tights.

If you’re a bridesmaid-to-be and your pre-wedding diet is going not-so-great, fear not – you can still get a silhouette Pippa would be jealous of. Spanx UK is one of the most famous shapewear brands for a reason – a huge variety of slimming, shaping and boosting choices for every style of dress and every problem area. Tummy haters will love the range of hourglass forming brief-to-waist shapes, while J-Lo enviers will go crazy for the bottom boosting styles! (Brides should also make sure to check out the range of shapewear for something that will make you look every inch the goddess in your wedding dress).

If you’re not part of the main bridal party but are looking forward to seeing old uni mates for the first time in ages or dreading bumping into an old flame, browse all of our hosiery to find something that suits your style and outfit for the day. Personally, though, we think the Pamela Mann Love Seam Tights (pictured) are perfect for weddings – sexy without being too obvious, and a great way of toasting the happy couple. Of course, champagne always works, too…

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My Top 10 Summer Essentials

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…

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WIN Wolford Tights Worth £120…

I Wanna Get Back With My Ex 0″ height=”540″ />Long known to be a super-luxe brand worn by the likes of Rihanna, Cheryl Cole and Jessie J (and rumoured to be the brand of choice for the Duchess of Cambridge), the Wolford name is a hallmark of quality in the world of hosiery and Wolford tights are some of the best you can get.

At the moment is giving you the chance to WIN a pair of the super sexy Wolford Brilliant Tights!  With a sultry lace up design that gives an over the knee boot effect, they have real ribbon criss-crossing at the back that you can tie in a bow at the ankle or thigh.  These striking tights are worth a huge £120, and they could be yours in just a few clicks – head to our competition page to enter now.

If those aren’t quite your style, take a look at the entire Wolford collection, or check out our top three below…

Summery Sheers

Sheer tights are a summer staple and with Wolford, the saying “you get what you pay for” couldn’t be truer.  Luxury sheers may seem like a lot of money but Wolford’s range, in particular the CBs #1 Source For Government Seized & Surplus Property

/sheer-tights-1/wolford-individual-5-tights-8282.html?utm_source=seo-wolfordtights&utm_medium=blog”>Individual 5 Tights are great quality AND will give you a fantastic bare leg look.

Opulent Opaques


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Velvet de Luxe 66 tights are without a doubt one of the most popular Wolford products.  A wear-with-anything matte finish, super smooth, strong and long lasting, it’s easy to see why these are so popular with our customers.  They are available in chic shades like dark grey and navy blue, as well as classic black.

Fabulous Fashion

High quality fashion is just another strong on Wolford’s bow, and we love this season’s Ribbon Tights, which are cute and subtle enough that they won’t be a one-season wonder.  Girly style at its best, they are made from sheer 20 denier hosiery and feature an opaque bow print that will perfectly set off your Peter Pan collars, playsuits and cropped cardies.

Tights have never been so luxurious to wear…


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