Laura wearing the new Falke Dots Tights
Hannah & Caroline wearing matching gold tights
Suzanne wearing Falke ribbed tights
Robyn wearing classic black tights
g” alt=”" width=”400″ height=”540″ />Nothing makes me want to don colour pop brights like the cold weather, and now Mr. Blue Skies seems to have bid us farewell, I’ve been frantically digging through my wardrobe in search of something to bring a little sunshine into my wardrobe. Thankfully, you add colourful flashes to your look and tick off your trend list as colour blocking is a key look this season. Here are our top 5 coloured tights and how to wear them:
1) Henry Holland Houndstooth Tights in Pink: Try pink on pink with a pink dress – we thought this would be too much but our founder Laura rocked this look the other day and looked amazing! Henry Holland tights call for bold styling and the pattern breaks up the colour to make it pretty wearable (or as wearable as all-over pink ever gets, anyway).
2) Yellow Tights: Neon, mustard, buttercup – whatever shade you go for, yellow tights are pure sunshine in a pack. Ideal for grey days when your spirits need lifting, wear them with shades of purple for pallet perfection.
3) Mary Portas & Charnos Stripe Opaque Tights in Sultry Sage: This medium to dark green with black pinstripes design is colour blocking for shrinking violets: subtle, chic and sophisticated. These will go with pretty much anything – try teaming them with your workwear to get heads turning at the office.
4) Pretty Polly 60 Denier Plush Tights: These gorgeous opaques from Pretty Polly come in 7 different shades – one for each day of the week! We especially love the Denim shade, but whatever colour you’re in the mood for, they’re all finished with cashmere protein for extra softness.
5) Blue Tights: Another way to banish the blues, shades of aqua are super fresh and tie in with this season’s underwater trend. The Trasparenze Valentina Hold Ups in Azzuro are bundles of fun to wear, or try the Pamela Mann Lurex Micronet Tights in Blue/Silver, which will tick off two trends in one as metallic are also key this autumn.
Laura wearing the Mark Fast Piano Tights from the Fast by Jonathan Aston collection
So we think we can say its official. Sheer toe tights have been given the royal seal of approval and aren’t we pleased here in the office! Our favourite member of the family (not including the Queen after that magnificent skydive for the Opening Cer
emony), the Duchess of Cambridge has shown the world what side of the fence she’s on when it comes to the toes of her tights.
During her recent Royal Tour of the Far East and South Pacific, Kate Middleton reminded us how useful a sheer toe can be in times of impromptu heel removals. Now we don’t want to do a disservice to the humble reinforced toe, they provide a multitude of tight-saving moments. However, Kate has shown us how elegant and undetectable a sheer toe can truly be.
We’re pretty sure no-one would have flinched if she removed her heels to reveal a reinforced toe, but it is the little details that make your tights so essential for everyday situations, from the ordinary to the unexpected. Sheer toes only add to the illusion of flawless legs with undetectable coverage. The idea behind the sheer toe is that the denier and stitching on them does not differ from the rest of your tights. Made for those of you who adore peep-toes and strappy sandals, revealing unsightly seams or a difference in denier is no longer a worry.
To achieve the Royal look, we recommend our Falke Shelina Tights. A firm favourite in the office, the Shelina Tights come in 8 shades, one for every skin tone. With a slight sheen finish, the hosiery has been celebrated by women everywhere as it provides coverage so convincing and flawless. And of course, it comes with the newly notorious sheer toe.
As mentioned earlier, it’s important not to overlook the benefits of a reinforced toe at the bottom of your tights. Possibly unsightly when compared to other toes but what it lacks in looks, it makes up for in durability. The denier and weave alter from the rest of foot making it visibly thicker than the rest of the tights. The reinforcement can be hidden away under closed toe shoes and heel which is simply perfect for everyday wear. For those of us that won’t be attend any Royal affairs in the next few months, make the most of hardwearing tights with a pair of Pretty Polly Nylons Tights. Available in a 9 colours, there’s no excuse not to invest in a pair of them!
So whatever toe team you’re on, follow by Royal example and make sure you plan it right to gracefully deal with any impromptu shoe removals this Autumn.
Purple is the new black, at least that’s what Vogue tells us. It seems that this season we should also be supporting our friends in the countryside with a range of tweeds and nature inspired colours and harking towards the Orient in a mish ma
sh of eastern inspired prints and patterns. AND, if that weren’t enough there is a healthy does of very elegant Grace Kelly inspired looks for the lady in all of us and a classic does of black leather just to tick all remaining boxes. Hedonistic or what? Inspiration like this could bankrupt a girl, that is unless you’re savvy with what you have and learn to accessorise, accessorise, accessorise. Altogether now…..
To save time and money let’s break down the latest looks and the ways in which some good old hosiery or undergarments can help to achieve the latest looks.
You don’t have to turn into a Parma Violet to take purple in its stride. Simply accessorise yoru favourite black dress with purple tights. Jonathan Aston 40D Opaque Tights and Pretty Polly 60 Denier Opaque Tights both have a lovely deep purple in their range for the bargain price of £6 per pair. Falke Seidenglatt 70 Tights have a strong true purple in their range that errs on the side of lavender while Aristoc 80 Denier Microfibre Tights has a more plum take on purple. You can also break up the colour blocking slightly with something like Charnos 75 Betty Tights which hace a shiny purple overlaid with a shimmering filigree lace pattern of flowers and swags for a rich luxurious look. For the young at heart amongst us, you can also try out Pamela Mann Twicker Tights which have a great purple and black stripe, reminiscent of Madonna in the 80’s. You could also try Falke Planks Tights, a new graphically eye catching horizontal stripe design in a luxurious sheer 20 denier or Henry Holland Reverse Polka Dot Tights a big fun design featuring a 60 denier matte purple weave with a 20 denier oversized spot. Probably the most fun you can have with purple this season.
Now I’m the sort of girl who breaks out in hives at the thought of fields and cows. I do however like a bit of tweed and know just the thing to accompany it. A good pair of merino wool tights are a country girl’s best friend and Transparenze Gennifer Merino Wool Tights come in a range of ten different colours including Teal, Olive Green and Rust Red, all of which compliment tweeds beautifully. You could also opt to play it safe with an angora mix, as available in Pretty Polly 150D Angora Blend Opaque Tights which come in a soft green/grey or Aristoc Cashmere Blend 100D Tights, available in grey, brown and black. Of course, you could also completely send up the look and team your heavy wool clothes with Mary Portas & Charnos Argyle Tights, available in heather blue and oxblood red. You could also sneak a risqué take on your tweed by adding a Fast at Jonathan Aston Scramble Long Sleeve Body in deep orange and cerise or light and dark grey. Not only will it lift the most conservative outfit but it will warm the cockles too!
From rural Rutland to the Orient. Somehow the Far East always makes me think of shine and exotic pattern and this season is no exception. The over the top patterns need some subtle support and so this is the look that you should reserve your sheers for. Sheer tights have come a long way and as their official ambassador our lovely Duchess of Cambridge is currently taking the Far East by storm with her pin up legs firmly encased in her favourite sheers. Falke Shelina Tights and Pretty Polly Nylons Tights lead the way with a range of natural skintones, all with a sheer weave and a light sheen. Wolford bring up the rear with their luxury version, a barely there 5 denier weave in four subtle soft colours. The Oriental look can also be contradicted if you have youth on your side by adding a classic Western hosiery product such as fishnet tights. Popular since the 1950’s and worn by military wives as a way of covering up yet keeping cool, The fishnet stocking or tights has come a long way. Today brands such as Jonathan Aston Fishnet Tights and Pamela Mann Fishnet Tights combine luxury weave with durability and comfort.
This season’s ladylike looks need soft pastels, shimmering metallic and barely there colours to emphasis the clothes and the cuts. The allure of the Duchess of Cambridge continues and our love affair with sheers is still going strong. Aristoc Ultra Shine 10D Tights has a range of neutral colours and skin tones with a sandal toe while Levante Class Tights has a 12 denier soft shine in eleven autumnal colours including olive and moss green, caramel and chocolate brown. Falke Fond de Poudre Tights are another dare to bare 10 denier sheer in several soft flesh tones all with the luxurious feel of Falke’s hand stitched seams. A newcomer to the marketplace, Pretty Polly Cute Bows Tights have a subtle side seam culminating in a draped bow at the top of the thigh. Very ditsy and the perfect thing to get your legs noticed – if you want them looked at, that is!
The great thing about the start of a new season is the way that you can make the rules and also break the rules. You can start with nothing. And create the greatest outfits from what you have at home combined with clever accessories. Trawl the website and you’ll see any number of ideas designed to help you make the most of fashion.
Until next week……
Today the office was full of fabulous fashion tights – take a look at what we wore…
Laura: “My favourite glossy Falke Seidenglatt 70 tights in this autumn’s hot colour – Barolo”
Caroline: “I’m wearing the Henry Holland Alphabet Tights – I wear them all the time!”
Hannah: “I’m wearing Pamela Mann Sheer Bows Tights, and I love them because they’re super girly!”
Robyn: “I love my Henry Holland Stallegtights Tights as they’re such a fun twist on the mock suspender look!”
Suzanne: “These are my favourite tights – subtle polka dots from the Mary Portas range”
Well, the fashion team at Cosmo certainly know what they’re talking about. Which I guess is what you would expect, them being experts in their field, but too many times we follow the advice of mags and end up looking as though we dressed ourselves in the dark. In a charity shop. (One geared towards the elderly generation).
Not this time, though, as Cosmo have recommended the Mary Portas & Charnos “Tights of Wonder” control tights range (supplied by MyTights.com, naturally). The three styles available – sheer, spotty and chain patterned “Scroll” tights have all got superb inbuilt control.
The boxer brief is where all the magic happens. A series of knitted-in control bands pull in the tummy, flattening and smoothing your stomach, hips and thighs. Plus, another band sits just under your bottom to provide a little lift – the tights are shaped to accentuate the curve of your rear without flattening it.
Cosmo recommends the Spotty Style, where as well as an all over figure fixer, you can show off your pins in a classic, ultra-chic design that’ll make you look like a sexy 40s screen siren. The plain sheer version are perfect for the office or for under formal dresses, while the Scroll pattern is a touch funkier and works well for a fun, striking weekend look.
Cosmo calls them “wonders to add a little lift to your day” and a “body miracle”. The maker calls them “an instant red carpet figure for real British Women”. We call them “the ultimate in can’t-live-without accessories.” And we’ve no doubt that after trying them, you’ll be calling them “my new best friend”.
Celebrity Children. Cuter, better behaved and often, these days, better dressed than their famous parents, the latest generation of celebrity children are becoming fashion icons whilst still in their formative years. And whatever you think about Suri’s high heels, there’s no denying that some of the little ones’ apparel is infinitely covetable. Harper Beckham was spotted in public in a pair of Chloe tights that were utterly adorable – and now your kids can get lovely legs too, with the new range of childrens tights at MyTights.com.
There loads of variety for you to choose from – Pex does a great range of cotton opaque tights that are soft, comfy and come in tons of colours – so you can get navy, black and grey for their school tights and opt for the brighter colours at the weekend. This is a really cheap way to update their outfits (we know how fast they grow, plus their favourite colour one week will almost certainly become uncool/disgusting/the worst colour in the world in a heartbeat).
Younger kids will love the patterned kids tights (soft pastel stripes and colour pop polka dots) from Country Kids, while older children will delight in their first pair of sheer tights for that first “formal” grown up dress. And of course, the sparkly tights are perfect for pairing with party dresses for all ages!
Yummy mummies everywhere, beware – your kids are after your fashion crown, and they’re much cuter than you…
It has come to our attention this week that pop diva Christina Aguilera has been spotted with a dramatically differently shaped bottom to pictures taken a few months ago, sparking the questions: has she or hasn’t she? Mutya has, Nicki Minaj is rumoured to have, Kim Kardashian denies having and Towie’s Chloe Sims is planning on getting – we’re talking of course, about bum implants.
Since J-Lo showed us that bigger can be better when it comes to rears, a whole host of stars like Beyoncé have paved the way for curvier ladies to feel sexy with a little more junk in their trunk. But what if you’re naturally petite? Hence the sudden spate of surgery for certain slimline celebs.
Ladies, what on earth are you playing at? Not that we’re against surgery per se, and we agree that J-Lo’s rear is to be envied, but these girls have all got great figures already bum implants are generally a pretty permanent option. Thankfully, our saviour Spanx have cottoned onto the trend for curvier derrières and brought out shapewear designed to sculpt your bottom as well as your other problem areas.
Whilst traditional shapewear can flatten your behind, Spanx have got several options that will really help you to make the most of your curves, including the Spanx Undie-tectable High-Waisted Mid Thigh Shaper which whittles your waist while a looser knit around the derri-area (see what we did there?) provides a subtle lift and prevents flattening. Or for ladies who want a little extra padding, you need to try the Spanx Booty Booster Shorts, which come with removable bum pads so you can choose exactly what silhouette you want to go for on a daily basis.
Now, who’s going to give Christina the memo?