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Laura’s Choice: Nubian Skin!

Nubian Skin Matt 10 Denier Tights - Berry

Nubian Skin Matt 10 Denier Tights – Berry

Whenever a new brand launches at MyTights.com, we’re always excited to see how popular the range will be from a customer perspective, but never more so than with our latest addition – Nubian Skin. A first for the hosiery world, founder Ade Hassan and her team have produced four beautiful skin tone shades designed specifically for darker complexions.  While a ‘no-hosiery’ look has always been on our radar, the focus has largely been on paler skin, so it’s high time somebody took action to ensure a bare leg look is available to all. We recently caught up with Ade to find out what drove her to launch the brand, and get an idea for the philosophy behind the business.

 

“Nubian Skin was essentially born out of my own frustration.  I always wanted hosiery and lingerie that would match my skin-tone, and after years of not being able to have a “go-to” brand to find them, I decided to start my own.”

Whilst the world of Nubian Skin may be a new proposition for you, the brand itself has already achieved international acclaim for its lingerie range. Appearing across a host of high-profile publications (The Daily Mail and The Independent to name but a few), the media interest and quality of the range culminated in Ade being named as January 2015’s ‘Singular Woman’ by none other than Oprah Winfrey herself. If that’s not praise, then I don’t know what is!

‘I am incredibly pleased with how it has been received and the quality of the range.  There is so much more I’d like to do, but it’s definitely been a great start.’

Nubian Skin Matt 10 Denier Hold Ups - Cinnamon

Nubian Skin Matt 10 Denier Hold Ups – Cinnamon

Created on the ethos of ‘Empowering Women. Embracing our Colour’, the hosiery collection consists of a pair of 10 denier tights and a hold up equivalent. Not like any ordinary sheers however, Nubian Skin have worked their fingers to the bone to produce hosiery that’s incredibly natural and flattering. Giving your skin a flawless look, the matte finish offers an airbrush style effect for your legs that’s so effective that the outside world will assume you’ve braved bare legs! Even better, the sheer toe means you can wear the range with sandals and open toe shoes, without having to worry about any reinforcement material being visible. All of that makes for a real summer essential in my eyes.

 As with other bare leg hosiery, it’s important to consult our colour guides to get a greater idea of which shade is the closest match for your skin. However, we know that it’s not always easy to get a true representation of colour just by staring at your computer screen, so please don’t hesitate to contact our customer services team should you require a little extra information. Here’s a round-up of the four shades on offer, and some advice from Ade about choosing the perfect colour.

“Well, a very wise hosiery buyer once told me, that if you have a swatch with a run in it, hold it up against your skin, if it’s hardly visible, you know that it’s a good match.”

Café au Lait: The lightest of the four shades, this colour is described as being more parts cream than coffee.

Caramel: A medium-light shade that’s slightly darker than the Café au Lait, opt for this colour if you have a sweet, golden hue to your skin… as irresistible as caramel itself!

Cinnamon: The second darkest of the shades, cinnamon is described as being a medium-dark colour.

Berry: Slightly darker than Cinnamon, Berry is the darkest of the Nubian Skin shades.

 

Ade Hassan

Ade Hassan

 

 

 

Not content with covering all bases when it comes to colour, the collection is also available in an array of sizes, meaning that a bare leg look can be achieved by all. While the glorious weather we’ve been enjoying of late seems to have taken a backward step this week, that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start preparing for your summer wardrobe. So go on, ditch your black sheers and embrace a different kind of nude!

Why not check out our full Q&A session with Ade before you head off?

 

Until next time…

 

 

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Laura’s Choice: Brand New Spanx!

Spanx. Whether you’ve tried it or not, you’d have to have been under a rock for the last 15 years to have never heard of it. The brainchild of entrepreneur Sara Blakely (the first self-made female billionaire, FYI), the shapewear giants have gone from strength to strength in recent years. On a mission to smooth over our lumps and bumps and enhance the body confidence of women across the globe, they’ve become such an institution that even the most high profile of celebrities swear by them for red carpet events.

Hot off the press, we received the latest in Spanx innovations last week, and we’re so excited by them that they’re already available on our website for you to buy. Sleeker, altogether more effective and even cheaper than previous styles (how we don’t know?!), the Shape My Day range is about to become your new streamlining hero. Oh, and they’ve also thrown in a pair of stylish faux leather leggings for good measure! Here’s our round-up…

Shape My Day

If you want shapewear to do exactly what it says on the tin, you won’t find a better solution for your body insecurities than this brilliant new range. To make things a little easier, I thought it sensible to group the new range based on what it can offer for different problem zones.

 

Spanx Shape My Day Girl Short

Spanx Shape My Day Girl Short

Spanx Shape My Day Girl Short

Type: Shaping Short (shorts to waist)

Best for: Taming your tummy, thighs, hips and bottom

Using firm control panels for reliable shaping support, these shaping shorts are ideal for those of who want to streamline your tummy and lift your bottom. Giving you the option of wearing shorter hemline styles (think party dresses and the like), it’s also possible to enjoy 24/7 comfort thanks to a new and improved 360° seamless waistband and a polymer strip to ensure you never experience any dreaded faux pas! Spanx, you spoil us.

 

Spanx Shape My Day Open Bust Cami

Spanx Shape My Day Open Bust Cami

Spanx Shape My Day Open Bust Cami

Type: Shaping cami

Best for: Tummy taming, for wearing low cut tops

If your torso and midriff are your problem zones, this cami could be the shapewear secret for you. Offering you a shortcut to a smooth upper half, the open bust design means you can also wear your own bra, ensuring you can receive the perfect amount of support. Available in five sizes and in two shades, this style also boasts flat edges for an incredibly discreet effect as well as a polymer strip to ensure it never becomes visible during wear.

 

Spanx Shape My Day Open Bust Mid Thigh Body

Spanx Shape My Day Open Bust Mid Thigh Body

Spanx Shape My Day Open Bust Mid Thigh Body

Type: Shaping Bodysuit

Best for: All over smoothing control, for wearing own bra

For top to toe shaping magic, this mid thigh shaper takes advantage of a super control level to give your silhouette the kind of makeover you’ve always wanted. Targeting your tummy, hips, thighs, torso AND rear, there really is nothing better on the market for giving you back your body confidence. You might expect something so effective to compromise on comfort, but fret not ladies, for Spanx have ensured a comfortable wear thanks to seamless zones, flat edges and a convenient double gusset. Is there anything they can’t do?

 

Spanx Shape My Day High Waisted Mid Thigh

Spanx Shape My Day High Waisted Mid Thigh

Spanx Shape My Day High Waisted Mid Thigh

Type: Shaping Shorts (shorts to bra line)

Best for: Shaping magic from your thighs to your bust

Last but not least, consider these shaping shorts the ultimate must-have. Extending from the mid-thigh until beneath the braline, this innovative shaper will remain 100% incognito thanks to its seamless appeal and sleek finish. Ensuring that washboard stomach you’ve always dreamed of is in your grasp, the super control level is always on hand to…well, shape your day!

For the fashion devotees

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

Proving that function and fashion aren’t polar opposites, Spanx have clearly been keeping one eye on the recent catwalks with the last of our new styles. Befitting of a rock chick style and pretty much our favourite trend for the upcoming seasons, the Spanx Faux Leather Leggings combine a wet look finish with top secret shaping magic. Making it possible to rack up the style points while trimming your problem zones, I don’t expect these to hang around for too long!

 

 

Ready to try out the new styles and rid your body insecurities for good? Make sure you consult our handy size guides before you do, or if you’re still in any doubt, don’t hesitate to contact our team and we’ll be delighted to help! And while you’re here, you may as well check out our entire Spanx range before you leave!

Until next time…

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Laura’s Choice: Street Style

It’s official: the whole world is wearing hosiery! From high-profile celebrities through to normal folk on the street, I’ve noticed a huge surge in the number of people accessorising their outfits with tights, leggings and socks in recent months. And if the recent catwalk shows are anything to go by, the hosiery takeover doesn’t look like it’s going to end anytime soon. In fact, they were so popular on the runway that every single model at Diane von Furstenberg’s New York show wore a pair of gorgeous spotty sheers. If that isn’t evidence enough, then I don’t know what is! It’s no secret that the people of London are a seriously stylish bunch, so we took the opportunity to mark the hosiery domination, taking to the streets this week to see what the Great British public have been wearing on their legs. And you certainly didn’t disappoint. Here’s our round up of our favourite street style looks and how you can recreate them at the drop of a hat…

 

Taking it back to basics: the classic opaque

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Aristoc 50D Opaque Tights

Aristoc 50D Opaque Tights

Bold patterns and prints are all well and good, but if your outfit itself is rather busy, only a pair of classic opaques will do. We spotted this lovely lady at Victoria Rail Station, accessorising a stripy cropped tee, denim skirt and black boots with her trusty black opaque tights. Showing us all just how versatile your basics can be, you can recreate the look with the Aristoc 50D Opaque Tights, which are a great middle ground between everyday value and quality manufacture. Just £9 a pair but with enough quality to warrant a much higher price tag in my opinion, they’re also made in a 30D version for when the sun has his hat on. Or if you’re in the market for something a little more high-end, my favourite opaques are the Falke Seidenglatt 70 Tights, with a gorgeous glossy finish and choice of 4 colours. Highly recommended!

Fashionista? Say it with patterned leggings

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If you’re the kind of person who likes to stand out and grab the style crown with both hands, patterned leggings should be your port of call. Ideal for jazzing up an otherwise basic outfit, they’re comfortable, flattering and most importantly, enjoying a real fashion moment of late. Feeling inspired? So were this fashion-forward twosome. Beginning with the geometric pair below, our eyes were immediately drawn to her quirky monochrome legwear, which she teamed with a distressed leather jacket and statement tee. If you’re a fan of this effortlessly stylish look, mirror her ensemble in the Oroblu Butterfly Leggings, with their unusual butterfly print and mix of eye-catching colours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From one great pair of leggings to another, any budding rock chicks should take note of the vampy ensemble above. Pairing an oversized black tee with burgundy boots, our favourite part of her look was without doubt her shiny paint splattered leggings.  What do you think? If you’re as taken by her legwear as us, copy the trend with the Pamela Mann Leather Look Leggings, with their maximum impact mock leather finish befitting of Kate Moss herself. Or to add a splash of colour to an all black outfit, the Trasparenze Graphium Leggings are just the ticket, boasting a pretty paisley print and choice of two colour combinations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pamela Mann Leather Look Leggings

Pamela Mann Leather Look Leggings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bored of your sheers? Nets are the answer

The title for #1 legwear look that we came across on our travels has to go to the gorgeous net tights sported by the lovely lady below. I’ve always been a huge fan of net tights, a) because they’re so incredibly versatile (I layer mine over sheers to make them work all year round) and b) because they’re just so much more interesting than plain styles. Teaming her floral patterned nets with a summery dress and lace up boots, this look was the perfect way to welcome in all the glorious sunshine we’ve been enjoying of late. Luckily, we have just the pair on hand to recreate this style in the form of the Oroblu Elaine Tights, made from a fine tulle base and being covered in elegant floral motifs that ascend up the leg. Or for something a little quirkier, treat yourself to the Jonathan Aston Oxygen Tights, with an unusual net design reminiscent of the art-deco period.

 

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Oroblu Elaine Tights

London, you did the MyTights team proud!

Until next time…

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Laura’s Choice: Hold Ups!

Aristoc Ultra Shine Hold Ups

Aristoc Ultra Shine Hold Ups

It dawned on me this week that we often neglect a particular hosiery style when it comes to rounding up our top picks. Not because we don’t love them, but mainly because they’re better suited to the warmer weather, and let’s face it, we don’t often get the chance to enjoy a true summer climate. As I type this however, we’re enjoying our warmest week of the year, and with the sun making an appearance almost daily now, it seems the perfect time to pull together some of our favourite hold ups! Giving a similar look to tights but being significantly less restrictive, hold ups are an extremely popular option, and it’s easy to see why. Practicalities aside, they’re also brilliant at adding some sophisticated sex appeal to your look without giving too much away. So whether you’re hooked on hold ups or want to try them for the first time, MyTights.com is your number one destination…

Everyday Elegance

Just because hold ups are associated with a sultry look doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them on an everyday basis. If you’re a fan of high shine hosiery, it simply has to be the Aristoc Ultra Shine Hold Ups, part of the bestselling Ultra Shine range and proving the perfect affordable (and glamorous!) option for regular wear. Or if understatement is your middle name, you’ll want to find a matte option, our favourites being the Charnos Run Resist Sheer Hold Ups, perfect for the office and made with run-resist yarns to safeguard against those pesky snags from forming. Feel the cold? We stock opaque hold ups too! A great choice would be the Charnos 60 Denier Hold Ups, not too thick to make them redundant for this time of year and available in both black and navy blue. One in each colour?

Pushing The Boat Out…

Treating yourself is important, and it’s no secret that building a collection of luxury basics is one of my top hosiery tips. If its quality hold ups you’re after, the same old names crop up, namely Wolford, the pick of the pack being the Wolford Fatal 15 Seamless Stay Ups. Made without seams for unrivalled comfort and eliminating the chance of VPL, you’ll be wearing these for years to come. Another brand famed for their quality is German label Falke, and their hold ups are no exception. Be sure to check out the Falke Matt Deluxe 20 Hold Ups, standing out from the crowd with an exceptionally soft finish and 7.5cm lace tops to rack up the style points.

Trasparenze Argo Hold Ups

Trasparenze Argo Hold Ups

Fashion, fashion, fashion

Staying on trend is important, so you’ll be pleased to hear that our hold ups selection stretches further than just classic sheers. Making florals sexy, the Trasparenze Argo Hold Ups should be at the top of your list, with a mix of intricate floral motifs and pretty polkadots against a micronet base. To try your hand at a more traditional fishnet, my recommendation would be the Levante Fishnet Hold Ups, offering all the allure of fishnet tights but in hold up form. Last but not least, the Oroblu Arlene Hold Ups are a new addition to the MyTights collection, and one that I think will be particularly popular in the coming months, with their ornate florals stretching across a 20 denier leg. Ideal for summer dresses!

Bare legs never go out of fashion…

Falke Shelina Hold Ups

Falke Shelina Hold Ups

Call it the Kate Middleton effect if you will, but the days of natural looking hosiery being considered frumpy are truly in the past. Perfecting the appearance of your skin and covering up any blemishes or uneven skin tone, a pair of bare leg look hold ups are a must. The best on the market, in my opinion are the Falke Shelina Hold Ups. Also available in a toeless version, these gorgeous hold ups have an 8 denier appearance and come in a variety of skintone shades. Find the correct shade for you and nobody need know you’re wearing hosiery at all! For something slightly more affordable, British brand Charnos have also branched into the bare leg market with their Charnos Simply Bare 7D Hold Ups. At just £6 a pair and coming with a lightweight 7 denier appearance, there’s no easier way to fake a holiday tan and enjoy a flawless complexion.

Feeling inspired? Hold ups really can work for everyone! Tights are great, but as the saying goes, variety is the spice of life, so why not try something new this spring?

Our full range of hold ups can be found here.

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Laura’s Choice: Top Patterned Picks!

Oroblu Bouquet Leggings

Oroblu Bouquet Leggings

Apparently, us women wear just 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time, and as much as it pains me to say it, I have to admit that I’m no exception. While there’s nothing wrong with having a capsule collection, it’s a real shame that that dress we simply HAD to have during an impromptu splurge will never see the light of day. One of the main reasons for our clothes languishing in our wardrobe is not knowing how to make them pop, particularly with plainer styles. Sure, they might look rather boring on the hanger, but working amongst hosiery 24/7 has taught me exactly how to make plainer styles work. The answer? Patterns. From head-turning geometrics to delicate florals, there’s no better way to rack up the style points, and my round-up of my favourite prints below means that nobody has to miss out.

FLORALS

Why florals?: delicate and understated, florals are perennially chic and add a feminine twist for any occasion.

Fashions have a habit of coming and going, but florals have dug their heels into the ground and stubbornly stayed put. If you’re looking for a classic floral print, take a look at the Charnos Opaque Flower Tights. Made in a semi-opaque 40 denier (ideal for this time of year, FYI), the mix of roses and leaves, can be dressed up or down, while the inclusion of a sheer toe adds the versatility factor. If something a little bit quirky is on your radar, cast your eyes over the Jonathan Aston Spontaneity Tights, reinventing the trend for seams with a vibrant pink floral seam stretching along the outside leg. Completing my floral trio are the Oroblu Bouquet Leggings, brand new to MyTights and doing exactly what they say on the tin (well, packet). Stretchy leggings covered in an array of colourful flowers, opt for these if you’re after stand out appeal that will from AM to PM.

 

Jonathan Aston Magma Tights

Jonathan Aston Magma Tights

GEOMETRICS

Why geometrics?: life is taken too seriously, so why not mix things up a bit with some edgy geometrics, which just so happen to be having something of a fashion moment…

You may not have worn geometrics before, and understandably so. After all, they’re a far cry from your classic black opaques, but there really is nothing more effective for jazzing up your basics and making things look as good as new. My favourites are the Jonathan Aston Magma Tights, which have a swarm of rectangles and opaque motifs randomly scattered across a 10 denier leg. They’re fun, quirky and entirely affordable, what’s not to love? To really take things up a notch, the particularly fashion-forward amongst us might want to take a look at the Wolford Stella Tights. These very tights featured in the Mario Dice collection at Milan Fashion Week, and it’s simple to see why they made the cut, with a striking graphic design on the outside leg, not to mention the mock hold up band. Not wanting to limit the geometric trend to just tights, your feet can join in on the action too with the Charnos 3PP Geometric Trainer Liners. One stripe, one check and one chevron – three times the style!

SPOTS

Charnos Geo Spot Tights

Charnos Geo Spot Tights

Why spots?: offering a sweet style for day or night, you’ll also be in the sartorial company of the likes of Anne Hathaway and woman of the moment Taylor Swift.

Spots are always near the front of my hosiery drawer. I love how they can transform even the simplest of dresses , without being too busy to mean they’re limited to more informal events. First things first, I’d like to introduce you to the Oroblu Adelle Tights, a classic pair of polkadot tights that I find myself turning to on a weekly basis. Proving that sometimes less can be more, the dainty dots and sheer base are great for transitioning from the office to the bar. If simple isn’t for you, step into high-fashion territory with the Wolford Leonie Tights. Recognisably Wolford, what you get here is a fashion-forward pair of sheers with larger than life polkadots which get gradually smaller as they ascend up the leg. Great for taking your basics out of a style rut! Mixing two patterns in one, my final pick is the Charnos Geo Spot Tights, which have all the credentials of polkadot tights but with a subtle diamond print that sits pretty in the background.

Give that other 80% a chance; patterns are all you need to boost your wardrobe and add a new dimension to the simplest of styles.

Until next time…

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Laura’s Choice: Top Trends!

Now the fashion weeks have come to a close and we don’t find ourselves continually refreshing the websites of just about every fashion magazine in existence, we’ve taken some time to consider what the key trends are likely to be for the upcoming months. In typical MyTights style, we’ve gone one step further, not only highlighting the key trends but letting you know how you can recreate them at the drop of a hat. Just call us your very own personal shoppers…

Trend 1: Coloured Opaques

Pamela Mann 50D Tights

Pamela Mann 50D Tights

Coloured opaques were quite simply everywhere, from London to New York and even making a stopover in both Paris and Milan. It seems like the fashion world has gone crazy for coloured tights, and rightly so in our opinion. Capable of updating your look and reigniting your love for that dress you bought 5 years ago and have never worn, why stick to black?

Winner: Pamela Mann 50 Denier Tights

There could only be one winner in this category for us. Forever finding their way on to our bestsellers list, these 50 denier tights come in no less than 20 beautiful colours, from classic shades of black and navy blue through to the delights of daffodil yellow. There really is no better way to make your outfits look good as new, and coming in at just £4.95 a pair, you’d have a hard time arguing against treating yourself to a pair of these.

Runner up: Falke Pure Matt 50D Tights

Coming in at a very close second place, German brand Falke have taken the trend for colour and added a luxury quality in a way that only Falke can. Available in seven colours and boasting a matte finish, they’ll stand the test of time and offer you a fun and colourful style day in, day out.

Trend 2: Fishnets

trasparenze rita

Trasparenze Rita Tights

Fishnets are never far from the top of my hosiery drawer, so I was thrilled to see them enjoying a ‘fashion moment’ on the catwalks. Whether worn on their own or layered over some funky coloured tights, nets are the perfect way to take your wardrobe favourites from drab to fab.

Winner: Trasparenze Rita Fishnet Tights

One of my must have hosiery styles, rarely a week goes by where I don’t pull on a pair of these fishnets. With a slightly larger net than would be considered traditional, they’re brilliant for layering over coloured tights or fashion styles and adding some sophistication to your look without giving too much away. I’m not ashamed to say I own a pair in every colour, and so should you!

Runner up: Jonathan Aston Oxygen Tights

Landing in our offices just a few weeks back, the Jonathan Aston Oxygen Tights are perfect for those of you who like to stay on trend but create an individual look at the same time. Nobody could argue against these tights being net, but the art deco design and quirky look makes them a fashionistas dream.

Trend 3: Spots

Wolford Poppy Tights

Wolford Poppy Tights

We weren’t surprised in the slightest to see spots making their mark on the catwalks, having been the pattern of choice of the A-list for months. Decorating the legs of every single model at Diane von Furstenberg (New York) and Giles (London), dots are the best way to stay on trend while retaining an elegant look. I’ve fallen hook, line and sinker for them!

Winner: Wolford Poppy Tights

Incorporating hundreds of tiny dots but with a whimsical Wolford twist, these 20 denier tights are covered in asymmetrical spots that will send the double takes in your direction. With the spots being denser at the ankle and dispersing as they ascend up the leg, these fashion sheers succeed at being feminine yet funky.

Runner up: Oroblu Adelle Tights

More of a classic polkadot style and one I’ve worn countless times, these 10 denier tights have an all over dotty design that adds a delicate and charming touch to your wardrobe. Understated enough for work and stylish enough for a night out, take your pick between black and navy blue.

 

 

Trend 4: Wet Look

Trasparenze Callophrys Leggings

Trasparenze Callophrys Leggings

As much as we’ve admired wet look styles over the years, they’ve never really had their big fashion break, sticking firmly in the wardrobes of the likes of Kate Moss. Until now that is! Even appearing at Saint-Laurent and dressing the legs of Beyonce in recent weeks, a vampy style awaits us all.

Winner: Trasparenze Callophrys Leggings

All the merits of a traditional legging but with a high shine finish to enhance your glamour credentials, the lightweight finish and elastic waistband make them brilliantly comfortable to boot. Great with oversized tees and tunics, bringing out your inner rock chick has never been easier.

Runner up: Pamela Mann Wet Look Leggings

Made in a mock leather fabric, these ultra-shiny leggings are your go-to option for bring a grunge-glam twist to your look. Cut off at the ankle and far more comfortable than the skin-tight fit would suggest, pair them with a longline statement tee and heeled ankle boots.

Who knew being on trend could be this simple?

Until next time…

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Laura’s Choice: Between Season Style

British weather permitting, we seem to be over the worst of winter. It might still be a little damp and drizzly, but at least the blue skies have started to make an appearance. Although the mere sight of the sun being out makes most of us want to reach for our sheers, the reality is it’s not yet warm enough to embrace summer in full – the weather is firmly stuck in limbo land! But good news, your wardrobe doesn’t have to follow suit. How? With our top ‘between season style’ picks of course! From semi-opaque tights through to stylish nets, the collection of trans-seasonal fashion at MyTights.com will leave you looking and feeling your best before we can officially welcome in the spring.

To nail a ‘between season style’, semi-opaque tights should be your port of call. Sitting between 30 and 40 deniers, semi-opaque tights still allow you to show off some skin but with a smidge more warmth than sheers.. As well as being incredibly functional at this time of year, they’re also very much on trend. Don’t believe me? Just look the countless celebrities who have worn semi-opaque tights of late.

Anne and her gorgeous look!

 Best for: Work

Marketing manager Hannah in her Calvin Kleins!

Marketing manager Hannah in her Calvin Kleins!

For the office, the general etiquette is to stick with classic styles, and that’s exactly what’s on offer with the Wolford Perfectly 30 Tights. The ultimate in elegance and quality, I think these are a fabulous investment for your workwear wardrobe. Sure, they’re slightly more expensive than some other brands, but the quality is second to none, and I guarantee they’ll last you not only for the spring but also for the autumn and seasons to come. From the luxury to the everyday, my next offering comes from British heavyweights Pretty Polly, namely the Pretty Polly 40D Silk Finish Tights. Two pairs of 40 denier tights, complete with reinforced toe and boxer brief, for just £5! You can’t argue with value like that, so what better excuse to mix up your office style with the bottle green or navy shades?

After a compromise between the two? Turn your attention to the Aristoc 30D Opaque Tights. Representing real value for money, these classic tights are sale for just £9 a pair. The value stems from the use of microfiber yarns, which give your legs that soft finish you crave, not to mention coming with a reinforced toe and matte finish to ensure they keep cropping up in your everyday wear. If you require a little shaping magic to leave you feeling your best in the workplace, it simply has to be the Calvin Klein Ultra Fit 30D High Waisted Tights. What’s great about these is that they look and feel like any other pair of tights, yet come with light shaping control in the high-waisted panel to cinch in your waist and tone your wobbly bits to perfection. What could be better? Check out marketing manager Hannah in hers on the left!

Best for: Dinner and drinks

Be it a bite to eat with the girls or after work drinks, we all want to nail an elegant evening style. If it’s colour your wardrobes lacking, check out the Jonathan Aston 40D Opaque Tights. As well as leaving you with change leftover for the cab home, these 40 denier tights come in 17 funky colours, all of which will give your look a fun twist that’s perfect for the weekend! From metallic silver to deep violet, there’s no better way to jazz up your wardrobe at this time of year.Me in my Trasparenze Rita Fishnets in Black!

Prefer a more timless style? One of my favourites are the Oroblu Sensuel 30 Tights. Perfect for trans-seasonal weather (in fact, I wear mine all year round), these 30 denier tights have a subtle gloss to them to dress up nearly any ensemble. What’s more, they’re virtually indestructible, so they come highly recommended!

Anyone who knows me will know I’m a big fan of fishnet tights. While wearing fishnets on their own at this time of year isn’t always wise, the trick is to opt for micronet styles, which are made from a finer net offering the same sort of warmth offered by sheers. The Levante Micronet Tights are brilliant at adding some instant sophistication to your look without giving too much away. Another trick I’ve learnt being surrounded by hosiery every day is to layer a pair of fishnet tights over some classic sheers. Not only adding a personal touch to your look but bringing with it plenty of warmth, I tend to experiment with the Trasparenze Rita Tights. Available in four colours, there really is a shade to complement any outfit you fancy wearing… look what I did with mine on the right!

Best for: Nights out

Wolford Neon 40 Tights

Wolford Neon 40 Tights

When you require your legwear to add some glamour to your look, my top pick are the Wolford Neon 40 Tights. Good news if you can’t wait for your summer style to come into fruition, these fabulous tights have the look of a 20 denier sheer, yet the durability of a thicker 40 denier. The best of both worlds and a shiny finish making them evening appropriate – worth every penny in my opinion! Choose between eight colours to match your look to a tee. If you always find yourself straying towards patterns, why not try out the Pretty Polly Backseam Opaques with Bow. Ideal for taking away the chill in their air with their 40 denier weight, the wow factor can be found at the back, with a contrasting backseam and satin bows stitched onto the leg at mid-calf height. Vintage style personified, they’re also only £10 a pair.

Here’s hoping the weather can only improve!

Until next time…

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Laura’s Choice: SS15 Fashion Top Picks!

To most other people, the turn of a new season means little more than a slight change in the weather (if we’re lucky!) For the team at MyTights however, with a new season comes an abundance of fabulous new hosiery making its way into our office. Welcome to SS15! With some of our gorgeous new collections already available on the website and plenty more to come in the upcoming weeks, what better way to get you excited for the warmer weather than with my top fashion picks for spring?! Okay, so it might not be toasty enough just yet to pack away our opaques for good, but it’s certainly heading in the right direction. Expect florals, nets and geometric glory – here’s a first look at what we’re all going to be wearing across the next few months…

Jonathan Aston

Jonathan Aston Magma Tights!

Jonathan Aston Magma Tights!

Of all the brands we stock, the new collections from British label Jonathan Aston are always amongst the most anticipated. Always keeping one eye on the catwalk, Jonathan Aston have a real knack for bringing the hottest trends into your hosiery drawer, and more importantly, at an affordable price. Good news – the SS15 range has followed suit! If you’re something of an old romantic, head towards the Jonathan Aston He Loves Me Tights. No need to pick away at the petals anymore, these 15 denier tights are covered in a realistic handwritten scrawl spelling out the famous ‘he loves me, he loves me not’ game. The guaranteed way to get admirers falling at your feet! For something a little more subtle, charm the socks off anyone who crosses your path in the Jonathan Aston Sweet Memory Tights. With their symmetrical floral print, these fashion sheers take sweet style to the next level, proving the perfect addition to your summer dress with their nude base and sandal toe.

From classic florals through to fashion-forward geometrics, I’m a real fan of the Jonathan Aston Magma Tights (that’s me in them on the left!) A far cry from your average sheer, these 15 denier tights are covered in opaque blocks and rectangles, coming together to give any ensemble a striking twist and hand you the fashion limelight. I’ve worn them a handful of times in recent weeks, and each time I’ve been complimented on how great they look, so they come highly recommended. Sticking with the style statement theme, the next new addition I’d like to introduce you to is the Jonathan Aston Crystal Socks. Made in a chic silvery-grey shade, what will immediately strike you about these ribbed fashion socks is the gorgeous satin bow at ankle height. Ideal for adding the je ne sais quoi your summer basics need, they’ll look just fabulous with a skater dress and sweet ballet flats.

 

Wolford

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Wolford Josephina Tights

It’s always a joy to bring you the latest releases from high-end Austrian label Wolford. What I love about this brand in particular is that they’re capable of taking a classic style and revamping it in a way that only Wolford can. Almost by magic, their newest additions do just that! Focusing first on the beautiful Wolford Josephina Tights, these fashion sheers look just like an ordinary pair of sheer tights at first glance. Turn to the side however and you’ll reveal a stunning quilted seam running along the outside leg. Not content with just elongating your legs, the quirky seam adds a real decorative touch to your look… unmistakeably Wolford!

If, like us, you’ve been following the recent AW15 fashion weeks, you’ll have noticed the wealth of wet look styles treading the boards of the runway. Appearing this week at the acclaimed Saint-Laurent Paris show, you can mirror the en vogue look with the Wolford Estella Leggings. A real investment piece, these skin-tight leggings are bound to bring out your inner rock chick, not only wowing with their high shine finish, but also coming with an unusual seam at the knee for yet more appeal.

Trasparenze

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Trasparenze Spindasis Footlet

Not familiar with Trasparenze? Famous for their stand-out pieces as well as their timeless basics, the SS15 collection from the quality Italian label certainly doesn’t disappoint. From fashion socks through to classic leggings, there really is something for each and every one of us to indulge in. One of my personal highlights of the new range is the Trasparenze Fluture Socks. Ankle high sheers scattered with a ‘butter wouldn’t melt’ rose detail, they’re the perfect way to kickstart your summer style and update your old classics. One of the best things about the warmer weather is getting to wear those cute flats you banished to the back of your wardrobe last September again. Anyone who wears ballet pumps and court shoes regularly will know that they are prone to rubbing, which is where the Trasparenze Spindasis Footlets come into their own. With all the qualities of a traditional foot liner, what’s brilliant about these is that they’re actually made from floral net, so as well as protecting your feet from sores, they’re also a fully fledged accessory in their own right!

It’s not only funky styles on offer either – the range also caters for those of you who love a quality basic. Enter the Trasparenze Honeymoon Leggings, with their matte finish, choice of three colours and timeless design. The perfect way to bolster your hosiery capsule, these are the leggings you need to get you through the chillier spring/summer days. Tunics, dresses and longline tees, they really will work with anything! If you love the look of suspender tights but can deal without the hassle, I’d be doing you a disservice if I didn’t point you in the direction of the Trasparenze Pafia Tights. With the leg itself combining fashionable spots and diamonds, at stay up height you’ll find a chic floral band, resembling stockings and coming with a matching panty to create the illusion of sultry suspenders. Who knew THAT much style could be packed into a single pair of tights?

Charnos

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Charnos Geo Spot Tights

Last but not least, I’d like to introduce you to the two latest offerings from British brand Charnos. Similar to the Trasparenze Pafia Tights in that they incorporate both diamonds and spots, the Charnos Geo Spot Tights will send your style credentials through the roof. Suitable to be worn both at the office and at the bar, they also come with a boxer brief to protect the most vulnerable area of the tights. From one summer must-have to another, the final product in my list is the Charnos Lacey Stripe Tights. Lace will forever be on-trend, so you can rest assured these 20 denier tights will remain fixture of your look for seasons to come. With floral lace panels descending down the leg in vertical style, these are perfect for giving your party wardrobe that push it needs.

With plenty more new lines planned to be launched onto the website in weeks to come, I suggest you watch this space!

Until next time…

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Laura’s Choice: Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mums – where would we be without them? No matter what we’ve put them through over the years, they’ve always been there. Be it toddler tantrums, our first day at school, picking us up from parties when we’ve had one too many or simply being on hand to offer us a shoulder to cry on, we really have put them through the mill. While we should show them just how much they mean to us on a daily basis, Mother’s Day is that one day a year when they deserve the extra special treatment. But this year, instead of opting for the traditional (and slightly boring) combination of flowers and chocolate, how about treating them to some gorgeous new hosiery? Something they’ll appreciate for seasons to come, we think it makes for the perfect gift. Not sure where to start? The MyTights team have been busily compiling our list of brilliant Mother’s Day presents to suit every need. Just call us your very own gift gurus…

Brrrrrilliant winter warmers

Falke Warm Deluxe Tights

Falke Warm Deluxe Tights

The calendar might state its March, but it sure doesn’t feel like it! While January and February are out of the way, the winter weather is still rearing its ugly head, with forecasters predicting temperatures this month will be well below the average. So why not give your lovely mum’s some snug hosiery to keep them going until spring FINALLY breaks through? The best on the market are without doubt the Falke Warm Deluxe Tights. We were excited about these as soon as we heard through the grapevine that they were being developed last year, and they did anything but disappoint. Taking advantage of the latest soft plush techniques, these 80 denier tights are designed to conserve every last bit of heat… it’s fair to say I was hooked as soon as I pulled them on! Great for giving your legs instant warming relief on those chilly mornings, they also come in 7 colours if your mum fancies herself as a bit of a fashionista.

If you like the idea of treating her to some cosiness but your budget doesn’t quite stretch to these, a fantastic alternative are the Pretty Polly 200D Fleecy Opaque Thermal Tights. Mega thick opaque tights with a top secret brushed fleece lining, the best thing about these is that they’re packed full of thermal qualities while appearing just a standard pair of thick opaques. And at just £9.95 a pair, you’ll have some spare pennies to treat her to a Mother’s Day meal! Control top tights are an excellent way to get your mum feeling her best and give her an extra dose of body confidence. Part of the bestselling Bodytoners range, the Aristoc Bodytoners Opaque Toner Tights appear just like a standard pair of 60 denier tights, albeit with a velvety soft finish that moisturises your legs during wear. Working on the most common problem zones, her social life is bound to go through the roof now she has these in her repertoire!

 

Super socks!

As the old saying goes, you can never have enough socks! In the past, it may have been the case that your mums might bemoan receiving a pair of socks as a gift… but she obviously hadn’t seen the selection at MyTights.com! Aside from their obvious practical uses, socks are the perfect way to add that last splash of style to your look. Brand new for SS15, the Trasparenze Fluture Socks are bound to be right up her street. Sheer ankle socks scattered with a dainty rose print, she’ll love how these transform her basic dresses and skirts, and even better, they won’t break your bank either.

Jonathan Aston Perfect Pellerine Socks

Jonathan Aston Perfect Pellerine Socks

If she’s never seen without a bit of sparkle, treat her to the Jonathan Aston Perfect Pellerine Socks. Made in an attractive pellerine design and in two colours, these fashion socks have a chic metallic thread running throughout… much more than just a standard pair of socks! With spring on the horizon, it won’t be too long before your mum starts to give her ballet pumps and court shoes an outing, which is why the timing of the Trasparenze Spindasis Footlets couldn’t have been better. Another new addition, these foot liners have all the basic properties of a reliable footlet, the only difference being this particular pair have enough style to be an outfit accessory in their own right. How, you might ask? Well they happen to be made with a sumptuous floral net that will decorate your feet to perfection.

From the summery to the cosy, no list of Mother’s Day gifts would be complete without the Falke Cuddle Pads. Arriving on your doorstep in its attractive gift box, these slipper socks are as cuddly as the name would suggest, being made from a wool and cotton blend and coming with an anti-slip sole to make them wooden floor proof!

One eye on the summer?

Wolford Neon 40 Tights

Wolford Neon 40 Tights

Okay, so it might be a little too cold at the moment to envisage packing away our opaques for another year, but there’s nothing wrong with looking ahead to the summer. Make sure your mum is fully prepared to nail a summery style with the Aristoc Ultimate 5D Sheer Tights. The closest thing to a bare leg look without bare legs themselves, Aristoc have utilised LYCRA® Fusion technology to ensure all the appeal of a natural look and the robustness of a thicker denier weight! In fact, these are so effective, you might just have a hard time convincing your friends that you’re wearing tights at all!

We often get requests around this time of year from women who are looking for tights that give their legs some coverage, but without the bulk or appearance of opaques. Ideal for covering up uneven skin tone or unsightly veins, the Wolford Neon 40 Tights are a real life hosiery hero. What’s special about these is that, despite their 40 denier construction, they actually have the appearance of 20 denier sheers. Providing your legs with a natural glow and covering up all your imperfections, they really do make for an amazing gift, regardless of whether you opt for classic black or one of the other 8 colours on offer.

Does your mum pride herself on her style choices? If the answer is yes, it goes without saying that she’ll want to keep up with the latest trends. You’d have to have been living under a rock to not have noticed the abundance of spots making their mark on the fashion world in recent months, so popular that they were the star of the show at Diane von Furstenberg’s latest New York Fashion Week collection. For a great pair, head to Pamela Mann and the Pamela Mann Sheer Dotty Tights, with their classic 20 denier leg and sweet spot print running throughout.

So, there we have it. Putting a smile on her face this year couldn’t be easier!

Until next time…

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Laura’s Choice – New York Fashion Week: Our Favourite Hosiery!

There’s a real buzz around MyTights HQ at this time of year. Awards shows, red carpet events and above all, the fashion elite showcasing their collections on the catwalk… we just love it! With New York Fashion Week now in full swing, we’re not ashamed to say that we’ve been well and truly glued to our screens, taking every opportunity we can to spot some gorgeous new legwear! It certainly hasn’t disappointed, either, and the MyTights team are thrilled to see that hosiery is playing a big part in the AW15 collections of the most esteemed designers in the world. We obviously don’t want you to miss out on any of the action, which is why I thought it a brilliant idea to round up some of our favourite looks so far, and let you know how you can recreate them. You may not have the same budget as the style famous, but there’s no reason why you can’t bring a little bit of New York to your hosiery drawer with the offerings at MyTights.com…

Diane von Fürstenberg

We’ve always been a fan of Diane von Fürstenberg, but never more so than this week when her Fall collection featured our favourite fashion print of late…polkadots! We were hardly surprised to see spots on the catwalk, with spotty sheers seeming to be cropping up on the legs of just about everyone at the moment (Taylor Swift and Anne Hathaway to name but a few…) With one of her models being none other than Kendall Jenner herself, we were pleased to see that Fürstenberg’s range was both elegant and wearable, our favourite look being this simple white wrap dress, peep-toe heels and gorgeous black spotty sheer tights! For a copycat look, the Oroblu Adelle Tights are perfect, coming in black (à la Fürstenberg), as well as navy and nude for the more experimental amongst us.

Tommy Hilfiger

Hilfiger has been a household name for as long as we can remember, so it’s fair to say the American style extraordinaire knows a thing or two about what looks good. Taking to the runway in preppy leather outfits inspired by the Super Bowl, Hilfiger’s models all had one thing in common…and that was their ribbed over knee socks! I’m pleased to see that we’re on the same wavelength as the famous designers, as we’ve always been fans of the way ribbed hosiery can transform your look. You may not feel ready to pull on an all leather American football ensemble (we don’t blame you!), but if you’ve fallen under the charm of ribbed socks, head to Italian label Trasparenze and their Dora Wool Rib Over Knee Socks. A near on identical look to Hilfiger’s models, these look great both dressed up with heeled boots and a skater dress, or toned down with a chunky jumper dress and slip on plimsoles.

 

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Oroblu Adelle Tights

Trasparenze Dora Wool Rib Overknee Socks Aristoc 50D Opaque Tights   Pamela Mann Legwarmers   Pretty Polly Nylon Raised Diamond Tights

 

 Marissa Webb

The name may not be all too familiar to you yet, but the up and coming designer has been turning heads in the fashion world of late, and one look at her AW15 collection will tell you all you need to know… she’s set to go stratospheric! With an emphasis on power dressing for the modern women, Webb’s collection was right up our street. Not least because it featured the, in our eyes, taken for granted fashion staple that is black opaque tights. As simple as they may be, there’s nothing out there quite so effective sometimes, and we can never say no to something with so much versatility. Our favourite look was this edgy red dress with collar, which Webb styled to perfection with leather boots and black opaques. We have an abundance of black opaque tights on offer at MyTights. For a particularly great pair, British brand Aristoc has a trio of choices depending on how much coverage you’re after. Regardless of whether you opt for the semi-opaque 30D, mid-opaque 50D or thick 80D, you’ll gain a pair of reliable and stylish opaques with staggering levels of quality given the price!

Thom Browne

Our eager eyes also spotted tights gracing the catwalk of American womenswear designer Thom Browne. Being high fashion and all, his collection was based on a slightly, well, macabre, theme. That’s not to mean it didn’t feature some gorgeous tights, however, with one such shot from his show featuring a chic pair of opaques with diamond print. Adding weight to the saying that ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’, Browne teamed his patterned tights with a black fur coat and ankle boots, as well as some slightly wayward applications of the make-up brush! For a matchy-matchy look, Pretty Polly does a very similar version in the form of the Pretty Polly Nylon Raised Diamond Tights, albeit with a very different price tag! The most dedicated hosiery fans will also have noticed the thick white tights worn in the background of the image. Don’t worry; we did too – which is why we’re pointing you in the direction of the Jonathan Aston 40D Opaque Tights, semi-opaque tights that are available in white as well as a multitude of other shades. If you’re a sucker for wool, opting for Wool White in the Falke Soft Merino Wool Tights isn’t a bad shout, either!

Charlotte Ronson

Celebrated British designer Charlotte Ronson’s collection combined feminine prints with more urban pieces; coming together to form a number of stylish looks that gained plaudits from the fashion know-it-alls. For us, it was reminiscent of ‘70s fashion, with most of her models sporting scrunch-knit legwarmer socks with leather boots. With both warmth and fashion kudos on offer, we certainly wouldn’t mind this style becoming one of the go-to looks of AW15! To make sure you’re best prepared, stock up early on the Pamela Mann Legwarmers. Available in black to mirror Ronson’s range, the more nostalgic of you out there might also opt for the brighter shades of orange, green and pink!  

With a few days left to go before the red carpet is rolled up and the fashion spotlight turns to London, we’re sure there’s going to be a lot more hosiery taking centre stage. Watch this space!

Until next time…

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