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.’
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.
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…