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Laura’s Choice: MyTights Socks Style File

MT Socks Style File!

MT Socks Style File!

 

Here at MyTights HQ, we’re lucky enough to get the first glimpse of all the latest hosiery styles, fresh from the production line of the leading brands in the legwear market. But with this week seeing the arrival of June, our attention has turned away from thicker opaques and onto hosiery that’s more appropriate for the warmer temperatures, namely socks!  A far cry from being an unwanted gift from a great great aunt twice removed (or something like that), socks are emerging as a real fashion staple. Affordable, great for every season and capable of updating your whole look in a matter of seconds, the MyTights.com team thought we’d let you in on our style secrets, and show you how we’ve been decorating our feet in recent weeks!

Trasparenze Dora Wool Over Knee Socks

Trasparenze Dora Wool Over Knee Socks

Beginning with Customer Service & Operations Manager Nikki, who teamed a pair of grey knee high socks with black leather boots, and a dark grey dress. This is a fabulous example of how to wear knee high socks in a professional setting. Allowing you to reveal some skin while keeping the lower half of your legs happy, take a look at the Trasparenze Dora Wool Rib Over Knee Socks in Asfalto, rolled down for a similar look. Made with an impressive 65% cotton for a soft feel without overheating, these deliver everything you could possibly want in a knee high. Or if you’re feeling brave enough to branch out from the safety of black, white and grey, make a beeline for the Trasparenze Cinzia Knee High Socks, available in not one, not two, but 19 shades, from the basics all the way through to eye-catching hues of yellow and orange.

Jonathan Aston Pretty Petal Socks

Jonathan Aston Pretty Petal Socks

 

 

Next up we have Marketing Assistant Chantel who, armed with the knowledge that ankle socks are as popular as ever this season, opted for a fun summery ensemble. Pairing a floral pencil skirt with red Converses, for us the pièce de résistance are her frilly ankle socks, which are perfect for adding a girly touch to any look! For a similar style, opt for the Jonathan Aston Pretty Petal Sock, with an embossed floral design, attractive lilac hue and most importantly, scallop effect tops for a sweet style fix. Prefer something with a little more pattern? Be sure to check out the Jonathan Aston He Loves Me Socks, which are covered in a handwritten scroll, spelling out the famous ‘he loves me, he loves me not’ dilemma!

Now, something for the men! You might not know that MyTights.com stock a fantastic selection of men’s socks as well as women, as demonstrated by both Warehouse Assistant Jack (left) and Content Assistant Jack (right). Opting for the quirky collection from popular Swedish brand Happy Socks, Jack mark one chose to wear Happy Socks Men’s Dot Socks with casual trainers, skinny jeans and a sweater, while Jack mark two shows that patterned socks can add a splash of fun to office wear, wearing his Happy Socks Men’s Big Dot Socks with smart trousers and a pair of black brogues. If you’re keen to snap up the entire Happy Socks collection, what better way to save some cash than treating yourself to the Happy Socks Men’s Sock Gift Box, containing four pairs of combed cotton patterned socks for just £25?!

Charnos 2PP Flower and Diamond Sock

Charnos 2PP Flower and Diamond Sock

Last but not least we have Graphic Designer Jade, again choosing to add some colour to her look with some geometric socks. Wearing her patterned gems with white jeans and camel desert boots, socks like this are ideal for adding an instant style hit to everyday wear. If you’re a fan, check out the Charnos range, in particular the Charnos 2pp Flower and Diamond Socks. With one pair boasting an edgy diamond print and the other a sweet floral motif, these are perfect for keeping your feet feeling refreshed no matter the weather. Your sock drawer has never looked so fashion-forward!

Whether you swear by ankle socks or can’t bear the thought of a day without knee highs, MyTights.com have it covered. You can find our entire sock selection here.

Until next time…

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Laura’s Choice: Wedding Season!

Trasparenze Aurora Bridal Garter

Trasparenze Aurora Bridal Garter

The wedding season is upon us! You’ve found THE dress, the best man has coiffed his speech to perfection, and your table decorations are everything you’ve ever dreamed of. Now all you need is some beautiful hosiery to match! Whether you’re the blushing bride, the hungover groom or the reluctant bridesmaid, MyTights.com have a fantastic selection of wedding hosiery to hand. From silk socks for guys through to the obligatory wedding day garter, we have just the thing to leave your legs looking their best on the special day. Now just to make sure you get to the church on time!

 

 

 

The Bride

Let’s face it, the bride is the centre of attention on every wedding day. With all eyes on your walk down the aisle, it’s vital that every inch of your look is perfect, including your hosiery! Looking for a classic bare leg look? The Wolford Transparency 10 Tights could be just the ticket. Appearing like you’ve braved bare legs, these 10 denier tights boast a beautifully natural finish and all the luxury features that Wolford are renowned for. And what’s more, with their lightweight finish, you won’t overheat no matter how long the train on your dress!

Or if you want something a little more romantic as you say your vows, check out the Jonathan Aston Sweet Roses Hold Ups, with a sumptuous lace effect and vintage backseam. For those of you who embrace all of the age-old traditions with gusto, the Trasparenze Aurora Bridal Garter is a must. Staying in place no matter how many pictures you pose for, the lace and ribbon effect makes for a fabulous finishing touch to your gown.

The Bridal Party

Spanx Slimplicity Booty Booster Shorts

Spanx Slimplicity Booty Booster Shorts

Upstaging the bride may be the ultimate wedding day sin, but that doesn’t mean the bridal party can’t look their best. For a rear that even bridesmaid extraordinaire Pippa Middleton would be proud of, how about trying out the Spanx Slimplicity Booty Booster Shorts, which come with optional ‘butt-lets’ that slot into pockets and give your derriere a lift! For mothers of the bride, it has to be the Aristoc Ultimate 5D Sheer Tights. Offering a ‘no hosiery’ look but with failsafe LYCRA® Fusion technology, your legs will not only look flawless, but remain free from ladders from the ceremony to the after-party. If your dress is on the plain side, what better way to take your style up a notch than with the elegant Oroblu Adelle Tights? Covered in an array of dainty dots, these patterned gems are not only on trend but have a sheer to waist brief, meaning any length of hemline can work.

For the guests 

Whether it’s a distant cousin or a work colleague, looking fabulous for a wedding is a must! The great thing about being a guest rather than playing a part in a wedding is that you can really experiment with different kind of hosiery to accessorize your dress. One such way to do that is with seams, and, getting into the wedding spirit, we love the Pamela Mann Love Seam Tights. These 15 denier sheers have a slender backseam culminating in the word ‘LOVE’ etched on each ankle – how romantic! Or how about opting for a pair of fishnet tights? For something a little different to the norm, make a beeline for the Charnos Honeycomb Net Tights with a fine mesh fabric resembling honeycomb itself. Another perk of being a guest is that you needn’t worry about showing yourself up on the dance floor. Heels aren’t always forgiving, so make sure your feet stay refreshed with a pair of the Levante Shoe Monkeys Foot Cushions, taking the pressure away from your feet.

The Groom

 

Falke Tiago Men's Short Socks

Falke Tiago Men’s Short Socks

Because it’s not all about the bride! Believe it or not, the groom plays a fairly big part in the day too, so it’s important they look suitably dapper. For a classic wedding day look, grab a pair of the Falke Tiago Men’s Short Socks, made with 98% cotton for a beautifully soft finish and keeping your feet cool all day long. Or if you’re the kind of guy who likes to experiment with fashion, the Happy Socks Men’s Socks Gift Box should be your port of call. With four funky socks (spots, stripes and everything in between), the hardest part will be choosing which pair to sport on the big day.

With wedding pictures set to take pride of place on your mantelpiece, you’ll want to look as trim as possible. With that in mind, invest in the Spanx For Men range. Flattening your stomach, firming the chest and even improving your posture, simply layer beneath your suit and you’re good to go.

 

Have a fantastic day!

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Laura’s Choice – Footless and Fancy Free!

Pamela Mann 3D Footless Tights

Pamela Mann 3D Footless Tights

As much as a life without our opaques doesn’t bear thinking about, we can’t help but thinking that it’s high time that we switched to a more summery alternative. Footloose and fancy free, footless tights are the perfect solution. Meaning you can seek solace from the chilly mornings and show off your summer sandals at the same time, footless tights are brilliant for pulling off a relaxed daytime vibe, or adding some effortless cool to your party looks. Finer than leggings and available in every colour of the rainbow, we’re here to let you in on all of our footless style secrets to ensure your summer style goes off without a hitch…

The wallet warriors

At this time of year, most of us are busily saving for a last minute holiday in the sun, so it makes sense to save the pennies while we can. Proving that a fabulous footless style needn’t cost the earth, stocking up on the Pamela Mann 3D Footless Tights is a must. Leaving you with change leftover from a fiver, these 50 denier lovelies are thick enough to cover your legs, without overheating should a summer heatwave take hold (unlikely, I know!) Wondering what the reference to 3D in the title means? Thanks to innovative elastic fibres, these footless tights have a generous stretch that will move alongside your legs, as well as adding a dash of durability and leading to a beautifully even appearance. Oh, and with 16 colours in the mix, all of your outfits can join in on the fun!

Especially for fuller figured beauties, flatter your curves in the Pamela Mann 50D Plus Size Footless Tights, again just £4.99 a pair and accommodating for dress sizes up to a UK 28-32. While we live in hope that this summer will bring some longed for warmth, they also come in an 80 denier version for the extra chilly days.

Pamela Mann Lurex Highball Footless Tights

Pamela Mann Lurex Highball Footless Tights

The secret saviours

Any of you who regularly read our blog will know we love hosiery with hidden benefits. After all, who doesn’t want as much from their money as possible? With the mercury rising, I have to point you in the direction of the Pretty Polly Coolsense Footless Tights. While you may fool the outside world into thinking these are any old pair of footless tights, they’re actually made from Nilit Breeze yarns. None the wiser? Considerably smoother and lighter than other footless styles, the innovative yarns mean that you’ll always stay at least 1◦c cooler than usual, keeping you feeling lovely refreshed – even after a mad dash for the bus! Or if the thought of tomorrow mornings spin class fills you with dread, iron out your lumps and bumps the easy way with the Spanx In Power Line Super Footless Shaper. Strong control shaping shorts with inbuilt 15 denier footless tights, your body insecurities aren’t going to hang around for much longer!

Country Kids Capri Tights

Country Kids Capri Tights

The fashion favourites

Basic styles are a key part of every wardrobe, but for events where only glamour will suffice, take a look at the Pamela Mann Lurex Highball Footless Tights. As seen on Fearne Cotton, these fabulous footless tights are covered in shimmering glitter. Packed full of wow factor and destined for parties, your inner disco diva can choose between silver and gold sparkle depending on your style preference.

Paying homage to the trend for patterns and prints, another of my top picks are the Trasparenze Graphium Leggings. Coming in at a 40 denier, these decorative leggings are covered in an ornamental paisley print to rack up the style points. Or if you’re forever falling under the charms of lace, opt for the Oroblu Sherry Leggings, new for SS15 and coming with a sumptuous floral lace effect against a tulle base.

Does coloured hosiery makes you go weak at the knees? Stocking up on the Trasparenze Dorella Footless Leggings is a must. Whether you wow in white or thrill in fuchsia pink, these 70 denier leggings are perfect for pairing with summer tunics and brightening your look. If you don’t want your daughter to be green with envy, treat her to the Country Kids Capri Tights, with 10 summery shades and sizes ranging from 3 years all the way up to 11.

Footless styles are chic, effortless and ready to kickstart your summer wardrobe. Now, if only locating my summery sandals was this easy…

Our full range of footless styles are worth a look!

 

 

 

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Laura’s Choice: Top 10 Sheers!

Nubian Skin Matt 10 Denier Tights - Berry

Nubian Skin Matt 10 Denier Tights – Berry

When you think of summer, what springs to mind? A jug of Pimms?  Warm evenings? How about trips to the seaside? At MyTights, the arrival of the summer weather means one thing and one thing only; sheer tights! Typically 20 denier or less, sheer tights are perfect for when you don’t want to expose a bare leg but the temperature is too high to wear thicker opaque hosiery. From nude to black and in a variety of finishes, MyTights.com have an incredible array of sheer tights to get you through the summer months in style. Need a helping hand? In no particular order, here are our top 10 sensational sheers…

1. Beginning with the newest addition to the MyTights team, I simply have to mention the Nubian Skin Matt 10 Denier Tights. If you haven’t heard about these yet, that’s set to end soon! Specifically designed for darker skin tones (and the first of its kind), these 10 denier sheers have a beautifully natural finish and the choice of 4 shades, meaning each and every one of our customers can enjoy a bare leg look.

2. On a similar note, no round-up of summer hosiery would be complete without, in my eyes, the ultimate in the world of bare leg look tights. Consistently one of our bestsellers, the Falke Shelina Tights offer the appearance of an 8 denier tight, but with the robustness of a 12 denier. Boasting a slight sheen to create a flawless finish, take your pick from no less than 8 shades, all of which have been created with the help of dermatologists.

Aristoc Ultra Shine 10D Tights

Aristoc Ultra Shine 10D Tights

3. If a day without a pair of peep toe shoes is too much to bear, the Shelina range has spread its wings to create the Falke Shelina Toeless Tights, completely open at the toe and even coming with a handy toe loop to keep the style in place. Best book that pedicure!

4. Want tights that offer a little more? Opt for the Charnos Run Resist Control Top Tights, with all the elegance of sheers you know and love but with top secret superhero properties. Streamlining over your lumps and bumps with their inbuilt medium control top, these 10 denier gems are also made from run resist yarns to keep snags at bay. Ladders? What ladders!

5. For some everyday high gloss glamour, it has to be the Aristoc Ultra Shine 10D Tights. Perennially popular, these sheers have a shiny finish that oozes luxury, and a sandal toe to mean you enjoy peace of mind without having to limit yourself in terms of footwear. Oh, and all that for just £6 a pair – it’s a win, win situation!

6. One of my ‘go-to’ hosiery choices, I’ve always been a huge fan of the Oroblu Sensuel 13 Tights. Not only are they virtually indestructible, these 13 denier tights have a flattering slight sheen and even better, are available in 9 beautiful shades. As somebody who’s tried hundreds if not thousands of tights in my time, believe me when I say stocking up on these is a must.

7. When you feel the need to treat your legs to something a little special, my top pick are the Wolford Individual 10 Tights. Admittedly, they may be more expensive than some of the other options in this round-up, but the quality speaks for itself. Exquisitely soft to the touch and bound to last you not only this summer but summers to come, they come with a flattering matte finish meaning you can wear them 24/7.

Pretty Polly Naturals 5D Sideria Tights

Pretty Polly Naturals 5D Sideria Tights

8. For something ultra-sheer, why not take a look at the Pretty Polly Naturals 5D Sideria Tights? As the name would suggest, these elegant sheers have a 5 denier (yes, 5!) appearance for a flawless ‘no hosiery look’, all the while benefitting from the durability of a 15 denier thanks to the wonders of Sideria yarns from Japan.

9. Forever feeling the effects of a busy day? You’re not alone, and while you may be under the impression that support tights are frumpy by nature, the Charnos Energising Support Tights are bound to change your opinion. Gorgeous matte sheers with a medium support level, they’ll not only soothe your aching legs but improve the appearance of your skin tone thanks to a luxurious mix of Vitamin E, Sea Kelp and Shea Butter!

10. Last but not least, what’s life without a splash of colour? The Jonathan Aston Sheer Coloured Tights combine a classic 15 denier look with the choice of 21 shades. From black, to white, all the way through to funky fuchsia, these affordable sheers will brighten up your wardrobe in seconds. What’s not to love?

Not seen the eprfect pair for you? Browse all of our sheer styles?

Until next time…

 

 

 

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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

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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