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MyTights.com meet Nubian Skin founder Ade Hassan!

As a team of hosiery enthusiasts, the MyTights.com team pride ourselves on being the very first to the scene when a new brand shakes up the hosiery market. Fresh from it’s launch on our website last week, we were delighted that the founder of Nubian Skin, Ade Hassan, took some time out of her busy schedule to chat to us this week for an exclusive Q&A session. In case you aren’t familiar yet, Nubian Skin are a revolutionary skin tone brand, creating four beautiful shades designed specifically for darker complexions. Let’s see what Ade had to say…

Ade Hassan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q: What inspired you to set up Nubian Skin?

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.

 

Q: Are you pleased with the outcome of your range?

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.

 

Q: What is your business philosophy?

“Empowering Women. Embracing our Colour”.  I think it’s so important for women to be able to express themselves the way they want, and fashion is a key part of doing that.  So, for me, it’s incredibly important that women of colour get to have a “bare-leg” look with tights, or not have to worry about finding a skin-tone bra to go under a sheer top.

 

Q: What are your future plans for the brand?

Well in the near term, we definitely want to expand our sizing, because that is some feedback we’ve received from customers, so we’ve taken that on board.  After that, it’s to grow sensibly and offer more products that our customers would like to see.

 

Q: What’s your hot tip for finding your perfect shade?

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.  On our website, we’ve got a handy skin-tone guide, which helps match your skin-tone to different popular foundations.

 

Q: Where do you see the brand in 10 years time?

We have big plans, but I’ll have to swear you to secrecy to reveal!

 

Thanks very much, Ade! We imagine you’re more than a little bit intrigued to try the products for yourself now, so make sure you browse the Nubian skin collection before you leave.

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Introducing…Nubian Skin

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Self-confessed hosiery addict? If this sounds like you, you may have heard on the grapevine about the latest hosiery brand that’s been taking the market by storm. Fresh from the phenomenal media coverage of their lingerie collection in recent months, this week saw the launch of Nubian Skin to MyTights.com. And guess what… we’re the first online retailer to get our hands on it. Of course we are!

Nubian Skin Matt 10 Denier Tights

Nubian Skin Matt 10 Denier Tights

The brainchild of economics graduate and all round entrepreneur Ade Hassan, the collection is based around the ethos of embracing ‘a different kind of nude’. For all too long, bare leg hosiery has been aimed primarily at women with paler skin, while the needs of women with darker skin tones have been largely ignored. Frustrated by the lack of options for a ‘better than bare leg look’ in the summer months, Ade and her team decided to take action, working around the clock to create four distinct skin tone shades, specifically aimed at women of colour. The collection is based around the belief that women of all ethnicities should be able to feel sexy and confident whilst wearing hosiery. Comprising a pair of 10 denier tights and matching hold ups, both styles offer a flawless matte finish and that sought after no-hosiery look. We love!

Nubian Skin Matt 10 Denier Hold Ups

Nubian Skin Matt 10 Denier Hold Ups

 

We’re delighted to welcome the brand to the world of MyTights, and are excited to see what Ade and her team have up their sleeves next. Oh, and in case you were interested, we’ll be running an exclusive Q&A session with Ade later this week, so watch this space!

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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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Hosiery Care at it’s finest

Oh, spring, it seems like we’ve been waiting forever for you to grace us with your warmth… and now that it’s here, it’s time to tuck away the winter opaques and break out the sheers! As much as we love the almost bare leg look, it can be quite tricky to keep them in pristine condition free of runs and dreadful nicks. Always wanting to save you a few pennies, MyTights have sourced the very best in the market in Hosiery Care tips that will help you maintain your sheers all season long.

Wolford Hosiery Gloves

Wolford Hosiery Gloves

For all you on-the-go type of gals, we can relate. With no time to waste, rolling on tights can really put a dampener on our speedy routine out of the door.  The slightest jagged nail, or snag from your ring can leave you with your favourite pair of tights in the rubbish, and let’s face it, nobody needs that. With the Wolford Hosiery Gloves, you can put all of those pesky snags behind you and get you back to your speedy schedule. Simply pull on these attractive gloves whenever you handle your tights and keep those delicate sheers flawless.  With a guarantee like that, you’ll no doubt want to treat yourself to some new Sheer Tights, right?

Sotxbox

Sotxbox

Speaking of slowing down the morning routine, digging through an unorganized hosiery drawer can really be a speed bump- and all before coffee? Forget about it! Lucky for all you tights enthusiasts, MyTights has the perfect solution for your desperate attempts at an organization. Try out the Stoxbox, and breeze through your morning. This clever box allows you to find the tights you’ve been searching for at a glance. With separate slots for each pair of tights, all you have to do is slide over the cube and tuck the remnants in the hollow space behind. You’ll be wondering how you ever managed without!

This season, fearlessly wear your sheers and keep your morning speedy by implementing these two hosiery tips that every hosiery fanatic should have. Say goodbye to the frustrations of runs and disorganization and allow your mornings to fly by with ease.

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Plus Size Fashion: Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.

Well, Meghan Trainor said it herself… she’s bringing booty back. So if you’re all about that bass, taking a look at our range of Plus Size Hosiery is a must! At MyTights, we cater to every size and shape so you’ll always leave feeling satisfied. To find just the tights you’re looking for, we’ve taken the liberty to put together a top 5 of all our favourite curvaceous styles.

Pretty Polly Curves Nylon Tights

Pretty Polly Curves Nylon Tights

 Number 1: Subtly Sheer

With spring rolling in, what better way to celebrate than to put away the wool, and break out the sheers. The Pretty Polly Curves Nylon Tights have a nice light 10 denier and offer a glossy look with a fit that will hug your curves with perfection. For more from this bestselling brand, see the whole Pretty Polly Curve Collection.

Number 2: The Semi-Opaque Look

The Charnos Xelence 30D Plus Size Tights are just the combination of comfort and coverage. These tights were made to fit you every inch of the way with a soft touchable feel. Even better, the unique pinch free waistband will have you feeling like these tights were custom made just for your body.

Cette Dublin Plus Size Tights

Cette Dublin Plus Size Tights

Number 3:Classic Opaques

If it’s a thicker pair of tights you need, try the Cette Dublin Plus Size Tights for a soft and luxurious satin finish. With a durable 60 denier, you will find these tights to be an undeniable staple of your wardrobe. With a large array of colours and sizes ranging through 4XL, you can’t go wrong.

Number 4: Burst of Colour

Need a burst of colour? You can count on the Pamela Mann 50 Denier Plus Size Tights every step of the way. With their amazing value, add a few colours and make your wardrobe springtime ready.

Le Borget Essential 15 Stockings

Le Borget Essential 15 Stockings

Number 5: Bold with Patterns

Last, but certainly not least, try the glamorous Le Bourget Essential 15 Stockings for a pinch of pattern and a lot of class. These sheer stockings are straight out of Paris, designed with a delicate scalloped trim, and with luxurious lace tops. Who said plus size fashion was all abut function?

From  your wardrobe staples to your luxury hosiery, MyTights is here to make sure your curves get just the attention they deserve. If these five picks weren’t exactly what you were looking for, check out the entire Fuller Figure Collection for a variety that will be  sure to please. And remember, “Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.” Thanks for helping us bring back curves Meghan Trainor!

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How To Own Ankle Socks!

Trasparenze Monique Ankle Socks

It’s that time of the year again where we can begin to get excited about our spring wardrobes. If you’re struggling for inspiration, MyTights is here to let you in on a little secret that’s making its way through the fashion world of late. The secret in question: ankle socks!

There are quite a few different ways to go about the look, but let’s first talk basics. We all have those heels we love to drool over in our wardrobe, but don’t dare wear for the sake of our poor feet. Well the time has come to strap on your tallest stilettos ladies! With a pair of solid Trasparenze Monique Ankle Socks, or Trasparenze Marta 70D Ankle Socks, you can strut your stuff with both comfort and style. This trend setter shows us how you can make the spring time look complete – team your socks with a matching cardigan and a cute summer dress to nail the trend.

Jonathan Aston Delight Anklets

Feeling trendy? Lace up a pair of short combat boots and let the Jonathan Aston Buttercup Socks play peak-a-boo over the top. These cute ribbed socks with a top stripe give your outfit great texture and add an extra dimension to your look.

You can also use ankle socks to perfect your date night outfit. Go for the Falke Shelina Anklet socks to pull off that chic and sheer appeal. This classic look will be sure to get a second look in your direction. Looking for a classy pattern? The Jonathan Aston Delight Anklets are the perfect key to the luxurious look, with their flock floral sheer base and soft scalloped edge. Flawless date night outfit? Tick!

 

Wolford Leonie Socks

Wolford Leonie Socks

Another pattern that makes our hearts throb is the Pamela Mann All Over Hearts Anklet. These anklets are perfect for a day strolling around the shops with their classy yet fun vibe. If you’re more of a polka dot kind of girl, opt for the Wolford Leonie Socks, with their playful mix of large polkadots against an elegant 15 denier base.

From the cosy in cotton look to a look that will make heads turn and hearts stop, ankle socks will make you the talk of the town. Be sure to check our entire collection of ankle socks before you leave!

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What MyTights Wore March 2015

One of the many perks of working for MyTights is to get to try out all the styles on offer! Check out what we’ve been wearing thiw week…

 

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Operations manager Nikki is a big fan of the Aristoc 80D Opaque Tights. Here, she wears the burgundy with a simple black skirt, ankle boots and distressed denim short for a gorgeous smart/casual style.

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MyTights founder Laura loves the Trasparenze Rita Tights. Available in a wealth of colours, these classic fishnets are perfect for layering over sheers for some added wamrth. Wearing a black pair with a lovely navy blue dress, black cardigan and black stilettos, Laura shows everyone how to nail a sophisticated office style.

 

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Nikki again – this time trying out the shimmery Jonathan Aston High Shine Tights! Teaming her glossy tights with a teal long sleeved-tee, sleevless black cardigan and comfy trainers, we love how the tights add a polished edge to her casual garments.

Feel inspired yet? Be sure to check out what we’re wearing next month…

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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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Embrace Your Opaques: Why Bare Legs in Winter Are a No

Falke Soft Merino Wool Tights

Falke Soft Merino Wool Tights

After months of cutting back on the carbs and ensuring our pins are hair-free and beautifully moisturised, winter is finally here. At last – time to lean back, reach for the biscuit tin and embrace our opaque tights, right? Well, if the recent legwear choices of high-profile celebrities are anything to go by, wrong. It would seem that winter warming opaques and wool tights are out, in favour of natural bare legs, with The Daily Mail reporting that the likes of Victoria Beckham and Suki Waterhouse at the forefront of this, quite frankly, ludicrous trend. The MyTights team have been shaking their heads in disbelief ever since hearing rumours of this fad. Sure, bare legs are fine for A-list celebrities with a chauffeur on standby and the money to spend on daily trips to the beauty salon. But what about us normal folk who crave warm legs on our commute to the office? And why wouldn’t we want to take advantage of the wonderfully chic winter legwear on offer? To convince you all that wrapping up warm is the way to go, we’ve compiled a list of the most stylish thick and winter tights around!

  1. Falke Soft Merino Wool Tights – at their best teamed with denim shorts and a cable knit jumper, these stylish matte tights are available in a range of hot colours and have a 55% wool composition, for the toastiest pins around. So on-trend that Cara Delevigne was recently seen on the front cover of Harper’s Bazaar in a similar pair! Well, if I must…
  2. Oroblu Miracle Tights – cute plaid print meets winter warmer with these 80 denier fashion tights from Oroblu. Ideal for jumping on board to the heritage trend, opt for these if you’re looking for cosy and stand out hosiery to take you from day to play.
  3. Wolford Zip Tights adding new dimensions to the meaning of fashion statement, these Wolford tights are a revamp of the classic Wolford De Luxe 66, given a maximum impact makeover thanks to a stunning zip embellishment that runs from the ankle to mid thigh!

    Wolford Zip Tights

    Wolford Zip Tights

 

4. Falke Pure Shine 80 Tights elegant and glam, these high shine tights from Falke are great for achieving a stand out legwear look, while     ensuring you stay warm and cosy thanks to an 80 denier finish.

How’s that for fashion, huh?

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INTERVIEW WEAR- WHY TIGHTS ARE A MUST!

There’s nothing worse than turning up for an interview and you’ve missed the attire ‘memo’. You may as well have turned up naked, and that reoccurring dream that haunted you since you were a child has just materialized. But of course, help is at hand here at MyTights.com! Here’s some guidance on how to ace that interview, and as we are judged within the first 7 seconds of meeting someone, the appearance is a pretty good place to start…

 

94% of interviewers have a negative impression on a candidate if they show up bare-legged*

Unfortunately we aren’t all blessed with naturally slender or blemish free legs, (or hot weather all year round!), and so this may not apply to many-  if Miranda Kerr and Beyoncé still invest in sheers then there’s no reason why we shouldn’t!

 

The ‘debate’…

Years ago the debate on whether women should or shouldn’t wear tights to the workplace was unheard of, and pantyhose were a woman’s best friend. Many women still live by this, and this is something candidates need to consider! Your potential employers are probably not your age so wearing tights is a must for them, and as a potential newbie you don’t want to give any of the senior team a reason to dislike you! After you’ve been hired, you can then get a feel for the company to then decided whether going bare-legged can be accepted.

 

Company culture

You may be asked to dress in business casual and if so then fretting whether you should or shouldn’t wear tights won’t be an issue. BUT don’t assume that all businesses dress this way; make sure to ask and get a full brief policy description.

 

“For women, the more skin you show, the less influence you have.”

 

 

 

So, now we’ve discovered that tights are a BIG deal in an interview (who knew?!) now all you have to do is CHOOSE a pair…

Colours are limited, as although coloured and patterned tights are ‘in’, wearing the newest AW14 trend to an interview for a financial position in a bank may not be appreciated; so for ultimate safety stick to Nude or Black tights.

 

 

 

Opaques

These 50 denier suede matt opaque tights are an essential to the winter wardrobe this season, super soft and smooth against your legs they can be worn with any fabric skirt and perfect for an interview!

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Nude sheers-

These sheers have been around since 1937 (with a few tweaks to keep them up to date with hosiery innovation, of course), so we are pretty certain that they are a good catch. These 10 denier tights are cherished for their ultra-glossy finish, and with high durability and wear you can’t go wrong!

 

Black

With a broad selection of dark colours to choose from, these glossy Wolfords will have any interviewer wishing they’ve got a pair!

 

 

 

 

 

 


*based on a survey for new interviewees

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