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Ladder Resist Tights in the eyes of… Conor Maynard?

Conor MaynardHere at MyTights HQ, we’re big fans of Radio 1 and in particular, Nick Grimshaw’s morning show. While we’re always chuckling away at his quirky take on the latest news and going-ons, yesterdays show caught our attention more than most. In potentially a radio first, an interview with pop sensation Conor Maynard lead to a discussion about none other than ladder resist tights! A slightly odd conversation admittedly; Conor was given ten seconds to reel off as much information as ladder resist tights as he could, and it’s fair to say his knowledge was lacking a little. While he gave it his best go, we’re here to clear things up and tell you everything you need to know about the fantastic world of run resist hosiery!

We all know the feeling of rushing around to get dressed in the morning, pulling on a pair of tights only to catch them on your jewellery or nails. For us, ladders are a cardinal hosiery sin, so we’re always on the hunt for a solution to this age old problem. Luckily, ladder resist tights are becoming more and more popular nowadays, with more and more brands taking advantage of the newest hosiery innovations. Made using breakthrough run resist yarns, ladder resist tights prevent a small hole from developing into ladders and snags. You might think that this means the tights might compromise on style, but you couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, modern technology means ladder resist tights can be as sheer as a 5 denier, and enjoy the same silky soft feel as regular sheers.

Giving you greater value for money and ensuring your morning routine goes off without a glitch, here are out top 5 picks.

  1. Charnos Run Resist Sheer Tights

    Charnos Run Resist Sheer Tights

     If it’s a budget friendly option you’re after, it has to be the Charnos Run Resist Sheer Tights. Ensuring those hosiery nightmares don’t blight your day, these 10 denier tights use run resist yarns to create a feminine, everyday look. Oh, and most importantly, they’re just £4.95 a pair…

 

2. Bare leg looks are as popular as ever, and with the warmer weather approaching, you’ll want to enjoy that ‘no hosiery’ without having to worry about the delicate nature of your tights. The Aristoc Ultimate 5D Sheer Tights are the perfect choice, made using revolutionary LYCRA® Fusion fibres for wonderful robustness.

Pretty Polly Curves (Xxtra) Ladder Resist Tights (3PP)

Pretty Polly Curves (Xxtra) Ladder Resist Tights (3PP)

3. As the name would suggest, the Oroblu No Risk Tights are quite literally indestructible. Available in four shades and standing the test of time, these 20 denier sheers make ladders a distant memory.

4. The control top version of the aforementioned Charnos tights, the Charnos Run Resist Control Top Tights mean you can enjoy the same resilience and everyday look, but with a hidden control top to smooth over your problem areas. What a package!

5. For fuller figures, the Pretty Polly Curves (Xxtra) Ladder Resist Tights offer incredible value for money. Not only will they prevent any ladders or snags from ruining your look, this 3 pack of 15 denier tights are just £6.50, Framing your curves to perfection!

 

Ladders schmadders! Browse our full range of ladder resist tights before you head off!

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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

nubian group

 

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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Faux Pas Alert! Kim K in See-Through Leggings

Kim Kardashian (see-through)

CRINGE!

When it comes to listing our top hosiery faux pas, see-through leggings always manage to find their way towards the top of the list. Not always known for her excellent fashion choices, this week it was Kim Kardashian who fell foul of the style no-no, wearing a particularly unforgiving pair of transparent leggings during a Paris workout. Sure, the glare of the camera flash undoubtedly made her leggings appear sheerer than they actually were, but you’d think if you were a member of the world-famous Kardashian clan, that this would enter your mind before facing the prying eyes of the press! Whether a PR stunt or not, her choice of outfit left very little to the imagination, and certainly doesn’t rank amongst her finest sartorial choices. To make sure you never commit such a heinous fashion crime, we’ve rounded up our collection of gorgeous leggings for every occasion.

Best for: Everyday wear

Anyone who’s worn leggings will know just how versatile they can be. Whether with dresses, tunics or longline tees, it pays to always have a quality pair to hand, and we’ve got just the thing with the Trasparenze Honeymoon Leggings.  Made in a matte finish and available in three classic colours, they’re also completely opaque, so there’s no chance of ‘doing a Kim.’

Best for: Patterns & Prints

Oroblu Bouquet Leggings

Oroblu Bouquet Leggings

Especially for the fashionistas, printed leggings are a must-have for the spring/summer seasons. From florals to geometrics, they’re everywhere at the moment, but our favourite pair has to be the Oroblu Bouquet Leggings. We were taken by these as soon as we spotted them arrive a few weeks back, and it’s clear to see why with their elegant floral print and generous stretch.

Best for: High Shine

Hands down one of the biggest trends at the moment, no leggings feature would be complete without high shine. They may not exactly be purse-friendly, but we’re of the opinion that sometimes it’s worth splashing the cash for something extra special, and that’s exactly what you get with the Wolford Estella Leggings. With a gorgeous leather look finish and quilted seam on the knee, wowing your friends is a given!

Spanx Super Skinny Denim Leggings

Spanx Super Skinny Denim Leggings

Best for: Extra Benefits

Nowadays, leggings can do more than just look great, and it’s possible for a simple pair of leggings to trim your figure and tone your problem zones! Who’d have thought it? We couldn’t decide on a favourite for this section, so we compromised with a tie between two brilliant styles, the first of which are the Spanx Faux Leather Leggings. Brand new to MyTights, these vampy leggings will streamline your tummy, thighs and hips, all the while giving you a rock chick look with their high shine finish. Or for the appearance of classic denim, a pair of the Spanx Super Skinny Denim Leggings are a must. Appearing like denim jeans but with the stretch of a legging, your figure will appear perfectly contoured 24/7.

Best for: Colour

Completing our fabulous five are the Trasparenze Dorella Footless Leggings. Dark colours are all well and good, but when the sun’s out, we love to experiment with jazzy shades to brighten our look. With ten colours on offer, these 70 denier leggings offer 100% coverage are perfect for updating your spring look. Our favourites are the vibrant shades of Ottanio and Bordo!

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Try Out Stockings à la Madonna & Taylor Swift!

Madonna & Taylor in their fab stockings!

Madonna & Taylor in their fab stockings!

 

Aristoc Sensuous 10D Lace Top Stockings

Aristoc Sensuous 10D Lace Top Stockings

We love nothing more than when two of our favourite music stars join forces; it always makes for a brilliant pop song. Eminem and Rihanna, Nelly & Kelly, the list goes on. Now it’s the turn of none other than Madonna and Taylor Swift to set the airwaves alight and produce a new song that we’ll undoubtedly have in our heads for months to come. Performing their much anticipated single Ghost Town at the iHeartMusic Radio Awards, it seems that it’s not just musical talent that the pair have in common, with both the undisputed queen of pop and current golden girl Swift performing in matching stockings!

In her first public performance since THAT fall at the Brit Awards and opting to play it safe and sit on a stool (wise move!), Madonna layered her black stockings over a pair of trademark fishnets, finishing off her vampy look with knee high leather boots and a rather odd corseted outfit. Taylor’s outfit, on the other hand, was a slightly more classic affair, wearing her lovely lace top stockings with a sleeveless black dress and knee high lace up boots. Two very different looks with one thing in common, the performance confirmed exactly what we knew – stockings are back. Are you loving their legwear? If you are, MyTights.com have a fantastic array of stockings on offer, be it winter-warming opaques or racy fishnets, so there’s no reason why you can’t replicate it should you wish…

If it’s a classic pair of sheer stockings a la Taylor you’re after, a great place to start is with the Aristoc Sensuous 10D Lace Top Stockings. Near on identical to Swifty, the lace top adds instant glamour to your wardrobe, while the slight sheen finish is great for perfecting a polished evening look. Whether you follow Taylor’s lead and opt for an LBD or play it casual in a pair of denim shorts and statement tee, these are a fabulous (not to mention affordable) choice. Looking for something that’s a little more everyday? No problem, simply turn your attention to the brilliant Charnos Elegance Ultra Sheer Stockings, a case of the name speaking for itself, with their classic plain top and understated sheen. Great for the office, they’ll only set you back £6.25 a pair.

While we’d suggest accessorising your stockings with something a little more demure than Madonna herself, there’s no denying that her layered fishnet tights added some wow factor to her look. To mirror this, how about treating yourself to the Jonathan Aston Fishnet Stockings? All the sultry appeal of stockings but with a classic fishnet base to get everyone talking, there’s no easier way to give your simple evening wear an edgy twist!

Fallen hook, line and sinker for sultry stockings? Make sure you cast your eyes over our full range!

 

 

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Oroblu SS15: The Best Of!

Oroblu Bouquet Leggings

Oroblu Bouquet Leggings

Each and every one of the brands we stock at MyTights.com are unique in their own way, so we’re always intrigued to see how our brands translate the catwalk trends into their new collections. One brand that never let us down is Oroblu, and it just so happens that we recently received a long-awaited delivery of their SS15 collection!

As we’re sure you eagle-eyed hosiery fans have noticed, the new range launched on the website across the last couple of days, and you’re in for a real treat. Oroblu are brilliant at taking a classic style and putting their own spin on it, creating fashion-forward hosiery that’s always a cut above the rest, which is instantly clear from the new range. And with leggings, socks, hold ups and tights in the mix, every single one of our lovely customers can enjoy some sophisticated Italian styling this summer. Here are our top picks:

1) Oroblu Bouquet Leggings  - as fashions come and go, some have a real knack of staying around. One such fashion is floral, and these leggings offer them in abundance. Ascending up the leg, the mix of pretty petals and leaves are great for adding some femininity and glamour into an otherwise casual look. Ideal for jazzing up your longline tees or equally forming part of your party look, we have a feeling we’ll be wearing these A LOT across the coming months.

Oroblu April Tights

Oroblu April Tights

2) Oroblu April Tightsfishnets are undergoing something of a style revolution of late – they just seem to be everywhere! No complaints from us, but for a particularly fashionable pair, these classic net tights are joined by a gorgeous side seam with an unusual tricot effect. MyTights founder Laura is a big fan!

3) Oroblu Luna Footprotectors these gorgeous foot liners epitomise Oroblu to a tee. Taking something as standard as a footprotector and making it into a high-end fashion accessory, the mix of net, floral lace and scallop edge make these a must-have in our eyes.

oroblu-candice-pants

Oroblu Candice Long Pants

4) Oroblu Addison Tights a trick we always stick to is layering some sheers beneath fishnet tights to stay current and on-trend without compromising on warmth. Killing two birds with one stone, these brilliant fashion tights have an interlinking diamond pattern against an elegant sheer base, creating the illusion of nets and giving us all a new essential.

5) Oroblu Candice Long Pants finishing with something a little different, these fitted pants give the look of cropped trousers, but with the stretch and comfort as leggings. Sounds like the perfect marriage in our eyes!

Want to see more? We bet you do! Check out the entire SS15 Oroblu collection here.

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Jonathan Aston Turn 50!: Sneak Preview…

You may remember back in February that the MyTights team were lucky enough to be invited to an exclusive launch to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of our favourite brands, Jonathan Aston. Celebrating their big half-centenary by collaborating with acclaimed fashion designers Dame Zandra Rhodes and Celia Birtwell, we were treated to a sneak preview of their works and even got to meet the duo themselves!

Although we wanted to shout what we saw from the rooftops, we were sworn to secrecy, so we’ve (begrudgingly) kept tight-lipped about the small details of the collections until now. While the complete ranges are still somewhat under wraps until their launch in the autumn, the time has come for us to give you another taster of what to expect.  With both of the renowned designers taking the time to chat to specialist retailer’s magazine Drapers, we’re here to give you hosiery lovers another insight into how they’ve integrated their unique personalities into the hosiery market.

Rhodes press

Starting with Zandra Rhodes (so famous she was recently made a Dame), we promised you her trademark peacock feathers and plenty of colour, and that’s abundantly clear in the Draper’s piece.We love how Zandra has brought her quirky sense of style to tights and socks, and we can’t wait to start stocking these come the autumn, so watch this space.

Moving onto the ever lovely Celia Birtwell, you might remember we made reference to her pet dog, so dear to her he has his own Twitter account. Well, low and behold, here he is, taking pride of place in the article, which also gave us a sneak peek of his appearance in her collection. Pooches side, we hope you also appreciate her use of vintage prints, which we’ll no doubt be rocking on a daily basis come the autumn! Here’s MyTights.com founder Laura alongside Celia and trying out her gorgeous Jacobean Tights. Like what you see?

Laura with Celia!

Laura with Celia!

Birtwell press

As excited as we are? Bring on the autumn!

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Taylor Swift: Our Hosiery Hero!

It’s no secret that the MyTights team have gone a little Taylor Swift crazy over the last few months. One look through this blog and you’ll be able to see just how much we adore her; she can’t put a foot wrong! Not only does she continually produce the catchiest of pop songs, she’s also a serious fashionista, in particular through her choice of legwear. Without doubt our biggest hosiery style crush, the best dressed legs in showbiz now come with a price, having been insured for a whopping £26 million pounds this week. To mark the occasion, we take a look back at some of her finest ensembles over the past few years and show you how you can copy her chic looks…

When Swifty did spots

Pamela Mann Sheer Spotty Tights

Pamela Mann Sheer Spotty Tights

 

Taylor showing us all how to wear dots!

Taylor showing us all how to wear dots!

Our eyes lit up when we saw these gorgeous spotty sheers from Taylor towards the end of 2014. Stepping out with a friend looking typically fresh and perfectly coiffed, Swift teamed her fashion tights with a pair of purple heels, simple black dress and gorgeous tweed overcoat. It goes without saying that we adored this look, so much so that we’ve been wearing polkadots ever since! Our favourites are the Pamela Mann Sheer Dotty Tights, with their choice of three colours and dainty dot design identical to Taylor’s herself!

Fierce in fishnets

Taylor and THOSE fishnets!

Taylor and THOSE fishnets!

Jonathan Aston Fishnet Tights

Jonathan Aston Fishnet Tights

Performing hit single Blank Space at the 2015 Brit Awards, the pop sensation teamed a fabulous tailored playsuit with heeled ankle boots and a pair of foxy fishnet tights. A far cry from her usual butter wouldn’t melt look, the classic fishnet design proved Swift can do sexy too! If you adored her look as much as us, the way to recreate it is with the Jonathan Aston Fishnet Tights. A classic pair of fishnets that will stand the test of time, these are the easiest way to add some sass into your wardrobe.

Brilliant burgundy!

Beautiful burgundy!

Beautiful burgundy!

Aristoc 80 Denier Tights

Aristoc 80 Denier Tights

We remember just how excited we were when we spotted Taylor in this adorable outfit last autumn. An electric blue tweed overcoat, mustard dress and gorgeous burgundy opaques – we were floored! Accessorising with a burgundy trilby and matching handbag, Taylor nailed the trend for block colours to a tee. The way to recreate this look? With the Aristoc 80D Opaque Tights! Available in a similar shade of burgundy to Swifty’s herself, these thick opaques are the perfect way to add some colour to your outfit. Follow Taylor’s lead and opt for a bright day dress and vibrant accessories.

Earning her style stripes

Earning her style stripes

Earning her style stripes

Charnos Stripe Mesh Tights

Charnos Stripe Mesh Tights

 

Perhaps our favourite Taylor look to date, the 25 year old wowed us all when she stepped out after a shop of retail therapy this winter wearing this divine ensemble! A lace sweater, tartan shorts and fabulous striped sheers, she showed everyone how to work patterned tights. If this has tickled your fashion tastebuds, the way to copy her look is with the Charnos Stripe Mesh Tights. A near carbon copy of Taylor’s look, these are brilliant for updating your classics.

£26 million? Worth every penny!

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Spanx Creator Sara Blakely: 10 Golden Rules

Shapewear Supremo Sara Blakeley!

Shapewear Supremo Sara Blakeley!

If we were pushed to name a few of our favourite women in the world, the mastermind behind shapewear maestro’s Spanx would undoubtedly feature on the list somewhere along the line. Ah, our trusty Spanx! Increasing the body confidence of women across the globe, Sara Blakely and her range of fabulous shapewear make smoothing over our lumps and bumps easy. We trust anything Sara has to say here at MyTights… after all, she’s revolutionised our lives, so why wouldn’t we?! Featuring in this month’s issue of Porter Magazine, the self-made billionaire disclosed her 10 golden rules for having a more positive outlook on everyday life. Listen up, ladies!

1) Trust your gut – Sara revealed that, although she lives just 5 minutes from her work, she actually leaves 45 minutes in advance, opting for a long route to have time to think and come up with innovative new ideas!

2) Look for hidden blessings in bad events – believe that everything that happens will lead to something greater. Giving us one of our favourite quotes of all time, Sara added ‘I mean, look what my cellulite led to!’ What a woman!

3) Be grateful for being a woman in this era – we’ve got it good, don’t we? Embrace life and show gratitude for what you have.

4) Keep close girlfriends – Sara’s had the same group of friends since she was five, and she claims keeping such a loyal and close group has enabled her to get where she is today!

5) Laugh at yourself – don’t get easily offended, let go and find the funny side in your misfortunes. Starting with those terrible fashion choices you made back in the ‘80s!

6) It doesn’t matter what other people think of you – we particularly love this one. Let go, be yourself, wear what you want. If you like an outfit, that’s a good enough reason to wear it!

7) Always aim to be a better version of yourself – Sara constantly asks herself the same question; ‘How would I be doing my job is no-one showed me? Is there a better way?’

8) Care more than anyone else – starting out with just $85000 and with no experience of the shapewear industry, Sara asserts that being so passionate about what she does opened doors for her, you should do the same.

9)  There’s always room for improvement – whether relationships or our careers, we can always improve. Take a step back, listen to motivational audio books, and strive to be the best you can be.

10) Think about what you’ve failed in – there’s no harm in failing. In fact, it makes us work harder. So at the end of every week, have a cup of tea and think about what you could have done better.

Oh Sara, we love you. With all those motivational tips, we’re in the mood to treat ourselves to some fabulous new shapewear. Why not check out our amazing range of Spanx products?

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Get the Look: Beyonce in Leather Look Leggings!

Beyonce does biker chick!

Beyonce does biker chick!

Wolford Estella Leggings

Wolford Estella Leggings

International pop star, superstar husband, insanely talented. Is there anything that Beyonce can’t do?  It appears not, as this week she added yet another string to her already jam packed bow – style icon! Stepping out for a post-Grammys dinner with husband Jay Z and Ed Sheeran in a gorgeous pair of leather look leggings, Beyonce worked her curves to a tee, mastering the often difficult rock chick style. Teaming her biker leggings with a black leather jacket, statement tee and leather ankle boots (of course), the fabulous look has caused quite the stir in MyTights HQ – we just love her! If, like us, you’d love to be a little more like Beyonce herself, the good news is you can recreate her look with just a few simple clicks. Landing in our offices only last week (perfect timing), the Wolford Estella Leggings will give you the same statement look as the Queen Bee herself, with their high shine finish, skin-tight fit and quirky seam above the knee. You may not have her millions or bank, or maybe even her vocal range, but here’s how to get it right:

1) Experiment with patterns – while the leggings may make a statement in their own right, that doesn’t mean you can’t rock some colour and patterns on your top half. Beyonce’s statement tee was a great look – opt for stripes, aztec and spots to recreate,

2) The more leather the better – the key to nailing the rock chick look is to make leather your best friend; you can never have enough! Pull out your biker jacket and studded boots, ladies!

3) Jewellery is a must – the perfect accessory to leather, accessorise your look to perfection with chunky rings and a statement necklace.

She can do no wrong in our opinion! See our entire range of fashion leggings, here.

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