Beyoncé does it. Cheryl Cole does it. We’ve been doing it for years. What are we talking about? Wearing tan tights of course!
That’s right; the secret is out. Some of the world’s most admired women, including former supermodels Carla Bruni Sarkozy and Claudia Schiffer, rely on ultra-sheer tights to give their pins that flawless, dewy finish. Grazia magazine was first to spot the secret (and I’m proud to say they even asked my advice on the top tights! read the article here), closely followed by the Daily Express who reported that 81% of British women prefer to wear tan tights in the Summer due to the instant sun-kissed, polished effect they give. As Grazia recently declared, tan tights are “the way to go this season”, and with that roll-call of fashion authorities backing them, who are we to argue?
Sheer nude hosiery has come a long way since the Eighties when wearing tan tights wasn’t exactly subtle. Now, with developments in hosiery technology making durable ultra-fine yarns possible, tights like Sarah Jessica Parker’s favourite Shelina by Falke are so sheer that wearers are often presumed to have stunning bare legs. Shelina tights are also available in a toeless or hipster version so that you can wear them with anything without giving the game away.
Another celebrity favourite is Wolford’s Luxe 9 style, which at only £11 for perfectly toned- and tanned-looking limbs is much less expensive and an awful lot less hassle than a wax and a spray tan. Something Falke’s Shelina and Wolford’s Luxe 9 have in common is that they’re both made without using elastane in the legs, which makes them cooler to wear than most sheer tights, so there’s no longer a worry that you’ll be frazzled in the warm weather (if it ever comes back, that is). Even without elastane, both of these bare-leg-look styles offer superb fit and superior comfort in wearing. Once you’ve given them a try, you really will wonder what you ever did without them!
Apparently little-known by the celebs but a big hit with us here in the MyTights office are La Perla’s Leger tights. These 4-denier-appearance tights have got it all going on: they’re surprisingly strong, unbelievably soft and they give your legs an other-worldly glow that has to be seen to be believed. We bet that if glamour queens SJP and Cheryl knew about these, there’d be a serious increase in cases of leg-envy the world over …
The most affordable option comes from none other than Pretty Polly, and their Naturals range is a brilliantly purse-friendly collection of nude-look styles. Our picks are the Almost Naked 5D tights and the Naturals Open Toe 8D tights, both of which will perfect your pins and add a hint of colour.
If you haven’t yet tried tan tights, now is definitely the time: after all, if it’s how pop stars, supermodels and Hollywood actresses maintain their immaculate-looking legs, we definitely want in!
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