Guest Blog: How to update your LBD – Tamar Kendall

Tamar Kendall is a fashion stylist who specialises in hosiery, we catch up with her to get her top tips and style advise for the festive season…

“Let’s be honest ladies, top of our agendas this time of year is finding the perfect little black dress to wear to our Christmas works do, and the hottest outfit for New Year’s Eve. In recent years however, the quandary of ‘what to wear’ has become ever more difficult with the current financial climate. Maybe you can only afford one new dress, or maybe you’re even wearing your age old fail-safe LBD. Fear not, this is no fashion disaster! I can show you how to make your money really work for you – wearing the same outfit to every social engagement, yet channelling a totally different look each time, with hosiery…

Go Luxe

Christmas is the perfect time to go ‘Luxe’ with your look and these Jonathan Aston Taylor tights are just perfect for it. The 60 denier tights are made from metallic threads woven into an opulent pattern. The make-up artist on this shoot commented that the tights look like molten gold and I couldn’t agree with her more! Very extravagant!

Suspender Style

Suspender tights are without a doubt THE top choice for any fashionista worth her Blahnik’s. Worn by the likes of Rihanna, Jessie J and Kimberly Wyatt this hot hosiery trend is being papped everywhere on just about everyone. Designer Henry Holland teamed up with Pretty Polly and cunningly came up with a design so versatile it can be worn with just about anything. There are a few variations on the style but here I chose the Mock Fishnet Suspender Tights – subtle but undeniably sexy.

Brit Fever

It’s official. Brit fever is here to stay! We are still buzzing from the excitement of the royal wedding, and now the 2012 Olympics have the Union Jack pinned firmly to our hearts. Pamela Mann have the perfect offering for all Brit fans – these funky Union Jack tights. Sure to add fun to any outfit,  wear them for bringing in the New Year, or even when you’re watching the Queen’s speech…. hurrah for good old Blighty!

Lush Lace

Speaking of royalty the ‘Queen of Shops’ herself, Mary Portas, has teamed up with super brand Charnos and created a brilliant range of tights to suit all women. Some basic, and some beautifully patterned to encourage women to be bolder with their hosiery choices. One pair in particular – Opulent Backseam Lace tights -  is bang on trend right now.

Top tip: In this shot I got the model to wear a pair of Falke sheer tights underneath the lace tights. This works fantastically for covering up any blemishes or uneven skin tone that may put you off wearing tights of this style.

Black on Nude

A massive trend for next year is black print on nude. Pamela Mann have put their own quirky twist on the look and designed these cool tattoo tights. Not only are they fun, they are surprisingly versatile – giving your look a rock edge, or even a cool retro vibe with the old sailor style tattoos. Admittedly, you won’t be wearing these for seasons to come but if you want to add a truly unique element to your outfit these tights are certainly the way to do it.

Polka Dots & Diamonds

British brand Charnos have just celebrated their 75th anniversary and to mark the momentous occasion created a selection of stunning, luxury hosiery. I just adore this cute and sparkly Brigitte design which features polka dots and diamante’s – what more could a gal want?! The tights are fantastic in quality and will add a big injection of romance and old-school glamour into your outfit.

In this shoot, I have shown you how one outfit can be reworked 6 times using hosiery. However My Tights offer such a vast selection of affordable and luxury hosiery the possibilities are truly endless. So no matter what your budget, you wont have to endure a clothes crises this year!”

Stylist: Tamar Kendall, Photographer: Gavin Kemp, Model: Lucy Roberts, Make-up Artist: Kate Johns

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