Falke Leg Aesthetics: A Guide

Falke Shaping Panty 15D Tights

Falke Shaping Panty 15D Tights

Between slogging away at your desk, the school run, or spending what feels like an eternity standing on the tube, there’s rarely any time to look after number one. Cue the amazing Leg Aesthetics range from German brand Falke, all of which are designed to make day to day life that little bit easier. The range is split into three different collections: Shaping, made with clever control tops to iron out lumps and bumps; Vitalizer, employing medium strength compression to eradicate tired pins; and Energizer, again helping to combat lethargic legs but offering a stronger compression factor. But as with other ‘techy tights’, it can be difficult to know what all the jargon means, so I thought it would be useful to round up the ranges and make it crystal clear what each collection can offer you.

Shaping

Giving your figure a defined shape and smoothing out problem zones, the Shaping range benefits from invisible shaping effect tops, discreetly flattening the stomach whilst ironing out your hips. Working alongside the shaping top, you’ll also find a shaping effect panty that targets the bottom and thighs. You’d be forgiven for thinking that a shaping effect might be uncomfortable and give you that dreaded ‘squeezing’ feeling, but fret not, for Falke have ensured all-day comfort thanks to innovative materials that caress the leg without constricting it. If you’re a fan of sheer tights, check out the Falke Shaping Panty 15D Tights, opting for the 20D alternative if you’re after something a little thicker. Or if you’re ready to wrap up warm and embrace the winter, the Shaping Panty 50D Tights are for you, keeping you snug without being thick enough to leave you melting once you reach the safety of the office!

Vitalizer

Next up is the Vitalizer range, which is brilliant if you often find yourself cursing your aching legs come the end of the day. This collection uses a medium strength pressure distribution, so is a great place to start if you have relatively little experience in wearing support tights. The magic works by applying gentle pressure to the legs, which in turn sends blood pumping around your arteries and veins to prevent legs from feeling heavy and tired. Leaving your legs full of vitality, they’re perfect for anyone who regularly embarks on long haul journeys, as well as anyone who spends long periods of time stationary or on your feet. Oh, and they’ve also thrown in a shaping effect for good measure! If it’s sheer tights you prefer, the Vitalizer 20D Tights should be your port of call. For something a little more cosy, take a look at the 40D alternative. But don’t worry about missing out if you’re not a fan of wearing tights altogether, the Vitalizer 20D Knee Highs offer the same benefits and can be worn beneath work trousers or jeans!

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Falke Leg Energizer 50D Knee Highs

 Energizer

If you’re accustomed to wearing support hosiery and require a stronger control factor, this is where the Energizer range comes into its own. With an added impact of arteries and veins, the range will actively energize and stimulate your legs, increasing your mobility and benefitting from a shaping effect for slender looking legs. Again, Falke have catered for every preference, with two pairs of tights, one in a 30D and the other in a 50D depending on the weather, as well as two pairs of knee high socks (predictably also in a 30D and 50D).

Chic, functional and leaving your legs looking great from the inside out – what are you waiting for?

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How NOT to wear hold ups!

Amber Rose

Amber Rose

While this blog usually celebrates the style choices of the rich and famous, this week we’re giving you all a lesson in how NOT to wear hosiery. Case in point: model and ex girlfriend of Kanye West, Amber Rose, who paired her nude hold ups with an extremely risqué black satin lace dress. From top to bottom, the look just didn’t do anything for us! That said, hold ups are a great choice for those of you who often overheat in tights, and it just so happens we have an incredible selection for you to choose from. With the winter fast approaching, we’ve rounded up the very best opaque hold ups on the market.

For everyday wear, the Levante 50D Suede Matte Opaque Hold Ups are a fab choice. Leaving change leftover from a tenner and available in two shades, these 50 denier hold ups will keep your legs snug in the autumn, and come with lace tops to add a little elegance to your day to day looks. If you like these but are after something with more durability, head to the Pure Matt 50D Hold Ups from German brand Falke. Offering a classic matte finish and with generous 6.5cm tops, they’ll stand the test of time and work across all occasions.

Trasparenze Miranda 70D Hols Ups

Trasparenze Miranda 70D Hols Ups

When the weather becomes particularly unsavoury, you’ll want to wrap up warm – namely with the Trasparenze Miranda 70D Hold Ups, available in an array of shades and with reinforcement at the toe to remain in pristine condition. Luxury seeker? The Wolford Fatal 80 Seamless Stay Ups are for you, made without any seams to remain hidden beneath figure hugging outfits. What’s more, they’re typically Wolford – super soft to touch and oozing quality. Last but not least something for the party goers with the Charnos Lurex Opaque Backseam Hold Ups, which combine a classic 50 denier leg with sparkly jewelled backseam to add a flourish of glamour.

Amber Rose… never again!

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The perfect tights formula?

Is it too cold for sheers? Or will I be chilly come the evening? Maybe I should pack a spare pair of opaques in my bag just in case? Sound familiar? Knowing what to wear on your legs depending on the weather is the age old fashion dilemma, but one Nottingham based scientist thinks he’s cracked it when it comes to choosing the perfect pair.

Dr James Hind, a researcher at Nottingham Trent University has devised a (quite frankly confusing) formula as to the most suitable thickness to wear in differing weather conditions. Stemming from his time wearing tights as part of a Robin Hood production, the scientist undertook a study monitoring wind speed and temperature to provide the following equation…

 formula

 

Hmm, we’re sure what Dr Hind is saying makes perfect sense to him, but it doesn’t account for the fact that British weather can switch between all four seasons in any given day! We do agree with some of his sentiments though, namely that thick opaque tights are perfect for the winter months… although wasn’t that obvious anyway?

Want to put his calculations to the test? Shop our whole range of tights before you head off >

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Laura’s Choice: Zandra Rhodes for Jonathan Aston!

MyTights Hannah with Zandra herself

MyTights Hannah with Zandra herself

You may remember some time ago now we blogged about attending the launch of an exciting new hosiery collaboration between one of our favourite brands, Jonathan Aston, and world renowned fashion designer Zandra Rhodes (a Dame, FYI.) Well we’re pleased to announce the new collection has landed at MyTights HQ… and it does anything but disappoint! At the launch, we got a sneak preview into some of the patterns and prints that might be on offer, and it’s been great to see how these have been transferred into chic and above all, wearable pieces.

As far as partnerships go, we think this one’s a real winner. On a par with strawberries and cream, fish and chips and even Ant & Dec, the range offers designer fashion for your legs but without the A-list price tag! With three pairs of gorgeous fashion tights in the mix and a pair of ankle socks for good measure, we’ve rounded up the collection that everyone’s talking about…

Zandra Rhodes for Jonathan Aston Peacock Net Tights

Zandra Rhodes for Jonathan Aston Peacock Net Tights

Now, anyone who’s followed the career of Rhodes will know that she’s famed for adding quirky touches to her fashion, so much so that she’s developed a couple of trademark traits, one of which being peacock print. Taking advantage of the hosiery expertise offered by Jonathan Aston, the designer has created the gorgeous Peacock Net Tights, which are made from a tulle base to reveal a slight glimpse of skin. Covered in an intricate effect reminiscent of peacocks, they’ll offer a decorative touch to evening outfits, and contain Lycra, so will fit like a glove. If you like these but don’t often wear tights, Rhodes has also created an ankle socks alternative. Great for wearing with heels and flats alike, the socks come with elastic tops and are reinforced at the toe to halt the effect of wear and tear.

Another of Rhodes’ trademarks has also made the cut in the Safety Pin Tights. Beginning at the waistband, these 60 denier opaques not only keep you warm, but come with a quirky backseam to draw attention to your legs. Extending down the leg in wayward fashion before wrapping around your lower legs, the ‘chain-like’ print culminates in embellished safety pins to give your whole look some wow factor. But don’t worry about the health hazards – the pins are printed to appear like the real thing, just without the inevitable bleeding!

Zandra Rhodes for Jonathan Aston Wiggle Tights

Zandra Rhodes for Jonathan Aston Wiggle Tights

Last but not least, the collection also comprises the Wiggle Tights. Fabulously fun and great for injecting some prints into plainer outfits, these black semi-opaques feature a squiggly effect that runs throughout. Created by hundreds of tiny holes that cover the leg in contrast to the opaque base, these are great for wearing to parties, and are made sheer to waist, so work with any hemline!

And just in case you were after a spot of designer fashion but nothing’s caught your eye here, Jonathan Aston have also worked alongside Celia Birtwell for another gorgeous range. Now that’s only way to celebrate your 50th birthday!

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Patterned Tights Alert: Heather Graham!

Heather Graham

Heather Graham

 

Here at MyTights HQ, we love the autumn months. Not only does everywhere look that little bit prettier, it also means we start to see celebrities ditching their bare legs and opting for prints and patterns! Starting the trend this week was The Hangover actress Heather Graham, who stepped through LAX Airport in this chic ensemble, looking anything BUT hungover. Sporting a black knitted jumper with high waisted shorts and ankle boots, what gave her outfit the wow factor for us were her cute patterned tights. Taking her outfit from plain to perfect in a matter of seconds, patterned tights are a great (and inexpensive) way of updating an outfit. Love the look of her legs? Checking out our selection of patterned tights is a must!

Charnos Geo Shine Tights

Charnos Geo Shine Tights

For a classic print similar to Heather’s, make headway towards the Pamela Mann Sheer Dotty Tights, featuring an elegant spotty print that covers the leg. Chic enough to wear in the office as well as evening events, they come in three colour combinations and won’t break the bank, either! But if you’re looking for something a little edgier, the Charnos Geo Shine Tights could be your next port of call. Running sheer to waist, these fashion tights have a stylish geometric effect to catch the eye, and are made from tulle net, so will show through a slight glimpse of skin.

One of the most popular prints every autumn is plaid. Summing up what’s so fab about autumn fashion, a great way to wear the trend is with the Charnos Plaid Opaque Tights, which are great for adding a preppy touch to outfits, especially for events like Bonfire Night! Last but not least in our favourite patterned picks are the Wolford Clair Tights, with an all over lace effect that’s nothing short of exquisite. Perfect for special events, they’re finished off with a scalloped waistband to add to the overall feeling of luxury.

Not seen anything that takes your fancy? Check out all our prints and patterns before you leave!

 

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September – time for semi-opaques!

Wolford Neon 40 Tights

Wolford Neon 40 Tights

Started to pack away your sheers? We don’t know about you, but we’ve noticed the temperatures have almost dropped overnight as we make the transition to autumn. While this does mean the end of bare legs, sandals and sun hats, there is one perk to the change in the season – and that’s semi opaque tights! Thick enough to protect your legs from that early morning chill but thin enough to mean you won’t be a flustered mess by the time you reach the office, semi opaques are the perfect choice for this tricky is it summer/is it autumn period! What’s more, they look great too, so it’s a win-win. To make things a little easier for you, we’ve rounded up a selection of our favourite semi opaque tights to wear across the autumn period.

One perk of semi-opaque deniers is that they’re great for covering over blemishes or skin imperfections. If this sounds like something for you, the very best on the market are the Wolford Neon 40 Tights, which will appear like a 20 denier, but have the coverage and durability of a 40! What’s more, they have a lovely shiny finish to give your looks a dash of glamour. Or if you prefer something a little more understated, the Austrian brand have a matte semi opaque too, in the Wolford Perfectly 30 Tights – ideal for the office!

Aristoc 30D Opaque Tights

Aristoc 30D Opaque Tights

If you’re on the budget, turn your attention to the Pretty Polly 40D Silk Finish Tights, which come two per pack and have an elegant slight sheen that’s perfect for wearing day or night. And at just £5 a pack, they’ll leave change leftover for a Friday night drink! For something in the mid price points, our favourites are the Sensuel 30 Tights from Oroblu. Not only are they available in a host of shades, but they’re virtually indestructible, so will last across the season. In a similar vein, be sure to also check out the 30D Opaque Tights from Aristoc, which feel far more luxurious than their price tag would suggest!

Take a look at all our semi opaque tights before you head off…

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Celeb style: Demi Lovato in Fishnets!

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato

 

If you keep one eye on the celeb sphere like us, you’ll know that fishnets are fast becoming the legwear of choice for anyone who’s anyone in the showbiz world. This week saw the annual VMA’s take place, known for its outrageous performances and risqué fashion. One such outfit caught our eye, coming from pop superstar Demi Lovato, who, while performing alongside hip hop queen Iggy Azalea, wore a pair of, you guessed it…fishnet tights! The perfect choice for her bondage inspired bodysuit, her fishnets stood out perfectly against her knee high leather boots. Okay, so we might not dig out our own diamante bodysuit on a daily basis, but you too can try out the fishnet trend this season with the incredible selection at MyTights. Whether you opt to show off your legs for an evening event a la Demi or try out a durable pair of micronets for the office, you’ll find everything at MyTights.com.

Jonathan Aston Micronet Tights

Jonathan Aston Micronet Tights

The everyday gems: Affordable, available in a host of colours and always on hand to transform your look, anyone looking to try out fishnets for the first time should head to the Pamela Mann Fishnet Tights!

The workplace wonders: Offering a similar level of coverage to sheers but with some extra durability, try out the Jonathan Aston Micronet Tights in the workplace. Showing through a subtle hint of leg, they’re great for updating tired dresses and come in black as well as a chic natural shade.

The fashion forward: Classic styles are all well and good, but for occasions where something a little funkier is necessary, take a look at the brand new Charnos Floral Opaque Tights! With their tulle net, they’ll show through a tasteful glimpse of leg and feature a gorgeously decorative floral effect.

The luxury option: If you’re looking to build a hosiery capsule, investing in a pair of classic fishnets is a must. Our favourites are the Wolford Twenties Tights! Completely seamless for all day comfort, they’ll stay hidden beneath figure hugging styles and stand the test of time.

Shop all our fishnets before you leave >

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Laura’s Choice: Back To School!

Pex 70D Opaque Children's Tights (2PP)

Pex 70D Opaque Children’s Tights (2PP)

Been counting down the days until your afternoons don’t consist of scrubbing crayon off the walls? Fret not, as the summer holidays are drawing to a close, with most schools around the country beginning a new school year next week. While we’re sure you’ve been busily snapping up more pens than they’ll ever need, school shoes and that new Disney bag she just HAD to have, have you stopped for a moment to think about what she’ll be wearing on her legs? From multipacks that save you cash through to premium cotton tights to keep her snug when the temperature plummets, the back to school favourites at MyTights are well worth a look.

And with all those new school essentials undoubtedly leaving a dent in your wallet, you can get a fabulous 3 for 2 on all kid’s hosiery until 2nd September, using voucher code 3FOR2KIDS at the basket page!

Country Kids Warmer Cotton Children's Tights

Country Kids Warmer Cotton Children’s Tights

Proving that school uniform doesn’t have to break the bank, the first option in our line up are the Pex 70D Opaque Children’s Tights. Coming in at just £4.40 for two pairs, these matte tights are perfect for the classroom and come in an array of uniform colours (from black to bottle green) so you’re bound to find a pair to match her uniform and ensure you won’t land her in hot water come the first day of term. If you’re worried about her feeling the cold during break time, wrap her up warm in the Pex Cotton Rich Children’s Tights or Country Kids Warmer Cotton Children’s Tights. Made using 70% and 82% cotton respectively, both pairs will feel super soft against her skin and offer you that extra peace of mind on the chillier days. What’s more, they’re available in a huge selection of sizes, so you’re likely to be able to grab a pair for your entire brood! Or for something for her to wear while the weather is still on the mild side, take a look at the Country Kid’s Ankle Socks, with sweet frilly tops that will declare her the fashion star of the classroom!

Are the dreaded teenage years in full swing? Odds are they won’t want to wear anything their ‘past it’ parents would choose for them, so for a safe bet, I’d recommend the Pamela Mann 50 Denier Tights. Made in a one size fits all but starting at heights of 5’0, these 50 denier tights have a slight sheen finish that’s appropriate for school and also benefit from a reinforced toe, so will last that little bit longer.

Make sure you check out our whole section of back to school tights before you race to the basket page!

Until next time…

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Swifty in Suspender Tights!

Selena & Taylor

Selena & Taylor

 

A week without Taylor Swift cropping up somewhere in our hosiery blog doesn’t happen very often. Considered (by us at least) to have the best dressed legs in showbiz, the pop superstar has done it again, wearing a pair of gorgeous suspender tights on stage during her acclaimed 1989 tour. Having performed with everyone from Little Mix to none other than Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe from Friends between me and you) as part of her tour, the star celebrated the final leg of her world adventure with none other than best pal Selena Gomez. Pairing her suspenders with thigh high black boots and an embellished white two piece, she was also spotted mouthing ‘I love you’ to DJ boyfriend Calvin Harris…

Anyway, back to her tights! We loved Swifty’s look so much, we’ve been busy compiling out favourite suspender styles ever since in our bid to mirror her outfit. Giving the same look as stockings without the hassle of clips and garter belts, cue our top mock suspenders…

Henry Holland Super Suspender Tights

Henry Holland Super Suspender Tights

Cheating your way to chic, the hosiery world went mad for Henry Holland’s Super Suspender Tights a few years back, and their popularity doesn’t look set to fall any time soon. Worn by countless celebrities and offering a classic look, these 40 denier tights have a 20 denier sheer panel at the top and printed straps to mirror a stockings style. For a similar look with a little added luxury, also take a look at the Charnos Boudoir Lace Suspender Tights, which come with an exquisite lace panel to give your look a last minute splash of sophistication.

Always like to go for something slightly different? For fishnet fans, the Aristoc Mock Suspender Fishnet Tights should be your priority, with a classic net base and lace effect mock hold up tops at thigh height. On a similar note, last week we welcomed the Trasparenze AW15 fashion into our HQ, and the Eliodoro Tights were amongst our favourites. Featuring striped panels printed with spots, these mock suspenders will update outfits in an instant, and come with a printed panty for extra elegance.

Why not browse our entire mock suspenders range?

 

 

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Emma Roberts in sheer anklets!

Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts

 

She’s the niece of Julia Roberts and an up and coming film star in her own right, so it goes without saying that Emma Roberts would have her own personal sense of style. And it appears she’s inherited her famous aunt’s impeccable dress sense too, stepping out across the pond in this gorgeous monochrome ensemble. Pairing a chic black and white mini dress with heeled sandals, the star of the show for us were her gorgeous sheer ankle socks, which added a rock chick touch to her look. Don’t think you need a Hollywood budget to mirror her gorgeous outfit either – as MyTights are on hand with our collection of copy cat ankle socks!

Falke Shelina Anklets

Falke Shelina Anklets

For a particularly similar pair, head to the Falke Shelina Anklets in Black, or the Levante Ritz Anklets in Nero, both of which have a sheer weight and simple appearance. But if you’re keen to inject some pattern into an otherwise plain look, it has to be the Pamela Mann All Over Hearts Anklet, which have a series of opaque love hearts to send hearts a flutter and bring out your inner romantic. For something equally chic, the Trasparenze Argo Socks have a gorgeous floral lace effect and are perfect for taking a day outfit into the evening.

Or if the weather means that something a little thicker is in order, the Trasparenze Monique Ankle Socks have always been a firm favourite of ours, and come with a host of brighter colours as well as black.

Shop all ankle socks here >

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