While the emphasis may have been on the latest bunch of hopefuls competing in the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent, something else stood out for the MyTights team during last night’s results show. Taking to the stage for the first time in 4 years (time flies!), judge Alesha Dixon showed all the contestant how it’s done, with an all-singing, all-dancing rendition of her latest single. As catchy a tune as it may be, our favourite thing about the performance were her fishnet tights! It’s fair to say her extravagant two-piece was probably a little too risqué for a trip to the shops, but we loved her choice of legwear, so much so that we’ve rounded up our favourite fishnet fancies on offer. Perfect for this time of year, fishnets should form part of a summer capsule for any fashion-conscious lady. Here’s our top 5!
Levante Fishnet Tights
If it’s a classic net you’re after à la Alesha, the Levante Fishnet Tights are the perfect place to start, with two timeless shades and purse-friendly price. Every woman should own a pair like these, not only slotting seamlessly into your evening wear but your office wardrobe to boot.
While we’d never turn our noses up at a pair of black fishnets, sometimes only a splash of colour will liven up our outfits. Fashion favourites Pamela Mann agree, with their Fishnet Tights, available in 9 colours, ranging from the safety of black through to Flo Yellow.
Jonathan Aston Oxygen Tights
The Fashion Forward
As great as classic nets are, fishnets are forever being reinvented, and never more so than with the Jonathan Aston Oxygen Tights, with a unique curved net that reminds us of the art deco period. Or if seams are your weakness, take a look at the Oroblu April Tights, with a side seam stretching along the outside leg compelte with attractive tricot effect.
The hold ups
It’s not only tights on offer at MyTights. If you prefer the look and feel of hold ups, treating yourself to the Pamela Mann Fishnet Hold Ups is a must, with their classic design and elegant lace tops. And just £5 a pair!
Nets never go out of fashion, so make sure you check out our complete range of fishnets before you depart.
MyTights exclusively provides Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon with tights for the show, and we love how polished and on trend she always looks. As we look at how her legwear has gone wrong in the past and how fab she looks with the correct sheers, we thought it was time to remind you – and ourselves –about the dos and don’t of sheer tights…
- Spend some time choosing the correct shade – you can afford to go slightly darker for a sunkissed look or exactly match your skintone, but don’t go too pale as it will look odd, as poor Alesha discovered. Falke have redeveloped their range of skintone shades offered with a dermatologist, so there’s no excuse to not get the perfect shade for your skin.
- Choose the correct size – baggy knees and wrinkly ankles will ruin the bare leg look. Get the right size and you won’t spend the whole day hoisting them up or readjusting on your legs – use the size guides if you’re not sure, as every brand is bound to fit different shapes differently.
- Think about your outfit and choose your sheers accordingly. You don’t want to opt for a boxer brief style if you’re wearing tiny shorts or a micro mini, so go sheer to waist so no visible reinforcement will peek out. Similarly if you’re planning on wearing peep toes consider going for an open toe style, or at the very least a sheer toe to avoid them looking too obvious.
- Opt for a shiny finish if you want a bare leg look – glossy products like the Aristoc Ultra range are super glam but obvious, too. If you’re worried about chunky calves or less-than-svelte thighs you should also avoid shiny tights as they can be unflattering. Matte tights make the legs look slimmer, but for the best natural look the ideal finish is a slight sheen that will mimic the natural glow of your skin.
- Settle for the wrong shade or rush the buying process – think about what you need from your tights before you buy them. Do you need a comfy style you can wear all day? You might want to think about getting tights with a cotton gusset. Wearing to drinks under a slinky dress? Control top tights might be a good option that will slim as well as flatter your pins.
- Be scared to try something new – innovation in hosiery is happening all the time which means trying something different to your usual sheers could make all the difference. Some styles use bicomponent yarns, which give a flawless finish, cool feel and are more durable than their ultra sheer appearance suggests, while ladder resist styles can make your life easier with a little added durability for strength in the face of hectic schedules.