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Festival Fever

Wellies? Check. Baby wipes? Check. Backstage pass? Okay so I may not be able to help you with the last one, but the time has arrived to start prepping for a summer packed full of festivals and outdoor concerts. Whether it’s on homegrown soil or further afield, getting your outfit down to a T is a must, particularly if you’re heading to somewhere in good old Blighty. Come rain or shine, festival chic is a must have, and so I’ve rounded up a few tricks to ensure that you remain picture perfect all weekend long.

Adored and adorned by festival goers every year, wearing the right leg wear is about as important as remembering your ticket. Mud, grass and rain go hand in hand when it comes to festivals, so your trusty socks and tights will fast become your closest ally (bar the burger van). Soggy feet and chilly ankles have the potential to turn a good day upside down and back to front, so regardless of where you are pitching up and calling home for the weekend, take heed of some invaluable outfit pointers.

Going to Glastonbury?

More of a small town than a festival, Glastonbury has the potential to overwhelm even the most direction savvy of us. Given that it takes a good few hours to walk from one end to the other, comfy footwear is a must. After securing a decent pair of boots, chunky socks should be next on the list. Over the knee socks, ribbed or patterned, the list is endless. The usual rule of thumb tends to dictate that the thicker your socks, the happier your feet. Bearing in mind that you may get a little wet stood in the middle of Somerset, knee or over the knee length is a necessity. Working to protect both feet & footwear, along with acting like a cosy layer for bare legs, you’ll soon notice that aches are reduced and blisters are non-existent. For a goes-with-everything over the knee sock, dress your pins in the Trasparenze Dora Over The Knee Socks. Gorgeously soft and available in a range of shades, the faint ribbed detail adds a little interest. Stretching to above the knee, these are the perfect length to complement those denim cut offs.

Over Knee Socks

Fancy a colour pop? Perfect for when the sky is grey and everything around you is caked in mud, an injection of colour into outfits is the easiest way to make sure you stand out amongst the crowd. Not forgetting that Glasto is the birthplace of bohemian, all things rainbow tinted are embraced, from teepees to the waterproof ponchos. For your pick of the colour wheel, I can’t recommend the Cinzia Knee High Socks from Trasparenze enough. Made in almost every shade imaginable, the purse friendly price means you can even bring along a few pairs. Hugging your knees for a secure fit, these will peek over the tops of wellies and boots for a sweet touch. If, like me, you fancy showing off the full extent of your hosiery collection, there’s no reason why you can’t get a little creative with your patterns. The self-titled American ‘Print-cess’, Celeste Stein, have just about every design fathomable, from whimsical florals to patriotic flags. To embrace your inner hippy, treat pins to the A Powers Flowers Tights from the brand. Ideal for jazzing up understated dresses and keeping legs mud-free in the process, you’re bound to collect a few compliments as you make your way around.

Urban chic in the concrete jungle?

So you’ve politely declined the invitation to go camping/attend a barn dance/hiking and you’ve managed to convince everyone to stay in the comfort of the Big Smoke…but what on earth do you wear? Whilst waders and waterproofs may be acceptable deep in the English countryside, you’ll be hard pushed to find a mud slide in Hyde Park. For those lucky enough to go to London’s biggest music festival, Wireless, a wardrobe rethink may be in order. Out with outlandish patterns and in with urban chic as the bare legged look and quirky designs take over.

I’m sure as many of you know, I can’t champion the Falke Shelina Tights enough. Great for faking that no hosiery style, you can also cheat your way to that sun kissed glow (without having to leave the country!). With all shades reviewed by a dermatologist to help find the closest match, others will be left marveling at your brave choice to go without tights. Without a brief to make you reconsider hemlines and a realistic slight sheen finish, I love wearing these under shift dresses and teaming with my trusty ballet flats. Of course, no festival in London is complete without a tempestuous looking weather forecast, so luckily the bare leg look quickly adapts, with temperature regulating properties keeping you both refreshed in the sunshine and then warm when the temperature drops.

Of course, it goes without saying that London festivals are a natural habitat for young & emerging talent. From fashion designers to musicians, you can hardly walk two paces without witnessing a new trend unfolding. To show off your fashion credentials, anything by Henry Holland goes. Ahead of the polka dot trend that’s set to hit catwalks and high streets alike this season, the Reverse Polka Dot Tights are just the ticket. A favourite of mine, these go with and under just about everything. Showing off just a glimpse of leg beneath, these will take you from the main stage to the bar effortlessly. Likewise, the Suspender Tights from the young designer should be at the top of your festival wish list. Top Tip: If like me you adore eye catching hosiery but want to keep your look elegant, make sure that the rest of your outfit remains understated and pattern free. By keeping accessories minimal and your colour palette clean, you’ll soon have a chic look that you can wear to work.  Styled with a simple wrap dress and Chelsea boots, nothing says London cool quite like a cutting edge designer.

Still worried about the weather? For those that can’t stomach the thought of blue lips and the shivers, you’ll be pleased to know that footless tights and leggings are back on the trend barometer this season. From florescent to patterned, there’s bound to be a pair for any and every occasion. So whether you’re after a secret layer or a playful touch to an understated dress or skirt, be sure to include a few pairs in your weekend bag.

Phew! I’ve got festival fatigue just thinking about it!

Laura

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The New Festival Fashion Tips: Your ultimate go-to guide

We’ve already brought you some of the hottest looks from this year’s Glasto, and now, with festival season already half way through, here is your definitive guide to the new festival fashion.  If you didn’t manage to get to Glastonbury or T in the Park this year, there are still loads to choose from, including the Big Chill and Bestival.  And even better, we’re here with the looks you need, whether you’re sitting in a muddy field or watching the coverage at home.

1. Do steal Beyonce’s style from that Glasto set.  Team gold sequins with black basics (may we suggest a dress rather than just pants if you’re planning on wearing it to the pub), and finish with nude fishnet tights.

2. Do adapt celeb looks for everyday wear.  Poppy Delevigne may be able to pull off bright red skinny fit trousers, but let’s face it, most of us can’t.  For a more wearable alternative, try red tights with a dark denim dress, or under denim hotpants à la Alexa Chung.  For style leaders, try this season’s bottle green.

3. DO match your accessories.  Florals are always a summer staple, and this year it’s all about the headwear.  Match yours to floral Pamela Mann tights for double the fashion points, but toughen up with a black leather jacket or army boots to avoid looking too cutesy.

4. DON’T be scared to try something new.  Love her or loathe her, Taylor Momsen’s legs looked fabulous during her set at T in the Park.  Get the same effect with some on-trend suspender tights, or make like Jessie J in some monochrome patterns.  Team with preppy basics for a great day-to-night look.

5. DO go for glam ankle socks if it’s too hot for tights.  Choose from a rainbow of colours and pair with shorts skirts and sandals: they’re so cheap, why not choose a few different colours and use them to transform any outfit?

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Glasto Envy

You’d think I’d be over it by now.  I have after all endured a lifetime of not going to Glastonbury.

This is not for want of trying I can assure you.

There are signs that my chronic Glastonbury envy is getting easier to deal with each passing year however.  This time it has taken only a week for it to subside enough for me to do a quick round up of the fashion treats on offer at the UK’s most revered festival.

I’ve said before that tights are a festival essential.  Festival pro Kate Moss has been spotted sporting a pair of black fishnet tights.  Fishnet made a strong showing at Glastonbury this year.  Ke$ha performed in a pair of wide net fishnets which gave real attitude to her ripped, off the shoulder t-shirt.  For a similar look try the Jonathan Aston Burlesque Midinet Tights with their larger net design  – give them a rock and roll edge by putting some extra holes in them like Ke$ha.  If you are really daring you could even try this look with fishnet hold ups. Rather than pulling them up to the mid thigh as you normally would, choose a smaller size and wear them lower down the leg – more like over the knee socks.  With their plain tops and wide net the Jonathan Aston Midinet Hold Ups are perfect for this look.

Even Beyonce got in on the fishnet craze, performing her electrifying set on the Sunday night in a pair of nude coloured fishnets.   If you are thinking of emulating Beyonce not only do we wish you all the luck in the world – we’d also recommend you do so using Levante Fishnet Tights which come in a natural and mocca as well as the standard black.

It is no surprise that sock and welly combos we were popular with those that had to brave the mud with the rest of the crowds.  Pixie Geldof went for a little flash of colour under her trusty wellies like hundreds of hardy festival goers.  Knee high socks in bright colours like Trasparenze’s Cinzia Knee High Socks work well for this look as do over the knee socks like the Pamela Mann Ribbed over the Knee Socks.

For me though, outfit of the weekend goes to Alexa Chung.  Once the rain eased off a little, she slipped into an impossibly white sun dress teamed with cute black jodhpur boots and grey socks.  Now it is easy enough to lay my hands on a white cotton dress and those Jonathan Aston Slouch Socks in just the right shade of grey.  Would anyone care to donate a Chanel handbag to complete the look?

Emily

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Vist the Festival Shop Now >

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GET THE LOOK: LACE TIGHTS

Lace tights have been on the fashion radar for a few seasons now, but the eagle-eyed hosiery hunters here at MyTights HQ have noticed a full-scale celebrity obsession developing. From uptown girl Olivia Palermo to rock royalty Pixie Geldof, everyone’s in on it, so if you haven’t investigated lace legwear yet, here’s how to work it into your look.

Our latest drop of Henry Holland tights for Pretty Polly includes this incredible Lace Bodysuit, but you don’t have to have a Lady Gaga moment to make it work for you – it makes a brilliant on-trend base layer under shorts, skirts and dresses. Although if you are taking cues from Lady Gaga, be sure to invest in some Spanx to preserve your modesty and give you a sleek silhouette! If you’re not sure the bodysuit is for you, we’ve also got Henry Holland’s Lace Panel tights. Henry’s added serious edge to classic black lace hosiery with solid black panels down the front of the legs – think Gossip Girl’s Taylor Momsen, the actress and budding rock star who plays rebel Jenny Humphrey, and grunge them up with lace-up boots and a thigh-grazing mini.

Taylor Momsen

At the other end of the Gossip Girl style spectrum ultra-polished Park Avenue princess Blair Waldorf, played by the gorgeous Leighton Meester, has been seen sporting a more demure take on the lace tights trend. Paired with a tailored coat and classic Mary-Jane heels, she takes the look from racy and rebellious to graceful and girly, and with these Pretty Polly Lace Tights, you can channel her Upper East Side style without breaking the bank. As Blair demonstrates, lace tights are a classic way to bring a touch of feminine charm to an otherwise prim ensemble, evoking the unmistakably French allure of iconic couture house Chanel – with a chic black pencil skirt and white blouse, lace tights will take you from desk to dinner date with elegance and ease.

Luckily, now that the weather is warming up, lace doesn’t have to be restricted to tights! Jonathan Aston’s Sweet Roses Anklets are just the thing for taking on another of spring’s big trends – socks with sandals. Unashamedly girly, these are perfect for daintily balancing out the chunky heels we’ve seen all over the catwalks. We think Alexa Chung, who was recently papped at Paris Fashion Week flashing her lace-top hold ups under her chunky coat, would wear these with her new favourite high-heeled clogs and denim shorts for a quirky off-duty look on sunny summer days.

So there you have it – whether you’re after rock chic, classic elegance or kooky cool, lace hosiery is the must-have item that you definitely need in your wardrobe!

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I WANT TO LIVE IN THE HOUSE THAT HOLLAND BUILT

Henry Holland House TightsHere at MyTights, we’re all feeling a little disappointed by the lack of sunny weather that spring is supposed to bring, which is why we’ve turned our attention to something that will guarantee to put the spring back in your step! His name is Henry Holland and he is one of the best things that have happened to Fashion this year!

With a renowned reputation for being edgy and quirky with his designs, it was a shock to learn of the British designer’s recent collaboration with the laid-back classic American cool of Levis Strauss jeans. But the partnership has proved a refreshing one; the range consists of eight unique denim styles, as well as black and flesh coloured striped T-shirts. Henry’s influence on the collection is palpable, as most pieces are accented with golden buckles and contrasting black denim straps with an exclusive purple House of Holland patch to complete all designs. If this wasn’t cool enough, Indie poster girl and NY club scene alum Leigh Lezark will be the face of the latest ad campaign.

Not only is the designer liaising with the top dogs over seas, but he has also launched his new collection H! By Henry Holland at Debenhams. Gal pal and muse to the designer Pixie Geldof is the face of the new collection and she’s featured in all of the campaigns.

If you’re fashion savvy and want a piece of the action, I suggest you turn to MyTights where in only a matter of days the pioneering designs of Henry Holland’s Spring/Summer collection will be available! Tights which carry Henry’s famous prints will be bursting onto MyTights’ screens, so be sure to have your mouse at the ready before they sell out like the last collection!

And as if the new collection wasn’t enough, the sell-out Super Suspender Tights will be back too! An endless list of celebs, such as Frankie from the Saturdays, Agyness Deyn, Pixie Geldof, Alexa Chung and Miquita Oliva have all been pictured wearing Henry Holland’s super suspender tights, an item that has become as much iconic of the designer as bumsters were of the late Alexander Mcqueen!

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