Having founded a hosiery company, one of the most common questions I’m asked is which tights I couldn’t live without. Whilst a thorough list of all the styles I’ve worn and liked over the years would probably equate to the length of a Dickensian novel, I’ve rounded up a collection of essentials that I turn to on a near weekly basis. Chosen for their quality, versatility and classic style, consider these my ‘desert island hosiery picks!’
Bare Leg Looks
Weather permitting, at this time of year, I try to wear bare leg hosiery as often as possible. What I love about ultra sheer hosiery is that it looks as if I’m not wearing anything on my legs at all, yet helps to even out skin tone and create a moisturised finish. Anyone who frequently visits the blog will know that my absolute favourites are the Falke Shelina Tights, thanks to their flawless 8 denier appearance and 12 denier strength. Made in 7 skin tone shades as well as classic black, I promise you that owning a pair of these will be your finest fashion choice to date. If you love to dig out strappy shoes during the summer months, they also come in a toeless variation, complete with handy toe loop to keep the style in place.
If I’m in the mood to wear something a little more noticeable on my legs but still want to stay cool, another one of my favourites are the Oroblu Sensuel 13 Tights. Available in an array of colours, these 13 denier tights have a silky soft finish and slight sheen that’s perfect for wearing to elegant events. If I want to add some extra luxury to my legs, the best on the market for that are the Falke Fond de Poudre Tights. Boasting a slight sheen finish and enough shades to give you an abundance of choice, they feel uber soft against your legs and have a sandal toe, so can be worn with any footwear you wish. Or if you’re on a budget, another fab choice are the Aristoc Ultra Shine Tights, which are particularly great for swankier occasions, with an extra glossy finish that adds a little panache to your look for just £6 a pair.
The next style in my hosiery capsule are hard to group, as they look like sheer tights, but are actually opaque! Before you think I’m going mad, allow me to introduce you to the Wolford Neon 40 Tights. Typically Wolford in that they really do go the extra mile and are virtually indestructible, these glossy 40 denier tights have the durability and warmth of an opaque, but appear like 20 denier sheers! Perfect for masking imperfections and working to almost camouflage your legs, these are incredibly popular and come in a host of different shades.
Fishnet tights are particularly on trend at the moment, and despite their open net design, can be worn all year round with some careful styling My favourites are the Trasparenze Rita Tights, which have a larger than average net for a twist on the classic style. Perfect everywhere from the workplace to the
I tend to wear less loud patterns now than I used to, but when I do, I like to opt for classic prints that have a habit of staying in fashion every season. Investing in a quality pair of fashion tights is a must, as they’re simply brilliant for updating plainer outfits. For me, the most classic print of all is polka dots, which is why I love the Adelle Tights from Italian label Oroblu. Featuring a plethora of small spots that run throughout and uninterrupted by a brief, they’re fab in that they’re understated enough to wear to the office, yet dressy enough should some impromptu after work socialising be on the cards.
While opaques may be the last thing of your mind in the middle of the summer (even during this damp patch), having a few pairs of quality opaques to hand is an absolute must. During the autumn and winter months, one of my favourite styles are the Falke Seidenglatt 70 Tights, with a warming 70 denier weight, beautifully shiny finish and kind of durability you’d expect from a quality brand. For dressing up, you should also take a look at the Wolford Satin de Luxe Tights, with their ultra shiny finish and subtle backseam.
Should we be unlucky enough to find ourselves in a seriously cold snap, no need to hibernate – simply grab a pair of the Falke Warm Deluxe Tights instead. Giving legs reassuring warmth the second you pull them on, these thermal tights utilise a soft plush technique that conserves heat and keeps the cold out! The other fleecy option I love are the Pretty Polly 200D Fleecy Opaque Tights, which feature a cosy fleeced lining and were once described by The Guardian as ‘the best thing to happen to winter since hot chocolate.’ Praise indeed!
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