Forget diamonds, bare leg look tights are a girl’s real best friend. Like make-up for your legs, bare leg look hosiery will blend blemishes, vanquish veins and perk up pale, pasty pins. And with an army of celebrity fans, headed up by Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and Queen of Sheer Tights, it’s no wonder that sales of sheer tights have rocketed over the last year.
To help you through the maze of options, I have written a guide to getting the coveted bare leg look, so you can discover the right pair for you in a matter of minutes…
Best for: the ultimate bare leg look
My absolute favourite bare leg look products are made from bi-component (usually Sideria) yarns, which simply give an absolutely unbeatable look on the leg. With a 7 denier appearance and 15 denier strength, the Charnos Simply Bare 7D Sideria Tights are a fabulous everyday option thanks to their budget busting price. If you’re type of girl that loves a bargain, I’d also suggest taking a look at the Pretty Polly Naturals collection – a range of 7 styles in 5-8 denier, with a cooling finish that means legs feel as great as they look. Too scared to debut your pasty pins? Then I recommend the Oroblu Suntime Tights, as these ultra sheers come in a range of skintone shades designed to give your skin a subtle glow. And last but definitely not least, the Falke Shelina Tights are my absolute must have – I wear them all summer long and no one can ever believe I’m wearing tights. Not only do they give the best finish on your legs, the colours were relaunched last year with the help of actual dermatologists, so they now come in an array of shades that look even more natural on the leg.
The Falke Shelina products are by no means the only styles to come in a vast range of shades. We pride ourselves on stocking bare leg look products for every skin tone including Afro-Caribbean, Mediterranean and the palest English Rose. To choose your perfect shade, it’s worth checking out our skin tone guide which shows bare leg styles on a range of skintones, so you can get the perfect match for you.
The Trasparenze Capri tights are a good place to start, as they come in 8 shades including a range of skintone matches. Plus, in four sizes up to a size Maxi, they’ll fit up to a height of 7”1 and a weight of over 14 stone. Also available in a plus size option are the utterly gorgeous Oroblu Geo 8 Tights, which feel silky smooth to the touch and glide onto the leg like a dream. Available in a multitude of natural shades, the slight sheen finish gives a glowing, “just-moisturised” look to your skin – a little touch of luxury for your everyday routine.
Best for: everyday wear
If, like me, you seem to always be on the go, choosing a ladder resist product can be the perfect way to stop you spending unnecessary hard earned cash on emergency replacement tights. Boasting a rather clever run resistant Lycra Fusion yarn, the Aristoc Ultimate 10D Matt Tights spell an end to ladders as any pesky snags that do appear just will not run – hooray for Aristoc! And back by popular demand, the Levante Resistenza Tights are a perennial favourite with our customers, thanks to their lighter than light feel on the leg, which belies their super strong run resist properties.
Best for: Occasions
Whether you have a special occasion coming up or are just the kind of woman that likes a little luxury in her life, then top of the range styles from Wolford are your perfect partner. I do love to pamper myself on special occasions by investing in something a little extra special, and the Wolford range is second to none when it comes to superior craftsmanship and timeless style. Treat yourself to a pair of the Wolford Individual 5 Tights, and the instant immaculate, powdery matte finish on your legs will garner admiring glances wherever you go. I know though that 5 denier is sometimes not the most practical option for ladies on the go, which is why I would also stock up on the Wolford Luxe 9 Tights, which are slightly thicker with a slight sheen finish for a subtly glowing skin.
Best for: showing off that pedicure
Toeless tights are the ideal solution for those of you that want flawless looking skin, but also want to show off that pedicure in peep toes or strappy sandals. Featuring two to loops to keep them firmly in place, the Trasparenze Tropea Toeless Tights give a lovely natural look on the leg and are one of the oldest toeless options. Other open toe options ideal for teaming with your summer footwear come from three of our favourite ranges: the Pretty Polly Naturals 8D Open Toe Tights, Falke Shelina Toeless Tights or the Charnos Simply Bare 7D No Toes Tights.
With so many options available, it’s no wonder that shopping for sheers can sometimes be confusing. If you need any further help in choosing the perfect pair for you then you can contact our customer services team who will be able to expertly guide you through the process.
Until next week…