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Ask The Expert: Your hosiery questions answered!

Spending the working week surrounded by tights, I’ve amassed a fair chunk of knowledge over the years about all the different realms of the hosiery world, whether on the production side of things, technical terms, or even how to instantly spot different types of toe (yes, really!) With the colder autumn months looming, we thought it would be a great idea to put together a one stop guide that will hopefully answer the most common questions the MyTights team are asked. Haven’t found the answer to the question you’ve always wanted to know? Don’t hesitate to contact our friendly customer services team who will be happy to assist!

 

1. What is denier?

All tights are discussed in terms of denier, but what actually is it? Well, put simply, denier is the technical term used to describe how thick hosiery is. Referring to the weight of the yarn from which the hosiery is woven, 1 denier means that 9,000 metres of yarn weights 1 gram. Generally speaking, the lower the denier, the sheerer the appearance of the tights are. Likewise, the higher the denier, the more opaque the hosiery will be!

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2. What’s the difference between sheer and opaque hosiery?

You might have noticed that hosiery is classified as being either sheer and opaque, the difference lying in the weight of the yarn used. Sheer hosiery (usually between 10-20 denier) is finer in appearance, and thin enough for your skin to show through. Opaque hosiery on the other hand is thicker in appearance, much warmer and altogether more durable. We define opaque hosiery as being above 40 denier, with tights lying between 30-40 denier considered to be semi-opaque

 

3. What is a matte finish?

The most versatile of hosiery tends to have a matte finish. This is characterised by tights that have a completely flat look without any reflection, generally knitted from multifilament yarns which don’t reflect light. What’s more, matte hosiery won’t draw any attention to your legs, so can be worn for just about any event, regardless of whether it’s a trip to the shops or a formal event. How’s that for versatility?

 

Falke Shelina Tights - one of our favourite bare leg styles!

Falke Shelina Tights – one of our favourite bare leg styles!

4. What are the benefits of bare leg look hosiery?

You might think that wearing tights in exactly the same shade of your legs is futile, but wearing bare leg look hosiery has a host of hidden benefits. Like make up for your legs, skin tone styles give your pins a flawless finish, help in achieving an even colour and moisturised finish, and can even help you cheat your way to a sunkissed glow! What’s more, they offer some slight coverage should it be a chillier summer day, without taking away from a natural look.

 

 

 

 

5. Are footless tights the same as leggings?

Similar in appearance, the main difference between footless tights and leggings lies in the thickness. Although both are free from any material at the foot, leggings tend to be much warmer, and thick enough to be worn without the need for longer hemlines. Footless tights on the other hand tend to be less opaque, and would usually require a dress or tunic to cover up.

 

6. What’s the difference between hold ups and stay ups?

You may have seen both ‘hold ups’ and ‘stay ups’ used to describe the same style of hosiery, that is hosiery that offers a similar look to stockings, but with sticky pads rather than the inconvenience of a suspender belt. So, what is the difference? The answer is – there isn’t one! Both terms are used to describe the exact same thing – tomay-to, tomar-to!

 

7. Can I fix a snag in my tights before it becomes a ladder?

We’ve all been there – getting dressed in the morning to find our brand new tights have already snagged, it’s enough to put anyone in a bad mood! But to stop it developing into a ladder, a top yet very simple tip is to add a dab of clear nail varnish to the area. Or if you’re especially keen to prevent ladders from forming, check out our range of run resist hosiery, instead!

 

Pamela Mann Sheer Dotty Tights: A fab fashion style!

Pamela Mann Sheer Dotty Tights: A fab fashion style!

8. What makes fashion tights ‘fashion tights’?

Any regular visitors to the site will know that we separate some of our hosiery into a fashion category. This is generally the case when tights feature something that is considered to be a trend, be it a floral pattern, spots, diamonds, or even something as traditional as a backseams. Fashion styles will ensure you stand out from the style pack, and differ from plain opaques and sheers, which are considered to be more everyday wear.

 

9. Which hosiery brands will last me the longest?

At MyTights, we hand select our products to ensure that they all offer value for money, but there are some brands that tend to go the extra mile in terms of durability. As with all walks of life, you get what you pay for when it comes to hosiery, but my top tips for brands to invest in when you’re building a hosiery capsule are Wolford, Falke and Oroblu. That’s not to say that the brands in the more affordable end of the price bracket should be overlooked however, and I would also advise to take a look at our ladder resist styles, which are made with specialist yarns to prevent ladders from forming.

 

10. How often should I wash my tights?

We recommend to wash your hosiery after every wear, to keep it a) looking its best, and b) staying fresh. In an ideal world, washing hosiery by hand is the best solution to keeping it looking pristine, but alternatively, popping your tights in a hosiery bag and using a cool wash is an equally good method!

 

11. How should I dry my tights?

One of the worst things you can do to your hosiery is to leave it to dry near direct heat, such as a radiator. STOP IN YOUR TRACKS! Drying in extreme temperatures will damage the weave, and will likely leave your tights ready for the fashion scrapheap. The best way to dry tights is on the line, or on a drying rack placed away from any direct heat. Oh, and never iron, either!

 

12. Which denier weights are appropriate for which season?

We all know how quickly the weather can change from heatwave to washout, but generally speaking, different weights of hosiery will be more of use in specific seasons. In the winter, stick to thermal tights or opaque tights, occasionally wearing semi opaque hosiery should it be a milder day. The spring and autumn months are often subject to change, but typically you’d wear semi-opaque or sheer styles. In the summer, opt for sheer or for something extra natural – ultra sheer styles.

 

Aristoc Bodytoners Low Leg Toner Tights, one of our bestselling control top tights

Aristoc Bodytoners Low Leg Toner Tights, one of our bestselling control top tights

13. Control tights vs. Support Tights – what’s the difference?

Control top tights and support tights are similar in that they both have hidden talents, and offer a lot more than meets the eye. The fundamental difference is that control top tights help to smooth over your figure using hidden shaping zones, whereas support tights alleviate tired legs by boosting circulation, thanks to a system called graduated compression. This works by applying pressure at your ankles, which gradually travels up the leg, getting lighter as it does so. Both equally as brilliant, however!

 

 

 

14. What’s the best type of toe to wear with different footwear?

If you’re a fan of chunkier footwear styles such as winter boots and trainers, I would recommend opting for a reinforced toe, which has a thicker weave to prevent any holes from forming in the often fragile toe area. Next up on the spectrum are sandal toes, which have barely visible reinforcement, where the weave is slightly stronger across the toe, but perfect for wearing with open toed shoes.

In the summer, sheer toes are invaluable, and are common in ultra sheer tights. Sheer toes should be worn with open toed footwear as strappy sandals, as can open toed styles, which you should choose if you want a super natural look, but still want to benefit from the even skin tone offered by sheers.

 

15. What’s the difference between gusset types?

Tights can not only differ in terms of denier and toe, but in the type of gusset they use too. Tights with a cotton gusset are designed to improve comfort, fit and hygiene, and can be recognised by a white circular patch in the section where the legs join. Similar to a cotton gusset, traditional gussets also help to improve comfort and fit, but won’t aid hygiene, as they aren’t made from breathable cotton.

Not all tights will have a gusset however, with some opting to have the same fabric on the crotch as in the rest of the leg. Finally, some styles may also have an open gusset, in which there is no fabric whatsoever on the crotch, and these are great for keeping cool and refreshed in the warmer weather.

 

 

 

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Laura’s Choice: Bare Leg Look!

Okay, so the sun might be hidden beneath some rather contentious looking clouds, but it’s definitely making an appearance. For the first time this year, it actually feels like summer. For most, this probably mean jugs of Pimms and underestimating your ability to burn, but at MyTights HQ it means something very different indeed: bare leg look hosiery, of course! Quite literally the way to every girl’s heart, bare leg look styles are a seriously stylish proposition of late. In fact, it was rumoured that Kate Middleton herself was wearing a pair on the steps of the Lindo Wing as she revealed Princess Charlotte to the world, although we hope for her sake they were hold ups rather than tights! Want to know more? Here’s why we love bare leg hosiery so much:

 

- They blend blemishes and imperfections, leaving your pins looking beautifully smooth and you feeling extra confident!
- No need to dig out the tanning mitt; they give legs a sunkissed glow and moisturised finish.
- For peep toe devotees, leg hosiery means you can wear strappy sandals and open toed footwear to your heart’s content.
- They provide some ever-so-slight coverage on chillier summer days (always a possibility!)

 

Can’t see the wood from the trees? Here’s our guide to bare leg look styles and how you can select the perfect pair for you.

Falke Shelina Tights

Falke Shelina Tights

Best for: an unbeatably natural look

When you’re on the lookout to add some bare leg styles to your drawer, it goes without saying that you’ll want to achieve the most natural finish possible. Cue the Falke Shelina Tights, otherwise known as my ‘can’t live without summer essentials’. I wear them all season long, and there really is nothing better on the market for giving your legs the flawless finish we all crave. 8 denier in appearance but deceptively strong (they use a 12 denier weave), they come in a plethora of skin tone shades, all of which have been specially adapted by dermatologists for the most natural look around. Who would argue with science? Another one of my favourites are the Pretty Polly Naturals 5D Sideria Tights, which utilise a bi-component Sideria yarn, meaning your tights will appear finer than their actual denier. Like the Shelina’s, they also come in a range of skin tone shades and also benefit from being just £6 a pair. No section of natural looking hosiery would be complete without the Charnos Simply Bare range. Available as a pair of 7 denier tights, a toeless equivalent and a pair of hold ups to boot, this 7 denier range gives a look that the Duchess of Cambridge herself would covet, without being a flash in the pan thanks to a 15 denier durability.

Nubian Skin Matt 10 Denier Tights

Nubian Skin Matt 10 Denier Tights

Best for: Darker Skin Tones

If there’s one thing that’s been neglected for far too long, it’s bare leg look styles for darker skin tones. Until this year, that is, when we became the very first online retailer to stock the Nubian Skin range. Fresh from media success including a mention by none other than Oprah Winfrey, Ade Hassan and her team have produced four true to skin shades designed specifically for women of colour. Available as a pair of 10 denier tights and hold ups, the range will provide your legs with a fabulously airbrushed look that you’ll adore. Or if you prefer to stick to the brands you know and love, you should also take a look at the Falke Shelina Tights in Noisette and Coffee, or the Oroblu Geo 8 Tights in Mandel, Dore and Bambi.

Best for: withstanding wear and tear

Summer can be expensive business. No longer do we stay confined to the house snuggling up by the radiator, it’s time to explore, socialise and be the jetsetter you’ve always dreamed of. So it makes sense to save some money where we can. One great way of doing that is to invest in bare leg hosiery that goes the extra mile, such as the Aristoc Ultimate 5D Sheer Tights for instance. Giving the same flawless look but with LYCRA® Fusion fibres to prevent any snags or catches from developing into ladders, these are a must for any frugal hosiery fans. On a similar note, another great choice are the Charnos Run Resist Sheer Hold Ups. Beautiful on the outside but tough on the inside, these 10 denier tights come in two skin tone shades and leave ladders as a thing of the past.

Best for: swanky events

From weddings to formal parties, if you’re lucky enough to be invited to a glitzy event, you’ll want your legs looking their best. When I feel like wearing something that’s a little luxurious, I never look past the range from Wolford, especially the newest member of their clan, the Transparency Tights. Packed full of quality craftsmanship and as natural as the name would suggest, at £12 a pair they’re also very reasonable for a pair of Wolford tights. Or if 10 denier is that little bit too thick for you, I’ve always been a fan of the Individual 5 Tights, which prove that paying that little bit extra can be beneficial in the long run!

Charnos Simply Bare 7D No Toes Tights

Charnos Simply Bare 7D No Toes Tights

Best for: sandals and peep toe enthusiasts

If you spent an hour last night painstakingly perfecting your pedicure, showing them off in a pair of toeless tights is a must. Toeless styles are ideal for giving you the same natural look but allowing you the possibility to wear your beloved strappy sandals and open toe shoes in the process. Available in five shades, my favourites are the Falke Shelina Toeless Tights, which now feature a handy toe loop to keep the tights in place no matter what. If you’re more inclined to wear a pair of hold ups, the same toeless style can be enjoyed in the hold up equivalent, too! Toeless styles are becoming increasingly popular nowadays, and all of our favourite bare leg ranges have taken note, so I’d also advise to check out the Pretty Polly Naturals 8D Open Toe Tights, Charnos Simply Bare 7D No Toes Tights and Trasparenze Tropea Toeless Tights before you leave.

Of course, it’s not always easier to know which colour will be the best match for you when buying hosiery online, so if you do have any questions or enquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact our customer services team who will be more than happy to assist.

Until next time…

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Met Gala 2015: A Tale Of Perfectly Airbrushed Pins

Met Gala 2015

Met Gala 2015

Royal baby aside, there was another mega-exciting event to take place this weekend – the Met Gala! In typical fashion, this year’s event showcased the most extravagant and gorgeous celebrity styles, with superstars donned in designers from Atelier Versace to Alexander Wang. With their own take on the theme, China: Through the Looking Glass, we were treated to an array of fashion ensembles in the most daring oriental-inspired designs. Here’s our take on the looks, including Rihanna in THAT dress:

  

 

Oroblu Geo 8 Tights

Oroblu Geo 8 Tights

There seemed to be a common consensus at this year’s event – jaw dropping long gowns and side splits.  With stars like Rihanna in her shimmering gold-train gown and Uma Thurman in her angelic outfit showing off their lovely legs, it got us thinking about how we’re going to achieve a similarly airbrushed look when it comes to wearing our new summer dresses. The answer? Bare leg look hosiery, of course! To achieve perfect pins, we suggest wearing a pair of ultra-sheer tights that add a barely-there look whilst covering over your blemishes and imperfections. For your own red carpet night, slip into the Oroblu Geo 8D tights. An 8 Denier (yes—8!) finish will appear as if you aren’t wearing any hosiery at all, at the same time giving you enough coverage to feel lovely and confident. We adore!

Wolford Fatal Lace 15 Seamless Tights

Wolford Fatal Lace 15 Seamless Tights

Want to wear you pretty sandals and show off your pedicure? Look no further with the Oroblu Sunny 8 Toeless Tights that lets your pedicure shine through, complete with elasticated band across the toe area to keep them in place. It wasn’t all bare leg looks on offer though, with other stars opting to complete their look with black sheers. Stars including model Jamie Bochert and Grimes showed us all that sheer tights needn’t be dull, pushing the boundaries by teaming classic sheers with glamorous dresses. For your own piece of sheer heaven, opt for a luxury seamless pair like the Wolford Fatal Lace 15 Seamless Tights made without any seams to eliminate the risk of the dreaded VPL. If you’re feeling even more courageous, opt for patterned tights like the Charnos Opaque Flower Tights.

Ps. Rihanna…what were you thinking?!

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Laura’s Choice: Nubian Skin!

Nubian Skin Matt 10 Denier Tights - Berry

Nubian Skin Matt 10 Denier Tights – Berry

Whenever a new brand launches at MyTights.com, we’re always excited to see how popular the range will be from a customer perspective, but never more so than with our latest addition – Nubian Skin. A first for the hosiery world, founder Ade Hassan and her team have produced four beautiful skin tone shades designed specifically for darker complexions.  While a ‘no-hosiery’ look has always been on our radar, the focus has largely been on paler skin, so it’s high time somebody took action to ensure a bare leg look is available to all. We recently caught up with Ade to find out what drove her to launch the brand, and get an idea for the philosophy behind the business.

 

“Nubian Skin was essentially born out of my own frustration.  I always wanted hosiery and lingerie that would match my skin-tone, and after years of not being able to have a “go-to” brand to find them, I decided to start my own.”

Whilst the world of Nubian Skin may be a new proposition for you, the brand itself has already achieved international acclaim for its lingerie range. Appearing across a host of high-profile publications (The Daily Mail and The Independent to name but a few), the media interest and quality of the range culminated in Ade being named as January 2015’s ‘Singular Woman’ by none other than Oprah Winfrey herself. If that’s not praise, then I don’t know what is!

‘I am incredibly pleased with how it has been received and the quality of the range.  There is so much more I’d like to do, but it’s definitely been a great start.’

Nubian Skin Matt 10 Denier Hold Ups - Cinnamon

Nubian Skin Matt 10 Denier Hold Ups – Cinnamon

Created on the ethos of ‘Empowering Women. Embracing our Colour’, the hosiery collection consists of a pair of 10 denier tights and a hold up equivalent. Not like any ordinary sheers however, Nubian Skin have worked their fingers to the bone to produce hosiery that’s incredibly natural and flattering. Giving your skin a flawless look, the matte finish offers an airbrush style effect for your legs that’s so effective that the outside world will assume you’ve braved bare legs! Even better, the sheer toe means you can wear the range with sandals and open toe shoes, without having to worry about any reinforcement material being visible. All of that makes for a real summer essential in my eyes.

 As with other bare leg hosiery, it’s important to consult our colour guides to get a greater idea of which shade is the closest match for your skin. However, we know that it’s not always easy to get a true representation of colour just by staring at your computer screen, so please don’t hesitate to contact our customer services team should you require a little extra information. Here’s a round-up of the four shades on offer, and some advice from Ade about choosing the perfect colour.

“Well, a very wise hosiery buyer once told me, that if you have a swatch with a run in it, hold it up against your skin, if it’s hardly visible, you know that it’s a good match.”

Café au Lait: The lightest of the four shades, this colour is described as being more parts cream than coffee.

Caramel: A medium-light shade that’s slightly darker than the Café au Lait, opt for this colour if you have a sweet, golden hue to your skin… as irresistible as caramel itself!

Cinnamon: The second darkest of the shades, cinnamon is described as being a medium-dark colour.

Berry: Slightly darker than Cinnamon, Berry is the darkest of the Nubian Skin shades.

 

Ade Hassan

Ade Hassan

 Not content with covering all bases when it comes to colour, the collection is also available in an array of sizes, meaning that a bare leg look can be achieved by all. While the glorious weather we’ve been enjoying of late seems to have taken a backward step this week, that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start preparing for your summer wardrobe. So go on, ditch your black sheers and embrace a different kind of nude!

Why not check out our full Q&A session with Ade before you head off?

 

Until next time…

 

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MyTights.com meet Nubian Skin founder Ade Hassan!

As a team of hosiery enthusiasts, the MyTights.com team pride ourselves on being the very first to the scene when a new brand shakes up the hosiery market. Fresh from it’s launch on our website last week, we were delighted that the founder of Nubian Skin, Ade Hassan, took some time out of her busy schedule to chat to us this week for an exclusive Q&A session. In case you aren’t familiar yet, Nubian Skin are a revolutionary skin tone brand, creating four beautiful shades designed specifically for darker complexions. Let’s see what Ade had to say…

Ade Hassan

 

Q: What inspired you to set up Nubian Skin?

Nubian Skin was essentially born out of my own frustration.  I always wanted hosiery and lingerie that would match my skin-tone, and  after years of not being able to have a “go-to” brand to find them, I decided to start my own.

 

Q: Are you pleased with the outcome of your range?

I am incredibly pleased with how it has been received and the quality of the range.  There is so much more I’d like to do, but it’s definitely been a great start.

 

Q: What is your business philosophy?

“Empowering Women. Embracing our Colour”.  I think it’s so important for women to be able to express themselves the way they want, and fashion is a key part of doing that.  So, for me, it’s incredibly important that women of colour get to have a “bare-leg” look with tights, or not have to worry about finding a skin-tone bra to go under a sheer top.

 

Q: What are your future plans for the brand?

Well in the near term, we definitely want to expand our sizing, because that is some feedback we’ve received from customers, so we’ve taken that on board.  After that, it’s to grow sensibly and offer more products that our customers would like to see.

 

Q: What’s your hot tip for finding your perfect shade?

Well, a very wise hosiery buyer once told me, that if you have a swatch with a run in it, hold it up against your skin, if it’s hardly visible, you know that it’s a good match.  On our website, we’ve got a handy skin-tone guide, which helps match your skin-tone to different popular foundations.

 

Q: Where do you see the brand in 10 years time?

We have big plans, but I’ll have to swear you to secrecy to reveal!

 

Thanks very much, Ade! We imagine you’re more than a little bit intrigued to try the products for yourself now, so make sure you browse the Nubian skin collection before you leave.

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Introducing…Nubian Skin

nubian group

 

Self-confessed hosiery addict? If this sounds like you, you may have heard on the grapevine about the latest hosiery brand that’s been taking the market by storm. Fresh from the phenomenal media coverage of their lingerie collection in recent months, this week saw the launch of Nubian Skin to MyTights.com. And guess what… we’re the first online retailer to get our hands on it. Of course we are!

Nubian Skin Matt 10 Denier Tights

Nubian Skin Matt 10 Denier Tights

The brainchild of economics graduate and all round entrepreneur Ade Hassan, the collection is based around the ethos of embracing ‘a different kind of nude’. For all too long, bare leg hosiery has been aimed primarily at women with paler skin, while the needs of women with darker skin tones have been largely ignored. Frustrated by the lack of options for a ‘better than bare leg look’ in the summer months, Ade and her team decided to take action, working around the clock to create four distinct skin tone shades, specifically aimed at women of colour. The collection is based around the belief that women of all ethnicities should be able to feel sexy and confident whilst wearing hosiery. Comprising a pair of 10 denier tights and matching hold ups, both styles offer a flawless matte finish and that sought after no-hosiery look. We love!

Nubian Skin Matt 10 Denier Hold Ups

Nubian Skin Matt 10 Denier Hold Ups

 

We’re delighted to welcome the brand to the world of MyTights, and are excited to see what Ade and her team have up their sleeves next. Oh, and in case you were interested, we’ll be running an exclusive Q&A session with Ade later this week, so watch this space!

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Suns out, Sheers Out: Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett in sheers!

Scarlett in sheers!

Sartorially speaking, Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson barely puts a foot wrong. Whether showcasing her envious figure on the red carpet or strolling through Tinseltown, she just has a knack of always getting it right. So we were less than surprised this week when she was pictured arriving at the Jimmy Kimmel Studios in Hollywood looking suitably glam. Can you believe she gave birth just SIX months ago?! Wearing a figure hugging sleeveless top with a plaid skirt with leather waistband, the star completed her flattering look in a pair of gorgeous sheer tights. Okay, so Scarlett herself might be in America, but with the glorious weather we’ve been enjoying of late, Scarlett’s got us thinking. Trapped away in the bottom of our hosiery drawers for months now, perhaps it’s time to dig out the sheer tights and embrace spring in full! In the mood to treat yourself to some new pairs? Us too, which is why we’ve rounded up our favourite sheer tights for the upcoming months. So dig out your sunnies, forget your winter blues and welcome summer in style…

Falke Shelina Tights

Falke Shelina Tights

Best for: Bare Leg Look

When the temperature really heats up, the MyTights team turn to bare leg look tights. Giving a flawless, natural finish, the Falke Shelina Tights are so effective you’ll have a hard time convincing your friends you’re wearing hosiery at all! Like your legs only better, the choice of 8 colours (including 7 skin tone shades) means there’s something for everyone. Need any help finding the shade for you? Consult our handy guide, or if there’s any doubt left, don’t hesitate to contact our customer services team for some additional help.

Best for: Covering blemishes

Many women feel conscious about their legs, and choose to cover up in the summer months with jeans and trousers. Working like make up for your skin, the Wolford Neon 40 Tights are the perfect way to banish your body insecurities and show off all your lovely skirts and dresses. Made with a high shine, the 20 denier appearance (but 40 denier durability) will cover all of your blemishes and imperfections and leave you feeling super confident!

Best for: Colour

We don’t know about you, but the sunny weather makes us want to experiment with some more bright colours. Black and greys are reserved firmly for the winter, so if you’re something of a colour chameleon, take a look at the Jonathan Aston Sheer Coloured Tights. From velvet green through to daffodil yellow, the 24 vibrant shades and 15 denier base make these a must-have.

Oroblu Elaine Tights

Oroblu Elaine Tights

Best for: Plus Size

At MyTights, we believe you curvy beauties have been forced to stand in the style shadows for too long. For a great pair of plus size sheers, one of our most popular products is the Pretty Polly Curves (Xxtra) Ladder Resist Tights. Made with run resist yarns and with a classic design that will work everywhere, this three pack of sheer tights will stand the test of time and come in at just £6.50 a pack!

Best for: Patterns

Prints and patterns are everywhere this season, so make sure your look is on-trend with the Oroblu Elaine Tights. New for SS15, these gorgeous sheers have a pretty florla pattern stretching across the entire leg. Sending the fashion points your way, choose between the three colours on offer.

Want even more? Be sure to check out our whole range of sheer tights before you leave!

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Laura’s Choice: Hold Ups!

Aristoc Ultra Shine Hold Ups

Aristoc Ultra Shine Hold Ups

It dawned on me this week that we often neglect a particular hosiery style when it comes to rounding up our top picks. Not because we don’t love them, but mainly because they’re better suited to the warmer weather, and let’s face it, we don’t often get the chance to enjoy a true summer climate. As I type this however, we’re enjoying our warmest week of the year, and with the sun making an appearance almost daily now, it seems the perfect time to pull together some of our favourite hold ups! Giving a similar look to tights but being significantly less restrictive, hold ups are an extremely popular option, and it’s easy to see why. Practicalities aside, they’re also brilliant at adding some sophisticated sex appeal to your look without giving too much away. So whether you’re hooked on hold ups or want to try them for the first time, MyTights.com is your number one destination…

Everyday Elegance

Just because hold ups are associated with a sultry look doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them on an everyday basis. If you’re a fan of high shine hosiery, it simply has to be the Aristoc Ultra Shine Hold Ups, part of the bestselling Ultra Shine range and proving the perfect affordable (and glamorous!) option for regular wear. Or if understatement is your middle name, you’ll want to find a matte option, our favourites being the Charnos Run Resist Sheer Hold Ups, perfect for the office and made with run-resist yarns to safeguard against those pesky snags from forming. Feel the cold? We stock opaque hold ups too! A great choice would be the Charnos 60 Denier Hold Ups, not too thick to make them redundant for this time of year and available in both black and navy blue. One in each colour?

Pushing The Boat Out…

Treating yourself is important, and it’s no secret that building a collection of luxury basics is one of my top hosiery tips. If its quality hold ups you’re after, the same old names crop up, namely Wolford, the pick of the pack being the Wolford Fatal 15 Seamless Stay Ups. Made without seams for unrivalled comfort and eliminating the chance of VPL, you’ll be wearing these for years to come. Another brand famed for their quality is German label Falke, and their hold ups are no exception. Be sure to check out the Falke Matt Deluxe 20 Hold Ups, standing out from the crowd with an exceptionally soft finish and 7.5cm lace tops to rack up the style points.

Trasparenze Argo Hold Ups

Trasparenze Argo Hold Ups

Fashion, fashion, fashion

Staying on trend is important, so you’ll be pleased to hear that our hold ups selection stretches further than just classic sheers. Making florals sexy, the Trasparenze Argo Hold Ups should be at the top of your list, with a mix of intricate floral motifs and pretty polkadots against a micronet base. To try your hand at a more traditional fishnet, my recommendation would be the Levante Fishnet Hold Ups, offering all the allure of fishnet tights but in hold up form. Last but not least, the Oroblu Arlene Hold Ups are a new addition to the MyTights collection, and one that I think will be particularly popular in the coming months, with their ornate florals stretching across a 20 denier leg. Ideal for summer dresses!

Bare legs never go out of fashion…

Falke Shelina Hold Ups

Falke Shelina Hold Ups

Call it the Kate Middleton effect if you will, but the days of natural looking hosiery being considered frumpy are truly in the past. Perfecting the appearance of your skin and covering up any blemishes or uneven skin tone, a pair of bare leg look hold ups are a must. The best on the market, in my opinion are the Falke Shelina Hold Ups. Also available in a toeless version, these gorgeous hold ups have an 8 denier appearance and come in a variety of skintone shades. Find the correct shade for you and nobody need know you’re wearing hosiery at all! For something slightly more affordable, British brand Charnos have also branched into the bare leg market with their Charnos Simply Bare 7D Hold Ups. At just £6 a pair and coming with a lightweight 7 denier appearance, there’s no easier way to fake a holiday tan and enjoy a flawless complexion.

Feeling inspired? Hold ups really can work for everyone! Tights are great, but as the saying goes, variety is the spice of life, so why not try something new this spring?

Our full range of hold ups can be found here.

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Laura’s Choice: Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mums – where would we be without them? No matter what we’ve put them through over the years, they’ve always been there. Be it toddler tantrums, our first day at school, picking us up from parties when we’ve had one too many or simply being on hand to offer us a shoulder to cry on, we really have put them through the mill. While we should show them just how much they mean to us on a daily basis, Mother’s Day is that one day a year when they deserve the extra special treatment. But this year, instead of opting for the traditional (and slightly boring) combination of flowers and chocolate, how about treating them to some gorgeous new hosiery? Something they’ll appreciate for seasons to come, we think it makes for the perfect gift. Not sure where to start? The MyTights team have been busily compiling our list of brilliant Mother’s Day presents to suit every need. Just call us your very own gift gurus…

Brrrrrilliant winter warmers

Falke Warm Deluxe Tights

Falke Warm Deluxe Tights

The calendar might state its March, but it sure doesn’t feel like it! While January and February are out of the way, the winter weather is still rearing its ugly head, with forecasters predicting temperatures this month will be well below the average. So why not give your lovely mum’s some snug hosiery to keep them going until spring FINALLY breaks through? The best on the market are without doubt the Falke Warm Deluxe Tights. We were excited about these as soon as we heard through the grapevine that they were being developed last year, and they did anything but disappoint. Taking advantage of the latest soft plush techniques, these 80 denier tights are designed to conserve every last bit of heat… it’s fair to say I was hooked as soon as I pulled them on! Great for giving your legs instant warming relief on those chilly mornings, they also come in 7 colours if your mum fancies herself as a bit of a fashionista.

If you like the idea of treating her to some cosiness but your budget doesn’t quite stretch to these, a fantastic alternative are the Pretty Polly 200D Fleecy Opaque Thermal Tights. Mega thick opaque tights with a top secret brushed fleece lining, the best thing about these is that they’re packed full of thermal qualities while appearing just a standard pair of thick opaques. And at just £9.95 a pair, you’ll have some spare pennies to treat her to a Mother’s Day meal! Control top tights are an excellent way to get your mum feeling her best and give her an extra dose of body confidence. Part of the bestselling Bodytoners range, the Aristoc Bodytoners Opaque Toner Tights appear just like a standard pair of 60 denier tights, albeit with a velvety soft finish that moisturises your legs during wear. Working on the most common problem zones, her social life is bound to go through the roof now she has these in her repertoire!

 

Super socks!

As the old saying goes, you can never have enough socks! In the past, it may have been the case that your mums might bemoan receiving a pair of socks as a gift… but she obviously hadn’t seen the selection at MyTights.com! Aside from their obvious practical uses, socks are the perfect way to add that last splash of style to your look. Brand new for SS15, the Trasparenze Fluture Socks are bound to be right up her street. Sheer ankle socks scattered with a dainty rose print, she’ll love how these transform her basic dresses and skirts, and even better, they won’t break your bank either.

Jonathan Aston Perfect Pellerine Socks

Jonathan Aston Perfect Pellerine Socks

If she’s never seen without a bit of sparkle, treat her to the Jonathan Aston Perfect Pellerine Socks. Made in an attractive pellerine design and in two colours, these fashion socks have a chic metallic thread running throughout… much more than just a standard pair of socks! With spring on the horizon, it won’t be too long before your mum starts to give her ballet pumps and court shoes an outing, which is why the timing of the Trasparenze Spindasis Footlets couldn’t have been better. Another new addition, these foot liners have all the basic properties of a reliable footlet, the only difference being this particular pair have enough style to be an outfit accessory in their own right. How, you might ask? Well they happen to be made with a sumptuous floral net that will decorate your feet to perfection.

From the summery to the cosy, no list of Mother’s Day gifts would be complete without the Falke Cuddle Pads. Arriving on your doorstep in its attractive gift box, these slipper socks are as cuddly as the name would suggest, being made from a wool and cotton blend and coming with an anti-slip sole to make them wooden floor proof!

One eye on the summer?

Wolford Neon 40 Tights

Wolford Neon 40 Tights

Okay, so it might be a little too cold at the moment to envisage packing away our opaques for another year, but there’s nothing wrong with looking ahead to the summer. Make sure your mum is fully prepared to nail a summery style with the Aristoc Ultimate 5D Sheer Tights. The closest thing to a bare leg look without bare legs themselves, Aristoc have utilised LYCRA® Fusion technology to ensure all the appeal of a natural look and the robustness of a thicker denier weight! In fact, these are so effective, you might just have a hard time convincing your friends that you’re wearing tights at all!

We often get requests around this time of year from women who are looking for tights that give their legs some coverage, but without the bulk or appearance of opaques. Ideal for covering up uneven skin tone or unsightly veins, the Wolford Neon 40 Tights are a real life hosiery hero. What’s special about these is that, despite their 40 denier construction, they actually have the appearance of 20 denier sheers. Providing your legs with a natural glow and covering up all your imperfections, they really do make for an amazing gift, regardless of whether you opt for classic black or one of the other 8 colours on offer.

Does your mum pride herself on her style choices? If the answer is yes, it goes without saying that she’ll want to keep up with the latest trends. You’d have to have been living under a rock to not have noticed the abundance of spots making their mark on the fashion world in recent months, so popular that they were the star of the show at Diane von Furstenberg’s latest New York Fashion Week collection. For a great pair, head to Pamela Mann and the Pamela Mann Sheer Dotty Tights, with their classic 20 denier leg and sweet spot print running throughout.

So, there we have it. Putting a smile on her face this year couldn’t be easier!

Until next time…

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Laura’s Choice – 20% off Birthday Promo!

Another year older and another fabulous year in the world of hosiery! It’s my birthday this week, and while I’ll certainly enjoy a glass of red wine or two to toast the occasion, our new promo means it won’t only be me who has reason to celebrate. That’s right, to mark my birthday, we’ll be offering 20% off my favourite 20 hosiery styles! Ranging from classic essentials through to the latest fashion additions, all you need to do to get your hands on the brilliant discount is enter the promo code BDAY20 on the basket page – but beware, there’s no time to hang around, with the offer ending at midnight (GMT) on Tuesday 3rd March! You’re probably wondering why these styles in particular have made the shortlist, right? Now, I’m not going to list all 20 styles in the mix, but if you are intrigued to know what makes these stand out from the crowd, I suggest you stay tuned…

BASICS – the foundation to a thousand looks!

Laura rocking her Wolford Satin de Luxe!

Laura rocking her Wolford Satin de Luxe!

They may not be as eye-catching as some of the patterned legwear on the list, but where would we be without our basics? The key to unlocking an abundance of stylish looks, I believe that every woman should own a collection of quality pieces which form the core of our wardrobe. Speaking of which, the Wolford Satin De Luxe simply have to get a mention. I’ve always been a fan of tights with a high gloss, and these opaque tights fit the bill perfectly, not only keeping me warm on evenings out but coming with a very shiny finish and backseam capable of adding a certain je ne sais quoi to any look. A must if you’re a social butterfly! If something a little more conservative is your usual point of call, it has to be the Falke Warm Deluxe Tights. Thick, wearable and as soft as kittens, these 80 denier tights come in nearly every colour under the sun (7, to be exact), all of which work to keep your legs effortlessly cosy thanks to an innovative soft plush technique that actively traps in the heat. Of course, they also come with the horde of quality features that Falke as a brand are famed for! From one luxury brand to another, the second Wolford product that’s made the cut are the Wolford Satin 50 Opaque Tights. Similar to the Satin De Luxe but with a more demure slight sheen finish, these 50 denier tights are in my eyes, the perfect opaque. Whether for a day in the office or after work drinks, the astonishingly smooth finish and choice of four hues make these everything you could possibly need from a pair of everyday tights– what could be better?

 

COLOUR – all you need to brighten your days!

Pamela Mann 80 Denier Tights - Turquoise Blue!

Pamela Mann 80 Denier Tights – Turquoise Blue!

I’ve got a bit of a confession to make. I might have founded a hosiery company, but like many women, I’ve often been guilty in the past of sticking to classic black tights. That is, of course, until I started to experiment with colour, and it’s safe to say I’ve never looked back, so much so that I’ve often been described as having the wackiest dressed legs in the capital! Of all the styles that have ever graced the MyTights warehouse, one of my all time favourites are the Falke Seidenglatt 70 Tights. I’m not ashamed to admit I own a pair of each of the four available colours, and why wouldn’t I? Incredibly thick, luxurious and having that shiny glow I adore, these 70 denier tights deliver both fashion and function, and what’s more, are virtually indestructible. Shopping on a budget? You can enjoy colour too, 20 of them to be exact…and it’s all thanks to the Pamela Mann 80 Denier Tights. The very best way to update your look and have change left over from a ten pound note, these 80 denier tights are perfect for jazzing up your basic pieces. If you like these but prefer something with a little more longevity, turn your attention to the Jonathan Aston Finesse Tights, with all the appeal of bright colours but made with 65% cotton for a skin-friendly feel and everyday luxury.

FASHION – it’s time to experiment!

We love the Jonathan Aston Magma Tights!

We love the Jonathan Aston Magma Tights!

I’m a big fan of how fashion tights can make something you’ve had languishing in your wardrobe for years look unrecognisable. Anyone who knows me will know I love my fishnet tights. Ideal for when the weather is too warm for sheers but you still want to decorate your legs, I’ve fallen hook, line and sinker for the charms of the Trasparenze Rita Tights, Made with a larger net than average, these fishnets are rare in that they come in 7 colours. A fashion statement in their own right, I also love to layer mine over sheers and coloured opaques to add a little customisation to my look. Brand new for SS15, the Jonathan Aston Magma Tights immediately caught my eye, so much so that I’ve already nabbed a pair for myself. Fun and quirky, there sheer tights come complete with a graphic inspired print to make any wardrobe piece look as good as new. It’s early days, but my prediction is that the MyTights office will be seeing a lot more of these over the course of the next few months. From the fun to the exquisite, the next addition to my top 25 is the Wolford Josephina Tights, and it will only take a single glance to see why! Yet another case of Wolford doing something that little bit different, these sheer tights come with a sumptuous quilted panel on the outside leg for a unique take on the seam trend.

SHEER – summer is on the way!

Trying out all the gorgeous sheer tights that have made their way into MyTights HQ, I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few years persuading my friends that I AM actually wearing tights. One of my favourite styles are the Wolford Sheer 15 Tights, amongst the best out there for cheating your way to a bare legged look. Made in a flattering matte finish and with two skintone shades on offer, they have a  smooth silky texture that feels utterly exquisite against the leg. If you prefer something even more lightweight, another option are the Pretty Polly Naturals 5D Sideria Tights. Your eyes aren’t deceiving you; these really are only 5 denier! Well, in appearance at least, as these tights have been made with Sideria yarn, sourced from Japan and giving these silky soft tights the robustness of a higher denier. A real gem to have in your hosiery drawer!

As wonderful as these styles are, I’ve barely touched the surface, with no less than 9 other top picks included in the promotion. It may not be your birthday, but I just couldn’t help but share some of the birthday cheer to all of our lovely customers. I’m off to cut the cake, but you should shop the whole selection here…

Until next time…

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