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Summer is over, and unfortunately we all have to resign ourselves to the fact that England doesn’t quite stay warm forever. But we always have an answer to everything, right?

This season shows us that we don’t need to cover up completely, as patterned tights invaded the AW14 runways.

Vivienne Westwood led the pack in the AW14 patterned tights collection, with her diverse range of tartan-check hosiery and eccentric triangle print tights. Want to upgrade your wardrobe this autumn? We have some purse-friendly options to help you stay in style without breaking the bank!



So AW13 saw the return of the tartan print thanks to Karl Lagerfield, with brands such as Valentino and Gucci quickly following suit to add plaid to their collections. Immensely popular, it makes a return for 2014 and this year experiments with geometric op art checks and autumnal colours, along with the classic red print.




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Bold shapes

Vivienne never fails to disappoint and this year, Westwood showed us how it’s done when they paired shapes with bold block coloured suits and leather. Why not try stepping outside the box and becoming a shape shifter this autumn?



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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (she will always be Cole to us, too!) was recently papped wearing a pair of spotted hosiery teamed with a black and gold mini dress, giving off a cute but stylish look. The spotty trend is back in, and with the sheen of the tights makes it so easy to dress them up or down whatever the occasion. If you wear a pair of skin coloured opaques underneath these styles, you’ll be sure to stay warm during the winter months, too!




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Review: Charnos Honeycomb Tights

Reviewer Emma  EmmaCharnosHoneycomb
Product Charnos Honeycomb Tights
Range N/A
Colour Black
Size S/M (I’m a size 10 in trousers)
Price £6.00
Colour Comments (if applicable) N/A
Appearance comments An intriguing alternative to Fishnets. The appearance will depend slightly on dress size. The honeycomb effect will be clearer for curvier ladies, whereas, if you’re slim the look is more subtle.
Appearance Score  9/10
Feel comments The textured structure of these patterned tights feels great to the touch. Considering that I bought a size too small, I’m impressed that even after my evening chocolate binge, the flat waistband still felt really comfortable. Clearly these sheers won’t give you as much protection from the elements as fleecy opaqees, but they still felt pretty warm even though I wore them on a very cold winter’s day.
Feel out of ten 10
Fit comments  I plumped for a S/M because my dress size is 8. However, the tights felt a bit small because I usually take a 10 in trousers/shorts. If you are borderline between 2 sizes (like me) then l would advise choosing the larger size. The boxer brief felt quite tight but this would be solved by getting the larger size.
Fit out of ten 7/10
Value for Money Comments At £6 these tights provide very good value for money for such a lovely design. l am extremely happy with my purchase and keen to try out new Charnos products.
Value for Money out of ten 10
So, Does it Work? N/A
General comments A subtle and sexy take on the classic fishnets look.
Any Tips or Care Instructions? Again go for a bigger size if in doubt. With regards to washing, a machine wash should be fine for these tights if you do not have time to wash your tights by hand, though we alwayd recommend using a hosiery bag.

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What MyTights Wore – 2nd January 2014

It was NYE this week, a time for new resolutions, parties and fun! This week we flaunted fabulous patterns and showed off chic colours.


Laura teamed her classic charcoal grey dress, cocoa coloured belt and deep saffron orange jacket with ?ber?stylish Oroblu Loreline tights from the elegantissimo Italian brand. The art deco look is perfect for SS14.


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Nix managed to match her ash grey and chic black ensemble perfectly with her treasured Pamela Mann 3D ?Tights in Dove Grey. You can see how the 3D effect gives Nix’s polished pins a gorgeous even coverage.


A subtler take on the classic sultry fishnets, Emma is smitten with her Charnos Honey Comb Tights. These tights provide this classic office look of a white shirt and black pencil skirt with a sweet update.


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MyTights Dazzles at Underlines Star Awards 2013

Last night a groomed, preened, and generally spruced up MyTights headed to the Underlines Star Awards 2013 – an industy event hosted by Underlines lingerie trade magazine, held this year at the super swish Cumberland hotel in London.  The night celebrates the best in the world of lingerie, hosiery and swimwear, and in the words of Underlines’ Managing Editor, the awards “were created in 2007 to recognise and reward entrepreneurial skill, innovation and experience in these specialised sectors. Particularly aimed at independent stores, the event highlights the resilience, competence and flair of retailers across the UK and Ireland.”

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With top names like Figleaves, House of Fraser and Fenwicks all nominated for awards, and with 264 retailers and 24 brands represented, there’s no denying the competition was fierce.  But we should have known that when it comes to what makes MyTights really special (Team MyTights and our customers) we are the best in our field, and so it proved. From 380 nominations in total, MyTights was one of 11 winners – for Best Specialist Etailer – and runner up in the hosiery retailer of the year award, too (we weren’t too disappointed, though, as we lost out to Fenwicks, whose hosiery buyer Sue knows everything there is to know about tights).


A super snazzy trophy was duly handed over by Paul Ross (brother of Jonathan, in case you were wondering) – the cherry on top of a fantastic evening which started with a champagne reception, continued with a fabulous four course meal and finished with wine, music and dancing. Needless to say, an amazing night was had by all (we heard a whisper that founder Laura didn’t get home until 2am)!



We are so proud to have won recognition from those who really know their stuff in the industy, and want to say a massive thank you to everyone at Underlines, to Invista for having us as their guests, and to Team MyTights for their dedication, talent and sheer hard graft. And of course to you, our customers. Without your passion for hosiery, honest feedback and unwavering loyalty none of this would be possible.

Oh, and in case you were wondering – Suzanne is wearing the Charnos Lurex Spot Opaque Tights in Black/Gold, and Laura the Falke Seidenglatt 70 Tights in Marine.



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Lovely in Lace!

Beautiful and flirty, lace tights exude femininity like no other and, best of all, the pattern has a timeless class attached to it that will never go out of fashion (or our wardrobe for that matter). As far as versatility goes, lace tights are everything you could wish for on that Monday morning, as with a little styling, you?ll find they go with any and everything that your wardrobe has to offer. Have no time to change for that dinner date after work? Craving look at me legs without the designer price tag? If you haven?t guessed it by now, lace hosiery is the fabulous solution to both of those problems!

For the sole purpose of taking the hassle out of decision making (cue sighs of relief), I have compiled the best of the bunch when it comes to all things lacy. From luxurious & decadent to the subtle but sweet, there?s bound to be a pair to suit the occasion and with the party season fast approaching, now is the time to jump on the bandwagon. It appears that it?s not just me that sings lacy praises either, with the likes of Kristen Stewart and Emily Blunt both embracing lovely lace for their editorial debuts. So with the red carpet elite on board, there?s no better excuse to invest in a pair for your own collection…Lovely in Lace!

A personal favourite of mine and a failsafe option if you?re seeking instant glamour, the Wolford Victorienne Tights are just the ticket. By combining floral charm with a seductive net, the luxury brand has created the ultimate pair of lacy tights that will take you from the office to the bar without the need to change. ?With a nod towards the decorative Orient, these are ideal for reviving tired LBDS and understated shift dresses, whilst the fabulous quality ensures that you?ll be able to wear these for many seasons to come. A tad above average when it comes to the price tag, these are the investment buy that will see you through the next few seasons with ease. Style with plenty of chiffon for a dreamy ensemble, adding a vintage necklace or belt for a sartorial touch.

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For a truly classic touch to that outfit, look no further than the Jonathan Aston Sweet Roses Lace Tights. As feminine as they are floral, the dainty design has been inspired by the flirty 40?s, created using a traditional cut & sew method for even more authenticity.? As part of the Vintage Collection from the British brand, these are available in both a chic black and creamy ivory, with no visible reinforcement to make choosing what to wear an absolute doddle. Purse friendly and pretty, these can be vamped up with killer heels for a femme fatale look or softened with a silk wrap dress and brogues. Just as gorgeous but perhaps a little more subtle are the Scroll Net Tights from Charnos. A true lust have if you?re enamoured with the idea of lace but remain cautious of look-at-me patterns, the soft & stretchy tights feature an elegant scroll design throughout ? perfect for pairing with flirty hemlines and this season?s spiky court.

Enthusiasts of hold ups needn?t feel left out either, as I?ve made sure to include the gorgeous Wolford Valencienne Stay Ups, packed full of a flattering floral design and a lace top with scalloped edges. Created from an open net fabric, these offer a glimpse of skin for a party ready touch whilst the discreet sandal toe means those new peep toes are an option. For a fashion forward look that oozes class, keep the rest of your outfit minimal, allowing statement jewellery to balance out the pattern. With the higher price point comes a better, more luxurious quality, meaning that you?re able to wear these every day if you so wish to!

For a short & sweet helping of lace, the Jonathan Aston Sweet Roses Anklets are perfect (a favourite of Kristen Stewart too!), whilst the Ivy Footlets from Trasparenze demonstrate that pretty can mean practical too, working to protect both your feet & footwear from the daily wear and tear of that hectic schedule.

So whatever your lace preference, whether it be subtle or seductive, be sure to optimise with clever styling and nifty accessories, and voila! Instant glamour minus the leg work!

Until next time ladies…


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Remember, remember, the 19th of October…

…Because it’s National Stockings Day!

Now don’t get us wrong, we love wearing tights. They’re easy, versatile and we don’t even know they’re there half the time. But there’s just getting away from the fact that stockings are the ultimate hosiery choice when you want something super luxe. Yes, hold ups give a similar feel but for full on retro glamour you need stockings, and what better excuse to work them than National Stockings Day, which is taking place on 19th October?

Charnos hosiery are using the day to raise money for Breast Cancer Care and have organised events in London, Manchester and Glasgow. In the House of Fraser stores on London’s Oxford Street and in Glasglow, troupes of can can dancers will perform; while in Manchester a team of stockings-clad ladies will be storming the city with their collecting tins. Read more of Remember, remember, the 19th of October…


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Mary, Queen of Tights

Retail guru Mary Portas is back on our screens once more with her new joint venture with Gordon Ramsey, Hotel GB. The dynamic duo have teamed up with other celebrities, including Gok Wan and Kim Woodburn, to run a hotel with a group of unemployed trainees.

So what does the face of retail wear when on a mission to change Britain? Why, her own range of hosiery, of course! Quite apart from being both a wonderful piece of promotion for her range designed with hosiery brand Charnos, we can see why: her tights are gorgeous.

How refreshing to see a celebrity designer who actually practises what she preaches and wears her own range!

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And as she’s worn the Scroll shaper tights in every show so far this week, we think it’s safe to assume she’s not simply wearing them to sell more pairs – she genuinely likes these tights.

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How to… wear WOW Tights

Wondering how to wear statement tights without looking silly? Or bored of wearing trousers all the time now the weather has (finally) turned wintery? were featured in a handy how-to guide in the press this week, so we thought we’d share their top 5 ways to work statement tights…

1) Colour blocking
With the 60s revival still going strong, colour blocking is going to be around for a while longer yet, and what easier way than to buy a simple pair of coloured tights? A simple, cheap and cheerful addition to your wardrobe, they start from a teeny tiny £4.10, so you really can afford to match them to everything in your wardrobe!

2) Embellished
Spots are hot at the moment, but try a twist on the trend with the Charnos 75 Brigit

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te Tights (the actual tights in the feature, supplied by which feature glittering Swarovski crystals up the back of the leg for a sparkling addition to a glamourous black dress.

3) Texture
Different textures can work really well as long as you don’t go OTT. Try leg lengthening ribbed tights with cotton skirts or silky shirts.

4) Stars
The stars trend last year was begun by designers like Christopher Kane, and planetary movement have dictated they’re set to last well in to 2010. Snap up a pair of the Henry Holland Superstar Tights, available with either classic black or spangly multi-coloured stars.

5) Elaborate Girly
Lace tights and girly designs like bows and floral motifs are the order of the day. Use them to glam up your party frock, or add a sweet edge to a tough biker look.


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