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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: Plus Size

Shopping for tights on the high street can be a stressful task at the best of times (hence the birth of MyTights!), but it’s made worse by the fact that, even in 2015, the majority of stores seem to entirely overlook fuller figures. Motivated by our mission to find stylish hosiery for all, we’ve quite literally scoured the market to find the very best in plus size tights, hold ups and more, with styles accommodating hip sizes up to 60”. From everyday sheers through to tights that do more than meets the eye, you’ll find everything you need flatter your curves at MyTights.com…

 

Pretty Polly Curves Ladder Resist Tights

Pretty Polly Curves Ladder Resist Tights

The everyday heroes

Head turning they may not be, but where would we be without our everyday styles? Giving us a classic look without meaning we have to survive on bread and water until payday, anyone on the lookout for affordable sheers should head to the Pretty Polly Curves (XXTRA) Ladder Resist Tights (3PP). With three pairs of 15 denier tights for just £6.50 a packet, they not only offer some slight coverage in warmer weather but are made from ladder resist technology to prevent snags from developing into ladders. Should your fashion ethos be ‘glamour 24/7’, take a look at the Oroblu Magie 20 Plus Size Tights, which feature a gorgeous glossy finish for a sophisticated look that can extend into evening events if need be. If hold ups are more your cup of tea, the Levante Sheer Fantasy Stay Ups are a must, available in four shades and with luxe lace tops.

Of course, everyday hosiery isn’t all about sheers, and knowing how the British weather can switch from heatwave to washout in a matter of days, it makes sense to always have a few pairs of inexpensive opaques to hand. For dress sizes up to a UK 32, flatter your curves in the Pamela Mann 50 Denier Plus Size Tights, with a purse friendly price tag and 7 funky shades. When it comes to dressing for that ‘in-between’ weather, semi-opaque styles are the way to go, with the Charnos XeLence 50D Plus Size Tights my top choice. Specially designed for fuller figures, these opaques come in three colours and boast special anti-chafing panels to keep you feeling comfortable with every wear.

 

Pamela Mann Plus Size Fishnet Tights

Pamela Mann Plus Size Fishnet Tights

Never say no to fashion

Looking to get dressed up? A pair of fishnets is always a good idea, which brings us to the newest member of the MyTights warehouse – the Pamela Mann Plus Size Fishnet Tights. The fuller figured alternative to their regular fishnets, these tights are available in sizes ranging from 16-32 and in two classic shades. With their classic net design, they can also work to give your working wardrobe a little upgrade too, so they’re an incredibly versatile option. The mock suspenders trend has been an ever present ever since they burst on to the scene via Henry Holland a few years back, so grabbing a pair of the Pretty Polly Curves Suspender Tights makes perfect style sense, their 60/20 denier split and printed suspender straps. Also from the Curves range, make your mark on the spotty trend with the Dot Diamond Tights, with a scattering of diamonds across the entire leg and sizes up to an XXL.

 

A helping hand 

Long gone are the days where hosiery was just about keeping you warm, nowadays all of the brands are designing styles with hidden traits that most superheroes would be envious of. The success of the Aristoc Bodytoners range speaks for itself, so if you are looking for an extra helping hand to trim your figure without succumbing to a diet of spinach, head to the Opaque Toner Tights, which employ a top secret medium strength control top that works on your tum, bum and thighs.

Whether you spend 40 hours a week battling with a spreadsheet or find yourself on your feet for lengthy periods, it’s inevitable that your legs will start to feel tired and jaded. Combating lethargic legs and looking great to boot, the Levante Relax Firm Support Tights not only have a hidden control top but use graduated compression to boost circulation. There’s far less sensible (and headache inducing) ways to spend £12!

 

Falke Seidenglatt 15D Tights

Falke Seidenglatt 15D Tights

Touch of luxury

A touch of luxury never hurt anybody, and with hosiery it’s often the case that you get what you pay for. So if you are seeking a little refinement for your legs, I love the Falke Seidenglatt 15D Tights, which come in no less than shades. Suitable for hips of up to 56”, they boast a shiny finish that’s great for evening do’s and an adjustable waistband that can sit as high or low as feels right for you. Finishing off my plus size selection are the Wolford Velvet De Luxe 66 Tights, which, in true Wolford fashion feel velvety soft to the touch, and come with a 66 denier weight that’s fab for ridding your winter blues.

 

Until next time…

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Nicole Kidman: Favourite fashion trend of all time? Black Tights…

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman

 

She’s the latest cover star for Vogue and is known worldwide for a gorgeously timeless style. So when it comes to talking about fashion, we believe pretty much every word that comes from Nicole Kidman’s mouth. Questioned by Vogue about what she considers her favourite fashion trend of all times, we were waiting with open ears – but the girl who has everything didn’t reply with diamonds, she didn’t even reply with designer names. Instead, the Australian actress divulged that her can’t live without item are nothing less than a pair of everyday black tights! Which got us thinking, if a fashion icon such as Nicole is hooked on her trusty black tights, it’s about time we rounded up our favourites.

Well, if it’s good enough for Nicole…

Aristoc Ultra Shine 10D Tights

Aristoc Ultra Shine 10D Tights

Everyday opaques: Every woman needs that pair of black opaques they can turn to no matter the occasion. And thanks to fashion favourites Pamela Mann and their 50 Denier Tights, it needn’t break the bank. For just £4.95 a pair, these affordable tights boast a slight sheen finish and are made with 3D elastane for a perfect fit.

Everyday sheers: Blighty weather is unpredictable at the best of times, so it goes without saying that a pair of black sheers is just as important as opaques. Great for wearing during the warmer weather, we love the Aristoc Ultra Shine 10D Tights, with a glossy finish that will take you from day to night.

Something in between: Semi-opaque styles are perfect for that tricky in between weather when your wardrobe doesn’t know whether to stay in winter mode or peel back the layers into winter. Our favourites are the Oroblu Sensuel 30 Tights, which come in 7 shades and are virtually indestructible thanks to their reinforced toe and quality Italian design.

Helping you out: We all look for an excuse not to go the gym, and we’ve got just the ticket with the Calvin Klein Ultra Fit 50D Shaper Tights. Looking just like an ordinary pair of opaques, they come with a hidden medium strength control panel to tame your problem zones in secrecy.

Nicole, we think you might be our new hosiery BFF!

 

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Laura’s Choice: Body Perfecting Hosiery!

Life: it has a habit of getting in the way, doesn’t it? Whether spending all hours at your desk or tackling the never-ending pile of ironing, there’s just never enough hours in the day for some well-earned me time. But forget fad diets and ‘miracle creams’ that do the exact opposite of what they say on tin, a brilliant way to perfect your look is with trusty hosiery! At MyTights, we believe that your legs are there to be looked after, which is why we’ve sourced the very best in body perfecting hosiery on the market. From tights that combat the curse of cellulite through to hosiery that smoothes over figures without lifting a finger, we’ve got the shortcut to body confidence covered.

 

Charnos Energising Support Tights

Charnos Energising Support Tights

Skin Perfecting Saviours

We know you already look fabulous, but if you crave a helping hand to perfect your pre-holiday skin, look no further than the Charnos Energising Support Range. Quite simply the hardest working hosiery on the market, this innovative collection not only looks great, but comes with a host of hidden features that would leave even Superwoman feeling inferior. Each of the products has been coated with a luxurious mix of Vitamin E, Sea Kelp and Shea Butter that actively moisturise your skin as you go about your daily routine. Not content with cutting your beauty regime in half, the range also helps to combat cellulite (yes, really!) through the use of compression that stimulates blood flow and prevents your legs from feeling lethargic. Who would argue with that?!

For medium support, check out the Charnos Energising Support Tights, opting for the Energising Support Knee Highs if it’s your lower legs that need pampering. Or if you require a little extra support, treat legs to the Firm Energising Support Tights.

 

Wolford Neon 40 Tights

Wolford Neon 40 Tights

Wave goodbye to imperfections: Coverage Tights

Working at a hosiery company, we’ve become accustomed to images of models with impossibly long legs and perfect skin, but we know that this isn’t a true reflection of the average woman. But instead of lamenting your imperfections, learn to love what you’ve got with our range of coverage tights! Similar to wearing make-up on your legs (just without the mess), coverage tights help to even out skin tone and mask blemishes such as scars or varicose veins.

The trick to finding coverage tights is to opt for sheers that are slightly thicker than the average (20-30 denier, ideally),  which are still sheer enough to achieve a summery look without looking like you’ve dressed for mid Feb. Top of the bill, for me, are the Wolford Neon 40 Tights. Don’t be fooled by the name; although these tights have the durability of a 40 denier, they appear like 20 denier tights, camouflaging your flaws and coming with a suitably glam glossy finish. For something a little more affordable, Italian brand Oroblu also have a great option with their Sensuel 30 Tights. Available in 7 shades and with a slight sheen for day to night versatility, these tights are virtually indestructible and will feel utterly lovely against your skin. Or for the same peace of mind but with a little extra luxury, make a beeline for the Falke Sensation Seamless 20 Tights, which come free from any seams, so you can wear figure hugging dresses to your heart’s content.

 

Aristoc Bodytoners Low Leg Toner Tights

Aristoc Bodytoners Low Leg Toner Tights

Control Top

Amongst everything else we have on our to-do list, it’s not always easy to find the time (or motivation) to exercise. If you’ve found your gym pass gathering dust, control top tights may be the perfect solution. Defining your silhouette and remaining completely hidden from outside view, control top tights appear just like any other fashion-forward hosiery, but come with secret panels to smooth over the most common problem zones. It’s an absolute must for me to point you in the direction of the Aristoc Bodytoners Range, comprising 5 pairs of tights that target different areas of your body. From the Tummy Tuck Tights for your midriff to the Low Leg Toner Tights for your tum, bum and thighs, this range of sheers is affordable, effective and should be your first port of call! For stronger control, the same name always crops up: Spanx! It’s not all about shaping suits and the like at Spanx HQ, either, as they actually also produce shaping tights. The Spanx In Power Line Super Shaping Sheers combine strong control shorts with inbuilt sheer tights – one secret we’re very happy to keep. Or for smoothing control with the quality of Wolford, head to the Wolford Individual 10 Control Top Tights, offering a high-end look that will stand the test of time. After something a little more purse-friendly? The Charnos Killer Figure Hourglass Control Tights are just the ticket with their medium control, slight sheen finish and reinforced toe.

Whatever your body insecurities, you’ll find the answer at MyTights!

Until next time…

 

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Laura’s Choice: Top 10 Sheers!

Nubian Skin Matt 10 Denier Tights - Berry

Nubian Skin Matt 10 Denier Tights – Berry

When you think of summer, what springs to mind? A jug of Pimms?  Warm evenings? How about trips to the seaside? At MyTights, the arrival of the summer weather means one thing and one thing only; sheer tights! Typically 20 denier or less, sheer tights are perfect for when you don’t want to expose a bare leg but the temperature is too high to wear thicker opaque hosiery. From nude to black and in a variety of finishes, MyTights.com have an incredible array of sheer tights to get you through the summer months in style. Need a helping hand? In no particular order, here are our top 10 sensational sheers…

1. Beginning with the newest addition to the MyTights team, I simply have to mention the Nubian Skin Matt 10 Denier Tights. If you haven’t heard about these yet, that’s set to end soon! Specifically designed for darker skin tones (and the first of its kind), these 10 denier sheers have a beautifully natural finish and the choice of 4 shades, meaning each and every one of our customers can enjoy a bare leg look.

2. On a similar note, no round-up of summer hosiery would be complete without, in my eyes, the ultimate in the world of bare leg look tights. Consistently one of our bestsellers, the Falke Shelina Tights offer the appearance of an 8 denier tight, but with the robustness of a 12 denier. Boasting a slight sheen to create a flawless finish, take your pick from no less than 8 shades, all of which have been created with the help of dermatologists.

Aristoc Ultra Shine 10D Tights

Aristoc Ultra Shine 10D Tights

3. If a day without a pair of peep toe shoes is too much to bear, the Shelina range has spread its wings to create the Falke Shelina Toeless Tights, completely open at the toe and even coming with a handy toe loop to keep the style in place. Best book that pedicure!

4. Want tights that offer a little more? Opt for the Charnos Run Resist Control Top Tights, with all the elegance of sheers you know and love but with top secret superhero properties. Streamlining over your lumps and bumps with their inbuilt medium control top, these 10 denier gems are also made from run resist yarns to keep snags at bay. Ladders? What ladders!

5. For some everyday high gloss glamour, it has to be the Aristoc Ultra Shine 10D Tights. Perennially popular, these sheers have a shiny finish that oozes luxury, and a sandal toe to mean you enjoy peace of mind without having to limit yourself in terms of footwear. Oh, and all that for just £6 a pair – it’s a win, win situation!

6. One of my ‘go-to’ hosiery choices, I’ve always been a huge fan of the Oroblu Sensuel 13 Tights. Not only are they virtually indestructible, these 13 denier tights have a flattering slight sheen and even better, are available in 9 beautiful shades. As somebody who’s tried hundreds if not thousands of tights in my time, believe me when I say stocking up on these is a must.

7. When you feel the need to treat your legs to something a little special, my top pick are the Wolford Individual 10 Tights. Admittedly, they may be more expensive than some of the other options in this round-up, but the quality speaks for itself. Exquisitely soft to the touch and bound to last you not only this summer but summers to come, they come with a flattering matte finish meaning you can wear them 24/7.

Pretty Polly Naturals 5D Sideria Tights

Pretty Polly Naturals 5D Sideria Tights

8. For something ultra-sheer, why not take a look at the Pretty Polly Naturals 5D Sideria Tights? As the name would suggest, these elegant sheers have a 5 denier (yes, 5!) appearance for a flawless ‘no hosiery look’, all the while benefitting from the durability of a 15 denier thanks to the wonders of Sideria yarns from Japan.

9. Forever feeling the effects of a busy day? You’re not alone, and while you may be under the impression that support tights are frumpy by nature, the Charnos Energising Support Tights are bound to change your opinion. Gorgeous matte sheers with a medium support level, they’ll not only soothe your aching legs but improve the appearance of your skin tone thanks to a luxurious mix of Vitamin E, Sea Kelp and Shea Butter!

10. Last but not least, what’s life without a splash of colour? The Jonathan Aston Sheer Coloured Tights combine a classic 15 denier look with the choice of 21 shades. From black, to white, all the way through to funky fuchsia, these affordable sheers will brighten up your wardrobe in seconds. What’s not to love?

Not seen the eprfect pair for you? Browse all of our sheer styles?

Until next time…

 

 

 

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Ladder Resist Tights in the eyes of… Conor Maynard?

Conor MaynardHere at MyTights HQ, we’re big fans of Radio 1 and in particular, Nick Grimshaw’s morning show. While we’re always chuckling away at his quirky take on the latest news and going-ons, yesterdays show caught our attention more than most. In potentially a radio first, an interview with pop sensation Conor Maynard lead to a discussion about none other than ladder resist tights! A slightly odd conversation admittedly; Conor was given ten seconds to reel off as much information as ladder resist tights as he could, and it’s fair to say his knowledge was lacking a little. While he gave it his best go, we’re here to clear things up and tell you everything you need to know about the fantastic world of run resist hosiery!

We all know the feeling of rushing around to get dressed in the morning, pulling on a pair of tights only to catch them on your jewellery or nails. For us, ladders are a cardinal hosiery sin, so we’re always on the hunt for a solution to this age old problem. Luckily, ladder resist tights are becoming more and more popular nowadays, with more and more brands taking advantage of the newest hosiery innovations. Made using breakthrough run resist yarns, ladder resist tights prevent a small hole from developing into ladders and snags. You might think that this means the tights might compromise on style, but you couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, modern technology means ladder resist tights can be as sheer as a 5 denier, and enjoy the same silky soft feel as regular sheers.

Giving you greater value for money and ensuring your morning routine goes off without a glitch, here are out top 5 picks.

  1. Charnos Run Resist Sheer Tights

    Charnos Run Resist Sheer Tights

     If it’s a budget friendly option you’re after, it has to be the Charnos Run Resist Sheer Tights. Ensuring those hosiery nightmares don’t blight your day, these 10 denier tights use run resist yarns to create a feminine, everyday look. Oh, and most importantly, they’re just £4.95 a pair…

 

2. Bare leg looks are as popular as ever, and with the warmer weather approaching, you’ll want to enjoy that ‘no hosiery’ without having to worry about the delicate nature of your tights. The Aristoc Ultimate 5D Sheer Tights are the perfect choice, made using revolutionary LYCRA® Fusion fibres for wonderful robustness.

Pretty Polly Curves (Xxtra) Ladder Resist Tights (3PP)

Pretty Polly Curves (Xxtra) Ladder Resist Tights (3PP)

3. As the name would suggest, the Oroblu No Risk Tights are quite literally indestructible. Available in four shades and standing the test of time, these 20 denier sheers make ladders a distant memory.

4. The control top version of the aforementioned Charnos tights, the Charnos Run Resist Control Top Tights mean you can enjoy the same resilience and everyday look, but with a hidden control top to smooth over your problem areas. What a package!

5. For fuller figures, the Pretty Polly Curves (Xxtra) Ladder Resist Tights offer incredible value for money. Not only will they prevent any ladders or snags from ruining your look, this 3 pack of 15 denier tights are just £6.50, Framing your curves to perfection!

 

Ladders schmadders! Browse our full range of ladder resist tights before you head off!

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Never-ending pins? No problem!

Charnos Run Resist Tights

Charnos Run Resist Tights

We often get queries from customers who have always struggled to find tights to fit their leggy frame. If you are lucky enough to have never-ending pins, the good news is that there are a host of options for you when it comes to hosiery. MyTights believe that beauty comes in all sizes, and so in our bid to stock tights for every body shape and type, we’ve scoured the leading brands to find tights that can accommodate an extra tall frame. Designed for woman up to the heady heights of 6’2, our range of extra tall tights means that a fashionable legwear look is only ever a click away. Here are our top picks!

Sheer Tights: Perfect for the warmer weather, sheer tights give your legs a little coverage and warmth, yet create a natural look that style queen Kate Middleton loves. A great choice for taller frames are the Charnos Run Resist Tights, which as well as creating classic everyday look, have been made with specialist yarns to prevent any ladders or snags from forming. And all for £4.75 a pair – talk about value!

 

Levante Fishnet Tights

Levante Fishnet Tights

Opaque Tights: Classic opaques are a necessity for every woman. Warm, stylish and the most versatile legwear around, there really isn’t an occasion where they won’t work. For a great pair, we recommend the fantastic Falke Seidenglatt 70 Tights, with their 70 denier weight and shiny finish that adds a little shine to any look.

Fashion Tights: it’s not all about the functionality! Mix up your wardrobe with the Levante Fishnet Tights, with their classic net design and matte finish. As great for jazzing up an evening dress as they are for the office, they can be enjoyed by women up to a height of 6’1.

Extra Benefits:  Treat yourself to some tights that work a little harder than the norm; our favourites are the Levante Relax Firm Support Tights, not only giving you an elegant sheer look, but also working to tame your lumps and bumps AND spell an end to jaded and achey legs. They deserve a medal!

Check out our complete range of extra tall tights before you leave!

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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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Lauras Choice: Control Top Tights

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Wolford Individual 10 Control Top Tights

Let’s face it – however much we strive to go to the gym and stock up on our salads, it’s not always easy to maintain a healthy lifestyle, especially now the nights are drawing in. With the temptation to indulge in a hefty slice of cake ever present, wouldn’t it be great if our hosiery could give us a helping hand in achieving the streamlined silhouette we all dream of?  Control top tights are a great choice for those of you who crave gentle shaping support and a helping hand, while not wanting to opt for the highest levels of strengthening control, and most importantly, give up on our sweet treats! Not just content with taming our muffin tops, control top tights can also work to trim our thighs, smooth over our hips and lift our derrieres. Sounds good, right? Even better, there’s now a great deal of choice in which to choose from, and it’s entirely possible to own a pair of control top tights for every occasion, outfit or weather condition. To give you a push in the right direction, I have compiled my top picks, so everyone can find the perfect pair for them!

1.  Luxury

 Those of you who appreciate the finer things in life will love the Wolford Individual 10 Control Top Tights, ideal for giving your pins a flawless smooth finish and high-end legwear look. I particularly love the luxuriously soft feel against your leg! Similarly, the Falke Active Shaping Support 20 Tights will also leave your legs looking wonderfully chic, and at the same time will work to slim your figure. These also come with the added advantage of improving blood circulation, so as well as looking great, you’ll have a real spring in your step, too. Two birds with one stone!

2.  On a budget

 With all the choice on offer at MyTights, control top tights really needn’t cost a fortune! A top recommendation for bargain hunters are the Charnos Killer Figure Sheer Control Tights. Scoring top marks for versatility, these 15 denier tights work to lift your rear, flatten your tummy and tone your thighs. They also come with a slight sheen finish, which creates the illusion of a more expensive product! Another great value product that our customers love are the Aristoc Ultra Shine Control Top Tights. Typically Aristoc, these ooze quality, and come with a glamorous glossy finish, so they’re a fantastic, purse-friendly choice if you want to suck in your lumps and bumps for a formal occasion.

Aristoc Ultra Shine Control Top Tights

Aristoc Ultra Shine Control Top Tights

 

3.  Everyday Opaques

 Despite the strides that hosiery companies have made, control top opaques still aren’t particularly plentiful. However, always wanting to fulfil our customers’ needs, MyTights have sourced the very best on the market, and good news – there really is something for every budget. One of our bestsellers, the Aristoc Bodytoners Opaque Toner Tights are absolutely perfect for the office, with their 40 denier composition and flattering matte finish. Even better, they won’t break the bank! Or if you’re looking for something slightly more luxurious, the Calvin Klein Ultra Fit 50D Shaper Tights may be just the ticket, with a sumptuously soft microfibre yarn. Those who are particularly insecure about their midriff region should also have a look at the Calvin Klein Ultra Fit 80D High Waisted Shaper Tights, which use shaping control in the waist panels (ending just beneath the bra line) to diminish any sign of a muffin top, so feel free to banish that wretched sports bag!

4. Fashion-forward

No need to sacrifice your style credentials for a streamlined figure, either! Pretty Polly in particular are brilliant at churning out control top tights capable of making a real style statement.  To channel the geometric trend, I love the Pretty Polly Diamond Bodyshaper Tights, which are ideal for adding interest to an otherwise plain outfit – the matte finish means these would also work for the workplace. Equally as chic are the Pretty Polly Shape It Up Suspender Tights, which are a real marriage between functionality and style with their mock-stockings design. Great for achieving a sultry legwear look, these also come with a medium level of control, so they’re a fab all rounder.

Pretty Polly Shape It Up Suspender Tights

Pretty Polly Shape It Up Suspender Tights

 5.  Bum-lifting

While control top tights are super-effective at flattening your figure, this can occasionally have an adverse effect – flattening your derriere!  To avoid this, some hosiery brands have created control top tights that actually work to create a pert and perfectly rounded rear. At one end of the price point, the Pretty Polly Shape It Up My Rear Rocks Shaper Tights have placed ingenious pockets on the bottom of the control brief, which create the illusion of a lifted bum, while appearing just like traditional sheer tights to the outside world. What a winner! Or for all out booty-boosting power, look no further than the Spanx Bootyful Tight End Tights. These use zoned compression, which tightens and releases in all the right places to create an uplifted booty, while still giving your legs a chic look with a classic 70 denier finish. Kim Kardashian who?!

 

Until next week…

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Top Five Control Tights

SuperHighShapingSheersControl Top tights are just like other tights – but with a sneaky little secret. They look like your average sheers, but have shapewear technology built into the tops, helping you look your best no matter what you wear them with! It’s a great product for lovers of shapewear and an effortless way to smooth your shape. Celebrities adore them, with even royalty like Princess Beatrice being spotted in them! The popularity of control tights has really exploded from this, resulting in a huge selection to choose from, and we know that so much choice can sometimes prove confusing. ?But don’t worry, we’ve picked out some of the best control tights on MyTights.com for you!

Best Sheers

Spanx is one of the most recognized names in shapewear, so it’s little wonder that their control tights have made our list. Spanx In Power Line Super High Shaping Sheers?are on the higher spectrum of control, so you can really count on them to keep you looking super svelte. The high waist and ultra flat seams will make sure that these lovely tights will be completely undetectable.

Best Opaques

If you’re looking for comfort and a little warmth during these chilly fall months, look no further than the Calvin Klein Ultra Fit 80 Denier Shaper Tights. These offer a lighter control that promises not to restrict, and come in a few colours to play around with. These tights are super soft and made to lie flat against the body so you can wear them with even the tightest dress. Strong enough for everyday wear, but perfect for looking fabulous on a night out!

Best Funky Fashion

Want to look trendy AND slim? Then give the Pretty Polly Shape It Up Suspender Tights a try. The medium control will make sure to do everything you need these control tights to do – flattening your tummy, smoothing hips, you name it! These incredibly fashionable tights will keep you in tune with the ever-popular suspender tights trend, and will make sure that you look as great as you feel.

Best Elegant Fashion

Aristoc took control tights to another level – they added leg support to help circulation in the Aristoc Bodytoners Fashion Toner Tights. Featuring medium strength control and support and a touch of silk, you’ll be feeling wonderful in these tights no matter how long your day was! Let’s not forget the lovely diamond pattern design that can easily be taken from the office to the party, too.

Best Body Perfector

This next pair of tights really is the complete package. The Charnos Killer Figure Emana Control Tights do more than just keep you looking slim. So technologically advanced I find it hard to believe it isn’t just magic, these tights are proven to reduce cellulite, increase skin elasticity, and improve collagen. Using very special yarns to help blood flow in the legs, Charnos has really outdone itself in creating these one-of-a-kind control tights!

Check out MyTights.com for even more control tights and get ready to say bye-bye to lumps and bumps!

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