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Laura’s Choice: Top Trends!

Now the fashion weeks have come to a close and we don’t find ourselves continually refreshing the websites of just about every fashion magazine in existence, we’ve taken some time to consider what the key trends are likely to be for the upcoming months. In typical MyTights style, we’ve gone one step further, not only highlighting the key trends but letting you know how you can recreate them at the drop of a hat. Just call us your very own personal shoppers…

Trend 1: Coloured Opaques

Pamela Mann 50D Tights

Pamela Mann 50D Tights

Coloured opaques were quite simply everywhere, from London to New York and even making a stopover in both Paris and Milan. It seems like the fashion world has gone crazy for coloured tights, and rightly so in our opinion. Capable of updating your look and reigniting your love for that dress you bought 5 years ago and have never worn, why stick to black?

Winner: Pamela Mann 50 Denier Tights

There could only be one winner in this category for us. Forever finding their way on to our bestsellers list, these 50 denier tights come in no less than 20 beautiful colours, from classic shades of black and navy blue through to the delights of daffodil yellow. There really is no better way to make your outfits look good as new, and coming in at just £4.95 a pair, you’d have a hard time arguing against treating yourself to a pair of these.

Runner up: Falke Pure Matt 50D Tights

Coming in at a very close second place, German brand Falke have taken the trend for colour and added a luxury quality in a way that only Falke can. Available in seven colours and boasting a matte finish, they’ll stand the test of time and offer you a fun and colourful style day in, day out.

Trend 2: Fishnets

trasparenze rita

Trasparenze Rita Tights

Fishnets are never far from the top of my hosiery drawer, so I was thrilled to see them enjoying a ‘fashion moment’ on the catwalks. Whether worn on their own or layered over some funky coloured tights, nets are the perfect way to take your wardrobe favourites from drab to fab.

Winner: Trasparenze Rita Fishnet Tights

One of my must have hosiery styles, rarely a week goes by where I don’t pull on a pair of these fishnets. With a slightly larger net than would be considered traditional, they’re brilliant for layering over coloured tights or fashion styles and adding some sophistication to your look without giving too much away. I’m not ashamed to say I own a pair in every colour, and so should you!

Runner up: Jonathan Aston Oxygen Tights

Landing in our offices just a few weeks back, the Jonathan Aston Oxygen Tights are perfect for those of you who like to stay on trend but create an individual look at the same time. Nobody could argue against these tights being net, but the art deco design and quirky look makes them a fashionistas dream.

Trend 3: Spots

Wolford Poppy Tights

Wolford Poppy Tights

We weren’t surprised in the slightest to see spots making their mark on the catwalks, having been the pattern of choice of the A-list for months. Decorating the legs of every single model at Diane von Furstenberg (New York) and Giles (London), dots are the best way to stay on trend while retaining an elegant look. I’ve fallen hook, line and sinker for them!

Winner: Wolford Poppy Tights

Incorporating hundreds of tiny dots but with a whimsical Wolford twist, these 20 denier tights are covered in asymmetrical spots that will send the double takes in your direction. With the spots being denser at the ankle and dispersing as they ascend up the leg, these fashion sheers succeed at being feminine yet funky.

Runner up: Oroblu Adelle Tights

More of a classic polkadot style and one I’ve worn countless times, these 10 denier tights have an all over dotty design that adds a delicate and charming touch to your wardrobe. Understated enough for work and stylish enough for a night out, take your pick between black and navy blue.

 

 

Trend 4: Wet Look

Trasparenze Callophrys Leggings

Trasparenze Callophrys Leggings

As much as we’ve admired wet look styles over the years, they’ve never really had their big fashion break, sticking firmly in the wardrobes of the likes of Kate Moss. Until now that is! Even appearing at Saint-Laurent and dressing the legs of Beyonce in recent weeks, a vampy style awaits us all.

Winner: Trasparenze Callophrys Leggings

All the merits of a traditional legging but with a high shine finish to enhance your glamour credentials, the lightweight finish and elastic waistband make them brilliantly comfortable to boot. Great with oversized tees and tunics, bringing out your inner rock chick has never been easier.

Runner up: Pamela Mann Wet Look Leggings

Made in a mock leather fabric, these ultra-shiny leggings are your go-to option for bring a grunge-glam twist to your look. Cut off at the ankle and far more comfortable than the skin-tight fit would suggest, pair them with a longline statement tee and heeled ankle boots.

Who knew being on trend could be this simple?

Until next time…

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Workwear Style: Get It Right

Aristoc 80D Opaque Tights in black

Aristoc 80D Opaque Tights in black

Here at MyTights.com, we consider ourselves to be a fairly fashion-forward bunch. Always keeping one eye on the catwalks, we make an effort to stay on trend, and this extends to our office wear too. Or so we thought, anyway…

A recent study by recruitment giants Reed quizzed 1,500 UK employees about fashion in the workplace, and it highlighted that perhaps the UK workforce aren’t quite as fashion-conscious as they’d like to believe. While 93% of us believed that the way we dressed could have a positive impact on our careers (we agree), it seems that not all of us adhere to the so-called workplace fashion etiquette.

Unsurprisingly, the most popular fashion faux pas in the office related to uncleanliness, with unwashed and unironed clothes at the top of the bill. Yuck! We know – you live busy lives and there’s not always time in the morning to create an A-list look, but it wouldn’t hurt to run an iron over your dress from time to time!

Something that did surprise us however is that a ‘fashion-ceiling’ exists. What’s this, you may ask? Apparently, we all come to a point in our careers where the way we look no longer has an impact on our success in the workplace. The idea behind this is that once we’ve climbed the career ladder and hold a managerial position; the way we present ourselves shouldn’t matter, driven by examples such as Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook who’s never seen without a pair of baggy jeans and a hoody. Hmm! We may be biased, running a fashion company and all, but we hold the opinion that presenting yourself positively can never be a bad thing… why wouldn’t you want to look your best?With this in mind, and with one third of us admitting that we don’t plan our workplace outfits at all, we thought it would be a good idea to make nailing an

Shaping support with the Calvin Klein 30D High Waisted Shaper Tights

Shaping support with the Calvin Klein 30D High Waisted Shaper Tights

office style a breeze. Strut your way into the office in style, here are our top five hosiery picks…

1) Aristoc 80D Opaque Tights – great for those January morning where getting out of bed feels like a mountain to climb, these chic 80 denier tights will give your legs instant warming relief as soon as you pull them on. Fantastic value for money, the obvious choice is the black, but don’t be afraid to experiment with navy or charcoal if you’re something of a fashionista.

2) Levante 50D Suede Matte Opaque Tights – if you’re after something a little lighter, these 50 denier tights may be just the ticket. Soft against the skin and durable enough to stand the test of time, these are the perfect everyday tight, and what’s more, come in three office-appropriate colours!

3) Calvin Klein Ultra Fit 30D High Waisted Tights – we spend most of our lives in the office, so wouldn’t it be great if your workplace wardrobe could help shape your silhouette, too? The good news is that that’s wholly possible with these 30 denier tights, with their light shaping control to tame your tummy, hips and thighs!

Wolford Individual 5 Tights - so sheer nobody need know!

Wolford Individual 5 Tights – so sheer nobody need know!

4) Falke Matt Deluxe 20 Tights – giving your office attire a spot of luxury, these 20 denier sheers are perfect for warm spring and summer days. Giving your legs some coverage and a little protection from the early morning chill, expect a flawless finish and all day comfort.

5) Wolford Individual 5 Tights – available in black as well as three skintone shades, these 5 denier tights will fool your colleagues into thinking you’ve braved bare legs. Incredibly natural and giving your legs a beautiful finish, these are ideal for when the sun comes out to play. 

 

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Seen MyTights in the press recently?

READ ALL ABOUT IT! That’s right, MyTights have been featured all over the press in recent weeks. It seems it’s not just us who adore gorgeous hosiery – everyone’s going crazy for it! Here’s our round up of our favourite features…

The Sunday Mirror – a recent editorial by The Sunday Mirror featured not one but TWO of our fabulous opaque tights. With the article focusing on the popular heritage trend (which we love FYI), the stylists teamed our very own Aristoc 80D Opaque Tights in Black with a tartan check shirt, black skirt and mustard yellow coat. We adored this look – the Aristoc tights were the perfect way to mute the bright colours and busy prints. If that wasn’t enough, the same article also featured one of the bestselling styles at MyTights in the shape of the Pamela Mann 50 Denier Tights. Opting for the stylish damson shade, these coloured tights were teamed with a ribbed burgundy dress and thick green tartan overcoat.

Sunday Mirror press

 

OK Magazine - It’s not just The Sunday Mirror who are loving MyTights’ hosiery either, with glossy monthly OK Magazine recently including the Trasparenze Monique Ankle Socks in Bianco into one of their looks. These are always popular with the press, and it’s easy to see why. Capable of adding some sweet appeal to any look, this particular editorial paired them with a silky cocktail dress and red heels – fit for Dorothy herself!

OK press

 

Bridesour next press feature comes from high-end bridal magazine Brides, who teamed our Falke Soft Merino Wool Tights in Wool White with a stunning white satin dress and embellished cape. Okay…so we might not wear wool tights on our wedding day personally, but nobody could deny just how fab these tights are, full of winter charm and locking out the cold.

Brides press

Watch this space for more press features in weeks to come…

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Work Thick Opaques Like Departing Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton…

We'll miss you Fearne!

We’ll miss you Fearne!

Fearne Cotton broke our hearts this week when she revealed she’s leaving her slot on Radio 1 after ten glorious years on our airwaves. What are we going to do without her? But it’s not all bad news, as the reason behind her departure is a happy one – she’s pregnant with her second child! Cute!  On her first public outing since making the announcement, the glowing star showed she’s nowhere near ready to swap her quirky style for tracksuit bottoms and slippers just yet, being papped in a chic camel coat, brick print jumper, leopard print skirt and thick tights. Tights like this are the perfect backdrop for wearing with statement pieces, not to mention keeping the cold at bay on frosty March mornings.

Lusting after Fearne’s snug style? Cast your eyes over our selection of fantastic winter tights below…

The everyday essential – Quality opaque tights that won’t lead to a fallout with your bank manager, the Aristoc 80D Opaque Tights are ideal for everyday wear. Made with deluxe nano yarns for exquisite softness, it’s hard to believe they’re only £9 a pair!

Falke Seidenglatt 70 Tights

Falke Seidenglatt 70 Tights

Evening glamour – proving that plain tights can add the je ne sais quoi to your look, the Falke Seidenglatt 70 Tights come with a gorgeous high shine finish. Shimmering your way to dancefloor success, these are the perfect accessory for a night sipping cocktails, and what’s more, come in 4 shades to match any ensemble.

A helping hand – put your gym pass to one side and cheat your way to a svelte pins with the Calvin Klein Ultra Fit 80D Tights. With light shaping control discreetly tucked away in ribbed control panels, these thick winter tights tame your problem zones and leave you with a chic legwear look to boot.

Pamela Mann 80 Denier Plus Size Tights

Pamela Mann 80 Denier Plus Size Tights

Mega-thick – sometimes regular  tights just won’t suffice. The answer? The mega-thick opaqueness of the Falke Pure Matt 100D Tights of course! Made in a versatile matte finish and choice of eight shades, these give new dimensions to the meaning of ‘cosy’!

Fuller figures – Flatter your curves in the Pamela Mann Plus Size 80D Tights. Specially designed for curvaceous beauties and made to accommodate dress sizes up to a size 32, these are the only winter tights you need to last you through to spring.Not found the perfect style for you? Good news, there’s more; be sure to check our huge range of thick 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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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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Laura’s Choice – New York Fashion Week: Our Favourite Hosiery!

There’s a real buzz around MyTights HQ at this time of year. Awards shows, red carpet events and above all, the fashion elite showcasing their collections on the catwalk… we just love it! With New York Fashion Week now in full swing, we’re not ashamed to say that we’ve been well and truly glued to our screens, taking every opportunity we can to spot some gorgeous new legwear! It certainly hasn’t disappointed, either, and the MyTights team are thrilled to see that hosiery is playing a big part in the AW15 collections of the most esteemed designers in the world. We obviously don’t want you to miss out on any of the action, which is why I thought it a brilliant idea to round up some of our favourite looks so far, and let you know how you can recreate them. You may not have the same budget as the style famous, but there’s no reason why you can’t bring a little bit of New York to your hosiery drawer with the offerings at MyTights.com…

Diane von Fürstenberg

We’ve always been a fan of Diane von Fürstenberg, but never more so than this week when her Fall collection featured our favourite fashion print of late…polkadots! We were hardly surprised to see spots on the catwalk, with spotty sheers seeming to be cropping up on the legs of just about everyone at the moment (Taylor Swift and Anne Hathaway to name but a few…) With one of her models being none other than Kendall Jenner herself, we were pleased to see that Fürstenberg’s range was both elegant and wearable, our favourite look being this simple white wrap dress, peep-toe heels and gorgeous black spotty sheer tights! For a copycat look, the Oroblu Adelle Tights are perfect, coming in black (à la Fürstenberg), as well as navy and nude for the more experimental amongst us.

Tommy Hilfiger

Hilfiger has been a household name for as long as we can remember, so it’s fair to say the American style extraordinaire knows a thing or two about what looks good. Taking to the runway in preppy leather outfits inspired by the Super Bowl, Hilfiger’s models all had one thing in common…and that was their ribbed over knee socks! I’m pleased to see that we’re on the same wavelength as the famous designers, as we’ve always been fans of the way ribbed hosiery can transform your look. You may not feel ready to pull on an all leather American football ensemble (we don’t blame you!), but if you’ve fallen under the charm of ribbed socks, head to Italian label Trasparenze and their Dora Wool Rib Over Knee Socks. A near on identical look to Hilfiger’s models, these look great both dressed up with heeled boots and a skater dress, or toned down with a chunky jumper dress and slip on plimsoles.

 

NYFW blog

Oroblu Adelle Tights

Trasparenze Dora Wool Rib Overknee Socks Aristoc 50D Opaque Tights   Pamela Mann Legwarmers   Pretty Polly Nylon Raised Diamond Tights

 

 Marissa Webb

The name may not be all too familiar to you yet, but the up and coming designer has been turning heads in the fashion world of late, and one look at her AW15 collection will tell you all you need to know… she’s set to go stratospheric! With an emphasis on power dressing for the modern women, Webb’s collection was right up our street. Not least because it featured the, in our eyes, taken for granted fashion staple that is black opaque tights. As simple as they may be, there’s nothing out there quite so effective sometimes, and we can never say no to something with so much versatility. Our favourite look was this edgy red dress with collar, which Webb styled to perfection with leather boots and black opaques. We have an abundance of black opaque tights on offer at MyTights. For a particularly great pair, British brand Aristoc has a trio of choices depending on how much coverage you’re after. Regardless of whether you opt for the semi-opaque 30D, mid-opaque 50D or thick 80D, you’ll gain a pair of reliable and stylish opaques with staggering levels of quality given the price!

Thom Browne

Our eager eyes also spotted tights gracing the catwalk of American womenswear designer Thom Browne. Being high fashion and all, his collection was based on a slightly, well, macabre, theme. That’s not to mean it didn’t feature some gorgeous tights, however, with one such shot from his show featuring a chic pair of opaques with diamond print. Adding weight to the saying that ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’, Browne teamed his patterned tights with a black fur coat and ankle boots, as well as some slightly wayward applications of the make-up brush! For a matchy-matchy look, Pretty Polly does a very similar version in the form of the Pretty Polly Nylon Raised Diamond Tights, albeit with a very different price tag! The most dedicated hosiery fans will also have noticed the thick white tights worn in the background of the image. Don’t worry; we did too – which is why we’re pointing you in the direction of the Jonathan Aston 40D Opaque Tights, semi-opaque tights that are available in white as well as a multitude of other shades. If you’re a sucker for wool, opting for Wool White in the Falke Soft Merino Wool Tights isn’t a bad shout, either!

Charlotte Ronson

Celebrated British designer Charlotte Ronson’s collection combined feminine prints with more urban pieces; coming together to form a number of stylish looks that gained plaudits from the fashion know-it-alls. For us, it was reminiscent of ‘70s fashion, with most of her models sporting scrunch-knit legwarmer socks with leather boots. With both warmth and fashion kudos on offer, we certainly wouldn’t mind this style becoming one of the go-to looks of AW15! To make sure you’re best prepared, stock up early on the Pamela Mann Legwarmers. Available in black to mirror Ronson’s range, the more nostalgic of you out there might also opt for the brighter shades of orange, green and pink!  

With a few days left to go before the red carpet is rolled up and the fashion spotlight turns to London, we’re sure there’s going to be a lot more hosiery taking centre stage. Watch this space!

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Laura’s Choice: Build your capsule collection!

Anybody who regularly reads our blog will know that the weekly Laura’s Choice is usually based around something topical, offering you some advice and style tips for an upcoming calendar event. However, this week we’ve opted for a slight change of tact. With January now behind us and February seeming to be speeding past within the blink of an eye, we’ll soon be encroaching on that awkward time of year – not quite winter, but not yet enjoying that glorious spring sunshine. What to wear on our legs?! To bridge the difficult weather, not only at this time of year, but all year round, I thought it would be a great idea to round up my selection of hosiery that no woman should be without. Come rain or shine, my top picks will ensure you have a pair of tights for every occasion… call it a hosiery capsule if you will!

Tights to brave the winter weather

Falke Pure Shine 80 Tights

Falke Pure Shine 80 Tights

Starting off with the basics, the trusty opaque may not stand out in the crowd or win any awards for their innovative design, but they are, and will remain, a staple part of any female wardrobe. For a particularly great pair, head to Wolford and the Velvet de Luxe 66 Tights. Velvety soft, long-lasting and the choice of for colours, these are a superb choice if you’re after some legwear that will take you across the day, being incredibly versatile thanks to the matte finish. If sparkly things are forever catching your eye, the Falke Pure Shine 80 Tights are your port of call, lending themselves to a glamorous look with their high shine finish, yet having all the qualities of standard thick opaques. Opaque tights are fantastic for when there’s a chill in the air, but should the weather outlook be extra bleak (we’re talking snow and frost!), a pair of thermal tights are a must. One of our bestsellers, and for good reason, are the Pretty Polly 200D Fleecy Opaque Thermal Tights; these work wonders at keeping the cold at bay with their snug as a bug fleecy lining. Just £9.95 a pair, too! Or if you’ve fallen under the charms of German brand Falke, they also offer a thermal option with the Falke Warm Deluxe, utilising a soft plush technique and satisfying your colour cravings with 7 variations.

Moving into spring: semi opaques and sheers

Oroblu Sensuel 13 Tights

Oroblu Sensuel 13 Tights

When the weather heats up a little but the summer is still a way off,  semi-opaque tights start to come into their own. Reverting again to the wonders of Wolford, the Wolford Neon 40 Tights always stand out for me. Virtually indestructible despite only having 40 denier strength, what’s brilliant about these is that they actually appear as if they’re a 20 denier – so you get excellent coverage and durability as well as an elegant sheer leg. If like me, black tights aren’t always your first choice, they also come in 8 other shades, so complementing any look becomes simple. For a classic pair of everyday sheers, Italian brand Oroblu put all their hosiery prowess to good use with the Oroblu Sensuel 13 Tights. The slight sheen finish makes them suitable for both the office and for impromptu after-work drinks; I particularly love the darker skintones during the winter. If you’ve fallen foul of fishnet fever (who hasn’t), a top tip of mine would be to also layer these under fishnets for some added warmth.

Speaking of fishnets, I truly believe that no collection is ever complete without a pair of two. Forever en vogue and much more versatile than you’d think, they’re a great way to inject some sophistication into your look without giving too much away. While micronets and whalenets are both chic, opt for a mid size net if you’re trying to build a capsule collection. If i were pushed to name my favourites, it would have to be the Trasparenze Rita Tights, thanks in large to the fabulous array of colour combinations (from classic black to bold orange). I love to layer these over sheer tights to add some fun to my look.

Cheat your way to perfect pins: a bare leg look

When the weather starts to warm up but you haven’t got the confidence to go hosiery-free, bare leg tights are for you. The ultimate bare leg look, in my opinion, can be achieved with the Falke Shelina Tights. Coming in an 8 denier appearance with 12 denier strength, these appear so sheer that even ladders and snags will go unnoticed! Appearing completely natural, they’re available in classic black as well as an impressive 7 skin shades. Feel a little overwhelmed? Our skin colour guide is on hand to help.  Moving down the sheer spectrum now, for something ultra-sheer, the Aristoc Ultimate range combine the elegance of a bare leg look with a Lycra fusion content – making ladders old news. Resulting in brilliant robustness, a superior fit and fabulous feel, opt for the 10D if you’re a fan of matte, and the 5D for some glamorous shine.

Fashion, fashion, fashion…

Jonathan Aston 40D Opaque Tights

Jonathan Aston 40D Opaque Tights

All that’s left to do is introduce you to some of my favourite fashion tights. The colour chameleons amongst us won’t be able to hide their delight once they see the Jonathan Aston 40D Tights. A matte finish, 18 (really!) gorgeous hues and the choice of wearing any length of hemline in your repertoire, they’re also just £6 a pair. If your penchant lies more with patterns, target a select few trends that are popular at the moment to complete the capsule – for me, the biggest trend at the moment is spots! Dainty and versatile, the Oroblu Adelle Tights are my go-to when my outfit requires the sweet appeal of polkadots, with a 20 denier appearance and flock of small dots for a butter-wouldn’t-melt look.

Until next time…

 

 

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Laura’s Choice: Support Tights

Whether you spend long hours on your feet at work or remain largely inactive sat at your desk, it’s not uncommon for our legs to become jaded, tired, and generally uncomfortable. Many of us often suffer in silence, choosing to ignore our aches and pains and in the process neglect our long-suffering pins. But think about it this way – if you had a migraine, you’d reach for the Ibuprofen. Just as you’d get some antibiotics for a nasty cough. So, why should our legs be any different? Support tights are a fantastic way to alleviate your sore limbs, using a clever little technique called graduated compression. This works by applying pressure to the ankle region, gradually getting lighter as it travels up the leg to push blood towards your heart for an all-round healthier circulation. Not bad for a pair of tights, right? Even better, it’s now entirely possible to channel a fabulous legwear look and have a real spring in your step, with the excellent variety of options on offer at MyTights!

First things first, you should know that support tights come in a range of different factors. In simple terms, these denote the strength of compression used, which range from 6 to 21, although it is worth noting that anything above factor 15 does require a medical prescription. These are displayed in brackets next to all of the products on our support tights page, as well as the level of support (Light to XX Firm). If you’ve never used support tights before, a general rule of thumb is to start with the lightest support, swapping for stronger if these aren’t doing the trick. Now, with the technical stuff out of the way, I can get back to giving you some of my top picks…

Great for…on a budget

Pretty Polly Stand Easies Tights

Pretty Polly Stand Easies Tights

If you want to look after your purse as well as your legs, a great option are the Pretty Polly Stand Easies Tights. As the name would suggest, these light support tights will give your legs the gentle boost they need, all the while giving you a classic pair of 20 denier tights for everyday use. With three natural skin tone shades, they also come with the advantage of being available in sizes ranging up to XXL. All of that for £5…who can argue with that? If you like these but prefer a slightly sheerer leg, the Pretty Polly 15D Light Support Tights are just the ticket, made with a 15 denier leg, the choice of Nude and Barely Black and a budget busting price of just £3.25 a pair. Perfect for the office, a brilliant option for fans of semi-opaque legwear would be the Levante Relax Medium Support Tights. Typical of Italian brand Levante, these 30 denier tights are excellent value for money and come with a real air of quality. What’s more, the medium support level is ideal if the lightest support options aren’t quite enough, while the choice of 7 shades means you can stock up to have the perfect pair for each occasion.

Great for…added benefits

Falke Active Shaping Support 20 Tights

Falke Active Shaping Support 20 Tights

What would you say if I told you you could look chic, feel revitalised AND tame your problem areas all at the same time? Well, the reality is that you can, with the Aristoc Bodytoners Tummy Tuck Tights! Made with a medium support level (factor 8), these 15 denier tights have an incognito control panel that works to flatten your midriff and energise your legs. Given an added style hit with an elegant slight sheen finish, trials showed that 9 out of 10 wearers saw a marked improvement in both their aching legs and silhouette. Statistics never lie! Carrying on with the formidable trio is the Falke Active Shaping Support 20 Tights, perfect for your tiresome legs with their X Firm support level. Slightly more expensive, but, in my opinion worth every penny, you’ll gain a stylish pair of 20 denier matte tights from a luxury German brand  that feel truly exquisite against your leg. Not just focusing on your tummy this time, you’ll also achieve a silhouette to be proud of, with a top secret control panty that works on your hips and derrierre as well as your stomach. The hardest working tights in the business! If your waist is your problem zone, you simply can’t go without the Aristoc Bodytoners High Leg Toner Tights. Again boosting your circulation with their medium support level, these 15 denier tights have a knitted control panel and high cut leg to really get to work on shaping your waist and tummy region. Killing two birds with one stone – sounds good to me!

Great for…specialist brand

Elbero Sheer Magic 20D Support Tights

Elbeo Sheer Magic 20D Support Tights

No guide of support tights would be complete without Elbeo, a traditional support brand that are wonderful at producing affordable, everyday legwear in a range of different support factors. With tights, stockings and knee high socks in the mix, there really is a great deal to choose from, so you’re bound to find something to suit yours or your loved ones needs perfectly. If this is your first time using support tights, a great place to start are with the Elbeo Mirage 15D Light Support Tights. With a light support (factor 6), these sheer tights are lovely and comfortable, boasting a boxer brief for some added durability and the option of 8 timeless colours. If it’s a medium support you need, look no further than the Elbeo Sheer Magic 20D Medium Support Tights. Doing exactly what it says on the tin, these 20 denier tights really are magic, with factor 8 support level no less than 9 lovely colours to peruse. Also available in a 20 denier stocking and a two pack of 15 denier knee high socks if you’re a fan! They also cater for those of you requiring firm or X-Firm support, with the Elbeo Caresse Firm Support Tights, and the Elbeo Supreme Support 30D Tights.

So there we have it – fatigued legs are a thing of the past! It’s high time you gave your pins the attention they deserve, don’t you think? Be sure to check out our entire range of support tights before you leave!

Until next time…

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Laura’s Choice: Top Workwear Picks

Happy New Year to all our lovely customers! I’m sure many of you have begrudgingly returned back to work in the last few days, leaving behind your relaxing afternoons full of mince pies and mulled wine and swapping them for early starts, packed trains and January blues. This time of year can be depressing, so why not give yourself a little boost with our fabulous range of legwear for the office? Guaranteed to leave you feeling confident and super stylish, there’s something for every style, preference and budget. January doesn’t seem so bad now, does it?

The Purse Friendly

Levante 50D Suede Matte Opaque Tights

Levante 50D Suede Matte Opaque Tights

Workwear. Let’s face it, it’s not always easy to find. After all, it needs to be a) professional, b) durable and perhaps most importantly, c) affordable. If this Christmas has been an expensive one, fret not, we have an excellent selection of everyday tights (at everyday budgets!) that are perfect for the office. Starting off at the lowest price point, you simply can’t go wrong with Pretty Polly. The best value for money, in my opinion, is the Pretty Polly 40D Silk Finish Tights. At just £5, you’ll receive two pairs of functional opaque tights, giving your legs warmth and even coverage and coming with an elegant slight sheen finish.  What’s more, as well as the obligatory black, they’re also available in bottle green and navy should you be the type who likes to experiment with colour. Speaking of colour, another recommendation is the Jonathan Aston 40 Denier Opaque Tights, available in 17 chic colours and having a flattering matte finish. While the more outlandish shades (we’re talking daffodil yellow) might not be quite suitable for the workplace, how about trying out the muted burgundy and  storm for something a little different? Also available in a 15D version for the milder days. If you are somebody who feels the cold, the Levante 50D Suede Matte Opaque Tights are a fantastic choice, made with snug Meryl microfibre yarns that protect against the winter chill.

Any followers of fashion will know that sheers are everywhere this year, and this is a trend that doesn’t look set to stop anytime soon. I call it the Kate Middleton effect! Topping the list of affordable sheers are the Aristoc Ultra Shine 10D Tights. You’ll receive a durable and stylish pair of tights, with a glamorous shiny finish and day to night appeal, should you have an impromptu dinner date after work. They’re also continually one of our best sellers, so you can rest assured that you’re getting value for money!  Equally as great are the Charnos Run Resist Sheer Tights, made with an innovative fabric that prevents against the formation of ladders and snags. Even better, the matte finish and delicate appearance are just the ticket for perfecting that office look.

A workwear hosiery capsule

Oroblu Sensuel 30 Tights

Oroblu Sensuel 30 Tights

As the founder of a hosiery company, I’m continually being asked for advice about the best way to buy hosiery that won’t go out of fashion. The answer: invest in a capsule collection of quality and timeless products that will stand the test of time! The extra few pounds really are worth it, and will save you a lot of time (and money) in the long run. The Aristoc range of opaques are a great place to start, recently being revamped and offering, what I think, is excellent value for money. Tough and durable, the Aristoc 50D Opaque Tights are super soft to the touch and will work perfectly with just about any workwear combination. Moving up in denier for a moment, you can never look past the Falke Pure Matt 100 Tights. Eight stylish colours, supreme warmth and a flawless matte finish that’s perfect for the office; what more could you possibly want? If you prefer the look of sheers, I simply have to point you in the direction of the Wolford Neon 40 Tights. With a 40D denier strength that’s durable enough for everyday wear; these shiny tights have a chic 20 denier appearance for an elegant and professional look. Or if semi-opaque tights are your preference, the Oroblu Sensuel 30 Tights have a great slight sheen finish and are super durable. What’s more, the 30 denier finish is lovely and professional – just perfect for that tricky in-between weather!

If you’re after a little helping hand to create a streamlined silhouette, a great choice are the Calvin Klein Ultra Fit 50D Shaper Tights. A matte finish and boxer brief makes them a smart and durable choice for the office, at the same time allowing you to benefit from a medium shaping control that will tame your midriff, thighs and bottom! Or opt for the Wolford Individual 10 Control Top Tights if you prefer the look of sheer tights. Typically Wolford, there’s an exquisitelysoft finish and unrivalled comfort, as well as a discreet control top panty for some extra peace of mind.

 

Style and practicality

Depending on your job, you may feel the pressure to maintain a professional and sophisticated look. In the past, this has tended to mean plain black opaques or sheers, which let’s face it, can get a little dull, especially if you’re wearing them five days a week. If you are something of a fashionista, it’s entirely possible to create an office-suitable legwear look WITHOUT having to resort to your trusty black tights, and here’s how…

Charnos Stripe Mesh Tights

Charnos Stripe Mesh Tights

Fishnet tights are a fantastic way to add a little style to your work wardrobe, the pick of the pack, for me, being the Levante Micronet Tights. Ensuring you don’t give too much away, the micronet design is subtle yet sexy. Pull out a simple pencil dress and court shoes and you’re good to go! If you love the idea of micronet, but want something a little less restrictive in the warmer weather, they also come as a stay up…nobody has to know! Patterns aren’t completely off limits, either. The trick here is to keep the patterns simple and unfussy, which in my eyes calls for one thing – polkadots! The Oroblu Adelle Tights are a brilliant choice, with an array of symmetrical dots against a 20 denier backdrop. Keep the rest of your outfit fairly plain so as to let your legwear do all of the talking. Last but not least, why not add a little texture to your look with the Charnos Stripe Mesh Tights? Coming with vertical leg-lengthening stripes, they’re affordable, stylish and professional!

Until next time…

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