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Socks, socks and even more socks!

HH_SS12If like me you’ve had one eye on the weather and one eye on the catwalks, you’ll soon notice that ankle socks have become hot news. Helping to show off a post-holiday tan and frame those new pointed courts, ankle socks have become a must have item for stylists and fashionistas alike. No longer content with bare legs this summer, fashion has dictated that no ankles will go without. Ideal if you feel the chill and are fed up of blisters ruining your heels and your day, the sock drawer update couldn’t have come at a better time!

From edgy fishnet socks at Holly Fulton to ultra sheer anklets at Louise Goldin, it’s clear that catwalks have gone gaga for the style, using them to break up a hosiery free leg and adding a little sartorial finishing touch to creations. Of course, high-streets have since caught on, teaming them with any and every combination – jelly shoes (remember those?!), dungarees and even prom dresses. Quirky clothing aside, the gorgeous weather recently has presented us with the perfect opportunity to flaunt our socks so what better way to celebrate the sunshine than to update that sock drawer?

Now, given that honesty is the best policy, I’ll hold my hands up and admit that styling my socks with flirty hemlines would not be part of morning routine. For me, it all depends on the footwear – the chunkier, the more likely I am to call upon my ankle socks. I’ve quickly learnt that ankle boots and trainers are not built for a sock free look, and sadly sore feet are the price to pay for their absence! For a silky smooth feel and a touch of luxury, I rely on the Velvet Socks from Wolford. As classic as they are chic, these will slip hassle free underneath shoes along with bridging the gap between trousers and ankles. Keeping your shoe protected and your foot in complete comfort, these come in two versatile shades, with a vibrant pink to keep colour enthusiasts happy too.

Fearne Cotton leaving the studios of Radio 1, London, Britain - 22 Mar 2011And from the functional to the fashionable, it seems that ankle socks have quickly adopted the prints & pattern trend that’s set to take over our wardrobe in the upcoming months. From rebellious tartan to Burberry hearts, you’ll be pushed to find a sock that doesn’t slot into an AW13 trend. To pick up some fashion brownie points, treat bare ankles to the Pamela Mann Tartan Ankle Socks. Especially commissioned for MyTights, these colourful patterned socks will work their magic on any outfit, transforming those worn out brogues and adding a little interest underneath cropped jeans. More high end fashion than Highland fling (you only have to look at Versace and Prada AW13 collections to see how much designers love tartan), these will act as an instant couture hit. For those that can’t get enough of peep toes, you’ll be pleased to discover that the toes of your ankle socks are reinforcement free too! Likewise, the charming Sweet Roses Anklets from Jonathan Aston are ideal for adding an on-trend touch to footwear. Equals parts lacy and lovely, the lust have ankle socks have even been spotted on red carpet regular Kristen Stewart in the pages of Vogue! For an elegant evening style, opt for the goes-with-everything black shade, whilst the angelic ivory colour would go down a treat at a garden party.

Given that glam-grunge is set for a big revival come September, I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t give you a few insider tips. First off is fishnet.  And lots of it. Setting the grungy and serious 90s tone for the approaching season, fashion house heavyweights Marc Jacob and YSL showed us that the netted fabric can be worn in just about any form. Tights, gloves and dresses amongst others paid homage to the fishnet, leaving wardrobes bracing themselves for a netted takeover. To make sure that your legs remain current and ahead of the fash pack, invest in the Falke Net Knee Highs. Admittedly longer than the usual ankle length, these fishnet socks will look fab scrunched down or folded over. LFW_sep10_anklesocksNext on the trend list – sultry sheers. Reminding us that sheer ankle socks are not just for locking in warmth underneath trousers, Chanel used the sheer fabric to inject a sense of ‘je ne sais quois’ into an outfit. To combine the grunge trend with a lady like aesthetic, wear your Levante Ritz Anklets with loafers and a retro circle skirt.

It’s not common knowledge that getting dressed in the morning is tricky enough without having to sift through your sock drawer, so take the drama out of anklet anguish by investing in one of every colour? Far more achievable than it sounds, Italian brand Trasparenze have made it possible for you to paint a rainbow with your feet – without breaking the bank. As chic as they are cheery, the cotton rich Monique Socks come in just about every shade imaginable, and then some. Whether neon pops are your thing or you’re simply searching for the perfect pair of coloured socks to go with that dress, you’re bound to discover your favourite hue.

So whether you’re looking to banish blisters  or you’re just in need of updating your hosiery collection (and sock drawer!), make sure to treat feet to some fabulous new ankle socks – just in time for AW13.

Until next time ladies…




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Updating your hosiery for the new season…

Although sheer tights are storming their way back into society with an influx of top quality bare leg look styles hitting the shelves over the last few years, many of you will simply switch your winter opaques to bare legs as the season turns.  This season, however, the all-too-inevitable has happened, and the British weather is showing no signs of settling into summer, instead creating days on end of rain as well as a muggy atmosphere that makes anything thicker than 30 denier impossible to wear.

So what’s a girl to do?  Here are our top three ways to get you through the transitional fashion period…

1)      Sheer Tights

Sheer tights are the solution to the ever changing weather – they’ll give you a little bit of coverage so that when it’s cool you don’t freeze but will give you a summery bare leg look and are much cooler than wearing thick opaques.  Plus if it suddenly gets scorchingly hot outside you can take off your tights without anyone noticing!  Our favourites are the incredibly popular Falke Shelina Tights, which come in a huge variety of shades and will make your legs look better than bare!

2)      Hold Ups & Stockings

Hold Ups and stockings are great for unpredictable weather because they give your legs some coverage but are cooler to wear than tights.  Try sheer patterned styles like Vanessa Hudgens did at Coachella this year for a new way to wear – the Trasparenze Fiore Hold Ups have a gorgeous floral design, or go for a pop of colour with their Valentina Coloured Hold Ups.

3)      Socks

When you’ve just bought those gorgeous strappy sandals but it’s raining cats and dogs outside, rocking the ankle socks trend is the perfect way to keep your toes warm AND stay looking fabulous, With an army of celebrity fans including

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Fearne Cotton and featured in Lisa Armstrong’s column in the Telegraph last month, this is a trend that’s easier to rock than it looks.  Pastels colours are the ones to go for this season – but make sure you wear with heels for a look that says more sophisticated fashionista and less 5-year-old schoolgirl.



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Stars Go Wild for Henry Holland at Pretty Polly!

Henry Holland is one of our favourite British designers around right now, and it’s fair to say that his amazing hosiery collection for Pretty Polly has been a hit with pretty much everyone…

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The radio and TV star has been seen in numerous House of Holland styles, including the super cute Pearly Suspender Tights, which are just crying out to buy viagra com be teamed with a peter pan collar and frills, just like Fearne.

Jessie J

As the face of Pretty Polly, Jessie J has more reason than most to be seen in tons of amazing hosiery.  The Voice judge has been spotted in loads of styles, but out favourite has to be the wittily designed I’m Laddered Tights, which she wore on the Jonathan Ross show.  Henry Holland – for turning every girl’s worst nightmare into innovative fashion design, we salute you…

Kourtney Kardashian

Perhaps not known for the greatest fashion choices in the world, Kourtney Kardashian made jaws dropped when she stepped out looking calm, collected and very, very cool in the Henry Holland Alphabet Ti

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ghts.  Available in black or silver!

Suspender Tights

The most iconic and enduring of all his design, the Henry Holland Super Suspender Tights are so super they have been spotted on everyone who’s anyone, including Caggie Dunlop from Made in Chelsea, Paris Hilton, Rihanna, The Pussycat Dolls’ Kimberley Wyatt, Jessie J, Frankie Sandford… ok, we’re running out of space now.  Needless to say, you need a pair.

The latest Henry Holland fashion has just been launched so you can now browse his SS12 collection as well as the super cool flag collection.  We’ve already spotted Rihanna in fishnet anklets just like those from the new range, and we can’t wait to see which other celebs are spotted in the latest designs!


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Hosiery of the Year Awards: Part 3

So far this week, we’ve brought you the MyTights Hosiery Awards, with our nominees winning… well, nothing actually.  Never mind.  We’ve already seen Mary Portas pip shapewear giant Spanx to the post for best brand, and all other trends bow down to the mighty suspender tights as the winner of Trend of the Year.

We also saw Kate Middleton unexpectedly take the crown for Trendsetter of the Year, thanks to her love of sheer tights, and teen-brat Taylor Momsen take the trophy for Mess of the Year.  So it’s finally time for the big one: who will be our hosiery icon of the year?


Winner: Jessie J

Honourable Mention: Fearne Cotton

Maybe it was obvious, but we don’t care.  Named as the new face of Pretty Polly, exploding onto the music scene and making everyone fall in love with her were just three of a hundred achievements.  And she did it all wearing some ama

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zing hosiery – to get her look, all you need to do is check out the Henry Holland collection…  We can’t wait to see what the next year will bring for the Essex girl.

A worthy runner up, Fearne Cotton turned up at the last moment last week after taking a hiatus from her amazing tights collection.  The DJ and presenter’s love for quirky fashion extends to her weird and wonderful choice of tights, from lace to prints and everything in between with nothing off limits – our kind of girl!

So that’s it for another year!  Here’s to the next twelve months of hosiery, and may we wish all of our customers a very happy new year.

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Fearne's Back!!!

Fearne Cotton is back, and her hosiery’s better than ever!

It’s been a bit quiet on the Fearne front recently.  We got used to seeing her in gorgeous hosiery all the time, and then, fickle as we are, we got distracted by all things Jessie J related.  But a couple of weeks ago she was photographed in an outfit so gorgeous we sat up and took notice.

Teaming a cream, ruffled, lacy skirt with a black jumper over a buttoned up shirt, Fearne rocked the cute look to perfection, toughening it up with a leather jacket, black bag an army boots.

But the best bit was, of course, her embellished spotty tights.  Matte black mock suspender tights with dainty pearl embellishments, the Henry Holland Pearly Suspender Tights ha

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ve been incredibly popular since they hit the shelves a few weeks ago.  Rock them like Fearne with a slightly longer skirt to cover up the mock hold up tops for a sweet look or make the most of your legs with shorts cut high up your leg to show off all the detailing.

Get the look: Henry Holland Pearly Suspender Tights or, for a rocky edge, get a similar look with the Pamela Mann Studded 120D Tights, available in black with silver or gold studs.

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Get the Look: Fearne Cotton

Fearne Cotton is consistently spotted in the best hosiery around, so it’s really no surprise that More! Magazine named her tights-centred style as their “Look of the Week”. Helping you to recreate the look, they suggested the Baroque Floral tights in Rich Red, supplied by

Created by the collaboration between our favourite retail guru Mary Portas and hosiery giant Charnos, they feature metallic yarns woven into a gorgeously intricate floral design in a deep wine shade. We were thinking about wearing these tights with luxury fabrics like chiffons and silks, but the ever stylish Fearne has shown us exactly how to dress them down for daytime grunge-luxe.

The leather jacket, striped dress and brogues are all thing you’ve probably already got in your wardrobe from last season (or if not, More tells you exactly where to find them!) If wearing sunglasses in the middle of winter, in the evening, indoors is something you’re not QUITE sure you can pull off, go for some geek-chic thick rimmed black glasses instead (with plain glass inside if you don’t actually wear glasses, obviously).

The one thing we’d change? The bag. Fab as it may be, we think our new season tan satchels would complement this look perfectly. For more statement tights, check out the rest of the Mary Portas range or take a look at the collection of lace tights.


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Hot Spots: New ways to work the spots trend…

Everyone has gone spot crazy this season, thanks to the Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney AW 11 catwalks, so we’ve spent all season with our eyes peeled for all the latest spotty designs.  We’ve seen the classic polka dot design on everything from bags to shoes to dogs (ok, so we were watching 101 Dalmations) and everything in between.  Then we began to notice a new sub-trend forming, full of quirky and exciting new ways to wear spotted hosiery, and realised that this is a great way to sport a trend without looking like everyone else out there.  Here are our favourite new ways to work the spotty trend…


Both Fearne Cotton and Cheryl Cole have been spotted in spots – dress them down à la Fearne by pairing Pamela Mann’s Oversized spot tights with denim cut offs and a cosy scarf, or get the Cheryl Cole Spotty Tights from Wolford and team with a monochrome outfit for a sophisticated take on big spots.


Embellished tights are a great way to add a touch of glamour to plainer outfits.  Look Magazine recommends teaming Henry Holland Pearly Suspender Tights (see below left) with bright accessories on a night out for maximum wow factor!  Alternatively, try the Brigitte Tights from Charnos’ 75th Anniversary Collection, featuring Swarovski crystals mingling with polka dots – incredibly luxurious style that will look great for any occasion!


Try adding a pop of colour to the style to get an eye catching design perfect for parties!  Try the Oroblu Milly Hold Ups (pictured above right) for a fun and quirky way to work a splash of colour, which are available with red, camel, white or teal spots – or for a pared down take on the trend, grab a pair of the Mary Portas & Charnos Sheer Spot Tights in Indigo.

P.S. Don’t worry if you still like the classic style – Look Magazine reckons you can work that look to perfection too.  Simply mix with other sheers for a super luxe feel and a look perfect for the office.

If you’re undecided, check out our entire range of spotty tights for the right spots for you.


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Transition Fashion

The daffodils are finally out and it really starting to feel like spring.  However, we are now in tricky wardrobe territory.  It’s warming up but there is still a noticeable nip in the air.  Do you dress for the sun or for the chill?  You want to wear sandals but can you risk the possibility of getting caught in an unexpected April shower?    You feel like shedding your bulky tights but the weather is not yet kind enough to allow bare legs.  Well we can’t pretend to solve all your wardrobe dilemmas but this one we can help with.

Over the knee socks are perfect for the transition from winter, through spring and into summer.  They’ll keep you warm when the sun goes in but still allow you stay cool when you hit a spring or summer sun trap.  Perfect for the job are the Trasparenze Dora Wool Rib Over the Knee Socks.  Although they are wool, they are knitted from a fine yarn which means they don’t add bulk.  They look lovely with pretty spring and summer dresses – team with pumps for the day and heels for the evening.  If you want a sleeker look you could try Wolford’s Velvet Over Knees, these are made from 50 Denier hosiery fabric which will show just a hint of leg underneath- keeping it light and summery but without compromising on warmth. Both these products are nice and stretchy so you can wear them high up the leg or just over the knee depending on your look.

If you want to be right on trend then we’d high recommend the Pamela Mann Argyle Over Knee Socks.   If you have been living in comfy brogues all winter these are a great way to keep them going through spring.  Worn with a high buttoned blouse, they will complement the prim and ladylike looks that are all around this spring.

Speaking of brogues, when the weather gets even warmer, they look great with ankle socks.  Choose pretty, feminine styles like the Jonathan Aston Feathered Rumi Anklet or the Jonathan Aston Sweet Roses Anklet to offset the mannishness of brogues.  You could also try the Pamela Mann Sheer Hearts Socks which are brand new this week to – the frill around the ankle and dainty heart pattern is a lovely feminine touch especially in the soft pink colour.

The Sheer Hearts Socks have already been spotted on Fearne Cotton who teamed hers with chunky heels and trousers.  I’ve always loved the look of ankle socks with heels and, wearing them with cropped trousers like Fearne looks sophisticated avoids looking school girly.

Everyone has experienced the pain (and the blisters) from the first day of wearing sandals each year!  Ease your poor feet into those sandals and strappy shoes by protecting them with socks.   Now I know what you are thinking, socks with sandals might be the most serious fashion faux pas a man can commit but we girls have more options at our disposal.  The Jonathan Aston Dropstich Toeless Socks for example look sensational with sandals – you’ll still be able to show off your pedicure but your heels and ankles will be protected from any nasty rubs from new sandals.

Leggings are a great spring wardrobe staple and they have been flying of our shelves since the sun started making regular appearances.   With heels, with flats they work with just about everything and they are super comfortable.  If you want something  a little more exciting than standard black leggings check out the Miss Oroblu Shocking Leggings which are the perfect accompaniment to your summer brights.

We’ll also be championing the Skegging for spring.  It’s a much nicer than it sounds.  Put simply, it’s a skirt and a legging in one!  Jonathan Aston do them in a range of different styles (we particularly like the Jonathan Aston Animal Print Skegging) and because they are knitted in one piece there will be no ugly seams, lines or bulges from wearing your skirt over your leggings.  They are really great value for money as they are so versatile.  Comfy enough to wear to the gym but slip on a pair of heels and they look glamorous enough to wear on a night out.

Spring wardrobes are a challenge, especially when you are itching for the novelty of summer clothing.  I hope we’ve given you a few ideas for staying just warm enough for spring but without compromising on style.   Now is the time to experiment with Skeggings or over the knee socks, who knows you might just find yourself a new wardrobe favourite.

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Get the celebrity look…

Some clever celebs have been wearing fantastic hosiery recently! So we’ve trawled through all the celeb hosiery lovers, decided who is wearing them best and then come up with some alternatives for you to replicate their style! So read on to find out what is hot…

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First off is serial hosiery wearer: Fearne Cotton. Fearne loves a bit of animal print and she rocked a leopard print dress with a pair of black stripy patterned tights and flat ankle boots. In another outfit that showed her kooky style she wore bright red opaque tights that packed a punch against her simple black outfit and red ruby lips. Jonathan Aston and Pamela Mann have similar pairs.

Rihanna was photographed whilst filming her music video in a multi-print ensemble that hits ‘The Dressing-Up Box’ trend perfectly. She wore fishnet shorts underneath colourful hotpants and these Jonathan Aston fishnet shorts will help you recreate the look. Rihanna also rocked a pair of Henry Holland Bandana Tights on her latest tour!

Pixie Lott who famously wore the Henry Holland Chain Suspenders at V-festival also loves her over-the-knee socks, and has been spotted wearing them with a number of outfits! In a 1960s style short, long sleeved navy shift dress, she relied on her socks to keep her warm (pictured).  Trasparenze have lots of colours to choose from.

Serena, Serena, Serena!! If you are obsessed with Gossip Girl you will know where that line comes from. Both “Serena” and actress Blake Lively have received accolades for their amazing and enviable wardrobe. Pictures taken from the set show Blake wearing tights and she is rocking these black ribbed tights. Try Falke Soft Merino wool ribbed tights to recreate the look.

Another actress who has earnt her fashion stripes with her fashionable boho chic and designer credentials is Sienna Miller. Sienna wore a 1970s Chloé inspired outfit that showed she loves the camel and fur trend! Sienna chose elegant black opaque tights, finishing her outfit beautifully. Try Pretty Polly’s 100 Denier nylon tights or Pamela Mann 80 denier tights.

Lastly, Kelly Osbourne, who was pictured wearing Henry Holland’s Bandana OTK Tights at Glastonbury, chose a more elegant look when performing with The Pussy Cat Dolls. She wore an ultra sexy outfit paired with fishnet spotted tights - Gerbe’s Plumetis Polka Dot Tights (that were featured in Vogue!) are a great alternative.


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Sock It to Me

fearnecotton_kneehighsUnfortunately, ‘that time’ is fast approaching. The time for lazing in the summer sun is hurtling into the past at an alarming speed. The streets will be strewn with crispy, golden leafs and winter boots before you’ve had time to heal your sandal sores. But fear not, keeping your tootsies warm has never been more fun. Like it, or loath it – socks are back.

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Celebrities such as Agnes Deyn and Sarah Jessica-Parker are already flying the flag for this classic cheeky-schoolgirl-in-a-Japanese-horror-film look. Pamela Mann’s over knee in white looks great against tanned pins, and when coupled with some desert boots ala Fearne Cotton, is a perfect look for a not-so-sunny afternoon. Alternatively, for those who don’t feel quite so comfortable exposing some thigh, try a variation of the look – add some edge to an OSBMS (Obscenely Short Black Mini-Skirt) by layering patterned tights under a pair of womens’ socks like Jonathan Aston’s Long Wool Mix boot sock for a grunge look that Pixie Geldoff would be proud of.

Ankle-Sock Shock

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As controversial as the ankle sock may be, this ‘uncool’ look has definitely made it into the 2010 list of must-dos. Designers such as Miucci Prada, and John Galliano featured many an ankle-sock in their spring/summer runway shows, and it is set to stick around with the likes of Miu Miu and Mark Jacobs continuing the trend through to autumn/winter. Trasparenze’s 15 denier Monique ankle-sock are a pocket friendly way to add punch to any outfit, and they come in fourteen colours. Kelly Osbourne, Alexa Chung and Rihanna have all been seen proudly sporting this angelic look. So, clogs and ankle-socks are officially high-fashion, now there’s a sentence that nobody thought would ever be written. But what if you just don’t ‘dig’ the 1950’s Sock Hop look? For a more of a sexy look, Jonathan Aston’s beautiful Sweet Roses anklet teamed with some sleek pony skin ankle boots is a sure fire way to scream LOOK AT ME this autumn .