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Festival Fever

Wellies? Check. Baby wipes? Check. Backstage pass? Okay so I may not be able to help you with the last one, but the time has arrived to start prepping for a summer packed full of festivals and outdoor concerts. Whether it’s on homegrown soil or further afield, getting your outfit down to a T is a must, particularly if you’re heading to somewhere in good old Blighty. Come rain or shine, festival chic is a must have, and so I’ve rounded up a few tricks to ensure that you remain picture perfect all weekend long.

Adored and adorned by festival goers every year, wearing the right leg wear is about as important as remembering your ticket. Mud, grass and rain go hand in hand when it comes to festivals, so your trusty socks and tights will fast become your closest ally (bar the burger van). Soggy feet and chilly ankles have the potential to turn a good day upside down and back to front, so regardless of where you are pitching up and calling home for the weekend, take heed of some invaluable outfit pointers.

Going to Glastonbury?

More of a small town than a festival, Glastonbury has the potential to overwhelm even the most direction savvy of us. Given that it takes a good few hours to walk from one end to the other, comfy footwear is a must. After securing a decent pair of boots, chunky socks should be next on the list. Over the knee socks, ribbed or patterned, the list is endless. The usual rule of thumb tends to dictate that the thicker your socks, the happier your feet. Bearing in mind that you may get a little wet stood in the middle of Somerset, knee or over the knee length is a necessity. Working to protect both feet & footwear, along with acting like a cosy layer for bare legs, you’ll soon notice that aches are reduced and blisters are non-existent. For a goes-with-everything over the knee sock, dress your pins in the Trasparenze Dora Over The Knee Socks. Gorgeously soft and available in a range of shades, the faint ribbed detail adds a little interest. Stretching to above the knee, these are the perfect length to complement those denim cut offs.

Over Knee Socks

Fancy a colour pop? Perfect for when the sky is grey and everything around you is caked in mud, an injection of colour into outfits is the easiest way to make sure you stand out amongst the crowd. Not forgetting that Glasto is the birthplace of bohemian, all things rainbow tinted are embraced, from teepees to the waterproof ponchos. For your pick of the colour wheel, I can’t recommend the Cinzia Knee High Socks from Trasparenze enough. Made in almost every shade imaginable, the purse friendly price means you can even bring along a few pairs. Hugging your knees for a secure fit, these will peek over the tops of wellies and boots for a sweet touch. If, like me, you fancy showing off the full extent of your hosiery collection, there’s no reason why you can’t get a little creative with your patterns. The self-titled American ‘Print-cess’, Celeste Stein, have just about every design fathomable, from whimsical florals to patriotic flags. To embrace your inner hippy, treat pins to the A Powers Flowers Tights from the brand. Ideal for jazzing up understated dresses and keeping legs mud-free in the process, you’re bound to collect a few compliments as you make your way around.

Urban chic in the concrete jungle?

So you’ve politely declined the invitation to go camping/attend a barn dance/hiking and you’ve managed to convince everyone to stay in the comfort of the Big Smoke…but what on earth do you wear? Whilst waders and waterproofs may be acceptable deep in the English countryside, you’ll be hard pushed to find a mud slide in Hyde Park. For those lucky enough to go to London’s biggest music festival, Wireless, a wardrobe rethink may be in order. Out with outlandish patterns and in with urban chic as the bare legged look and quirky designs take over.

I’m sure as many of you know, I can’t champion the Falke Shelina Tights enough. Great for faking that no hosiery style, you can also cheat your way to that sun kissed glow (without having to leave the country!). With all shades reviewed by a dermatologist to help find the closest match, others will be left marveling at your brave choice to go without tights. Without a brief to make you reconsider hemlines and a realistic slight sheen finish, I love wearing these under shift dresses and teaming with my trusty ballet flats. Of course, no festival in London is complete without a tempestuous looking weather forecast, so luckily the bare leg look quickly adapts, with temperature regulating properties keeping you both refreshed in the sunshine and then warm when the temperature drops.

Of course, it goes without saying that London festivals are a natural habitat for young & emerging talent. From fashion designers to musicians, you can hardly walk two paces without witnessing a new trend unfolding. To show off your fashion credentials, anything by Henry Holland goes. Ahead of the polka dot trend that’s set to hit catwalks and high streets alike this season, the Reverse Polka Dot Tights are just the ticket. A favourite of mine, these go with and under just about everything. Showing off just a glimpse of leg beneath, these will take you from the main stage to the bar effortlessly. Likewise, the Suspender Tights from the young designer should be at the top of your festival wish list. Top Tip: If like me you adore eye catching hosiery but want to keep your look elegant, make sure that the rest of your outfit remains understated and pattern free. By keeping accessories minimal and your colour palette clean, you’ll soon have a chic look that you can wear to work.  Styled with a simple wrap dress and Chelsea boots, nothing says London cool quite like a cutting edge designer.

Still worried about the weather? For those that can’t stomach the thought of blue lips and the shivers, you’ll be pleased to know that footless tights and leggings are back on the trend barometer this season. From florescent to patterned, there’s bound to be a pair for any and every occasion. So whether you’re after a secret layer or a playful touch to an understated dress or skirt, be sure to include a few pairs in your weekend bag.

Phew! I’ve got festival fatigue just thinking about it!


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Carly Rae Jepsen in House of Holland

Shop NowYet another famous face seems to have fallen for the much feted Henry Holland tights collection…

We spotted Canadian cutie Carly Rae Jepsen performing this week in Paris, sporting none other than a pair of the super cool House of Holland Reverse Polka Dot Mock Hold Ups Tights.  Lending an edgy feel to her look, the Call Me Maybe singer teamed hers with denim shorts and a grungy jacket – a far cry from the usual super

sweet, girly styles we are used to seeing her in.

These spotty suspender tights are a great way to get the look of over the knee socks without the hassle of pulling them up every 6 steps – plus they’ll give your legs a little extra coverage while the temperatures remain low (we’re pretty sure summer is NEVER going to arrive).  In fact, Brit designer Henry Holland has definitely taken the British weather into consideration with his most recent collection, opting to reverse his bestselling designs into a sheer pattern on opaque hosiery – and for that, Mr. Holland, our legs are sincerely grateful.

Get an edgy, casual look like Carly or else dress them up for evening with a simple, timeless combination of LBD, suede wedges, leather jacket and a slick of postbox red lippie.  And if you like these, be sure to check out the rest of the Henry Holland collection, including the classic suspender tights (as worn by Paris Hilton, Jessie J, Caggie Dunlop, Rihanna and countless others).

Yeah, we’ll call you maybe, Carly.  For fashion advice and styling tips…





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If it's good enough for Nikki and Kim…

…it’s good enough for us! We all love a print, but it just so happens that we’ve found one that our favourite A-Listers adore too! Houndstooth is everywhere, from coats to bags to nails, no wardrobe is content without it.  Luckily for us and our pins,

Emilio Cavallini loves the pattern too, so they’ve made it as simple as ever to get involved in the trend.

Now, our love for the print is deep rooted, stretching back to Henry Holland and his AW12 collection. From there onwards, it seemed that the entire fashion world became smitten with all things houndstooth, and the Italian brand stepped up to bring us a bigger & bolder take on the design.

Their Houndstooth 3D Tights are walking proof that when it comes to patterned tights, bigger does mean better. These fab tights come in not one, but three different colour combinations, which gives us a convenient guilt-free excuse to collect them all…

Along with making appearances in magazine pages, the black and white colour way has also been spotted on the legs of pop diva Nikki Minaj. Whilst the green wig she styled them with may not be to everyone’s taste, we still love the way she’s teamed it with even more pattern. For the print-phobic out there, worry not! These look just as get dressed up with contrasting colours as they do pared down with a chic black shift dress &

courts combination. For even more fashion brownie points, play up the monochrome trend by introducing black and white accessories through out, for a style that Lagerfeld himself would approve of.

The celebrity following doesn’t just stop at Nikki either, as we’ve noticed our favourite Kardashian wearing the golden olive shade. Although Kim has recently admittedly that she dresses more for her beau Kanye West than she does for herself, it seems that she’s put her foot down when it comes to hosiery. By keeping to her usual tailored style, Kim used her Emilio Cavallini tights to add interest to her outfit, taking a breather from her preferred black & white colour palette. Not to be confused with a bare leg look, the colour is a deep, rich shade with hints of green to it. Ideal if you’re seeking a more demure look for your legs, team yours with warm brown and khaki tones, adding heels for a gorgeous office outfit.


These tights do come with a warning though ladies! Once they’re gone – they’re all gone! So secure your pair now and fast track your way to celeb style. Check out founder Laura wearing them too…


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Style File: Sarah Silverman

A few weeks back, controversial American comedian Sarah Silverman graced our television sets, making an appearance on the Graham Norton show alongside Mark Wahlberg. Questions over Wahlberg’s tipsy state were raised, but the one thing that wasn’t questioned was Silverman’s hosiery style – we adore it!!

Making a point to stand up

and show off her fab pins, the raven haired beauty confessed her loved for all things tight related. In turn, we’re now confessing our love for her enviable tights collection, as we took a look back at our favourite Sarah ensembles, quickly realising that the mock hold up style appears to be her forte.

With all the fun of a hold up, but combined with the warmth of sheer tights, these are the most versatile style around! Perfect for adding that flirty spirit to any outfit, these look just as great dressed down in converse as they do in heels.

Feeling inspired? Make like Silverman and build your collection today – with a little help from MyTights of course!

For a subtle style that’s office friendly, but can be dressed up when the sun goes down, try to the Pamela Mann Over Knee Stripe Tights. The opaque mock hold up adds a touch of coverage for your pins (perfect for any leftover chill in the air) whilst the additional stripe above knee adds a sweet touch. For those who want to collect serious fashion brownie points, take the lead from Brit designer Henry Holland and pull on a pair of the Reverse Spot Over The Knee Tights. Along with turning heads, this look-at-me design will secure your place in the leg limelight.

And for those who want to take this particular design to the next level, the Pretty Polly Cheeky Coloured Suspender & Knicker Tights are just the ticket. Both pretty and playful, these have charm by the bucket load, thanks to a faux-knicker and brightly coloured tops. Team with a flirty hemline and a smile, adding quirky accessories to complete the look.

Sarah, Queen of funny and hosiery enthusiast– we salute you!

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Spotted in the Metro: Henry Holland Tights!

Another day, another fashionista declaring their love for House of Holland hosiery.  This time it was fashion writer and stylist Alex Gardner, who was feature in Metro newspaper’s fashion segment “What I Wear”.  She styled a vintage yellow sweatshirt with an all-black combo of beret, tube skirt and booties, and of course the star of the show – the Henry Holland Reverse Polka Dot Mock Hold Up Tights.

We extolled the virtues of these Henry Holland tights way back in August when they first arrived, and we’re thrilled they’ve been given the bona fide fashionista stamp of approval.  As Alex shows, styling is easy when you know how.  These are statement tights so she’s kept the rest of the outfit simple, avoiding a fussy skirt and keeping it all black with just one pop of colour from her batwing jumper. The amount of pattern is perfectly balanced, too, with just the sides and sleeves of the jumper covered in the striking design – which

is mirrored by the polka dot pattern on her legs which stops just above the knee.  This is a fashion bunny who really knows her stuff!

Henry Holland is no stranger to quirky mock suspender designs – in fact it was the designer himself that pioneered the classic suspender design, and since then he has come up with countless reincarnations the style to satisfy

our hunger for fresh fashion ideas.  Now you can get your suspender tights with a multitude of twists, from a jagged zig zag top or gingham patterned leg to a pretty mock lace top or sexy backseam.

Not 100% sure about suspenders but hankering after statement tights?  Look no further – Henry Holland does loads of head turning non-suspender styles like the Reverse Star Tights, which feature sheers stars on a 60 denier opaque background.  Or check out our collection of patterned tights for a look to suit, whatever your style.


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The Girls Are Back in Town!

That’s right, our favourite five piece since the Backstreet Boys are back to what they do best and have kicked off their reunion tour with a bang. Complete with sequins, glitter and some rather strange feathered wings, the girls have joined forces once more to give fans an anniversary show to remember. Starting off in Newcastle, it’s clear they’ve set the standards high for the rest of the eight week tour. But it wasn’t the harmonies or Cheryl’s (questionable) new back tattoo we were focused on…it was Nicola Robert’s arms!

Looking fabulous and fierce, the girls changed into metallic basque style dresses and nude fishnets for a part of their set, proving just why they’re an office favourite. It was only then that we noticed that the 27 year old fashionista (and close confidante of designer Henry Holland) was modelling none other than some armery! Possibly one of the most forward thinking uses of hosiery fabric yet, armery was created for those of us who want to keep our arms under wraps when out and about. Great for layering underneath dresses and tees for a faux long sleeve, they add warmth and coverage to any ensemble. What’s more, you can style them over strapless & sleeveless dresses if you’re mindful of feeling too exposed.

 It seems Nicola has done just this, adding a chic black number to complement her stage ensemble. To

get the redhead’s savvy style, try the Mary Portas & Charnos Plain Armery. With four fab shades to choose from, including Nicole’s black, there is an armery option  for every wardrobe. Whether you wish to match or clash, let the hosiery sleeves sculpt & define your arms for a stage worthy look.

And if you have a penchant for pattern, these clever sleeves also come in a fishnet version and a floral one too!

So take your cue from the pop princesses themselves and get the look now, back tattoos not compulsory…



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Put a Spring in Your Step With Pretty Polly & Henry Holland SS13 Collections

There’s no denying that Pretty Polly is one of the most well-known names in the world of hosiery for a reason.  Keeping our pins perfected and protected since 1919, they have successfully navigated the fine line between keeping their older customers happy with a constant catalogue of amazing basics, while bringing their fashion tights collections to a new hosiery audience.  The proof is in the pudding, and with Beyoncé’s Superbowl backing dancers

clad in Pretty Polly’s secret socks collection, no one could question that Pretty Polly have still got their finger firmly on the fashion pulse.

We shouldn’t be surprised, then, that their spring/summer range is nothing less than all out fabulous.  Butterfly prints are set to be HUGE in the coming months, and the Fly Flutterby Tattoo Tights feature a gorgeous tattoo-style butterfly design – so you can tick off two trend boxes in one.  Seams also feature but with a sexy, modern twist; like the Mesh Frontseam Tights which are made from a fine micromesh and feature a striking front seam.  We love the Pretty Puzzling Jigsaw Backseam Tights, which feature a backseam design made from puzzle pieces!  The quirky style shows Pretty Polly have been picking up some tips from their partnership with House of Holland designer Henry Holland.

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New Year’s Style: The Bolder the Better!

We are so bored of listening to people talk about chic, sophisticated, ladylike fashion.  Whatever happened to experimenting with new ideas?  These days it seems as though everyone is too scared of making a fashion faux pas to try anything a little different to their usual style, so why not try bringing back a little wardrobe revolution this new year?

Funky tights aren’t nearly as tricky as you first think to wear.  Take Celeste Stein tights, for example.  Yes, the patterns are completely out there and the colours aren’t exactly fading into the background, but if you pick out the key colours and coordinate (or even clash!) you can get a really great fashion forward look.  Or if

you are really shy, just team them with a classic black dress and knee high boots for just a little flash of fun as you walk.

Loads of people also shy away from suspender tights, thinking the design is going to be a little too racy for them, but you don’t have to wear them like Rihanna.  Make like our favourite hosiery crushes Little Mix and style yours with casual basics like denim shorts and Christmas jumpers or loose fitting t-shirts – they can even work for daytime!

Little Mix also love wearing Henry Holland tights, and they’re not the only ones.  Barely a week goes by without some celeb being spotted in his designs, and his tights range for Pretty Polly showcases his design talent to perfection.  Try his Reverse Star Tights with your favourite LBD, or else get colour pop perfect with the Houndstooth Tights which will look great with high waisted shorts and a

fitted denim shirt.

These are just a few of our ideas, but there are tons of stunning designs in our range of tightsso get creative and let us know how you style yours!


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Little Mix's Perrie Rocks the Luxe-Casual Look in Jonathan Aston

We’ve always known that Little Mix were great fans of the Statement Tight (Henry Holland did create their own personalised Alphabet Tights for them, after all), plus last month the girls rocked the FAST at Jonathan Aston Scramble Bodies on Daybreak. So we weren’t surprised to spot Perrie Edwards in the extremely pretty Jonathan Aston Fantasy Tights, which she teamed with a little denim playsuit and chunky winter coat.

We’d been all geared up to save these tights for our party frocks, but we love the idea of dressing these tights down like Perrie! In fact, the entire Jonathan Aston A/W collection is full of super luxe designs that we’ll now – thanks to Perrie – be teaming with casual basics. Here’s how you can rock the Aston-ista look without dressing up to the nines…

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Bye Bye, Mr. Blue Skies…

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g” alt=”" width=”400″ height=”540″ />Nothing makes me want to don colour pop brights like the cold weather, and now Mr. Blue Skies seems to have bid us farewell, I’ve been frantically digging through my wardrobe in search of something to bring a little sunshine into my wardrobe.  Thankfully, you add colourful flashes to your look and tick off your trend list as colour blocking is a key look this season.  Here are our top 5 coloured tights and how to wear them:

1)      Henry Holland Houndstooth Tights in Pink: Try pink on pink with a pink dress – we thought this would be too much but our founder Laura rocked this look the other day and looked amazing!  Henry Holland tights call for bold styling and the pattern breaks up the colour to make it pretty wearable (or as wearable as all-over pink ever gets, anyway).

2)      Yellow Tights: Neon, mustard, buttercup – whatever shade you go for, yellow tights are pure sunshine in a pack.  Ideal for grey days when your spirits need lifting, wear them with shades of purple for pallet perfection.

3)      Mary Portas & Charnos Stripe Opaque Tights in Sultry Sage: This medium to dark green with black pinstripes design is colour blocking for shrinking violets: subtle, chic and sophisticated.  These will go with pretty much anything – try teaming them with

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your workwear to get heads turning at the office.

4)      Pretty Polly 60 Denier Plush Tights: These gorgeous opaques from Pretty Polly come in 7 different shades – one for each day of the week!  We especially love the Denim shade, but whatever colour you’re in the mood for, they’re all finished with cashmere protein for extra softness.

5)      Blue Tights: Another way to banish the blues, shades of aqua are super fresh and tie in with this season’s underwater trend.  The Trasparenze Valentina Hold Ups in Azzuro are bundles of fun to wear, or try the Pamela Mann Lurex Micronet Tights in Blue/Silver, which will tick off two trends in one as metallic are also key this autumn.


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