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FASHION WEEK: Tights Highlights from SS15

The month of endless Fashion Week(s) have come and gone. From New York to Paris,  designers from all over showcased their newest designs for Spring/Summer 2015. While we have just gotten into autumn, it is NEVER too early to start thinking about the upcoming trends for this spring. We here at MyTights have all the upcoming tights trends here for you so you can start stocking up early.

 

New York

Footless Black Tights seemed to be a popular accessory at the Polo Ralph Lauren Show. While these specific tights are paired with pretty white lace dresses and black accessories, these tights can be styled in virtually any way- from dressed up to dressed down.

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London

The Fashion World exploded when Tom Ford gave us lots of legs styled with Black Hold Ups all over his runway in London. Styled with LBD’s, black hold ups are yet another versatile accessory that can easily be brought from day to night with a simple change in hemline.

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Still not sure about socks with heels? David Longshaw showed us in London that this trend will be very alive this upcoming spring by pairing pretty socks with heels on all of his models. This trend is perfect for early spring/late fall when you want to still wear your strappy sandals without having your toes get too cold. Protection and style, what more could you ask for!?

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Milan

Giamba donned all her models in white spotty tights on her runway in Milan. While we do not have white spots in stock (they have been dully noted though), black will work just as well with this trend. Take Giamba’s advice and do not be afraid to mix the spots with more spots or floral patterns.

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Dolce and Gabbana shared lots of hosiery trends on their runway. My personal favorite was floraly, lacy knee high socks. These socks can be very versatile and compliments almost any outfit. Pair with strappy sandals to wear when the weather isn’t quite warm enough.

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Paris

Jean Paul Gaultier said au revoir to his ‘ready to wear’ career by pulling off the most outrageously fun fashion show of Paris Fashion Week- I was extremely jealous of this ‘beauty pageant’. Many of his models were clothed in coloured tights. Pair with anything from denim shorts to a LBD as these tights are very versatile.

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Last, but definitely not least: Louis Vuitton also stepped onto the tights bandwagon this year by dressing his models in lace tights. Do not be afraid to pair these tights with a pattered dress like Louis Vuitton did, it looks wonderfully fun!

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Laura’s Choice: London Fashion Week AW14 Round Up

I just adore London Fashion week. The anticipation of seeing the new collections from my favourite designers, the buzz of the beautifully dressed milling around Somerset house, and the general air of glitz and glamour that lights up London for a few days.  Of course I always look first to the models’ never ending legs, and thankfully the AW14 shows didn’t disappoint- there was an abundance of hosiery on display…

The Trend: Patterned Tights

Seen at: Vivienne Westwood, Meadham Kirchhoff, Daks

Vogue warned us it was coming, Carole Middleton leapt to the fore of the fash pack in hers, and now the catwalks have verified it: patterned tights are a bona fide trend for AW14.  And it seems that whatever your style, you can find a pair to suit – Vivienne Westwood teamed her bold triangular tribal patterned tights with 80s power suits and lashings of leather, while Meadham Kirchhoff went for a subtler fairisle style pattern, teamed with blazers and side parted hair for a schoolgirl-esque look, and Daks upped the ante on their heritage style with stand out tartan tights.

Get the Look: Pamela Mann Triangle Suspender Tights, Wolford Lynne Tights, Pamela Mann Fairisle Tights

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The Trend: Black Opaque Tights

Seen at: Giles, Vita Gottlieb

Perhaps surprisingly due to the prominence of black sheers we’ve seen this season, opaques seemed to be the name of the game at LFW (aside from Alice Temperley, who layered black sheer tights under everything.  Kardashian clan member Kendall Jenner strutted down the Giles catwalk in a pair, with the whole Giles catwalk packed full of thick black tights teamed with ultra practical brogues and woollen beanies in a chic monochrome palette.  Vita Gottlieb went for a more striking look, with structured silhouettes taking pride of place on the runway, finished with heels and opaquer-than-opaque jet black tights.

Get the Look: Falke Soft Merino Wool Tights, Trasparenze Cortina 100D Tights

The Trend: Neutral Socks

Seen at:  Rokasanda Illincic, Topshop, Bora Aksu, Christopher Raeburn, Antipodium

Socks were everywhere for yet another season at LFW – for me, Antipodium were one of the winners, teaming grey ankle socks with t-bar shoes and a Romanesque palette of burnt orange, bronze and steely grey.  Away from the Roman holiday, I also loved the look at Bora Aksu, where grey/black ankle socks were teamed with feminine silhouettes in vibrant hues.

There were plenty of variations on the theme – Christopher Raeburn went for anthracite knee high socks to complement his military theme, while Topshop opted for thick knee high pushed down to the ankle, legwarmer style, in muted beige tones with midi dresses and fur coats.  By and large it looks as though the trend for bright and pastel ankle socks won’t continue past spring into the autumn, though Alice Temperley again swam against the current and incorporated a colour pop blue pair into her show.

Get the Look: Trasparenze Monique Socks, Falke Family Short Socks

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The Trend: Coloured Tights

Seen at: Michael Van Der Ham, Orla Kiely, Daks

Speaking of colour, there was no lack of it at Fashion Week, with Michael Van Der Helm putting all others to shame with his array of 60s style looks, all finished with bright coloured tights in orange, while and yellow and plenty of organza detailing.  I also loved Daks’ burgundy tights set in an autumnal palette with plenty of heritage overtones (though the bearskins are just a step too far for me).

Orla Kiely’s show was a tongue in cheek reference to the notoriously dreadful weather in her native Ireland – models carried umbrellas and teamed raincoats with coloured tights in white, white and brown. It’s easy to see why Kate Middleton’s such a fan of the designer’s work!

Get the Look: Pamela Mann 50D Coloured Tights, Falke Pure Matt 100D Tights

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The Trend: Hold Ups

Seen at: Tom Ford, Temperley

Statement fishnet stockings were seen at the Tom Ford show – covered at the front with skin tight pencil skirts which were slashed up the back to reveal the tops.
I also spotted hold ups layered under sheer floor length gowns at Alice Temperley, who had taken her collection in a whole new bohemian direction.

Get the look: Levante Fishnet Hold Ups, Falke Peacock Lunelle Hold Ups

We’ll be selecting our A/W fashion collections soon, so I’ll be using all my LFW inspiration to help me narrow down the vast selection.  And of course I can’t wait to see how the highstreet interprets these trends – and incorporate them into my own wardrobe!

Until next week…

 

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5 Styles For Spring

wolford-eyla-stay-upsIt?s never too early to embrace the SS14 trends, so here are our tips for which tights will go best with the upcoming styles.

Dark Florals
Blooms are booming next season, and this time think sophisticated big floral prints on a dark background. Team a floral dress with black opaques for a classic and flattering look. These stunning Ultra Fit 80D High Waisted Shaper Tights by Calvin Klein render that expensive January gym membership unnecessary. Providing the best of both world, these gorgeous opaques give you an enviable silhouette and still feel comfortable thanks to the soft microfiber yarn.

Sport Luxe
Wolford can do no wrong in our eyes, consistently giving classic staples a fresh and elegant update. This time they’ve worked their magic on their Eyla stay ups, adding a sexy scarlet trim to the tops. The high quality yarn and reinforced toes ensures that these sheers will outlast this glam trend. Match these hold ups in Sahara/Red with a bomber jacket or a slogan sweatshirt and a white mini skirt or shorts.

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Many designers have been looking to the art world for inspiration this season. If you want to attain this cultured look why not pair a LBD with these Pamela Mann Deco Net Tights. Featuring a range of intricate patterns including diagonal lines, semi circles and diamonds, this hosiery could hush even the harshest art critic.

Pleats
Pleats are popular again. Style your on-trend kilt with classic white wool for a look that screams highland chic, and cream woolen tights just don?t come classier than Trasparenze Gennifer Merino Wool Tights. These thick opaque tights aren?t just fashionable but functional thanks to the insulating wool content. Even if the weather doesn?t warm up until September 2014, your pins will stay snug and pampered.

Pink Blush
Pastel pink is one of the hot shades for next season. Embracing this look couldn’t be easier with Jonathan Aston?s 40D Opaque Tights, available in the perfect shade of Candy Pink. If this cotton candy colour is too sickly sweet for you then don?t worry because red and electric blue are also tipped to be big. Yes, you guessed it, Jonathan Aston has terrific tights in these shades too.

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Rihanna loves Fishnets!

levante_fishnetsRihanna is always unapologetic when it comes to her stunning outfit choices, and often they include one of our favourite wardrobe staples ? fishnets! We love how RiRi wears her foxy fishnets with monster levels of style.

On her way to the NYC nightspot, The Marquee, the fashion diva was recently photographed sauntering down the street in an R rated semi-sheer dark blue mini dress, black Louboutin heels and fishnets. And thanks to her (hopefully fake) brown mink coat and fishnets, RiRi was safe from the winter chill. Whilst, they?ll never rival 100 denier opaques for their warmth, fishnets do boast a small insulating factor, especially when woven with a layer of sheers.

Rihanna is not the only girl in the world who could pull off this look, to copy the Barbadian beauty?s style we recommend Levante Fishnet Tights. A classic pair of fishnets with medium size holes, providing you with sultry style. Without any visible reinforcement, you can feel free to flaunt any RiRi style super short hemlines you may desire.

Yet again the Umbrella hit maker brought out her fishnets for a different ensemble. This time matching fishnets with ripped jeans, she showed how it?s possible to combine two punk pieces for a dramatic effect. This look is perfect for those of you who wish to cover up a bit more. If a subtler look is what you?re after, then Jonathan Aston Micronet Tights are ideal. Woven with an additional layer of sheer fabric, these fishnets help to keep you warm during these freezing months.

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Love the sexy songstress? style, but prefer the freedom of hold ups? Jonathan Aston Fishnet Hold Ups With Plain Top are chic yet seductive. As an added bonus, fishnets are difficult to snag, so this along with the addition of Lycra, means that you will be able to enjoy wearing these hold ups again and again.

So what now for your hosiery drawer? Let us know which fishnets are your faves.

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Heavenly hold ups ? The Sunday Times Style shows how…

If it?s instant glam you?re after, hold ups are a must. Far more sultry than your regular sheer tights and easier to put on than stockings (with no clips or straps!), hold ups combine your favourite design with complete freedom of movement. But it?s not just us that loves them either, as the glam squad at Sunday Times Style used our Jonathan Aston Sweet Roses Hold Ups to add a little something special to their ?Bombshell? shoot! Teaming the hold ups with delicate lingerie and Bardot inspired up-do, ?we?ve been inspired to try out the look ourselves…Jonathan Aston Sweet Roses Hold Ups

Delivering charm and elegance all rolled into one, the lacy hold ups are the prettiest we?ve seen yet. Complete with a tribute to all things floral, the hold ups form part of the Vintage Collection from the British brand and will look just as gorgeous dressed up as they do styled down. Created from the traditional cut & sew method, the hold ups have been made from a netted lace fabric and boast a flattering back seam detail that runs along legs that?s great for perfecting that retro style. Available in a ?goes with everything? black shade, the hold ups also come in a creamy ivory tone that will work for blushing brides to be! When it comes to styling, you can up the petal power with a patterned dress or keep things subtle with a plain silk dress & peep toe heels.

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If you?ve fallen for the idea of hold ups but can?t commit to a pattern just yet, then perhaps classic & chic is the way forward. New in from Trasparenze as part of the SS14 collection, the Fly Hold Ups are ideal. Made from a sheer 20 denier, the tops of the plain hold ups have been finished with an interchangeable lace up ribbon detail for a flirty touch. Made with real silky ribbon, the detail can be tied up into a beautiful bow for added charm ? and with two ribbons to choose from, there?s twice the fun to be had.

But if you?re hoping to keep cosy when temperatures drop, the Miranda 70D Hold Ups from Trasparenze will tick all boxes. Great news for those that don?t want to give up their hold ups when the chill sets in, the thick and opaque hold ups will protect pins from the cold in style. With a range of vibrant and on trend shades to choose from, you?ll never have to struggle with finding the right colour for that party dress or office skirt. Finished with a plain, wide top, the overall look is a simple but glamorous one.

Hooked on hold ups? Check out our entire range here.

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Our Top Picks: July (Heatwave Special!)

Oroblu Bas Chic Up 15 Hold Ups Each month we pick our top three products, and tell you why.  This week, we’ve been finding ways to stay cool in the heat…

1)   Oroblu Bas Chic Up 15 Hold Ups

Why?  Available in 7 shades, these supposedly “basic” hold ups come equipped to suit any skintone.  One of the best value for money hold up styles we stock, these top quality hold ups from Italian brand Oroblu feature a pretty lace top and luxurious feel – but the price means they’re for everyday, not just special occasions.  Hold ups are ideal if the office requires you to wear hosiery but the weather means you just can’t face tights – and these are a perfect place to start your collection.

Wear to: the office

Style With: pencil skirts and chiffon blouses, finished with killer heels.  Don’t go too short with your skirt, as the tops might peek out when you sit down – not very office appropriate!

How much? £9.95 / €10,20 / $16.50

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Laura’s choice – thigh’s the limit

As pretty as they are practical, it’s no wonder why stockings and hold ups have been a household favourite throughout the decades. Synonymous with old fashioned glamour and recognisable symbols of seduction, both styles have dressed legs for as long as our grandmothers can remember. Taking centre stage after the invention of nifty nylon, women were rarely seen without a pair on. Originally created for ‘the women who don’t want to wear trousers’, it  seems that the thigh high hosiery has now made it into the drawers of most, establishing themselves as a chic and everyday alternative to sheers & opaques.

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From patterned to plain, high drama to barely there, there’s a pair of stockings or hold ups for just about every occasion. Admittedly I tend to rely on tights for my journey to and from work on my bike (however I have mastered the tricky combination of heels and cycling!), but that’s not to say I haven’t picked up a few hints & tips along the way.

Not just for Valentine’s Day, stockings have fast become a work wear staple, offering complete freedom of movement despite that  hectic schedule. A rare memento of a glamorous time gone by, it is often said that stockings are the easiest way to inject a little playful fun into an otherwise understated outfit. Of course decision making is hindered by the fact that suspender belts now come in every colour imaginable, but when it comes to stockings, the classic vs contemporary divide makes life a little easier. If you consider Kate Middleton and Angelina Jolie your style saviours (sweeping Jolie’s blood pendant phase under the rug), then it’s clear that you’re an enthusiast of all things elegant. Well versed in everything that’s sophisticated, Wolford have perfected the classic stocking style, keeping aesthetics simple and fabrics luxurious. A shining example of everyday hosiery done well, the Individual 10 Stockings are just crying out to be worn underneath pencil skirts and shift dresses. Made in two versatile shades, these are guaranteed to last you throughout the year, adding a touch of effortless chic with every step.

And from the demure to the daring….If you adore a more risqué style and are no stranger to experimenting with your hosiery, then it seems that the Jive Seamed Stockings from Pamela Mann are for you. Packed full of flirty retro charm and a flattering backseam, the sheer stockings are the ultimate finishing touches for that tea dress, with enough colour options to your wardrobe happy. For the adventurous, the postbox red is perfect for clocking up second glances, aching to be teamed with polka dots and peep toes.Oroblu Bas Chic Up 15 Hold Ups

For those that are not a fan of fiddly belts and straps, the solution lies with hold ups. Not worlds apart from stockings, hold ups still climb thigh high but instead of detachable straps, grippy bands of silicone are neatly tucked away inside the tops. Avid readers of Laura’s Choice will not be surprised to learn that the Falke Shelina Hold Ups come out on top when it comes to my favoured hold ups. As the younger sister of the popular (and my favourite) Shelina Tights, the hold ups certainly do not disappoint. Created from the same elastic free fabric and delivering the same barely there look, the lightweight hold ups are a must have for those wanting to fake that sun kissed look. With no need for your passport, you can cheat your way to that Monte Carlo glow in seconds. And with five dermatologically tested shades to choose from, no legs shall be left behind! Just as good and available in a colour for every day of the week, the Oroblu Bas Chic Up 15 Hold Ups are perfect for both work and play. With seven different shades to treat your legs to, getting dressed in the morning has never been so simple. Made from a lightweight 15 denier, you’ll discover that just about every occasion and social engagement has been covered. Looking to stock up on autumnal colours now? Go for the warm brown or flattering navy. Want to fake an even and blemish free skin tone? Experiment with the nude tones available to discover the perfect match.

Preparing for your wedding this summer? Avoid forgetting your bridal hosiery and make sure that the Athena Bridal Hold Ups from Trasparenze are your ‘something new’. Great for adding an extra special finishing touch to your dress, the hold ups boast a pretty lace top for even more feminine charm. With a pure white or creamy nude shade to choose from, that walk down the aisle will never look so fab!

So whether it’s a special occasion in your social diary or you’re craving a gorgeous alternative to those tired sheers, be sure to venture into all things thigh high for an instant leg pick me up.

Until next time ladies…

Laura

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Rihanna Goes Out In Her Underwear… Again

Another day, another bare all look for Rihanna, who stepped out in this revealing ensemble last night following her X Factor performance.

Teaming black hold ups (the exact ones she’s wearing are the Wolford Velvet de Luxe 50 Hold Ups, by the way!)with an, if anything, overdressed top half, Rihanna rocked an oversized white jumper and denim jacket combo with fluoro trainers and a Where’s Wally bobble hat. She was – we think – at least wearing shorts underneath, as appeared in the semi naked photo she tweeted of herself getting changed after the show.

Want the look? Try the Falke Pure Matt 50D Hold Ups in black with basically the scruffiest thing you can find in your wardrobe. Layer on your top half to balance out the amount of leg on show (and to keep you warm – it is almost December after all!)

Alternatively, you could follow her lead from earlier on in the evening, when she wore a high necked, floor length black gown to perform in. Very demure – or it would have been if it weren’t for the wide lace panels either side which ran the length of the dress and made the wearing of underwear unlikely.

Lace is everywhere at the moment – the very brave should try the Emilio Cavallini Lace Bodystocking over a black vest and shorts; but if you just want a touch of lace to add a sexy, feminine edge to your look check out our selection of lace tights. Our favourites at the moment are the Pretty Polly Lace Secret Slimmer Tights, which come with a sturdy boxer brief and control top for

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ultimate slimming properties, and the Oroblu Caroline Ankle Highs which you can wear on their own with heels and pumps or under skinny jeans for a flash of lace as you walk.

Love Rihanna’s outfits? It’s easy to get the look, because we’ve pulled together everything you need to steal her style with our selection of Rihanna Tights

 

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The new sexy…

Recently we’ve noticed something strange… our favourite celebs are shunning the try hard, ultra glam looks of previous seasons and rocking our favourite trends with chic, understated charm. This is the new sexy – so learn from the stars and balance your favourite statement trends with some casual styling.

Made in Chelsea’s Caggie Dunlop was spotted generic name for flagyl ages ago ahead of the pack, dressing down her suspender tights with denim cut offs and a baggy t-shirt. This was swiftly followed by Vanessa Hudgens, who teamed her patterned hold ups with a scarf print dress, floppy hat and wellies at Coachella a few weeks back, channelling hippy chic and working laid back sexy to perfection. Even better, this look is so easy to pull together at home – just team a pair of stockings or hold ups with your denim shorts and favourite slouchy jumper.

Those two aren’t the only ones at it, either. Caggie’s Made in Chelsea castmates (past and present) seem t

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o have picked up on the trend. First Chloe Green, daughter of Sir Philip Green, stepped out looking super hot in a black dress with black leather jacket and animal print tights. A dash of animal print is perfect for adding a sexy finishing touch to a plainer look – just make sure you keep it to one statement piece or it can look OTT.

Then just a few days ago Made in Chelsea’s Amber Atherton rocked up to the World Premiere of The Dictator showing of miles of legs, covered in spotty tights. Showing she knows her fashion rules, she balanced out having her legs on show by wearing a high necked t-shirt under a conservative cropped jacket, and stuck to monochrome.

This new look might take some restraint if you’re tempted to bare more than normal because of the weather, but we can guarantee it’ll be worth it when you’ve got the most sophisticated look in town!

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