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Laura’s Choice: SS14 Trends

I love watching new looks emerge on the catwalk, but what’s even better is seeing how they translate on the high street – and of course how they’re reflected in the world of hosiery!  With the official arrival of spring last week, I’ve decided it was high time I shared with you some of my favourite trends for SS14, along with some inspiration on how to wear them… tienga-patterned-tights

Trend: Geometric Patterns

Seen at: House of Holland, Peter Pilotto

If you want to get away with patterns at the office, go for a small, all over design, like the Pretty Polly Layered Honeycomb Tights.  Team these with a pencil skirt and knee high boots and you’ll reveal just a flash of pattern as you walk – the ultimate grown up way to work the trend.  For the younger and bolder, a short A-Line skirt and plain cropped jumper will show off bold designs like the bondage style Pamela Mann Gridlock Sheer Tights, or create a fashion forward clash effect by donning the tribal-inspired Jonathan Aston Tienga Tights with a skater dress in a contrasting pattern.

Trend: Embellishments

Seen at: Mui Mui, Prada, Marc Jacobs


Embellishments are back again, following on from last year’s Great Gatsby craze when everyone went mad for a little bling.  The best bit is embellished tights are so easy to wear, whether you choose to dress them up or down.  Try teaming something subtle like the Pamela Mann 120D Studded Tights with your regular office skirt and classic blouse, or for all out glamour go for something extra glitzy like the Trasparenze Party Tights, which are adorned with a trail of sparkly butterflies up the leg.  Mirror the sparkle with a statement necklace and voila!  A party ready look in an instant.

Trend: Florals

Seen at: House of Holland, Jonathan Saunders, Erdem

Florals are a spring staple, so you can stick with tradition and wear the Wolford Mimi Tights with summery pastel shades – the sweet floral side seam will instantly put spring in your step.  Or for an edgier way to wear them, oriental inspired styles like the Pamela Mann Flocked Rose Tights and the Jonathan Aston Rosy Tights will work really well with casual attire and a lashing of leather.

Trend: Lace


Seen at: Stella McCartney, Burberry Prorsum, Chanel, Marc Jacobs

Lace for spring is a revelation for me – I’d always thought of it as very much a winter staple, but who am I to argue with Chanel?  For a really up to the moment look team the Pamela Mann Baroque Tulle Tights with a jersey midi skirt, slouchy t-shirt, anklet booties and a long statement necklace… but I’ll be sticking to my tried-and-tested shift dress and Wolford Nahla Tights combination!

Trend: Sheer

Seen at: Christian Dior, PPQ, Maxmara

Sheer black tights are the hit of the season, with fashionistas from Alexa Chung to Miranda Kerr flying the flag for the shadowy sheers.  The best thing about them? They go with EVERYTHING, from floral sundresses to lace bodycons, and even city shorts and blazer pairings. A sheer 10-20 denier style is the ideal way to work the look – try my much loved Oroblu Sensuel Tights, which feel super soft to the touch and come in a huge range of colours if you’d rather branch out from black.  Or for a little more coverage, go for a 30 denier pair like the Calvin Klein Ultra Fit 30D High Waisted Tights (which have an in built control, top, too – perfect for form fitting dresses).

Until next week…


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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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X Marks the Spot

Sometimes, the fash pack realises that some trends are just too brilliant to only last one season. This season, polka dots are coming back to grace the fabric of clothes everywhere: meaning that at long last spots have joined the likes of florals and their much more famous sister, stripes, to gain status as a regular visitor to the catwalk. Seen on the AW catwalks at Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney et al, dots are exploding back into fashion in time for the autumn. And they’re bigger (sometimes literally) and better than ever.
The look as a whole is sleeker and more refined- with the dots becoming more essential to the look as a whole rather than, as in previous years, being contained to one accessory or dress that seemed at odds with the rest of the outfit. Stella complemented a polka dot sheer panel dress with polka dot tights, and Marc Jacobs mixed spotted accessories with 40s glamour styling- fusing a blend of pretty blouses, pencil skirts and lace detailing with layers of polka dot accessories.


Pair with the colours of the season –autumnal hues like wines and rusts, and jewel brights- emeralds, purples and blues.

Pick larger spots for cute daytime looks, but choose little spots for a more elegant look – now polka dots are officially high fashion we can wear them in the evening and even to the office!

Previously it has been a no-no, but this season dare to be different – don’t be afraid to mix spots with spots.

Look magazine has taken inspiration and suggested a very wearable alternative, teaming Wolford’s Bonny Dots Tights with even more spots in head to toe black and keeping the bold touches to colour pop accessories and neon make up. However you wear them, make sure you stay right on trend and go dotty for dots this season.

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Wolford Bonny Dots tights are the actual tights that Look magazine used in their shoot, and are the perfect balance between large and tiny spots- and for the extreme fashionistas among you, we have the same print in a hold up version!
If you love those but they’re a little out of your price range, try Pamela Mann Oversized Spot tights. Not only are they a cheaper alternative- they were featured in a Vogue shoot too!
Perfect for the office and an evening look, Gerbe Plumetis tights feature smaller dots so are great for a more elegant take on the trend, and ideal for those of you who want to try out the trend before you fully commit. (Again, if pay day is still a mere speck in the distance, look to Pamela Mann for some cheaper tights with small dots).
If you’re determined to do the whole shebang properly, layer these Pamela Mann socks over your tights à la Marc Jacobs – or wear alone in warmer weather for a summer introduction to autumn’s trend.

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