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Hosiery Care at it’s finest

Oh, spring, it seems like we’ve been waiting forever for you to grace us with your warmth… and now that it’s here, it’s time to tuck away the winter opaques and break out the sheers! As much as we love the almost bare leg look, it can be quite tricky to keep them in pristine condition free of runs and dreadful nicks. Always wanting to save you a few pennies, MyTights have sourced the very best in the market in Hosiery Care tips that will help you maintain your sheers all season long.

Wolford Hosiery Gloves

Wolford Hosiery Gloves

For all you on-the-go type of gals, we can relate. With no time to waste, rolling on tights can really put a dampener on our speedy routine out of the door.  The slightest jagged nail, or snag from your ring can leave you with your favourite pair of tights in the rubbish, and let’s face it, nobody needs that. With the Wolford Hosiery Gloves, you can put all of those pesky snags behind you and get you back to your speedy schedule. Simply pull on these attractive gloves whenever you handle your tights and keep those delicate sheers flawless.  With a guarantee like that, you’ll no doubt want to treat yourself to some new Sheer Tights, right?

Sotxbox

Sotxbox

Speaking of slowing down the morning routine, digging through an unorganized hosiery drawer can really be a speed bump- and all before coffee? Forget about it! Lucky for all you tights enthusiasts, MyTights has the perfect solution for your desperate attempts at an organization. Try out the Stoxbox, and breeze through your morning. This clever box allows you to find the tights you’ve been searching for at a glance. With separate slots for each pair of tights, all you have to do is slide over the cube and tuck the remnants in the hollow space behind. You’ll be wondering how you ever managed without!

This season, fearlessly wear your sheers and keep your morning speedy by implementing these two hosiery tips that every hosiery fanatic should have. Say goodbye to the frustrations of runs and disorganization and allow your mornings to fly by with ease.

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New Year Fash-olutions: Our top ten

Stoxbox

Stoxbox

It’s that time of year again. New Year, new you! 2015 is going to be different. This year, you’re going to banish the carbs, work up a sweat at the gym 5 times a week and quit the booze, right?

We envy you if you manage to stick to your January promises, but let’s be honest, it’s not always easy. So why not save yourself the guilt come early February and make some New Year resolutions that you can stick to? In our eyes, the perfect way to bring in 2015 in style is to revamp your hosiery collection. With this in mind, the MyTights team have been busily compiling a selection of our own fash-olutions (get it?)

Here are our top ten…

1) Don’t stress, invest: We’ve all got that token pair of tights in our drawer that we bought on a whim – an impulse buy that you convinced yourself you’d wear once a week, but in reality, have never been taken out of the packet. So this year, spend some time in creating a capsule collection of quality basics that you will actually wear – we’re talking black opaques and luxury sheers!

 

2) Organisation is key: nobody wants to be rummaging through their bedside table at 6am, desperately trying to find THAT pair of tights that will finish off your outfit perfectly. So take action; throw out anything you haven’t worn in the last year and organise your fashion tights with the brilliant Stoxbox. A neat and tidy hosiery drawer awaits…

3) Be braver: fashion is there to be experimented with, so instead of wishing you could pull off a pair of suspender tights that you’ve seen in a celebrity magazine, go out and try it! You never know, you might find a new hosiery BFF. Ankle socks are a great place to start!

4) Discover your perfect skintone shade: it may take a little bit of trial and error to find exactly what you’re after, but finding your perfect skin tone shade is a must. Not only will it save you time and money, it’ll give you no end of confidence and allow you to pull off a bare leg look with panache! Need a little help? Check out our in-depth skintone guide.

Skintone Guide

Skintone Guide

5) Turn your back on black: colour, colour, colour! Black opaques are a necessary component of every staple collection, but it’s entirely possible to achieve a similarly chic and classic look with a pair of coloured tights. We’re not saying opt for bright yellow straight away, but why not try out muted tones like navy, burgundy and dark grey?

6) Find the ideal shapewear for problem areas: shapewear can be daunting at first – what will work for you? Is it worth the money? The MyTights shapewear guide is there to help, offering you all the advice you need to find something suitable for your problem zones. The hassle-free way to a streamlined silhouette!

7) Throw out your odd socks: most of us have done it at some point, haven’t we? Whether intentional or not, odd socks are a fashion faux pas. Start off the year with a clean slate – grab a bin bag, throw your rejects away and replace them with our fabulous range of quality socks. Something for every style!

8) Know the key trends: a capsule collection is a great idea, but it’s always nice to a mix it up a bit with a patterned pair of fashion tights! To ensure your legwear is current and on-trend, take it upon yourself to follow the catwalks at London Fashion Week to find the most up to date styles. We’ll no doubt be blogging about it as it happens, too, so watch this space!

Levante Relax Medium Support Tights

Levante Relax Medium Support Tights

9) Suffer no more: if you spend a long time on your feet at work, it’s not unusual for your legs to feel tired and jaded come the end of the day. In 2015, tell yourself that enough is enough – give your pins the attention they deserve with a pair of our excellent support tights. No longer limited to frumpy and unflattering tights, our range of support tights are sourced from an array of industry leading brands… so it’s entirely possible to channel a chic legwear look AND have a spring in your step in the process.

10) Put yourself first!: Last but not least…treat yourself. Feeling confident is hugely important, and a brilliant way to boost your mood in the miserable winter months. After all, if you look great, you feel great. So this year, if you’ve spotted a pair of tights that you can’t stop thinking about, don’t worry about the price…splash out and put yourself first!

Happy New Year!

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Laura’s Choice: Best Stocking Fillers!

Christmas shopping. Every year we promise ourselves that we’re going to start early and have it wrapped to perfection and stored away by mid-October. And yet every year the same thing happens; life gets in the way and before we know it, it’s a week before Christmas and we’re scrambling around the shops desperately trying to get it all done before the 25th. We never learn! If this sounds like you, fret not – there’s still a fair few shopping days to go before the big day, and with MyTights guaranteeing Christmas delivery should you select the Special Delivery option before 5pm on December 23rd, I thought it would be a great idea to compile my list of the very best stocking fillers on offer!

 

Falke Bedsocks

Falke Bedsocks

For me, stocking fillers should be small in stature yet huge in style. Most importantly, they shouldn’t break the bank, and great news – we have a fabulous range of inexpensive gift ideas that could soon find themselves in your doorway. If you’re in a real quandary about what to buy a loved one, you simply can’t go wrong with the Charnos Cosy Feather Socks. With forecasters projecting that wintry weather is set to hit, these sumptuously soft socks have a textured feel akin to feathers for instant warmth and snugness. Everyone craves toasty feet, so they really are a risk-free option, and even better, they’re available in 5 colours so you’re bound to find a shade that’s suitable. Perfect for mothers, girlfriends and daughters alike, another brilliant choice would be the Falke Bedsocks. While you may be slaughtered for making getting out of bed in the mornings even harder, she’ll love the instant warming effect and super-soft texture of these fluffy socks. Made with ethically sourced angora for an added hit of luxury! Sticking with the winter warmers for the moment, the Pretty Polly 200D Fleecy Opaque Thermal Tights have a cosy fleece lining that really does keep the cold out. The beauty of these is that they have the feel of thermal tights but the look of standard opaques, so nobody has to know. Once described as the ‘best thing to happen to winter since hot chocolate’, they’re also available in a footless version if that’s more up her street.

Pamela Mann Paris Skyline Tights

Pamela Mann Paris Skyline Tights

If the lady in your life is something of a budding fashionista, she’ll love the Pamela Mann Paris Skyline Tights, with their mock suspender design and the pièce de résistance (well, when in Paris), a Parisian skyline motif taking pride of place in the sheer section. Widely regarded as the most romantic city in the world, you’re bound to be in her good books if you opt for these! Capable of adding an undiscovered dimension to a wardrobe favourite, another option are the Jonathan Aston 40D Opaque Tights, which are available in a rainbow of colours (17 to be precise). Updating her look in an instant, she’ll gain even coverage and a pop of colour for just £6 a pair. Recently featured in the Daily Mail, the Charnos Heart Net Tights have an intricate heart net design, providing the perfect base to a classic LBD and allowing for a subtle hint of leg to shine through. Equally as great for the daytime as they are for a special evening event! If she’s partial to a spot of luxury, only Wolford will suffice. Perfect for those who aren’t afraid to stand out from the crowd, the Wolford Leonie Tights have a charming polkadot pattern, starting at the mid thigh and increasing in size as they descend down the leg for a stunning visual effect. Any advocate of patterned tights like these will know all too well the struggle it can be to source a particular pair in the mornings. So why not score double brownie points and also treat her to the fantastic Stoxbox? Simply insert the box into the leg of the tights, wrap the rest inside the hollow back and, well, that’s it… a beautifully presented hosiery drawer awaits!

Moving onto your male counterparts, the best way to put a smile on their face, in my opinion, is with Happy Socks. The ever popular Swedish brand are famed for their wacky design, a perfect example being the Happy Socks Men’s Dot Socks, which have a symmetrical polkadot print and combed cotton composition. He may not say it, but he’ll be eternally grateful once he realises how toasty his feet will be, not to mention stylish. Another way for him to earn his fashion stripes (if you pardon the pun) are with the Happy Socks Men’s Stripe Socks, which have a gorgeous nautical design and contrast heel and toe. Great for everyday use, we guarantee he’ll be showing off to all his mates! If you don’t fancy battling with the wrapping paper this year, a convenient (not to mention incredibly stylish) choice would be to opt for the Happy Socks Men’s Socks Gift Box – Multi! Featuring four pairs of wonderful men’s socks in an attractive gift box, he’ll be grinning from ear to ear and gain a revamped sock drawer to boot. Or kill two birds with one stone and treat him to the Happy Socks Men’s Briefs and Socks Gift Box, instead, featuring both a classic boxer brief and mid-calf socks amongst a multitude of spots,

Country Kids Sparkly Tights

Country Kids Sparkly Tights

Not forgetting the little ones, she’ll adore the Country Kids Sparkly Tights, covered in a glitter fleck that will be the envy of the entire playground. While she may insist on wearing them every day, I would recommend saving them for birthday parties and special occasions for a truly adorable legwear look. If your son or daughter is a wildlife fanatic, look no further than the Happy Socks Baby & Kids Animal Socks. Real value for money, you’ll get one pair in a terrific tiger print and the other in a lovely leopard, both of which come with an 80% combed cotton content, giving you peace of mind that their tootsies will be lovely and warm! Let’s face it, they won’t want to share, so it’s probably in your best interest to get them a pack each…

May I take this opportunity to wish all our lovely customers a fantastic Christmas period, and we hope to see you all again in 2015.

Until next time…

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Laura’s Choice: Christmas Gift Guide

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me… 12 pairs of sheers, 11 pairs of bedsocks, 10 thermal tights – I think you get the drift, it’s officially Christmas! While we can look all look forward to some time off work and a mince pie or five, the festive period does also mean the dreaded Christmas shopping rears its ugly head. It’s not always easy to know what to buy for your loved ones, and let’s face it, there’s nothing remotely enjoyable about wading through thousands of bargain-hunting shoppers on a freezing cold high street, is there? With this in mind, I’ve compiled my list of top gifts for the Christmas season. So whether you’re looking for inexpensive stocking fillers or something to really spoil your nearest and dearest, you’ll find some inspiration here…

Stocking fillers – budget-friendly

Pretty Polly 200D Fleecy Thermal Opaque Tights

Pretty Polly 200D Fleecy Thermal Opaque Tights

For gifts under £10 to fill up stockings or as an inexpensive treat for your Secret Santa, my absolute favourites are the Pretty Polly 200D Opaque Tights. Consistently amongst our bestsellers, these black opaque tights are lined with a cosy brushed fleece, ensuring your legs remain toasty in even the chilliest of weather, all the while helping you on your way to a classic legwear look that will work for almost any occasion. What’s more, at just £9.95 a pair, you’ll have change left over to get a pair for every lady in your life – girlfriends, mums, daughters, they’ll all love them! Perfect for the festivities, another great choice is the Pamela Mann Fairisle Printed Tights, complete with a Christmas inspired fairisle print for a chic alternative to winter-warming opaques. And with a new pair of fashion tights in their collection, your loved ones simply can’t go without the ingenious Stoxbox, solving that age old problem of rummaging through your hosiery drawer for a particular pair of patterned tights at 6:30am. All you need to do is insert the box into the leg of your tights and wrap the tights into the hollow back, leaving you with a efficiently presented hosiery drawer and time to have a cup of tea!

Gifts for her

Now, I don’t usually get so excited about a new product, but I’m a huge fan of the Falke Warm Deluxe Tights, so much so that I’ve ordered a pair for all of my girlfriends! Chic, versatile and snug as a bug, these 80 denier tights are made with soft plush loops, conserving heat and proving the ideal antidote to January temperatures.  All the warmth of thermal tights with none of the bulk, they’re also available in 7 on-trend colours, so there really is a pair to suit every personality and style. If you’re in the market for something luxurious to truly spoil the ladies in your life, you simply can’t go wrong with anything from Wolford. The pick of the bunch for me are the Wolford Velvet de Luxe 66, which have an opulent velvety texture and a superior fit; the kind of tights you just have to try to appreciate how special they really are. Or if she’s partial to a little bit of sparkle, treat her to the Trasparenze Vlinder Tights, which have a subtle glittery fleck that’s great for jazzing up a wardrobe classic. Thinking ahead, they’re also perfect for New Year’s Eve parties!

Ideal for mums, and making getting out of bed even more difficult, the Falke Bedsocks are made from ethically sourced Angora for a sumptuously soft feel and an instant warming effect. Similarly snug, the Pantharella Tabitha Anklet has been designed with hand linked seams and using top quality cashmere for incredibly toasty feet. Even better, you’re also able to choose from 8 stylish colours, all of which benefit from a chic ribbed design, so it really is the perfect marriage between style and functionality. Carrying on with the winter warming theme, and brilliant for lounging around the house watching Christmas movies, the Falke Cuddle Pads make for a fantastic gift, with their virgin wool blend, anti-slip sole and stylish presentation box complete with mock bow detail. Everybody loves a comforting slipper sock, don’t they?

If you’re really in a conundrum as to what to buy somebody, play it safe and opt for one of our wonderful Happy Socks gift boxes. A guaranteed hit, they also arrive in a beautiful presentation box, saving you the job of wrapping and adding to the wacky theme! My personal favourite is the Happy Socks Women’s Socks Gift Box, featuring four pairs of fantastically fun and comfortable mid-calf socks and a multitude of on-trend patterns. It’s also great value for money at just £20, so

Falke airport socks

Falke airport socks

it’s the ideal way to put you in the good books without breaking the bank!

Gifts for him

Good news if you’re a fan of the Happy Socks Women’s Socks Gift Box – it’s also available for men, and men can never have enough socks, right?! Speaking of socks, you won’t find any brimming with as much quality as the Falke Airport Short Men’s Sock, made from 60% wool for a classic legwear look. They’re also available in ten colours – why not buy a few so they have a pair for every occasion? Or for something a little different, the Happy Socks Men’s Boxers and Socks Gift Box features both a pair of polkadot combed cotton socks and matching boxer shorts should you want to treat him to something a little more versatile.

There we have it – Christmas shopping made easy.  All without leaving the comfort of your front room.

If you’re still stuck for idea, be sure to check out our entire range of Christmas gifts before you leave.

Until next time…

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Tights In The Freezer? We’re Not Convinced…

This week, doing our usual rounds of the Internet for hosiery related news, a MyTights team member stumbled across a blog that promised an end to the age old problem and constant source of frustration for women across the globe – laddered tights! That caught your attention, didn’t it? Ours too.

The blog confidently claimed that dampening your tights with water, squeezing out the excess and then FREEZING your tights before their first wear will ensure added durability and long-lasting value. Whilst we’re always open to new and innovative ideas to make our money go a little bit further, we can’t help but feel that this particular method is somewhat flawed. I mean, if this really did work, then why haven’t we heard about it sooner? And is it really necessary to go to such extreme (and cold!) lengths to keep our hosiery in good condition? We’re putting it out there, we’re not convinced. Maybe we’re biased, but why would we spend our evenings putting out tights in the freezer, when we can just take advantage of our wonderful range of hosiery care, instead!

Designed to keep your hosiery in tip-top condition and ensure you get to enjoy a stylish legwear look for seasons to come…

  • Wolford Hosiery Gloves – Perfect for protecting your tights against sharp jewellery or false nails as you’re taking them on and off, these ingenious gloves from luxury Austrian brand Wolford are available in three stylish colours. After Wolford Hoisery Glovesall, why shouldn’t you look chic even during the most mundane of activities?
  • Wolford Wash Bag –To avoid damage caused by bra straps, zips and embellishments in the washing machine, this chic wash bag will ensure your tights remain free from snags, tangles and fluff! Always wanting to offer extra style points, the bag also comes with a stylish rib design and appliqué rose detail. They really do think of everything!
  • Stoxbox – a favourite amongst the MyTights team (and for good reason), this clever creation will ensure you never waste any time rummaging through your drawer to find the tights you have in mind. Ideal for presenting your patterned hosiery, simply insert the Stoxbox into the leg of the tights, wrap the rest of the tights into the hollow background and voila! An extra five minutes in bed…

Beats putting them in your freezer, right? Be sure to also check out our range of brilliant ladder resist tights before you leave, too!

 

 

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NEW StoxBox… and my other essential accessories

stoxbox-mainWith the arrival of the fabulous Stoxbox this week at MyTights, I’ve been thinking about my favourite hosiery accessories…

The aforementioned Stoxbox is the brainchild of creator Danielle Ashcroft, who, having bought a pair of fashion tights only to discover she already owned the exact same pair, came up with the idea of a clever little box to make hosiery storage simple.  All you do is insert the round edged wonder into the leg of your tights and twist all the excess into the hole at the back of the hollow cube.    I am already a huge fan, and since swiping the samples sent to us months ago, have been badgering the rest of the team about when they were due to arrive!  If you’re the type of woman who, like me, likes to label her shoeboxes with polaroids, you’ll love your new, streamlined hosiery drawer.  And with all the extra space you’ve created, why not fill it up with some of my other essential hosiery accessories?

An absolute must-have if you want to keep your hosiery in tip top condition, a washbag will prevent your tights from tangling in the wash AND protect them from snagging on zips and clasps.  Try the budget busting Charnos washbag, with a mesh design to let the suds work their

magic and a zip closure to make sure your hosiery stays put.  Or for a little treat go for the luxury version: the Wolford Wash Bag is larger, plus it features a satin ribbon hook and sweet rosebud  detail.  Most hosiery will

wolford-washbag

withstand a machine wash at 30°, particularly if you’re also using a hosiery bag.  But if you’ve got something extra fragile or you are just in the habit of handwashing your smalls, the Wolford Wash will treat your hosiery to some TLC (it can also be used in your machine).  Specially designed to be gentle to your garments, this mild detergent will wash away the day’s hard grind in a flash.

If you’re anything like me, you want your hosiery to last and last, particularly if you’ve splashed out on a luxury option- which is why the Wolford Hosiery Gloves, with their soft, satiny feel, are the perfect bodyguard for your favourite legwear.  Yes, they might make you look like a mime artist, but they’ll also protect your hosiery from sharp rings and rough nails – a trade I’ll take over snagged tights any day of the week!

And from looking after your tights to taking care of your feet, that’s not all you should stock up on for your hosiery drawer.  No woman, however glamorous, is immune to the pain that a day in tricky heels can cause, which is why I highly recommend the Levante Shoe Monkeys Foot Cushions, which not only prevent slipping but will add a little soothing pillow for the ball of your foot.  If you’re thinking that blisters are more of a nuisance, the Levante Shoe Monkeys Heel Cushion does the same job but for the back of your foot, preventing chafing

shoe-monkey-foot-cushion

and sparing you the agony of having to “break in” those new heels for 2 weeks before you actually want to wear them.

Speaking of new shoes, have you ever teamed a pair with your gorgeous new tights, only to realise to your dismay that the tights are so super soft that every time you take a step your foot whooshes out, leaving your shoe several paces behind on the pavement?  Well, good news, Cinderella – the Levante Shoe Monkeys Strap Strips will stop your feet slipping AND prevent against rubbing – plus you can trim them down to size with scissors, so they work just as well for strappy sandals as they do for glass slippers.

So whether it’s smart storage, tights TLC or heel healing your heart desires, stock up on my favourite essentials – and get ready to revel in your beautiful new hosiery drawer!

 

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