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Celeb style: Demi Lovato in Fishnets!

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato

 

If you keep one eye on the celeb sphere like us, you’ll know that fishnets are fast becoming the legwear of choice for anyone who’s anyone in the showbiz world. This week saw the annual VMA’s take place, known for its outrageous performances and risqué fashion. One such outfit caught our eye, coming from pop superstar Demi Lovato, who, while performing alongside hip hop queen Iggy Azalea, wore a pair of, you guessed it…fishnet tights! The perfect choice for her bondage inspired bodysuit, her fishnets stood out perfectly against her knee high leather boots. Okay, so we might not dig out our own diamante bodysuit on a daily basis, but you too can try out the fishnet trend this season with the incredible selection at MyTights. Whether you opt to show off your legs for an evening event a la Demi or try out a durable pair of micronets for the office, you’ll find everything at MyTights.com.

Jonathan Aston Micronet Tights

Jonathan Aston Micronet Tights

The everyday gems: Affordable, available in a host of colours and always on hand to transform your look, anyone looking to try out fishnets for the first time should head to the Pamela Mann Fishnet Tights!

The workplace wonders: Offering a similar level of coverage to sheers but with some extra durability, try out the Jonathan Aston Micronet Tights in the workplace. Showing through a subtle hint of leg, they’re great for updating tired dresses and come in black as well as a chic natural shade.

The fashion forward: Classic styles are all well and good, but for occasions where something a little funkier is necessary, take a look at the brand new Charnos Floral Opaque Tights! With their tulle net, they’ll show through a tasteful glimpse of leg and feature a gorgeously decorative floral effect.

The luxury option: If you’re looking to build a hosiery capsule, investing in a pair of classic fishnets is a must. Our favourites are the Wolford Twenties Tights! Completely seamless for all day comfort, they’ll stay hidden beneath figure hugging styles and stand the test of time.

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Bella Thorne in Knee Highs!

Bella Thorne

Bella Thorne

 

One of Hollywood’s rising stars, Bella Thorne seems to have more than a talent for acting in her repertoire – she also knows a thing or two about style, too! Stepping out in Los Angeles this week, the 17 year old Scream actress rocked a nautical inspired stripy T-shirt dress with trilby, chic brogues and black knee high socks. Looking every inch the polished celeb, the knee high socks added a sweet twist to her look and are perfect for this time of year. Naturally, we’ve been busy searching our collection so you can all recreate the look – here’s our top 5!

 

Trasparenze Cinzia Knee Highs

Trasparenze Cinzia Knee Highs

 

  1. Trasparenze Cinzia Knee High Socks – affordable, chic and in a 70 denier to keep you warm when the autumn comes around, these knee highs are available not only in black but 18 other colours to boot, every colour of the rainbow!
  2. Levante Fishnet Knee Highs – after something a little different? The Levante socks have a classic net design, revealing some skin and giving your outfits a rock chick twist.
  3. Wolford Satin Opaque 50 Knee Highs – for luxury seekers, these 50 denier socks feel gorgeously soft against the skin, and have a slight sheen finish so are perfect for the transition between day and night occasions.
  4. Jonathan Aston 15 Denier Knee Highs – if you’re not ready to give up on summer yet, treat yourself to these 15 denier knee highs, available in a plethora of colours and coming in at just £2.60 a pair. Bargain!
  5. Pretty Polly Heatsense Knee Highs – last but not least, wrap up warm in these Pretty Polly gems, using advanced yarn technology to keep the cold firmly OUT.

Or why not browse our entire selection of knee highs instead?

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Laura’s Choice: Our AW15 Trend Forecast!

A forecast you can trust is hard to come by (just ask Michael Fish), but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Having cast our expert eyes over the autumn catwalk shows, the team at MyTights have compiled the ultimate list of what we expect to be trending over the coming months. And get set for a hosiery extravaganza! With everything from cosy over knee socks through to decorative nets, now’s your chance to get an insider’s snoop into exactly what you’re going to be wearing your legs this autumn/winter…

We’d talk about hosiery all day if we could, but to make things a little more concise, we’ve categorised the key trends into four main categories, beginning with one of our favourites – spots!

 

Oroblu Adelle Tights

Oroblu Adelle Tights

Polkadots

It comes as no surprise to us that spots were a popular choice across the catwalk, as we’d already spotted style icons Anne Hathaway and Taylor Swift trying out the trend. So popular that EVERY single model at Diane von Furstenberg’s New York show sported a pair of spotty sheers, dotty hosiery bring a sweet twist to any look, and is rare in that its appeal can extend from the workplace to the bar. Stickler for tradition? Opt for a classic pair with the Oroblu Adelle Tights, with their dainty dots, 20 denier base and choice of two colours. If the winter weather is unforgiving, something thicker will be necessary, in which case head to the Charnos Lurex Spot Opaque Tights, which come in a 40 denier. And with one eye on the party season, they’re covered in metallic gold dots to really ensure you stand out from the crowd.  Or for something extra luxurious, the new Wolford Daria Tights are a must, and come with a tulle base, so will keep you cooler during the transition from summer into autumn.

 

Trasparenze Dora Wool Rb Over Knee Socks

Trasparenze Dora Wool Rb Over Knee Socks

Over Knee Socks

Snug and sexy aren’t two words commonly heard together, but with the abundance of over knee socks on the catwalk, that’s about to change. Ribbed styles were particularly popular, as demonstrated by Hilfiger’s American soccer inspired NY show. If you’re a fan, grab the perfect pair in the Trasparenze Dora Wool Rib Over Knee Socks, available in 8 autumnal colours and secured with thick tops that won’t leave tell tale red marks. When it’s too warm for wool, play it cool in the Pamela Mann Over Knee Socks. Fuss free and affordable, they come in a one size fits all and are reinforced at the toe – so will last season-wide. It’s not all about the plainer styles though, and if you are keen to start the season off with a bang, Oroblu’s Janis Over Knees are the way to go, with their mock lace up design that’s guaranteed to send double glances in your direction!

Nets

From classic fishnets through to intricate patterns, showing off your legs should be on top of your priority list this season. Simple yet effective, grab a real wardrobe staple with a pair of the Trasparenze Rita Fishnet Tights, which come in a host of quirky shades as well as classic, or the Wolford Twenties Tights, which are great if you’re seeking a little luxury. As great as classic styles are, the catwalks also saw funkier styles of net making the grade, too, not least with the floral beauties at the Libertine show. If you’re keen to try something new, take a look at the Pamela Mann Paisley Net Tights, which their paisley (as the name would suggest) effect, or the Floral Net Tights from Charnos, which have an ornamental floral design running throughout – both are great for transforming evening dresses, or for layering over coloured tights when the temperatures dip!

 

Trasparenze Deejay Tights

Trasparenze Deejay Tights

Sparkle

Grey mornings, downpours and dark nights, it’s fair to say winter isn’t always a bundle of laughs. But if there’s one thing we know will improve your mood, its glitter! And it just so happens sparkly tights were everywhere on the catwalk shows, so you’ll be bang on trend too. If it’s tights you love, the Trasparenze Deejay Tights will be right up your street, with their all over glittery fleck. Even better, they’re opaque – so you won’t have to suffer in the name of style. The Pretty Polly Jewel Backseam Tights also deserve a mention, with a glam backseam made up of individual jewels, the perfect choice for your work Christmas party. And if your little ones want to get in on the action, treat them to a pair of the Pex Sparkle Children’s Tights, which combine being warm and thick with a glittery shine to make them the envy of the playground!

Take note ladies – this is one forecast you can DEFINITELY trust!

Until next time…

 

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Love rock chick style? Check out Kristen in her wet look leggings!

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart

 

Queen of rock chick style? Twilight star Kristen Stewart wins every time. Known for her edgy fashion streak, the 25 year old actress this week graced the pages of Nylon Magazine, posing in a series of quirky outfits that she pulled off to a T. With one style featuring a pair of black ankle socks, our favourite was the outfit below, wearing a striking zebra print jacket with pleather skater skirt and gorgeous wet look leggings! Similar in thickness to trousers but capable of updating your look in an instant, wet look leggings bring instant attitude, and can be worn both in the day (think statement tees and ankle boots) or in the evening with heels and a dressy top. Envious of her legwear? Don’t fret, as it just so happens we’ve rounded up our top 5 wet look styles – just in time for the autumn…

 

Pamela Mann Leather Look Leggings

Pamela Mann Leather Look Leggings

Pamela Mann Wet Look Leggings – gorgeously glossy, affordable and skin tight, these Pamela Mann leggings make nailing a grunge-glam style a breeze.

Wolford Estella Leggings – a real investment piece, these leather leggings may be pricy, but we think they’re worth every penny, with their high shine finish and quirky seam on the knee. Eat your heart out, Kate Moss!

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings – not only giving you a rock chick style but trimming your figure too, these mock leather leggings from Spanx will send your style status through the roof, and target your muffin top, thighs and rear in utter secrecy.

Pamela Mann Leather Look Leggings – leather and skin tight may strike fear into some, but we adore these faux leather leggings from Pamela Mann, perfect with oversized jumpers in the day or blazer and heels for a night on the town!

Wolford Satin De Luxe Tights – finishing with something a little different, these high shine tights are sure to make a statement, and come jam packed with the kind of quality features that Wolford are famed for.

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Want to mask your blemishes? Cover up sheers are the answer!

Working at a hosiery company, we’ve become accustomed to images of flawless looking legs on an everyday basis. Never-ending, perfect skin tone and not so much as a blemish in sight? While this is the dream for many, in reality we know that many women feel insecure about their pins. But instead of lamenting your imperfections and covering up in jeans 24/7, why not enhance what you’ve got, instead? One option is to turn to body foundation, a popular choice amongst celebrities before a red carpet event. But not only is this expensive, it creates a lot of mess and quite frankly we don’t have time to slot this into our already impossible list of tasks! What’s more, we don’t know how practical it would be whilst waiting for the bus in the rain…

Here at MyTights, we’ve discovered a far easier and affordable way to mask our imperfections, and it’s as simple as pair of coverage tights. So, what are coverage tights, you might ask? The trick is to opt for hosiery that’s ever so slightly thicker than your average sheer, ranging somewhere between 20-40 denier. Choosing skin tone shades to give your pins a natural look, the slightly thicker weave helps to eradicate imperfections and create the impression of an even skin tone. And in typical MyTights fashion, we’ve rounded up a fantastic selection of cover up sheers to save you the hassle of rifling through hundreds of products. To make things even easier, we’ve separated the options into both light and darker coverage, so regardless of whether you hate your varicose veins, feel low about blotchy skin tone or want to mask your scars, you’re bound to find something to suit!

 

Light Coverage

Great for: Uneven skin tone, blotchy skin

 

If you require some light coverage, we recommend opting for tights in the region of a 20 denier, which offer just enough coverage to mask slight imperfections or blotchy skin. See our top picks below:

DAY

 

Oroblu No Risk 20 Tights

Oroblu No Risk 20 Tights

Falke Matt Deluxe 20 Tights as the name would suggest, these Falke tights have a gorgeous matte finish, and feel super soft against your skin – it won’t be long before they become your ‘can’t live without tights!’ Oh, and they also come in a knee high if you tend to wear longer hemlines.

Oroblu No Risk 20 Tights – virtually indestructible thanks to their ladder resist yarns, these reliable tights not only offer peace of mind but a classic look, and have a sandal toe, so are great with open toed shoes.

Falke Sensation Seamless 20 Tights – ideal for fans of figure hugging outfits, these 20 denier tights are free from any seams, so as well as being comfortable, they won’t show through your clothes, either!

Trasparenze Strip Panty 20D Suspender Tights – a suspenders effect without the hassle, these 20 denier tights have an elegant slight sheen finish and will remain completely incognito from the outside world.

Pretty Polly Stand Easies Tights – these everyday saviours are a must, not only offering coverage with their 20 denier weight but coming with light support to combat tired legs.

Cette Brighton Tights – flatter your curves in these plus size tights from Belgian brand Cette, catering for sizes up to a UK34 and made from 10% Lycra for a smooth feel against the skin.

 

NIGHT

 

Wolford Satin Touch Tights

Wolford Satin Touch Tights

Levante Brilliante Tightsthese 20 denier tights have a gorgeous glossy finish, making them perfect for evening events, and come with a reinforced toe – so will last, too!

Oroblu Magie 20 Tightssimilar to the Levante tights with their very shiny finish, these elegant sheers are great for giving your look instant glam, and also come in a plus size alternative.

Wolford Satin Touch Tights smooth, silky and glam, these shiny 20 denier tights are a must for luxury seekers, and come in a plethora of skin tone shades!

 

 

Greater Coverage

Great for: Darker marks, varicose veins

 

If you’re after a little extra coverage to cover imperfections that may be more noticeable, the trick is to choose semi-opaque styles, ranging between 30 and 40 denier. Opting for skin tone shades will still result in a natural look! See all of our semi-opaque hosiery here.

DAY

 

Oroblu Sensuel 30 Tights

Oroblu Sensuel 30 Tights

Oroblu Sensuel 30 Tightssilky soft and gorgeous to the touch, these 30 denier tights come in four skin tone shades, and have a slight sheen finish to add a sprinkle of luxury to your everyday looks.

Wolford Perfectly 30 Tightsgain a flawless look with these Wolford classics, complete with slight sheen, sandal toe and semi-sheer appearance. A must for those who appreciate the finer things in life!

Cette Semi Sheer XX Firm Support 70 Tights made from a 70 denier yarn but with a 30 denier appearance, these Cette tights will not only mask blemishes and veins but come with a strong level of support to alleviate all aches and pains.

 

 

NIGHT

 

Wolford Neon 40 Tights

Wolford Neon 40 Tights

Wolford Neon 40 Tightswidely considered to be the ultimate in camouflaging tights, these Wolford tights have the durability of a 40 denier yet the appearance of a 20, and have a shimmering finish that’s suitable for even the most glam of events!

Falke Pure Shine 40 Tights as shiny as the name would suggest, these luxurious tights not only create the impression of an even skin tone, but come with moisture absorbent technology to keep you feeling lovely and refreshed.

 

 

Ladies, it’s time to put your insecurities to the side and make the most of what you have. In the age of airbrushing, it’s easy to forget that the perfect legs we’re subject to on glossy magazines and catwalk shows are in fact a facade! Crave flawless looking legs? It’s easy with our coverage tights…

  

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Ask The Expert: Your hosiery questions answered!

Spending the working week surrounded by tights, I’ve amassed a fair chunk of knowledge over the years about all the different realms of the hosiery world, whether on the production side of things, technical terms, or even how to instantly spot different types of toe (yes, really!) With the colder autumn months looming, we thought it would be a great idea to put together a one stop guide that will hopefully answer the most common questions the MyTights team are asked. Haven’t found the answer to the question you’ve always wanted to know? Don’t hesitate to contact our friendly customer services team who will be happy to assist!

 

1. What is denier?

All tights are discussed in terms of denier, but what actually is it? Well, put simply, denier is the technical term used to describe how thick hosiery is. Referring to the weight of the yarn from which the hosiery is woven, 1 denier means that 9,000 metres of yarn weights 1 gram. Generally speaking, the lower the denier, the sheerer the appearance of the tights are. Likewise, the higher the denier, the more opaque the hosiery will be!

 Denier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. What’s the difference between sheer and opaque hosiery?

You might have noticed that hosiery is classified as being either sheer and opaque, the difference lying in the weight of the yarn used. Sheer hosiery (usually between 10-20 denier) is finer in appearance, and thin enough for your skin to show through. Opaque hosiery on the other hand is thicker in appearance, much warmer and altogether more durable. We define opaque hosiery as being above 40 denier, with tights lying between 30-40 denier considered to be semi-opaque

 

3. What is a matte finish?

The most versatile of hosiery tends to have a matte finish. This is characterised by tights that have a completely flat look without any reflection, generally knitted from multifilament yarns which don’t reflect light. What’s more, matte hosiery won’t draw any attention to your legs, so can be worn for just about any event, regardless of whether it’s a trip to the shops or a formal event. How’s that for versatility?

 

Falke Shelina Tights - one of our favourite bare leg styles!

Falke Shelina Tights – one of our favourite bare leg styles!

4. What are the benefits of bare leg look hosiery?

You might think that wearing tights in exactly the same shade of your legs is futile, but wearing bare leg look hosiery has a host of hidden benefits. Like make up for your legs, skin tone styles give your pins a flawless finish, help in achieving an even colour and moisturised finish, and can even help you cheat your way to a sunkissed glow! What’s more, they offer some slight coverage should it be a chillier summer day, without taking away from a natural look.

 

 

 

 

5. Are footless tights the same as leggings?

Similar in appearance, the main difference between footless tights and leggings lies in the thickness. Although both are free from any material at the foot, leggings tend to be much warmer, and thick enough to be worn without the need for longer hemlines. Footless tights on the other hand tend to be less opaque, and would usually require a dress or tunic to cover up.

 

6. What’s the difference between hold ups and stay ups?

You may have seen both ‘hold ups’ and ‘stay ups’ used to describe the same style of hosiery, that is hosiery that offers a similar look to stockings, but with sticky pads rather than the inconvenience of a suspender belt. So, what is the difference? The answer is – there isn’t one! Both terms are used to describe the exact same thing – tomay-to, tomar-to!

 

7. Can I fix a snag in my tights before it becomes a ladder?

We’ve all been there – getting dressed in the morning to find our brand new tights have already snagged, it’s enough to put anyone in a bad mood! But to stop it developing into a ladder, a top yet very simple tip is to add a dab of clear nail varnish to the area. Or if you’re especially keen to prevent ladders from forming, check out our range of run resist hosiery, instead!

 

Pamela Mann Sheer Dotty Tights: A fab fashion style!

Pamela Mann Sheer Dotty Tights: A fab fashion style!

8. What makes fashion tights ‘fashion tights’?

Any regular visitors to the site will know that we separate some of our hosiery into a fashion category. This is generally the case when tights feature something that is considered to be a trend, be it a floral pattern, spots, diamonds, or even something as traditional as a backseams. Fashion styles will ensure you stand out from the style pack, and differ from plain opaques and sheers, which are considered to be more everyday wear.

 

9. Which hosiery brands will last me the longest?

At MyTights, we hand select our products to ensure that they all offer value for money, but there are some brands that tend to go the extra mile in terms of durability. As with all walks of life, you get what you pay for when it comes to hosiery, but my top tips for brands to invest in when you’re building a hosiery capsule are Wolford, Falke and Oroblu. That’s not to say that the brands in the more affordable end of the price bracket should be overlooked however, and I would also advise to take a look at our ladder resist styles, which are made with specialist yarns to prevent ladders from forming.

 

10. How often should I wash my tights?

We recommend to wash your hosiery after every wear, to keep it a) looking its best, and b) staying fresh. In an ideal world, washing hosiery by hand is the best solution to keeping it looking pristine, but alternatively, popping your tights in a hosiery bag and using a cool wash is an equally good method!

 

11. How should I dry my tights?

One of the worst things you can do to your hosiery is to leave it to dry near direct heat, such as a radiator. STOP IN YOUR TRACKS! Drying in extreme temperatures will damage the weave, and will likely leave your tights ready for the fashion scrapheap. The best way to dry tights is on the line, or on a drying rack placed away from any direct heat. Oh, and never iron, either!

 

12. Which denier weights are appropriate for which season?

We all know how quickly the weather can change from heatwave to washout, but generally speaking, different weights of hosiery will be more of use in specific seasons. In the winter, stick to thermal tights or opaque tights, occasionally wearing semi opaque hosiery should it be a milder day. The spring and autumn months are often subject to change, but typically you’d wear semi-opaque or sheer styles. In the summer, opt for sheer or for something extra natural – ultra sheer styles.

 

Aristoc Bodytoners Low Leg Toner Tights, one of our bestselling control top tights

Aristoc Bodytoners Low Leg Toner Tights, one of our bestselling control top tights

13. Control tights vs. Support Tights – what’s the difference?

Control top tights and support tights are similar in that they both have hidden talents, and offer a lot more than meets the eye. The fundamental difference is that control top tights help to smooth over your figure using hidden shaping zones, whereas support tights alleviate tired legs by boosting circulation, thanks to a system called graduated compression. This works by applying pressure at your ankles, which gradually travels up the leg, getting lighter as it does so. Both equally as brilliant, however!

 

 

 

14. What’s the best type of toe to wear with different footwear?

If you’re a fan of chunkier footwear styles such as winter boots and trainers, I would recommend opting for a reinforced toe, which has a thicker weave to prevent any holes from forming in the often fragile toe area. Next up on the spectrum are sandal toes, which have barely visible reinforcement, where the weave is slightly stronger across the toe, but perfect for wearing with open toed shoes.

In the summer, sheer toes are invaluable, and are common in ultra sheer tights. Sheer toes should be worn with open toed footwear as strappy sandals, as can open toed styles, which you should choose if you want a super natural look, but still want to benefit from the even skin tone offered by sheers.

 

15. What’s the difference between gusset types?

Tights can not only differ in terms of denier and toe, but in the type of gusset they use too. Tights with a cotton gusset are designed to improve comfort, fit and hygiene, and can be recognised by a white circular patch in the section where the legs join. Similar to a cotton gusset, traditional gussets also help to improve comfort and fit, but won’t aid hygiene, as they aren’t made from breathable cotton.

Not all tights will have a gusset however, with some opting to have the same fabric on the crotch as in the rest of the leg. Finally, some styles may also have an open gusset, in which there is no fabric whatsoever on the crotch, and these are great for keeping cool and refreshed in the warmer weather.

 

 

 

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Swifty in Sheer Hold Ups!

It’s no secret how much we love Taylor Swift’s style here at MyTights, not least with her gorgeous taste in hosiery! Known to decorate her legs in everything from patterns to fishnets, the pop icon this week posed for a cover shoot for Vanity Fair, teaming a daring halterneck dress with black heels and you…guessed it, hosiery! The legwear in question this time were a pair of sheer black hold ups, which were the perfect choice for the risqué shoot. Of course, we’ve been busily compiling out favourite black hold ups for you to recreate the look. Want to know more? Here’s our top 5:

 

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

1. Oroblu Geo 8 Hold Ups – for a great everyday pair, these 8 denier hold ups are just the ticket, with a slight sheen finish, choice of 5 shades and reinforced toe. Quality meets style, we approve!

Wolford Satin Touch Stay Ups

Wolford Satin Touch Stay Ups

2. Falke Lunelle 8D Peacock Top Hold Ups – looking for some extra fashion flair? From Falke, these 8 denier hold ups combine a classic black sheer leg with exquisite tops in a peacock effect. Colourful and extravagant, they’re perfect for special occasions.

3. Wolford Satin Touch Stay Ups – for an extra splash of quality, turn to Wolford and their Satin Touch Stay Ups, with a gorgeous high shine finish and soft feel – unmistakeably Wolford!

4. Charnos Run Resist Sheer Hold Ups – made using specialist yarns that prevent snags from forming into ladders, these 10 denier sheers are ideal for everyday wear, and come with luxe lace tops for a stylish finish.

5. Falke Shelina Hold Ups – for something extra natural, there’s nothing better than the Falke Shelina Hold Ups, continually amongst out bestsellers with their slight sheen finish, gorgeous feel and range of shades.

Keep the hosiery coming, Taylor!

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Laura’s Choice: My Hosiery Drawer Staples

Having founded a hosiery company, one of the most common questions I’m asked is which tights I couldn’t live without. Whilst a thorough list of all the styles I’ve worn and liked over the years would probably equate to the length of a Dickensian novel, I’ve rounded up a collection of essentials that I turn to on a near weekly basis. Chosen for their quality, versatility and classic style, consider these my ‘desert island hosiery picks!’

 

Falke Shelina Tights

Falke Shelina Tights

Bare Leg Looks

Weather permitting, at this time of year, I try to wear bare leg hosiery as often as possible. What I love about ultra sheer hosiery is that it looks as if I’m not wearing anything on my legs at all, yet helps to even out skin tone and create a moisturised finish. Anyone who frequently visits the blog will know that my absolute favourites are the Falke Shelina Tights, thanks to their flawless 8 denier appearance and 12 denier strength. Made in 7 skin tone shades as well as classic black, I promise you that owning a pair of these will be your finest fashion choice to date. If you love to dig out strappy shoes during the summer months, they also come in a toeless variation, complete with handy toe loop to keep the style in place.

 

Wolford Neon 40 Tights

Wolford Neon 40 Tights

Sheers

If I’m in the mood to wear something a little more noticeable on my legs but still want to stay cool, another one of my favourites are the Oroblu Sensuel 13 Tights. Available in an array of colours, these 13 denier tights have a silky soft finish and slight sheen that’s perfect for wearing to elegant events. If I want to add some extra luxury to my legs, the best on the market for that are the Falke Fond de Poudre Tights. Boasting a slight sheen finish and enough shades to give you an abundance of choice, they feel uber soft against your legs and have a sandal toe, so can be worn with any footwear you wish. Or if you’re on a budget, another fab choice are the Aristoc Ultra Shine Tights, which are particularly great for swankier occasions, with an extra glossy finish that adds a little panache to your look for just £6 a pair.

The next style in my hosiery capsule are hard to group, as they look like sheer tights, but are actually opaque! Before you think I’m going mad, allow me to introduce you to the Wolford Neon 40 Tights. Typically Wolford in that they really do go the extra mile and are virtually indestructible, these glossy 40 denier tights have the durability and warmth of an opaque, but appear like 20 denier sheers! Perfect for masking imperfections and working to almost camouflage your legs, these are incredibly popular and come in a host of different shades.

Fishnets

Fishnet tights are particularly on trend at the moment, and despite their open net design, can be worn all year round with some careful styling My favourites are the Trasparenze Rita Tights, which have a larger than average net for a twist on the classic style. Perfect everywhere from the workplace to the bar, they‘re available in 7 colours, ranging from the classic black through to the slightly wackier shades of  Mattone (burnt orange) and Lampone (fuchsia pink). A top tip for wearing fishnets all year round is to layer over another pair of tights: sheers for a natural look or a pair of colourful tights if you’re feeling experimental. For a brilliant selection of coloured tights, take a look at the Jonathan Aston 40D Tights, with 21 vibrant shades and a price tag that nobody could be disappointed with!

Patterns

I tend to wear less loud patterns now than I used to, but when I do, I like to opt for classic prints that have a habit of staying in fashion every season. Investing in a quality pair of fashion tights is a must, as they’re simply brilliant for updating plainer outfits. For me, the most classic print of all is polka dots, which is why I love the Adelle Tights from Italian label Oroblu. Featuring a plethora of small spots that run throughout and uninterrupted by a brief, they’re fab in that they’re understated enough to wear to the office, yet dressy enough should some impromptu after work socialising be on the cards.

 

Falke Warm Deluxe Tights

Falke Warm Deluxe Tights

Opaques

While opaques may be the last thing of your mind in the middle of the summer (even during this damp patch), having a few pairs of quality opaques to hand is an absolute must. During the autumn and winter months, one of my favourite styles are the Falke Seidenglatt 70 Tights, with a warming 70 denier weight, beautifully shiny finish and kind of durability you’d expect from a quality brand. For dressing up, you should also take a look at the Wolford Satin de Luxe Tights, with their ultra shiny finish and subtle backseam.

Should we be unlucky enough to find ourselves in a seriously cold snap, no need to hibernate – simply grab a pair of the Falke Warm Deluxe Tights instead. Giving legs reassuring warmth the second you pull them on, these thermal tights utilise a soft plush technique that conserves heat and keeps the cold out! The other fleecy option I love are the Pretty Polly 200D Fleecy Opaque Tights, which feature a cosy fleeced lining and were once described by The Guardian as ‘the best thing to happen to winter since hot chocolate.’ Praise indeed!

 

Until next time…

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Laura’s Choice: Plus Size

Shopping for tights on the high street can be a stressful task at the best of times (hence the birth of MyTights!), but it’s made worse by the fact that, even in 2015, the majority of stores seem to entirely overlook fuller figures. Motivated by our mission to find stylish hosiery for all, we’ve quite literally scoured the market to find the very best in plus size tights, hold ups and more, with styles accommodating hip sizes up to 60”. From everyday sheers through to tights that do more than meets the eye, you’ll find everything you need flatter your curves at MyTights.com…

 

Pretty Polly Curves Ladder Resist Tights

Pretty Polly Curves Ladder Resist Tights

The everyday heroes

Head turning they may not be, but where would we be without our everyday styles? Giving us a classic look without meaning we have to survive on bread and water until payday, anyone on the lookout for affordable sheers should head to the Pretty Polly Curves (XXTRA) Ladder Resist Tights (3PP). With three pairs of 15 denier tights for just £6.50 a packet, they not only offer some slight coverage in warmer weather but are made from ladder resist technology to prevent snags from developing into ladders. Should your fashion ethos be ‘glamour 24/7’, take a look at the Oroblu Magie 20 Plus Size Tights, which feature a gorgeous glossy finish for a sophisticated look that can extend into evening events if need be. If hold ups are more your cup of tea, the Levante Sheer Fantasy Stay Ups are a must, available in four shades and with luxe lace tops.

Of course, everyday hosiery isn’t all about sheers, and knowing how the British weather can switch from heatwave to washout in a matter of days, it makes sense to always have a few pairs of inexpensive opaques to hand. For dress sizes up to a UK 32, flatter your curves in the Pamela Mann 50 Denier Plus Size Tights, with a purse friendly price tag and 7 funky shades. When it comes to dressing for that ‘in-between’ weather, semi-opaque styles are the way to go, with the Charnos XeLence 50D Plus Size Tights my top choice. Specially designed for fuller figures, these opaques come in three colours and boast special anti-chafing panels to keep you feeling comfortable with every wear.

 

Pamela Mann Plus Size Fishnet Tights

Pamela Mann Plus Size Fishnet Tights

Never say no to fashion

Looking to get dressed up? A pair of fishnets is always a good idea, which brings us to the newest member of the MyTights warehouse – the Pamela Mann Plus Size Fishnet Tights. The fuller figured alternative to their regular fishnets, these tights are available in sizes ranging from 16-32 and in two classic shades. With their classic net design, they can also work to give your working wardrobe a little upgrade too, so they’re an incredibly versatile option. The mock suspenders trend has been an ever present ever since they burst on to the scene via Henry Holland a few years back, so grabbing a pair of the Pretty Polly Curves Suspender Tights makes perfect style sense, their 60/20 denier split and printed suspender straps. Also from the Curves range, make your mark on the spotty trend with the Dot Diamond Tights, with a scattering of diamonds across the entire leg and sizes up to an XXL.

 

A helping hand 

Long gone are the days where hosiery was just about keeping you warm, nowadays all of the brands are designing styles with hidden traits that most superheroes would be envious of. The success of the Aristoc Bodytoners range speaks for itself, so if you are looking for an extra helping hand to trim your figure without succumbing to a diet of spinach, head to the Opaque Toner Tights, which employ a top secret medium strength control top that works on your tum, bum and thighs.

Whether you spend 40 hours a week battling with a spreadsheet or find yourself on your feet for lengthy periods, it’s inevitable that your legs will start to feel tired and jaded. Combating lethargic legs and looking great to boot, the Levante Relax Firm Support Tights not only have a hidden control top but use graduated compression to boost circulation. There’s far less sensible (and headache inducing) ways to spend £12!

 

Falke Seidenglatt 15D Tights

Falke Seidenglatt 15D Tights

Touch of luxury

A touch of luxury never hurt anybody, and with hosiery it’s often the case that you get what you pay for. So if you are seeking a little refinement for your legs, I love the Falke Seidenglatt 15D Tights, which come in no less than shades. Suitable for hips of up to 56”, they boast a shiny finish that’s great for evening do’s and an adjustable waistband that can sit as high or low as feels right for you. Finishing off my plus size selection are the Wolford Velvet De Luxe 66 Tights, which, in true Wolford fashion feel velvety soft to the touch, and come with a 66 denier weight that’s fab for ridding your winter blues.

 

Until next time…

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Shiny Opaques: If they’re good enough for Balmain…

If we were pushed to name a list of the most high fashion brands on the market, Balmain find themselves towards the top of our list every time. Famed for extravagance and always knowing how to make a style statement, their latest shoot for Vogue caught our eye for all the right reasons. Not only is their new collection gorgeously intricate and colourful, it also features an abundance of tights!

Gigi and Bella Hadid

Gigi and Bella Hadid

 

With the editorial celebrating the unconditional love of siblings, we also haven’t mentioned that the models were none other than sister acts of the moment Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kendall and Kylie Jenner and Joan and Erika Smalls. Now that’s what we call a fashion-forward family affair! Our favourite look was that of Gigi and Bella, who teamed embellished pieces in shades of red, deep purple and golds with sky high heels and shiny black opaque tights. Now, we can’t promise that you’ll find dresses as luxurious as this on the high street, but there’s no reason why you can’t mirror their legwear at MyTights. Cue our top five shiny opaques…

Wolford Satin de Luxe Tights

Wolford Satin de Luxe Tights

1) For the closest look to the sisters themselves, opt for the Wolford Satin de Luxe Tights, which combine a very shiny finish with sheer to waist briefs and the kind of luxury features that make Wolford, well… Wolford!

2) Not to be outdone, another great pick are the Falke Seidenglatt Tights, slightly less shiny than the Satin de Luxe but perfect for adding some glamour to evening looks but still remaining understated.

3) If you’re after something in a lower denier for warmer days, head to Falke again and their Pure Shine 40 Tights, which come in five shades and are ideal for glossy evening events.

4) On a budget? Don’t fret, as the Jonathan Aston Gloss Opaque Tights allow you to look glam without breaking the bank, thanks to a high shine finish, 60 denier weight and contoured effect.

5) Want to hide blemishes and skin imperfections? The Wolford Neon 40 Tights are for you, offering a shiny finish and 40 denier durability, but appearing like a 20 denier.

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