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Q&A Session with Hosiery For Men!

We caught up with popular male hosiery blog ‘Hosiery For Men’ to get his thoughts on the world of male hosiery!

Why did you start wearing tights?

I first wore tights when I was asked to wear them for a school Shakespeare production when I was 14. I recall that they were opaque and dark green. I was amazed at how comfortable they were and unlike any clothing that I had worn previously.

I did feel that this was probably I should keep to myself at that stage, as I grew up at a time when if any boys were ‘different’ in any way at school they might be bullied..

But from that time on I became interested in wearing them more. I didn’t get that many opportunities when I was younger, but later on I started to buy pairs from myself. I experimented with different brands and styles (sheer, opaque, support etc) until I found what I liked.

It did feel somewhat lonely at first as in those days there were not many men wearing tights openly or admitting that they liked wearing them. Of course men wearing tights were visible in obvious places like theatre and dance, but not as a practical, every day item of clothing.

I think the breakthrough for me was in the early 1990s, when the upmarket tights brand Wolford made and marketed a style of black opaque tights for men. They called them ‘waist socks’, rather than tights (probably for marketing reasons). They got quite a lot of media coverage at the time and I actually remember going to the Wolford flagship store in Bond Street and trying to buy them but they didn’t yet have them in stock. I wish I had gone back as those tights are a very rare collector’s item now!

But with the internet, I have found that there were very large numbers of guys that were wearing tights and almost all the leading tights retailers, such as My Tights, were starting to cater for them.

 

Did it affect your confidence when you first started to wear them out?

Well, at first I was quite wary of sharing this preference with anyone, for fear of stigma etc. But actually those demons are just in one’s own head really. I have always worn them under trousers, and wear occasionally with shorts. Although I know there are some men who are very open about wearing them with shorts and this is also a look that many leading fashion designers have been developing.

I used to be worried that someone would notice, so used to always wear socks over them, Now I don’t bother if anybody notices whether I am wearing opaque tights or sheers.

I feel very confident wearing them now and in cold weather the feeling is wonderful. They seem to have this ability to warm the whole body.

 

What issues do you have when choosing tights for yourself, such as sizing, fit etc?

I have learned a great deal from buying different brands and styles, and also from testing the samples that I am sent for the Hosiery For Men blog that I write. Good quality sizing information is essential for men buying tights for themselves. We tend to be taller and of course have a different anatomy, particularly in certain areas! In general I look for tights that are available in a wider range of sizes and avoid one-size sizing as that almost always doesn’t work out well. I look for sizing that caters for 5’10″ and taller. Another key factor is whether the brief/panty has good depth – low-rise waists are not good for most men. They need tights that can comfortably stretch above the waist. Not all women’s brands do that. Plus size ranges often have good potential.

I particularly look for quality fabric and tights that are going to wear well and not ladder very easily, probably because we expect more wear from them, and we may not always handle them as carefully as women.

I also look at the Lycra/Elastane content in the fabric as that is a key factor in getting a good fit.

 

What styles and brands do you like?

I prefer the better quality and slightly more expensive brands. Basically when it comes to buying hosiery, you do get what you pay for. My preferences include Falke, Wolford, Aristoc and Cette. You pay a bit more for some of these brands but it’s worth it for the quality and how much wear you get from the tights.

Falke, in particular, are really superb. Every product they bring out seems to have been carefully designed and developed. The range of sizing is excellent and the XL sizes always fit me perfectly. They use premium yarns and their tights always make your legs feel amazing. I love their Pure Matt 100 tights in really cold weather. The Pure Matt 50 tights are also great when it is cool. The Falke Cotton Touch tights are another favourite of mine, as they are so comfortable and the fabric breathes well. The Falke Pure Matt 20 tights are a great premium sheer tight and seem to last for ever if you look after them.

Falke used to make men’s tights also. They know that their products are popular with men across Europe but I am convinced that they now design their ranges to be unisex.

 

Why are tights a good idea for guys as well as women? What advantages do they have for men?

Well tights were invented by men so they have never really not been a good idea for us. Firstly they are practical for keeping your legs warm and healthy. Secondly they can provide support for the legs and circulation for men who work outside or who work standing up for long periods. Tights are very beneficial for men with leg cramps or circulation problems. Finally, they simply feel great. I can’t see why only women should be able to enjoy the benefits of wearing tights.

 

How do you like to style your tights?

I like opaque tights more than anything in dark colours such as black, brown and blue. I don’t really have a style as such as I wear them under trousers and jeans. But I do try and match the shade with the shoes or boots, and trousers I am wearing. I quite like argyle, ribbed and diamond styles as well. Thick black opaque tights look just like socks unless they have a shine to them.

I also like sheer and semi-sheer tights when it’s not very cold. They feel great under trousers, especially if they have a slight sheen to them.

 

What have been your experiences when buying tights for yourself?

My experiences, to be honest, have only been positive. A couple of times, sales assistants have assumed that I was buying the tights for someone else until I told them they were for me! Occasionally that has been met with surprise, but usually people have been really professional and helpful. I think that is because it is less unusual than people might think. One of the best experiences I had was in Harrods in London, who have an extensive range of Falke hosiery. The assistant talked me through the range and based her recommendations on her expertise and experience. That was the first time I tried the Falke Pure Matt 100 tights.

Of course, it is easy to but tights online now. My Tights, for example, has a huge range of brands and styles to choose from. This makes it so much easier to choose what you need. The selection is much more extensive than any high street store can offer.

To me it’s been such a positive development that there is such a great selection of tights available online now. There always seem to be new styles and brands to try. From a quality perspective, tights now are the best they have ever been. With modern technology and great fabrics, it is much easier for men to find great quality tights with good fit. My advice is to go for quality brands and you won’t be disappointed.

Shop our tights for men before you leave!

 

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Grunge glam: Leather Look Leggings

 

leather

The all black look has always been a favourite of ours – after all, you can never have enough black clothing, right?  Let’s be honest, black is the easiest colour to match with.  Just take a look at the Australian model Megan Gale as she makes the Sydney Airport her own personal runway.  Gale is seen showing off her long model legs in a pair of stunning black leather leggings.  Her look is completed by adding just a touch of colour with her bright pink lipstick. Want to walk down your own personal runway? Make it possible with our leather or black hosiery products!

For an affordable leather, rock chick look, check out Pamela Mann’s Leather Look Leggings.  Perfect for a grunge glam feel, these faux leather footless wonders go perfectly with any length blazer for a chic evening look, or you could dress down in the day with a chunky jumper dress.

spanxAlternatively, if you are looking for a product that ensures quality in every penny you spend, take a look at the Spanx Faux Leather Leggings.  These leggings grab the fashion kudos while eliminating body insecurities thanks to inbuilt shaping control, smoothing over the most common problem areas.  Worth every penny in our eyes!

Looking for something chic but not leather? The Wolford Satin Touch Tights are Wolford’s worldwide best-seller.  With their luxurious finish, they’re the perfect accessory to any autumn outfit.

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Lilo in semi-opaques!

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan

 

It’s rare that Lindsay Lohan features anywhere but the fashion hall of shame, but that all changed this week when the actress come socialite stepped out in this gorgeous autumn ensemble. Teaming heeled boots with a floral shirt dress, the 29 year old brought her look together with a pair of classic semi-opaque tights. At this time of year, semi-opaques are the perfect choice – snug enough to keep you warm, but not thick enough to leave you melting on the warmer autumn days. It’s the perfect compromise! Need to stock up? Check out the top 5 semi opaques at MyTights!

Oroblu Sensuel 30 Tights

Oroblu Sensuel 30 Tights

1. The Aristoc 30D Opaque Tights are a great everyday option, these 30 denier tights will show through a slight glimpse of skin, and are durable enough to last all season long. Value for money – check!

2. After a helping hand? Check out the Falke Leg Energiser 30D Tights, giving pins a chic autumnal look, but with strong compression to boost circulation and leave your legs feeling altogether fresher.

3.Virtually indestructible and with an elegant sheen, no hosiery capsule is complete without a pair of the Oroblu Sensuel 30 Tights – choose between 7 gorgeous shades!

4. Looking to cover over imperfections? The Wolford Neon 40 Tights are perfect for you, with a high shine finish ideal for evening events, and made in 7 on trend colours. Worth every penny!

5. Smooth over your tummy and look chic in the process with the Calvin Klein Ultra Fit 30D High Waisted Tights, using light control to gently streamline your shape.

Keep it up, Lilo!

 

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How NOT to wear hold ups!

Amber Rose

Amber Rose

While this blog usually celebrates the style choices of the rich and famous, this week we’re giving you all a lesson in how NOT to wear hosiery. Case in point: model and ex girlfriend of Kanye West, Amber Rose, who paired her nude hold ups with an extremely risqué black satin lace dress. From top to bottom, the look just didn’t do anything for us! That said, hold ups are a great choice for those of you who often overheat in tights, and it just so happens we have an incredible selection for you to choose from. With the winter fast approaching, we’ve rounded up the very best opaque hold ups on the market.

For everyday wear, the Levante 50D Suede Matte Opaque Hold Ups are a fab choice. Leaving change leftover from a tenner and available in two shades, these 50 denier hold ups will keep your legs snug in the autumn, and come with lace tops to add a little elegance to your day to day looks. If you like these but are after something with more durability, head to the Pure Matt 50D Hold Ups from German brand Falke. Offering a classic matte finish and with generous 6.5cm tops, they’ll stand the test of time and work across all occasions.

Trasparenze Miranda 70D Hols Ups

Trasparenze Miranda 70D Hols Ups

When the weather becomes particularly unsavoury, you’ll want to wrap up warm – namely with the Trasparenze Miranda 70D Hold Ups, available in an array of shades and with reinforcement at the toe to remain in pristine condition. Luxury seeker? The Wolford Fatal 80 Seamless Stay Ups are for you, made without any seams to remain hidden beneath figure hugging outfits. What’s more, they’re typically Wolford – super soft to touch and oozing quality. Last but not least something for the party goers with the Charnos Lurex Opaque Backseam Hold Ups, which combine a classic 50 denier leg with sparkly jewelled backseam to add a flourish of glamour.

Amber Rose… never again!

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Patterned Tights Alert: Heather Graham!

Heather Graham

Heather Graham

 

Here at MyTights HQ, we love the autumn months. Not only does everywhere look that little bit prettier, it also means we start to see celebrities ditching their bare legs and opting for prints and patterns! Starting the trend this week was The Hangover actress Heather Graham, who stepped through LAX Airport in this chic ensemble, looking anything BUT hungover. Sporting a black knitted jumper with high waisted shorts and ankle boots, what gave her outfit the wow factor for us were her cute patterned tights. Taking her outfit from plain to perfect in a matter of seconds, patterned tights are a great (and inexpensive) way of updating an outfit. Love the look of her legs? Checking out our selection of patterned tights is a must!

Charnos Geo Shine Tights

Charnos Geo Shine Tights

For a classic print similar to Heather’s, make headway towards the Pamela Mann Sheer Dotty Tights, featuring an elegant spotty print that covers the leg. Chic enough to wear in the office as well as evening events, they come in three colour combinations and won’t break the bank, either! But if you’re looking for something a little edgier, the Charnos Geo Shine Tights could be your next port of call. Running sheer to waist, these fashion tights have a stylish geometric effect to catch the eye, and are made from tulle net, so will show through a slight glimpse of skin.

One of the most popular prints every autumn is plaid. Summing up what’s so fab about autumn fashion, a great way to wear the trend is with the Charnos Plaid Opaque Tights, which are great for adding a preppy touch to outfits, especially for events like Bonfire Night! Last but not least in our favourite patterned picks are the Wolford Clair Tights, with an all over lace effect that’s nothing short of exquisite. Perfect for special events, they’re finished off with a scalloped waistband to add to the overall feeling of luxury.

Not seen anything that takes your fancy? Check out all our prints and patterns before you leave!

 

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September – time for semi-opaques!

Wolford Neon 40 Tights

Wolford Neon 40 Tights

Started to pack away your sheers? We don’t know about you, but we’ve noticed the temperatures have almost dropped overnight as we make the transition to autumn. While this does mean the end of bare legs, sandals and sun hats, there is one perk to the change in the season – and that’s semi opaque tights! Thick enough to protect your legs from that early morning chill but thin enough to mean you won’t be a flustered mess by the time you reach the office, semi opaques are the perfect choice for this tricky is it summer/is it autumn period! What’s more, they look great too, so it’s a win-win. To make things a little easier for you, we’ve rounded up a selection of our favourite semi opaque tights to wear across the autumn period.

One perk of semi-opaque deniers is that they’re great for covering over blemishes or skin imperfections. If this sounds like something for you, the very best on the market are the Wolford Neon 40 Tights, which will appear like a 20 denier, but have the coverage and durability of a 40! What’s more, they have a lovely shiny finish to give your looks a dash of glamour. Or if you prefer something a little more understated, the Austrian brand have a matte semi opaque too, in the Wolford Perfectly 30 Tights – ideal for the office!

Aristoc 30D Opaque Tights

Aristoc 30D Opaque Tights

If you’re on the budget, turn your attention to the Pretty Polly 40D Silk Finish Tights, which come two per pack and have an elegant slight sheen that’s perfect for wearing day or night. And at just £5 a pack, they’ll leave change leftover for a Friday night drink! For something in the mid price points, our favourites are the Sensuel 30 Tights from Oroblu. Not only are they available in a host of shades, but they’re virtually indestructible, so will last across the season. In a similar vein, be sure to also check out the 30D Opaque Tights from Aristoc, which feel far more luxurious than their price tag would suggest!

Take a look at all our semi opaque tights before you head off…

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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.

Shop all our fishnets before you leave >

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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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