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Laura’s Choice: Top Workwear Picks

Happy New Year to all our lovely customers! I’m sure many of you have begrudgingly returned back to work in the last few days, leaving behind your relaxing afternoons full of mince pies and mulled wine and swapping them for early starts, packed trains and January blues. This time of year can be depressing, so why not give yourself a little boost with our fabulous range of legwear for the office? Guaranteed to leave you feeling confident and super stylish, there’s something for every style, preference and budget. January doesn’t seem so bad now, does it?

The Purse Friendly

Levante 50D Suede Matte Opaque Tights

Levante 50D Suede Matte Opaque Tights

Workwear. Let’s face it, it’s not always easy to find. After all, it needs to be a) professional, b) durable and perhaps most importantly, c) affordable. If this Christmas has been an expensive one, fret not, we have an excellent selection of everyday tights (at everyday budgets!) that are perfect for the office. Starting off at the lowest price point, you simply can’t go wrong with Pretty Polly. The best value for money, in my opinion, is the Pretty Polly 40D Silk Finish Tights. At just £5, you’ll receive two pairs of functional opaque tights, giving your legs warmth and even coverage and coming with an elegant slight sheen finish.  What’s more, as well as the obligatory black, they’re also available in bottle green and navy should you be the type who likes to experiment with colour. Speaking of colour, another recommendation is the Jonathan Aston 40 Denier Opaque Tights, available in 17 chic colours and having a flattering matte finish. While the more outlandish shades (we’re talking daffodil yellow) might not be quite suitable for the workplace, how about trying out the muted burgundy and  storm for something a little different? Also available in a 15D version for the milder days. If you are somebody who feels the cold, the Levante 50D Suede Matte Opaque Tights are a fantastic choice, made with snug Meryl microfibre yarns that protect against the winter chill.

Any followers of fashion will know that sheers are everywhere this year, and this is a trend that doesn’t look set to stop anytime soon. I call it the Kate Middleton effect! Topping the list of affordable sheers are the Aristoc Ultra Shine 10D Tights. You’ll receive a durable and stylish pair of tights, with a glamorous shiny finish and day to night appeal, should you have an impromptu dinner date after work. They’re also continually one of our best sellers, so you can rest assured that you’re getting value for money!  Equally as great are the Charnos Run Resist Sheer Tights, made with an innovative fabric that prevents against the formation of ladders and snags. Even better, the matte finish and delicate appearance are just the ticket for perfecting that office look.

A workwear hosiery capsule

Oroblu Sensuel 30 Tights

Oroblu Sensuel 30 Tights

As the founder of a hosiery company, I’m continually being asked for advice about the best way to buy hosiery that won’t go out of fashion. The answer: invest in a capsule collection of quality and timeless products that will stand the test of time! The extra few pounds really are worth it, and will save you a lot of time (and money) in the long run. The Aristoc range of opaques are a great place to start, recently being revamped and offering, what I think, is excellent value for money. Tough and durable, the Aristoc 50D Opaque Tights are super soft to the touch and will work perfectly with just about any workwear combination. Moving up in denier for a moment, you can never look past the Falke Pure Matt 100 Tights. Eight stylish colours, supreme warmth and a flawless matte finish that’s perfect for the office; what more could you possibly want? If you prefer the look of sheers, I simply have to point you in the direction of the Wolford Neon 40 Tights. With a 40D denier strength that’s durable enough for everyday wear; these shiny tights have a chic 20 denier appearance for an elegant and professional look. Or if semi-opaque tights are your preference, the Oroblu Sensuel 30 Tights have a great slight sheen finish and are super durable. What’s more, the 30 denier finish is lovely and professional – just perfect for that tricky in-between weather!

If you’re after a little helping hand to create a streamlined silhouette, a great choice are the Calvin Klein Ultra Fit 50D Shaper Tights. A matte finish and boxer brief makes them a smart and durable choice for the office, at the same time allowing you to benefit from a medium shaping control that will tame your midriff, thighs and bottom! Or opt for the Wolford Individual 10 Control Top Tights if you prefer the look of sheer tights. Typically Wolford, there’s an exquisitelysoft finish and unrivalled comfort, as well as a discreet control top panty for some extra peace of mind.

 

Style and practicality

Depending on your job, you may feel the pressure to maintain a professional and sophisticated look. In the past, this has tended to mean plain black opaques or sheers, which let’s face it, can get a little dull, especially if you’re wearing them five days a week. If you are something of a fashionista, it’s entirely possible to create an office-suitable legwear look WITHOUT having to resort to your trusty black tights, and here’s how…

Charnos Stripe Mesh Tights

Charnos Stripe Mesh Tights

Fishnet tights are a fantastic way to add a little style to your work wardrobe, the pick of the pack, for me, being the Levante Micronet Tights. Ensuring you don’t give too much away, the micronet design is subtle yet sexy. Pull out a simple pencil dress and court shoes and you’re good to go! If you love the idea of micronet, but want something a little less restrictive in the warmer weather, they also come as a stay up…nobody has to know! Patterns aren’t completely off limits, either. The trick here is to keep the patterns simple and unfussy, which in my eyes calls for one thing – polkadots! The Oroblu Adelle Tights are a brilliant choice, with an array of symmetrical dots against a 20 denier backdrop. Keep the rest of your outfit fairly plain so as to let your legwear do all of the talking. Last but not least, why not add a little texture to your look with the Charnos Stripe Mesh Tights? Coming with vertical leg-lengthening stripes, they’re affordable, stylish and professional!

Until next time…

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MyTights In The Guardian: The Rise of Sheer Tights

 

Aristoc Ultra Shine 10D Tights

Aristoc Ultra Shine 10D Tights

Whilst we may still be shivering into our onesies and hot water bottles, the turn of the New Year means that it’s time to start considering our spring/summer wardrobes. And in the world of hosiery that means one thing… sheer tights! Here at MyTights, we love the elegant look that sheers can offer, giving your pins a subtle look and some coverage when you’re not feeling brave enough to expose a bare leg! And we’re not alone, with the likes of Kate Middleton, Alexa Chung and Rihanna all being advocates of the movement. Well, if it’s good enough for them…

Last week, The Guardian even featured the trend on their fashion blog, calling on the expertise of none other than MyTights founder, Laura Godsal, who revealed that sales of sheers are up by 13% this winter already. She added that ‘Whereas sheers and semi-sheers in recent years have been unfashionable, now you walk down the street and see women of all ages wearing them, with black being the hot favourite.’ With this in mind, we thought it would be a great idea to compile a selection of our favourite sheer tights, so all our lovely customers can find a look that’s perfect for them!

 

The budget friendly – you simply can’t go wrong with the Aristoc Ultra Shine 10D Tights, amongst our bestsellers and coming with a glamorous shiny finish and choice of shades. Or opt for the Charnos Run Resist Sheer Tights if a matte look is more your thing…

Levante Class Control Tights

Levante Class Control Tights

A touch of luxury – with a chic 20 denier finish but robust 40 denier strength, the Wolford Neon 40 Tights are a real splash of quality for your hosiery drawer. If you’re after something extra special, look no further than the Falke Sensation Seamless 20 Tights, made without seams for a truly exquisite look and unrivalled comfort!

Match your skin tone perfectly – Available in 9 classic skin shades, the Falke Shelina Tights have an 8 denier appearance and slight sheen finish – a must-have for your hosiery capsule collection!

A helping hand – working to flatten your tummy, tame your thighs and lift your derriere, the Spanx In Power Line Super High Shaping Sheers come with an attached pair of classic sheer tights! Not bad, huh? Or for something a little more affordable, stock up on the Levante Class Control Tights – a real wardrobe staple! Want to read more about the rise in sheers?

Click here to see the full article, as featured in The Guardian!

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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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Oh Miley! How To Recreate Mileys Unorthodox Legwear Look

Queen of controversy, global pop sensation Miley Cyrus sure knows how to get people talking, doesn’t she? And it appears that any publicity is good publicity, as recent week have seen the Wrecking Ball singer taking the internet by storm with her new advert for Italian hosiery brand Golden Lady. Wearing next-to-nothing, the 21 year old danced to her new single Get It Right alongside a giant stuffed teddy bear (we don’t understand the link, either!), looking as if she was having a fabulous time in her pink sheer tights. However, as fans of Miley have come to expect, it’s never that straightforward, with the star then proceeding to rip the teddy bear into shreds, before a series of legwear changes and more, quite frankly odd, frolicking. Despite the strange concept, our eyes were of course drawn to her tights, and plenty of tights there were, with candy pink sheers, black sheers, and bright red opaques all taking centre stage!5th dec miley light pink

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If you want to recreate Miley’s legwear look, a great starting point are the Jonathan Aston Sheer Coloured Tights. As well as being available in vibrant fuschia, these 15 denier tights also come in 18 other shades – every colour of the rainbow! Or for a softer pink, the Jonathan Aston 40D Opaque Tights have a candy pink option, which is great when you want something a little more understated, yet retaining a flirty edge.

5th dec miley redA real capsule piece, every woman should own a pair of classic black sheers. Timeless and elegant, they’re a permanent fixture on the catwalk, and a firm favourite amongst numerous of our style crushes, namely Kate Middleton! While Miley’s look admittedly isn’t as polished as Kate’s, there’s no denying her black sheers looked great. To channel this look without breaking the bank, we love the Pretty Polly Nylons, with their 10 denier leg and super shiny finish – perfect for a glamorous evening look! Or if you want something a little more luxurious, opt for refined quality of the Wolford Individual 10 Tights – the epitome of elegance.

Last but not least, we loved Miley’s red opaque look. Coloured hosiery is a great way to jazz up a tired wardrobe favourite, and good news – MyTights has a fantastic selection of red tights to choose from. The pick of the bunch are the Falke Cotton Touch Tights, which are lined with cotton for super-snug pins. Or for something a little more affordable, head to everyday favourites Pamela Mann!

Hats off to you Miley!

 

 

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Pretty in Polkadots: How You Can Recreate Anne Hathaways Legwear Look

3rd dec anneLes Miserables star Anne Hathaway seems to have an endless supply of unfeasibly chic outfits in her repertoire, doesn’t she? The nicest lady in Hollywood, and all round style icon, this week stepped out in a fabulously chic outfit, on a rare break from her week of non-stop press for latest film Interstellar. Teaming her V-neck blouse with statement jewellery and a velvet mini, the real star of the show was undoubtedly her legwear; an elegant pair of sheer polkadot tights, which have been causing quite the stir in MyTights HQ.

Polkadot tights are a super-cute and playful alternative to standard hosiery when you want to add some interest to an otherwise plain outfit.  A key fixture on the catwalks in recent years, polkadot tights can work seamlessly from day to play, and have adorned the legs of countless celebrities in recent years. Not wanting to name drop, you’ll be in the sartorial company of the likes of Alexa Chung, Cheryl Fernandes-Versini and Diane Kruger. Not bad, huh? The good news is that there really is something for everyone, so regardless of your style, occasion or budget, you’re bound to find the perfect pair for you!

If you want to add some personality to your work wardrobe, the Oroblu Adelle Tights are a great choice, with their pretty polkadots and reinforced toe, making them the ideal legwear for everyday use.

wolford alyssia

wolford alyssia

For the colder weather, look no further than the Wolford Alyssia Tights, which feature an array of tiny holes to show off a subtle glimpse of skin. What’s more, with their 40 denier finish, they’ll also ensure your legs are protected from the winter chill!

Ideal for a lunch with the girls, we love the Wolford Rice Dot Tights, with their multitude of raised dots and textured appearance. Giving your pins a high-end look, team with a cute day dress and heeled ankle boots for maximum impact. Or if you’re looking for spotty hosiery for a day’s retail therapy, look no further than the Pretty Polly Spot Opaque Tights. A real winter warmer with their 100 denier finish, these grey tights have a black polkadot pattern running throughout – opt for black denim shorts and a chunky knit and voila…a perfect polkadot look for the winter!

Polkadots can form part of your evening ensemble too. For something super glam, we recommend the Charnos Lurex Spot Opaque Tights, which are covered in tiny embellished spots for a stand out look – crying out to be worn to a special occasion!

Delightfully dotty fashion for all! Check out our entire range of polkadot inspired hosiery before you go!

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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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Laura’s Choice: My Top Opaques To Get You Through The Winter Months

Can you believe that it was only a couple of weeks ago that we were enjoying a resurgence of wonderful summer sunshine? Almost overnight, it seems as though we’ve said our last goodbyes to blue skies and mild temperatures, and hello to frost, early morning chill and battling with our umbrellas in the wind. And if the latest weather projections are anything to go by, it’s only going to get colder! Instead of mourning my summer sheers, I’ve decided to truly embrace the winter weather, and round up my favorite opaque tights to get you through the next few months with panache. Having adorned the legs of the likes of Taylor Swift in recent weeks, opaque tights are a chic and on-trend option, and with so much on offer at MyTights, I thought it would be a good idea to impart some of my wisdom and help you to find the perfect pair for you!

Essentials

Vibrant colours and interesting patterns are all well and good, but when the time calls for everyday opaques to wear to the office, it’s important to be able to get your hands on quality hosiery at an affordable price. The first port of call for me is the updated Aristoc range; the pick of the bunch being the Aristoc 50D Opaque Tights. With all the quality features of a more expensive product, these 50 denier tights are perfect if you’re looking for black tights that are a) comfortable and b) excellent value for money. For something particularly purse-friendly, I’d also like to point you in the direction of the Pretty Polly 60D Silk Finish Tights. At just £5 for a value two pack, these versatile tights give your pins even coverage and are super-soft to the touch. What’s more, with a slight sheen finish, they’ll also work seamlessly for post-work drinks! Money well spent. A great plus-size alternative is the Cette Dublin Tights, which will give your pins a timeless look and solid colour, while beautifully framing your lovely curves – something of a wardrobe staple.

Warmth Factor

Sometimes, there’s simply nothing better than pulling on a cosy pair of thermal tights, is there? Making chilly January mornings a whole lot more manageable, I love the Pretty Polly 200D Fleecy Opaque Thermal Tights, which have a super snug brushed fleece lining – the warmest tights around! With a flattering matte finish, they’re also great in that they won’t break the bank. Another fantastic option is the Falke Warm Deluxe Tights, which are brilliant at providing a wonderful warming effect , but without the bulk of traditional thermal tights. Choose from 7 chic colours, ranging from classic black all the way through to deep burgundy and stylish marine.

Pretty Polly 200D Fleecy Opaque Thermal Tights

Pretty Polly 200D Fleecy Opaque Thermal Tights

Colour Pop

Coloured hosiery is ideal for giving tired outfits a new lease of life, and even better, at an affordable cost! Here at MyTights, we stock a number of coloured opaques. For all out impact, the Pamela Mann 50 Denier Tights come in no less than 20 vibrant colours, ideal for regularly updating your look  at minimum expense. So whether you want to channel a 60’s legwear look in daffodil yellow, or jump on board the current trend for rich autumnal colours, there really is something for everyone! If none of these colours take your fancy, I’d also recommend perusing the 20 colour options available in the Jonathan Aston 40D Opaque Tights, which are perennially popular here at MyTights HQ. Or if you’re looking for something a little more luxurious, look no further than the Falke Pure Matt 50 Opaque Tights. These are always a popular choice amongst our customers, and it’s hardly surprising, with a lovely velvety texture and high-end appearance. A real must-have, opt for the petrol and grape if you really want to stand out from the crowd and jazz up a wardrobe favourite.

Shaping

Calvin Klein are brilliant at producing top quality and attractive opaque tights, brimming full of shaping magic. Considerably less restrictive than other control top tights on the market, the Calvin Klein Ultra Fit 80D Shaper Tights provide gentle shaping support to streamline your shape, which is great if you have a sweet tooth and loathe the gym! Also available in a 50D if you want something a little more lightweight for the milder winter days.

A spot of luxury

With the trials and tribulations of modern day life, it really is important to look after yourself from time to time, and this extends to your legwear, too. My absolute favourites are the Falke Seidenglatt 70, which, in my opinion, really do offer a little bit of everything. Luxuriously soft, these versatile tights are great for keeping your legs snug and cosy, thanks to a thick 70 denier finish that genuinely does keep out the chill. I also love how seamlessly they can take you from day to night thanks to their glamorous glossy finish. Perfect for those of you with a busy social schedule, I love to wear mine with a patterned work dress! Or for days where the temperature is just a tiny bit higher, another recommendation of mine is the Wolford Velvet de Luxe 66 Tights. The epitome of elegance, these matte tights have a sumptuous velvet finish, keeping your legs content, stylish and warm until spring breaks.

While it’s undoubtedly sad that the warmer weather is behind us for another year, being able to wear chic opaques really does soften the blow, don’t you think? Wrap up warm, ladies!

Until next time…

 

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Embrace Your Opaques: Why Bare Legs in Winter Are a No

Falke Soft Merino Wool Tights

Falke Soft Merino Wool Tights

After months of cutting back on the carbs and ensuring our pins are hair-free and beautifully moisturised, winter is finally here. At last – time to lean back, reach for the biscuit tin and embrace our opaque tights, right? Well, if the recent legwear choices of high-profile celebrities are anything to go by, wrong. It would seem that winter warming opaques and wool tights are out, in favour of natural bare legs, with The Daily Mail reporting that the likes of Victoria Beckham and Suki Waterhouse at the forefront of this, quite frankly, ludicrous trend. The MyTights team have been shaking their heads in disbelief ever since hearing rumours of this fad. Sure, bare legs are fine for A-list celebrities with a chauffeur on standby and the money to spend on daily trips to the beauty salon. But what about us normal folk who crave warm legs on our commute to the office? And why wouldn’t we want to take advantage of the wonderfully chic winter legwear on offer? To convince you all that wrapping up warm is the way to go, we’ve compiled a list of the most stylish thick and winter tights around!

  1. Falke Soft Merino Wool Tights – at their best teamed with denim shorts and a cable knit jumper, these stylish matte tights are available in a range of hot colours and have a 55% wool composition, for the toastiest pins around. So on-trend that Cara Delevigne was recently seen on the front cover of Harper’s Bazaar in a similar pair! Well, if I must…
  2. Oroblu Miracle Tights – cute plaid print meets winter warmer with these 80 denier fashion tights from Oroblu. Ideal for jumping on board to the heritage trend, opt for these if you’re looking for cosy and stand out hosiery to take you from day to play.
  3. Wolford Zip Tights adding new dimensions to the meaning of fashion statement, these Wolford tights are a revamp of the classic Wolford De Luxe 66, given a maximum impact makeover thanks to a stunning zip embellishment that runs from the ankle to mid thigh!

    Wolford Zip Tights

    Wolford Zip Tights

 

4. Falke Pure Shine 80 Tights elegant and glam, these high shine tights from Falke are great for achieving a stand out legwear look, while     ensuring you stay warm and cosy thanks to an 80 denier finish.

How’s that for fashion, huh?

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Lauras Choice: Control Top Tights

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Wolford Individual 10 Control Top Tights

Let’s face it – however much we strive to go to the gym and stock up on our salads, it’s not always easy to maintain a healthy lifestyle, especially now the nights are drawing in. With the temptation to indulge in a hefty slice of cake ever present, wouldn’t it be great if our hosiery could give us a helping hand in achieving the streamlined silhouette we all dream of?  Control top tights are a great choice for those of you who crave gentle shaping support and a helping hand, while not wanting to opt for the highest levels of strengthening control, and most importantly, give up on our sweet treats! Not just content with taming our muffin tops, control top tights can also work to trim our thighs, smooth over our hips and lift our derrieres. Sounds good, right? Even better, there’s now a great deal of choice in which to choose from, and it’s entirely possible to own a pair of control top tights for every occasion, outfit or weather condition. To give you a push in the right direction, I have compiled my top picks, so everyone can find the perfect pair for them!

1.  Luxury

 Those of you who appreciate the finer things in life will love the Wolford Individual 10 Control Top Tights, ideal for giving your pins a flawless smooth finish and high-end legwear look. I particularly love the luxuriously soft feel against your leg! Similarly, the Falke Active Shaping Support 20 Tights will also leave your legs looking wonderfully chic, and at the same time will work to slim your figure. These also come with the added advantage of improving blood circulation, so as well as looking great, you’ll have a real spring in your step, too. Two birds with one stone!

2.  On a budget

 With all the choice on offer at MyTights, control top tights really needn’t cost a fortune! A top recommendation for bargain hunters are the Charnos Killer Figure Sheer Control Tights. Scoring top marks for versatility, these 15 denier tights work to lift your rear, flatten your tummy and tone your thighs. They also come with a slight sheen finish, which creates the illusion of a more expensive product! Another great value product that our customers love are the Aristoc Ultra Shine Control Top Tights. Typically Aristoc, these ooze quality, and come with a glamorous glossy finish, so they’re a fantastic, purse-friendly choice if you want to suck in your lumps and bumps for a formal occasion.

Aristoc Ultra Shine Control Top Tights

Aristoc Ultra Shine Control Top Tights

 

3.  Everyday Opaques

 Despite the strides that hosiery companies have made, control top opaques still aren’t particularly plentiful. However, always wanting to fulfil our customers’ needs, MyTights have sourced the very best on the market, and good news – there really is something for every budget. One of our bestsellers, the Aristoc Bodytoners Opaque Toner Tights are absolutely perfect for the office, with their 40 denier composition and flattering matte finish. Even better, they won’t break the bank! Or if you’re looking for something slightly more luxurious, the Calvin Klein Ultra Fit 50D Shaper Tights may be just the ticket, with a sumptuously soft microfibre yarn. Those who are particularly insecure about their midriff region should also have a look at the Calvin Klein Ultra Fit 80D High Waisted Shaper Tights, which use shaping control in the waist panels (ending just beneath the bra line) to diminish any sign of a muffin top, so feel free to banish that wretched sports bag!

4. Fashion-forward

No need to sacrifice your style credentials for a streamlined figure, either! Pretty Polly in particular are brilliant at churning out control top tights capable of making a real style statement.  To channel the geometric trend, I love the Pretty Polly Diamond Bodyshaper Tights, which are ideal for adding interest to an otherwise plain outfit – the matte finish means these would also work for the workplace. Equally as chic are the Pretty Polly Shape It Up Suspender Tights, which are a real marriage between functionality and style with their mock-stockings design. Great for achieving a sultry legwear look, these also come with a medium level of control, so they’re a fab all rounder.

Pretty Polly Shape It Up Suspender Tights

Pretty Polly Shape It Up Suspender Tights

 5.  Bum-lifting

While control top tights are super-effective at flattening your figure, this can occasionally have an adverse effect – flattening your derriere!  To avoid this, some hosiery brands have created control top tights that actually work to create a pert and perfectly rounded rear. At one end of the price point, the Pretty Polly Shape It Up My Rear Rocks Shaper Tights have placed ingenious pockets on the bottom of the control brief, which create the illusion of a lifted bum, while appearing just like traditional sheer tights to the outside world. What a winner! Or for all out booty-boosting power, look no further than the Spanx Bootyful Tight End Tights. These use zoned compression, which tightens and releases in all the right places to create an uplifted booty, while still giving your legs a chic look with a classic 70 denier finish. Kim Kardashian who?!

 

Until next week…

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