How to Wear: Paisley Lace Print

We love finding wacky printed tights and socks but styling them can be tricky.  We love our Pamela Mann Paisley Net Tights, and here are two ways we style them.

  1. Day/Work Wear

These tights have a lacy paisley pattern which can seem too overwhelming to style but with the right colour scheme, you can achieve a clean, put-together look.  Because the pattern is black, it is quickly assumed that they polyvore aactualare only appropriate for evening wear.  However, with the right dose of confidence you can wear them to your next client meeting, too!  We’ve paired them with a light blue skater skirt and sleeveless, black button-down.  The clean lines are crucial so as not clash with the swirly pattern on the tights.  Bright colours in the spring and summer will keep the tights looking day-appropriate.  We’ve paired the ensemble with low black pumps to maintain the clean look and for added comfort, we’ve made them a wedge.

  1. Night/Dress Wear

Now that you’ve impressed your co-workers with your paisley legwear, it’s time to take on the town.  To keep from clashing with the print, we paired the tights with a plain black skater dress.  The cut-outs add sexiness to your outfit while the flowy hemline maintains a girly touch.  Because this is an evening outfit, we added black heels.  The cut-outs in the heels complement those in the dress without overwhelming it.  Any embellishment on the dress should be kept clean and simple so that the focus can be on your printed legs.

Whether you’re looking to wear these to work or to dinner, simple colour choices and clean lines will keep your outfit from looking too busy.  Leave a comment below telling us how you would wear your paisley tights.

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Top Spring/Summer Styles

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Get on trend with ease just by investing in some key accessories.

White Pantyhose

This is a brave look, but when done well it looks gorgeous and extremely on-trend. You cannot have escaped the utter domination of pastel this season and what better color can you wear to compliment these pale shades than white? Team those pretty pieces with the Trasparenze Gennifer Merino Wool Tights, these gorgeous opaque pantyhose feature an impressive 70% wool and are available in the shade Bianco Lana, equally cozy and chic there’s no better pair for colder days. If you’re looking for a purse-friendly version then the Pamela Mann 50 Denier Tights fit the bill perfectly with their huge range of colors to choose from including white. Voluptuous ladies will prefer the Pamela Mann 80 Denier Plus Size Tights, as this pair has been designed especially to embrace those curves. Doubters who thought that white pantyhose are only suitable for children have now been proved wrong, as they’re ideal for pulling off that pastel trend with panache.

 

pink-floral-tightsMetallic Pantyhose

Nothing screams celebration and fun quite like glitter, but you can go overboard so we recommend wearing metallic tights and socks so that you can avoid a dreaded case of ‘shiny overload’. For a gorgeous leg-lengthening effect wear the Moulin Rouge Metallic Seam Tights in 10 denier, these fashion tights look like a classic pair of black sheer pantyhose until you turn round and reveal that flattering backseam coated in glitter. Still not glittery enough? Then try the Jonathan Aston Lurex Anklet, these cute socks are absolutely packed with sublime glitter and go perfectly with flat pointed shoes and a long lemon coat.

 

Floral Pantyhose

This trend is blooming lovely if you pardon the pun, and if you think lace is ace then go for the Jonathan Aston Sweet Roses Tights, these rose-patterned pantyhose have been styled by Vogue. Alternatively think pink in the Pamela Mann Ditsy Pink Floral Tights, with their cute flower pattern set against an opaque pink background you’d be hard pressed to find a cuter pair of pantyhose.

 

Whichever trend was your favorite, we hope that our advice will help you to see out this season in style.

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What Alex Blake Wore 05.23.14

Sometimes you just can’t beat a classic, so this week lots of opaque and semi-opaque pantyhose were seen at AB HQ. Read on for lots of ideas about how to style those outfits with this wardrobe staple.

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Wearing Calvin Klein Ultra Fit 30D High Waisted Tights along with a black and white patterned dress and black flat shoes, Hannah embraces the monochrome trend. 

 

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Coordinate a bright red skirt with black opaque pantyhose to stay clear from color clashes. Chantel styles her gray sweater, scarlet skirt and boots with the Aristoc 80 Denier Microfibre Tights, whereas Emma plumps for the Falke Pure Matt 50D Opaque Tights.

 

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Here Laura nails office chic with her Wolford Satin Opaque 50 Tights, plaid skirt, white top and knee high boots. To copy this look, wear luxury opaque tights, black leather boots and a cream blouse.

Can’t get enough of Alex Blake’s style? Make sure to take a look next week for more ways to work those pantyhose.

 

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Perfect Pantyhose for Mother of the Bride

super-high-shaping-sheersCongratulations on your daughter’s engagement! Exciting times are ahead full of flowers, cars and cakes, but that’s not to say that it will all be plain sailing- so you need a gorgeous pair of pantyhose to get you through that all-important day. What better occasion is there to indulge in a pair of luxury pantyhose than a wedding? Different moms have different needs so we have recommended a varied selection of pantyhose that befit the very special day.

Pantyhose That Won’t Run

When you’re rushing around organizing a wedding the very last thing anyone wants to see is a run appearing at the last minute. You can rest assured that the Oroblu No Risk 20 Tights are designed to never run. Yes that’s right, these resilient 20 denier pantyhose include special yarn technology that ensures that even if you do get a small hole, it will never turn into a run. 

Pantyhose That Give You a Sleek Silhouette

It’s important to look your very best in all those wedding photos, but all the wedding preparations leave little to no time for the gym so instead indulge in the Spanx In Power Line Super High Shaping Sheers. Their strong control sculpts your figure into a flattering hourglass shape, while their 15 denier leg provides you with sublime coverage. Give that specially-selected outfit the necessary finishing touches with these clever control top pantyhose.

Pantyhose For Colder Days

Winter weddings can be so romantic, the snow being a perfect fit for that ivory dress, however you do not want to feel the chill as you watch the ceremony so instead we recommend opting for the Falke Pure Shine 40 Tights. Available in a host of colors including nude, these opaque 40 denier pantyhose have luxurious coverage and a fabulous shine so you can keep warm and stay glamorous.

After all your hard working helping your daughter you deserve something special, so hopefully now you can select the perfect treat!

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Colored Pantyhose For All Ages

The Beckham family out and about, New York, America - 09 Feb 2014Once considered as only suitable for kids, these celebrities are proving that you can look gorgeous in colored pantyhose at any age.

For the Kids

Children look adorable in colored pantyhose, especially when paired with similarly colored ensembles. Take Obama’s daughter for example who embraced this cute look by wearing colored tights in aubergine and violet along with matching coats. To steal this style we recommend the Country Kids Warmer Cotton Tights made from an impressive 82% cotton and available in both plum and purple. For classic opaque white pantyhose, just take a leaf out of little Harper Beckham’s book and match Pex Cotton Rich Children’s Tights along with sweet ballerina shoes.

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In Your 20s-40s

In your 20s and 30s it’s fun to experiment with different bold colors just like Dianna Agron from Glee. The Jonathan Aston 40D Opaque Tights have a sheer toe so the absence of any visible reinforcement makes them ideal for teaming with open-toed shoes or platform sandals just like the pair fashioned by Miss Agron. Don’t be tempted to get into a pattern of always wearing black opaque tights, after all, in your 40s you can add some pizzazz to that classic LBD by coordinating it with a number of flattering colors including wine and navy. If you want to steal Claudia Schiffer’s style (let’s face it, who doesn’t?), then just match some tan suede ankle boots with a patterned shirt dress, large bag and the sumptuously soft Aristoc 80 Denier Microfibre Tights in burgundy.

In Your 50s +

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Add a sophisticated splash of color to those formal outfits by copying the British model Twiggy and wearing a metallic gold dress, black jacket with matching flat shoes and the Pamela Mann 50 Denier Opaque Tights in Flo Purple.

With such a large range of colors to choose from, the number of possible ensembles really is endless!

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What Alex Blake Wore 05.02.14

The weather has been heating up near the Alex Blake offices and so we have been able to wear some rather stunning sheer and patterned pantyhose!

 

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You cannot beat floral pantyhose to add a touch of sophistication to any ensemble. This week, Laura wear her patterned pantyhose along with a red mini dress, black knee high boots and matching jacket. 

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For a classic yet cute look, we love wearing polka dot pantyhose. Steal Nix’s style by wearing your fashion pantyhose with a knee length skirt, camel scarf, flat shoes and long-sleeved top.

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If you want an instant tan without frying in the sun, then wear sheer pantyhose in a color that is one shade darker than your skin tone. Emma teams her sheer pantyhose with a classic office style consisting of a pencil skirt, silk blouse and black jacket.

 

Be sure to check again soon for more hosiery tips and ideas on how to style your pantyhose.

 

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Actress Juliette Lewis Stands Out in Red Tights

Red Opaque Tights

Always wondered how to make yourself noticed in a crowded room? Well, just take a tip from the Natural Born Killers star Juliette Lewis and wear a pair of stunning red pantyhose. After all, if you can stand out in a room full of celebs then you can make an impact anywhere.

Looking a vision in crimson, Juliette Lewis was snapped while travelling to the El Rey Theatre, LA, where she was due to perform with her (recently reunited) band Juliette And The Licks.

Rocking her red opaques with a crimson patterned dress, knee highs boots and grungy skull bag, the actress/singer quite simply refused to fade to gray, in contrast with the other guests who decided to go for more of a classic look.

Did she pull it off? In our opinion yes, she looked the part and definitely stole the leg limelight from the other A-listers thanks in part to her decision to keep her make-up and hair low-key.

Want to steal Juliette’s style?  Choose a patterned dress that has a scarlet background, then team with matching boots and then the pièce de résistance – red tights of course!  But which ones? For a gorgeous slight sheen finish plump for the Pamela Mann 50 Denier Tights available in a striking yet stunning Flo Red shade. Along with a purse-friendly price, these clever pantyhose contain 3D elastane fiber which ensures a fabulously even coverage. If the weather’s taken a turn for the worse, opt for the Pamela Mann 80 Denier Tights, or when tackling blizzards you can rely on the Pamela Mann 120 Denier Tights to keep you warm and stylish to boot.

New to colored tights? You can give your outfit a sexy splash of scarlet in a lighter denier for subtler look with the Jonathan Aston Sheer Coloured Tights in 15 denier in their red color. Add a little va va voom to a classic look by matching these sheer pantyhose with your favorite LBD and black high heels.

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It’s the oldest rule in the book, never EVER wear socks with sandals, but in fashion, rules are meant to be broken. Socks and sandals aren’t just for the middle-aged tourist anymore, they are actually trendy. Yes, you read that correctly, socks and sandals are in! Don’t just take our word for it though, as many celebrity style icons have been spotted changing this fashion don’t into a fashion must!Fearne Cotton leaving the studios of Radio 1, London, Britain - 22 Mar 2011

CFDA-nominated fashion designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson were snapped wearing Birkenstock-style sandals with white sport socks. Normally, we would throw them on the worst dressed list, a place almost foreign to these fashion forward twins, but we aren’t so sure anymore. They mimicked looks that were also strutting down the catwalk last spring and summer at Celine and this spring and summer at Marc Jacobs, so we truly can’t put them there for being ahead of the game! The twins proved that the Socks and ‘Stock’ look has officially arrived.

Similarly, DJ Fearne Cotton wore socks and sandals, but in a more subtle manner. She paired soft grey socks and white open toe heels with stressed boyfriend jeans, a long dark-grey blazer jacket and a patterned undershirt as she headed to work at the UK’s BBC Radio 1. She was also spotted in a casual look with bold orange strappy sandals and sheer heart anklets. Socks and sandals are present in both outfits, but blend with her effortlessly chic and casual ensemble.

Tights and sandals have also been seen on fashion icons, a twist to the sock and sandal trend for those of us who haven’t fully accepted the initial shock of the socks. Supermodel Suki Waterhouse wore white tights and strappy heels to Karl Lagerfeld’s fragrance launch dinner at Harrods and even Victoria Beckham paired dark grey wool tights with black sandal heels in Paris! Read more about these two looks in our previous blogs:

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Suki Waterhous in white tights

So don’t get cold feet, try out the sock and sandal trend with your own style and help change the game of fashion! We would recommend the Jonathan Aston Tulip Socks and the Trasparenze Sport Socks to get started…

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It is always a bit awkward when celebrities wear the same outfit, but thankfully for Taylor Swift and Victoria Beckham, they styled their matching tights completely differently. Both pop stars were snapped in charcoal wool tights—Taylor making a coffee-run on a rainy day and Victoria while shopping in Paris—but we are dying to know, who wore it better?Victoria Beckham Wool

Taylor Swift made her charcoal tights look edgy and sweet in all black. She was spotted in a chic leather jacket that was zipped up the side, showing off her figure. The leather jacket is perfect for any weather, which was ideal for Taylor as she walked in the rain shielded by a black umbrella—style and practical points for Taylor. She paired the jacket with her charcoal tights, black ankle booties and a flirty A-line black skirt, which softened the look.

The classic and stylish outfit combined with her natural make-up and drizzling rain looks as though she is strolling through one of her classic love songs about to run into the man of her dreams.

On the other hand, singer-turned-designer Victoria Beckham turned heads in her mostly black ensemble. She wore a plain black three-quarter-length shirt and a black pleated midi skirt broken up by a bright pink top only visible at the waist. The midi skirt is rising in popularity this season and you can never go wrong in all black, but her trendy combination came into question when she paired her charcoal wool tights with black strappy stilettos.

Usually tights and sandals—more commonly socks and sandals—are a huge fashion no-no, but Victoria makes us question what we have been taught since day one. She looks incredibly fashionable and there is no doubt that this style icon is starting a trend that no one thought would ever be spotted on well dressed celebrities.

Because of her adventurous assembly, we have to give Victoria the win this round! Taylor looked classically beautiful and any girl would look wonderful in her ensemble, but Victoria changed the game in her tights and sandals. Congrats Victoria, you have outdone yourself yet again!

Get both Taylor’s and Victoria’s look with our Falke Soft Merino Wool Tights and Wolford Velvet De Lux 66 Tights or pair them with your own trendy outfit and see if YOU can beat these stylish celebrities!

 

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What Alex Blake Wore – 04.17.14

As we gear up for Easter, as ever we have been wearing a whole range of gorgeous hosiery from fishnets to socks (!).

 

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 Matching her nude fishnet pantyhose with a tweed jacket, leaf green skirt and matching jade green polo neck, Laura’s ensemble is office chic that’s perfect for spring.

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Combining two major SS14 trends (glitter and pastel pink), the Jonathan Aston Iris Socks are a must-have for every fashionista. Nix styles her socks with a turquoise cardigan and matching shoes, then contrasting white pants and a white patterned top.

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 Teaming her blue opaque pantyhose with a navy and light grey office ensemble, Emma shows how you can inject a bit of fun into your work-wear!

Fingers crossed for more warm weather so that we can bring out the sheer pantyhouse! Happy holidays everyone!

 

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