Laura’s Choice: Back To School!

Pex 70D Opaque Children's Tights (2PP)

Pex 70D Opaque Children’s Tights (2PP)

Been counting down the days until your afternoons don’t consist of scrubbing crayon off the walls? Fret not, as the summer holidays are drawing to a close, with most schools around the country beginning a new school year next week. While we’re sure you’ve been busily snapping up more pens than they’ll ever need, school shoes and that new Disney bag she just HAD to have, have you stopped for a moment to think about what she’ll be wearing on her legs? From multipacks that save you cash through to premium cotton tights to keep her snug when the temperature plummets, the back to school favourites at MyTights are well worth a look.

And with all those new school essentials undoubtedly leaving a dent in your wallet, you can get a fabulous 3 for 2 on all kid’s hosiery until 2nd September, using voucher code 3FOR2KIDS at the basket page!

Country Kids Warmer Cotton Children's Tights

Country Kids Warmer Cotton Children’s Tights

Proving that school uniform doesn’t have to break the bank, the first option in our line up are the Pex 70D Opaque Children’s Tights. Coming in at just £4.40 for two pairs, these matte tights are perfect for the classroom and come in an array of uniform colours (from black to bottle green) so you’re bound to find a pair to match her uniform and ensure you won’t land her in hot water come the first day of term. If you’re worried about her feeling the cold during break time, wrap her up warm in the Pex Cotton Rich Children’s Tights or Country Kids Warmer Cotton Children’s Tights. Made using 70% and 82% cotton respectively, both pairs will feel super soft against her skin and offer you that extra peace of mind on the chillier days. What’s more, they’re available in a huge selection of sizes, so you’re likely to be able to grab a pair for your entire brood! Or for something for her to wear while the weather is still on the mild side, take a look at the Country Kid’s Ankle Socks, with sweet frilly tops that will declare her the fashion star of the classroom!

Are the dreaded teenage years in full swing? Odds are they won’t want to wear anything their ‘past it’ parents would choose for them, so for a safe bet, I’d recommend the Pamela Mann 50 Denier Tights. Made in a one size fits all but starting at heights of 5’0, these 50 denier tights have a slight sheen finish that’s appropriate for school and also benefit from a reinforced toe, so will last that little bit longer.

Make sure you check out our whole section of back to school tights before you race to the basket page!

Until next time…

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Swifty in Suspender Tights!

Selena & Taylor

Selena & Taylor

 

A week without Taylor Swift cropping up somewhere in our hosiery blog doesn’t happen very often. Considered (by us at least) to have the best dressed legs in showbiz, the pop superstar has done it again, wearing a pair of gorgeous suspender tights on stage during her acclaimed 1989 tour. Having performed with everyone from Little Mix to none other than Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe from Friends between me and you) as part of her tour, the star celebrated the final leg of her world adventure with none other than best pal Selena Gomez. Pairing her suspenders with thigh high black boots and an embellished white two piece, she was also spotted mouthing ‘I love you’ to DJ boyfriend Calvin Harris…

Anyway, back to her tights! We loved Swifty’s look so much, we’ve been busy compiling out favourite suspender styles ever since in our bid to mirror her outfit. Giving the same look as stockings without the hassle of clips and garter belts, cue our top mock suspenders…

Henry Holland Super Suspender Tights

Henry Holland Super Suspender Tights

Cheating your way to chic, the hosiery world went mad for Henry Holland’s Super Suspender Tights a few years back, and their popularity doesn’t look set to fall any time soon. Worn by countless celebrities and offering a classic look, these 40 denier tights have a 20 denier sheer panel at the top and printed straps to mirror a stockings style. For a similar look with a little added luxury, also take a look at the Charnos Boudoir Lace Suspender Tights, which come with an exquisite lace panel to give your look a last minute splash of sophistication.

Always like to go for something slightly different? For fishnet fans, the Aristoc Mock Suspender Fishnet Tights should be your priority, with a classic net base and lace effect mock hold up tops at thigh height. On a similar note, last week we welcomed the Trasparenze AW15 fashion into our HQ, and the Eliodoro Tights were amongst our favourites. Featuring striped panels printed with spots, these mock suspenders will update outfits in an instant, and come with a printed panty for extra elegance.

Why not browse our entire mock suspenders range?

 

 

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Emma Roberts in sheer anklets!

Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts

 

She’s the niece of Julia Roberts and an up and coming film star in her own right, so it goes without saying that Emma Roberts would have her own personal sense of style. And it appears she’s inherited her famous aunt’s impeccable dress sense too, stepping out across the pond in this gorgeous monochrome ensemble. Pairing a chic black and white mini dress with heeled sandals, the star of the show for us were her gorgeous sheer ankle socks, which added a rock chick touch to her look. Don’t think you need a Hollywood budget to mirror her gorgeous outfit either – as MyTights are on hand with our collection of copy cat ankle socks!

Falke Shelina Anklets

Falke Shelina Anklets

For a particularly similar pair, head to the Falke Shelina Anklets in Black, or the Levante Ritz Anklets in Nero, both of which have a sheer weight and simple appearance. But if you’re keen to inject some pattern into an otherwise plain look, it has to be the Pamela Mann All Over Hearts Anklet, which have a series of opaque love hearts to send hearts a flutter and bring out your inner romantic. For something equally chic, the Trasparenze Argo Socks have a gorgeous floral lace effect and are perfect for taking a day outfit into the evening.

Or if the weather means that something a little thicker is in order, the Trasparenze Monique Ankle Socks have always been a firm favourite of ours, and come with a host of brighter colours as well as black.

Shop all ankle socks here >

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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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ShaToBu: As seen in The Daily Mail!

ShaToBu Get Fit Mid Thigh Shaper

ShaToBu Get Fit Mid Thigh Shaper

We’ve always been big fans of the ShaToBu range of shapewear, and it seems that it’s not just us catching onto the magic – as an article featured in this week’s Daily Mail reviewed the very shaper provided to them by MyTights!

If you’re not familiar with ShaToBu as a brand, the concept was first created by chiropractor Dr Denise Perron, who used the principles of resistance training to help her patients burn calories and tone their muscles – without having to lift a finger! Scientifically proven to shape, tone and burn up to 12% more calories in a given day, the shapers offer a streamlined silhouette to be proud of.

Currently in our big summer sale, the ShaToBu Get Fit Mid Thigh Shaper helps to flatten your tummy and firm your bottom, hips and thighs. What’s more, through making your muscles work harder, you’ll burn calories as you carry out your normal daily activities. What could be better?!

Be sure to check out our entire range of shapewear before you leave!

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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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Laura’s Choice: Your most searched for!

When it comes to figuring out exactly what’s trending in the world of hosiery, forget trawling through the tabloids or religiously following the catwalks, we have another foolproof method – and it comes from you, our customers! Through the magic of modern marketing, we’re able to keep tracks on the terms that our customers search for most when shopping on our website, therefore finding out which hosiery you stylish lot have been wearing on your legs this season. With this in mind, we’ve taken a look at the top 5 common search terms, and rounded up our favourite styles of each, leaving us with the crème de la crème that you’ve been snapping up left, right and centre…

 

Pamela Mann Fishnet Tights

Pamela Mann Fishnet Tights

Search Term 1: Fishnet Tights

What wardrobe is complete with a pair of trusty fishnets? Great in the summer, you can also wear in the winter by layering over sheers or like me, coloured tights. If you’re after a classic pair that won’t break the bank, head to the Pamela Mann Fishnet Tights, which do exactly what they say on the tin and come in a host of brighter colours if you’re feeling experimental.  Need something a little more understated for the office? Micronet tights are the way to go, not least with the Jonathan Aston Micronet Tights, available in both black and natural and offering coverage similar to a pair of sheers. My favourites however are the Trasparenze Rita Tights, which have a slightly wider net than would be considered traditional. Fab for layering over a pair of coloured tights to brighten up plainer outfits – I particularly love the Indigo and Mattone (burnt orange)! And proving that you lot know what you’re talking about when it comes to fashion, fishnets have emerged as one of the top trends for this season, so stocking up is a must!

 

Falke Seidenglatt 70D Tights

Falke Seidenglatt 70D Tights

Search Term 2: Glossy Tights

Shiny without leaving everyone you pass wishing they’d packed a pair of sunglasses, glossy tights are brilliant for taking a day outfit into the evening. For an everyday pair of sheers, it comes as no surprise to me that the Aristoc Ultra Shine Tights are continually amongst our bestsellers.  Robust, affordable and chic to a T, these shiny 10 denier tights fly off the shelf. If you love the look of these but require something EVEN shinier, I’d also recommend the Levante Class Tights, which are ever so slightly thicker at a 12 denier. Proving that wrapping up warm can be glam too, the Falke Seidenglatt 70 Tights always deserve a mention. Virtually indestructible, soft to touch and with a sensational shimmer, they’ve long been one of my favourites, and come in 4 stylish shades. No round up of glossy tights would be complete without the Neon 40’s from Wolford, that not only make legs stand out from the crowd but combine a durable 40 denier yarn with the appearance of a 20 denier sheer – great for navigating between seasons!

 

Search Term 3: Seamed Hosiery

 

The hosiery world seems to have gone (quite literally) full circle! You might not know that all nylon tights originally started out with a backseam, as this was the point where two sides were hand-sewn together, thus creating a line. After years of being considered dated or unfashionable, seamed hosiery is as popular as it’s ever been, and it’s great for giving your outfits a retro twist and can even make your legs appear longer than they are! If it’s a classic pair of tights you’re after, look no further than the Jonathan Aston Seam and Heel Lycra Tights, with their slender backseam and vintage Cuban heel.  As well as the more traditional styles, our brands love nothing more than to put a modern day spin on the trend, hence styles such as the Jonathan Aston In Bloom Tights (floral seam) and the Charnos Spot Backseam Tights (polkadots, predictably). It’s not only tights with seams either, and if you’re a fan of hold ups, you’ll love the Jonathan Aston Sweet Roses Hold Ups, which combine a cut and sew lace pattern with slender seam.

 

Search Term 4: Spanx

No matter how many times we get up at the crack of dawn to partake in a new exercise fad, it’s unlikely we’re ever going to be 100% happy with our figure. That’s where shapewear comes in, and it seems that our customers love the shaping magic of Spanx just as much as us. And with our brand new Spanx page, it’s easier than ever to find the right style for you! Spanx products come in a wealth of different forms, depending on your problem zones and the type of strength you require. While it would be impossible to round up everything in this paragraph, I should definitely point you in the direction of their newest Shape My Day range. Comprising everything from shaping shorts that lift your rear through to all over shapers, the collection is sleeker, more effective, and even more affordable that styles past. Replacing the Slim Cognito range, they offer very strong control to tackle your problem zones instantly.

 

Pretty Polly 200D Fleecy Opaque Thermal Footless Tights

Pretty Polly 200D Fleecy Opaque Thermal Footless Tights

Search Term 5: Footless

Footless styles are great for wearing with sandals or open toed shoes, so always grow in popularity at this time of year. Generally thinner than leggings, footless tights usually require a longer hemline to cover up, and if you’re a fan, we have a fab selection at MyTights. For connoisseurs of colour, your first port of call should be the Pamela Mann 3D Footless Tights. Just like their footed counterparts, these 50 denier tights are available in an array of colours, with everything from classic black through to the vibrant flo yellow. If you’re less about colour and more about prints, check out the Pamela Mann Bonnie Leggings, which have a tartan pattern that even the most patriotic of Scots would be proud of. It may be a bit premature in August, but we’ve already got one eye on the winter, so it’s also worth taking a look at the Pretty Polly 200D Fleecy Thermal Opaque Tights, which have a brushed fleece lining to keep the cold firmly out!

 

Until next time…

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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:

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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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