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The trusty black opaque has reigned supreme for years, and with good reason. Chic, versatile and great for locking in the warmth, it’s no surprise that they tend to be the go-to option for most women across the country. But, in recent seasons, we’ve noticed a somewhat changing trend. While black opaques are undoubtedly still popular, it seems that the tide may have turned, and wearers of hosiery are instead opting for more elegant semi-opaque or sheer styles. Anyone who follows fashion will know that you can always count on celebrities to be at the forefront of any breaking trend, and never more than so than this week, with no less than three fashionistas stepping out in an elegant semi-opaque leg. Anne Hathaway, Cara Delevingne and Nicole Kidman were all papped in the hosiery staple, albeit channelling very different looks. Which begs the question – semi opaque tights: who wore it best?

Anne and her gorgeous look!

Anne and her gorgeous look!

Starting off with MyTights favourite Anne, the Hollywood actress opted for black semi-opaque tights for her interview on the Today show, wearing her chic legwear with a monochrome patterned mini-dress. We think Anne looked fabulous (let’s face it, she always does!); her elegant legwear provided the perfect base for her busy dress, coming together to form a style that would work from day to play with ease. What do you think of her look?

Next up in the ring we have model of the moment Cara Delevingne, who went for all out-glamour in a flapper style mini-dress. Finishing off her fringed look with suede black heels, tailored blazer and simple black semi-opaques, the 22 year old looked stunning. Her chic ensemble proved that you don’t always need statement legwear to stand out, and we may be biased, but we loved the elegant finishing touch her tights added to her evening look. In fact, we’re going to say it… she may have just pipped Anne Hathaway to the post!

Cara's Fabulous Flapper Look!

Cara’s Fabulous Flapper Look!

But it’s not over yet; as yet another Hollywood starlet also went for a semi-opaque style this week, the contender in question this time being Nicole Kidman. Wrapping up warm and landing at LAX Airport, the 47 year old wore a gorgeous polkadot dress, black pashmina scarf, completing her winter style with black semi-opaques and chic leather brogues. Yet another super-elegant look, proving just how versatile semi-opaque tights are…

So, who wins? After much deliberation, we’ve come to our decision. While we love all three looks in their own individual way, it has to be Cara Delevingne!

Do you agree – why not have your say below?

 

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Another day, another fabulous outfit from model and all-round socialite Alexa Chung. It seems that rarely a month goes by without the 31 year old featuring in our blog in some way or another, which has lead us to the extremely important executive decision. It’s official; Alexa Chung has the best dressed legs in the business! You heard it here first people.

Alexa Chung

Stepping out with fellow fashionista Daisy Lowe at a high-end jeans launch, this week saw Alexa wearing a fashion-forward denim dress, finishing off her quirky look with a pair of heeled boots, and the pièce de résistance (in our eyes at least), a pair of sheer embellished tights. While we may be slightly biased, being a hosiery company and all, we can’t take our eyes off Alexa’s gorgeous legwear. It really is amazing how a single pair of tights can make an otherwise fairly casual ensemble look THAT glamorous. And good news if you’re a fan; while her dress may not be a viable option to us normal folk, you too can channel an ‘Alexa-esque’ look with the brilliant range of glitter and high shine tights on offer at MyTights!

Trasparenze Vlinder Tights

Trasparenze Vlinder Tights

For a style replica, you shouldn’t look past the Vlinder Tights from Italian brand Trasparenze. Albeit slightly more subtle than Alexa’s herself, these sheer tights feature an all over glittery fleck, catching the light as you walk and giving you a truly glamorous look. A denim dress may not be in your repertoire, but they’ll look equally as chic with a classic cocktail dress and heeled ankle boots.

Moulin Rouge Metallic Seam Tights

Moulin Rouge Metallic Seam Tights

Another brilliant option are the Charnos Lurex Spot Opaque Tights. This time set against a 40 denier leg for a bit of added coverage, these matte tights have an array of symmetrically placed glittery dots for true understated glamour. Ideal for a night on the town or equally for a dinner date, these are an excellent place to start if you’re a beginner to all this high shine stuff.

 If hold ups are more your thing, you too can channel a sparkly legwear look with the Charnos 75 Ava Hold Ups. A play on the popular backseam trend, these 20 denier hold ups have a unique embellished seam made up of individual floral motifs and finished off with 8cm lace tops. Or for a more traditional backseam, opt for the Moulin Rouge Metallic Seam Tights, with their super slender and sultry backseam and black sheer leg. Available with both a gold and silver seam to complement your shoes and jewellery!

See you next week, Alexa!

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Whether you spend long hours on your feet at work or remain largely inactive sat at your desk, it’s not uncommon for our legs to become jaded, tired, and generally uncomfortable. Many of us often suffer in silence, choosing to ignore our aches and pains and in the process neglect our long-suffering pins. But think about it this way – if you had a migraine, you’d reach for the Ibuprofen. Just as you’d get some antibiotics for a nasty cough. So, why should our legs be any different? Support tights are a fantastic way to alleviate your sore limbs, using a clever little technique called graduated compression. This works by applying pressure to the ankle region, gradually getting lighter as it travels up the leg to push blood towards your heart for an all-round healthier circulation. Not bad for a pair of tights, right? Even better, it’s now entirely possible to channel a fabulous legwear look and have a real spring in your step, with the excellent variety of options on offer at MyTights!

First things first, you should know that support tights come in a range of different factors. In simple terms, these denote the strength of compression used, which range from 6 to 21, although it is worth noting that anything above factor 15 does require a medical prescription. These are displayed in brackets next to all of the products on our support tights page, as well as the level of support (Light to XX Firm). If you’ve never used support tights before, a general rule of thumb is to start with the lightest support, swapping for stronger if these aren’t doing the trick. Now, with the technical stuff out of the way, I can get back to giving you some of my top picks…

Great for…on a budget

Pretty Polly Stand Easies Tights

Pretty Polly Stand Easies Tights

If you want to look after your purse as well as your legs, a great option are the Pretty Polly Stand Easies Tights. As the name would suggest, these light support tights will give your legs the gentle boost they need, all the while giving you a classic pair of 20 denier tights for everyday use. With three natural skin tone shades, they also come with the advantage of being available in sizes ranging up to XXL. All of that for £5…who can argue with that? If you like these but prefer a slightly sheerer leg, the Pretty Polly 15D Light Support Tights are just the ticket, made with a 15 denier leg, the choice of Nude and Barely Black and a budget busting price of just £3.25 a pair. Perfect for the office, a brilliant option for fans of semi-opaque legwear would be the Levante Relax Medium Support Tights. Typical of Italian brand Levante, these 30 denier tights are excellent value for money and come with a real air of quality. What’s more, the medium support level is ideal if the lightest support options aren’t quite enough, while the choice of 7 shades means you can stock up to have the perfect pair for each occasion.

Great for…added benefits

Falke Active Shaping Support 20 Tights

Falke Active Shaping Support 20 Tights

What would you say if I told you you could look chic, feel revitalised AND tame your problem areas all at the same time? Well, the reality is that you can, with the Aristoc Bodytoners Tummy Tuck Tights! Made with a medium support level (factor 8), these 15 denier tights have an incognito control panel that works to flatten your midriff and energise your legs. Given an added style hit with an elegant slight sheen finish, trials showed that 9 out of 10 wearers saw a marked improvement in both their aching legs and silhouette. Statistics never lie! Carrying on with the formidable trio is the Falke Active Shaping Support 20 Tights, perfect for your tiresome legs with their X Firm support level. Slightly more expensive, but, in my opinion worth every penny, you’ll gain a stylish pair of 20 denier matte tights from a luxury German brand  that feel truly exquisite against your leg. Not just focusing on your tummy this time, you’ll also achieve a silhouette to be proud of, with a top secret control panty that works on your hips and derrierre as well as your stomach. The hardest working tights in the business! If your waist is your problem zone, you simply can’t go without the Aristoc Bodytoners High Leg Toner Tights. Again boosting your circulation with their medium support level, these 15 denier tights have a knitted control panel and high cut leg to really get to work on shaping your waist and tummy region. Killing two birds with one stone – sounds good to me!

Great for…specialist brand

Elbero Sheer Magic 20D Support Tights

Elbeo Sheer Magic 20D Support Tights

No guide of support tights would be complete without Elbeo, a traditional support brand that are wonderful at producing affordable, everyday legwear in a range of different support factors. With tights, stockings and knee high socks in the mix, there really is a great deal to choose from, so you’re bound to find something to suit yours or your loved ones needs perfectly. If this is your first time using support tights, a great place to start are with the Elbeo Mirage 15D Light Support Tights. With a light support (factor 6), these sheer tights are lovely and comfortable, boasting a boxer brief for some added durability and the option of 8 timeless colours. If it’s a medium support you need, look no further than the Elbeo Sheer Magic 20D Medium Support Tights. Doing exactly what it says on the tin, these 20 denier tights really are magic, with factor 8 support level no less than 9 lovely colours to peruse. Also available in a 20 denier stocking and a two pack of 15 denier knee high socks if you’re a fan! They also cater for those of you requiring firm or X-Firm support, with the Elbeo Caresse Firm Support Tights, and the Elbeo Supreme Support 30D Tights.

So there we have it – fatigued legs are a thing of the past! It’s high time you gave your pins the attention they deserve, don’t you think? Be sure to check out our entire range of support tights before you leave!

Until next time…

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Stoxbox

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It’s that time of year again. New Year, new you! 2015 is going to be different. This year, you’re going to banish the carbs, work up a sweat at the gym 5 times a week and quit the booze, right?

We envy you if you manage to stick to your January promises, but let’s be honest, it’s not always easy. So why not save yourself the guilt come early February and make some New Year resolutions that you can stick to? In our eyes, the perfect way to bring in 2015 in style is to revamp your hosiery collection. With this in mind, the MyTights team have been busily compiling a selection of our own fash-olutions (get it?)

Here are our top ten…

1) Don’t stress, invest: We’ve all got that token pair of tights in our drawer that we bought on a whim – an impulse buy that you convinced yourself you’d wear once a week, but in reality, have never been taken out of the packet. So this year, spend some time in creating a capsule collection of quality basics that you will actually wear – we’re talking black opaques and luxury sheers!

 

2) Organisation is key: nobody wants to be rummaging through their bedside table at 6am, desperately trying to find THAT pair of tights that will finish off your outfit perfectly. So take action; throw out anything you haven’t worn in the last year and organise your fashion tights with the brilliant Stoxbox. A neat and tidy hosiery drawer awaits…

3) Be braver: fashion is there to be experimented with, so instead of wishing you could pull off a pair of suspender tights that you’ve seen in a celebrity magazine, go out and try it! You never know, you might find a new hosiery BFF. Ankle socks are a great place to start!

4) Discover your perfect skintone shade: it may take a little bit of trial and error to find exactly what you’re after, but finding your perfect skin tone shade is a must. Not only will it save you time and money, it’ll give you no end of confidence and allow you to pull off a bare leg look with panache! Need a little help? Check out our in-depth skintone guide.

Skintone Guide

Skintone Guide

5) Turn your back on black: colour, colour, colour! Black opaques are a necessary component of every staple collection, but it’s entirely possible to achieve a similarly chic and classic look with a pair of coloured tights. We’re not saying opt for bright yellow straight away, but why not try out muted tones like navy, burgundy and dark grey?

6) Find the ideal shapewear for problem areas: shapewear can be daunting at first – what will work for you? Is it worth the money? The MyTights shapewear guide is there to help, offering you all the advice you need to find something suitable for your problem zones. The hassle-free way to a streamlined silhouette!

7) Throw out your odd socks: most of us have done it at some point, haven’t we? Whether intentional or not, odd socks are a fashion faux pas. Start off the year with a clean slate – grab a bin bag, throw your rejects away and replace them with our fabulous range of quality socks. Something for every style!

8) Know the key trends: a capsule collection is a great idea, but it’s always nice to a mix it up a bit with a patterned pair of fashion tights! To ensure your legwear is current and on-trend, take it upon yourself to follow the catwalks at London Fashion Week to find the most up to date styles. We’ll no doubt be blogging about it as it happens, too, so watch this space!

Levante Relax Medium Support Tights

Levante Relax Medium Support Tights

9) Suffer no more: if you spend a long time on your feet at work, it’s not unusual for your legs to feel tired and jaded come the end of the day. In 2015, tell yourself that enough is enough – give your pins the attention they deserve with a pair of our excellent support tights. No longer limited to frumpy and unflattering tights, our range of support tights are sourced from an array of industry leading brands… so it’s entirely possible to channel a chic legwear look AND have a spring in your step in the process.

10) Put yourself first!: Last but not least…treat yourself. Feeling confident is hugely important, and a brilliant way to boost your mood in the miserable winter months. After all, if you look great, you feel great. So this year, if you’ve spotted a pair of tights that you can’t stop thinking about, don’t worry about the price…splash out and put yourself first!

Happy New Year!

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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?

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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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It’s officially January. Time to start afresh and put the festivities behind us, right? To most of us, this means packing away the endless trays of mince pies, pouring the leftover vino down the sink and reinstating that gym pass we abandoned last March. Sport kits at the ready! To motivate yourself this year, why not treat yourself to a new addition from the Spanx Active range? Ensuring you look trim and slim whilst trying to get, well… trim and slim, the collection is designed to give your body a firmer look whilst ensuring comfort as you exercise!

Spanx Active Bottoms Shaping Compression Knee Pant

Spanx Active Bottoms Shaping Compression Knee Pant

Equally as great on their own as they are beneath gym shorts, the Spanx Active Bottoms Shaping Compression Knee Pants have the look and feel of standard leggings, finishing just below the knee and coming with a medium compression level. Made with curved seams to create the illusion of narrower hips and bottoms, the use of innovative Slim-X© technology works to tame your tummy, trim your thighs and lift your bottom! Suddenly the gym doesn’t seem so much of a chore…  Don’t fret if you prefer something full length, either, as MyTights also stock the Spanx Active Bottoms Shaping Compression Close Fit Pant. Designed to be worn alone, these matte leggings offer you unrivalled comfort and coverage as you exercise, all the while helping you on your way to a streamlined silhouette, free from unwanted lumps and bumps. Again coming with a medium compression level, these sports leggings also come with a gusset for even more comfort!HOT TIP: 5’5’ or over and stuck between two sizes – go up a size!

And even better, you can enjoy 20% off the Spanx Active range until 4th Jan, using the promo code XMASSPANX at checkout! Ready, set, go…

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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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Ah, New Year’s Eve. That’s come around mightily quickly hasn’t it? I’m sure many of you are currently in a state of panic amongst your friends, desperately trying to find the perfect venue and outfit for your big night out. Making December 31st just that little bit less stressful, the MyTights team thought it would be a great idea to round up some of our top legwear picks for the big day. Prepare yourself for glitz, glamour and some seriously on-trend styles…

A brilliant place to start, in our opinion, is with this season’s hottest trend – the backseam. Elegant and sexy, this retro style is perfect for creating the illusion of lovely long legs and giving your outfit a glamorous edge. One of our favourites for New Year’s Eve is the Moulin Rouge Metallic Seam Tights. Set against an elegant black backdrop with slight sheen finish, turn round and you’ll reveal a striking metallic backseam that’s ideal for a swanky party! Should you prefer a look that’s a little more understated, cast your eyes over the Wolford Flavia Tights, a new addition to the fabulous Wolford collection and coming with a slender zigzag backseam and chic Cuban heel. All you need is an LBD and you’re ready to party!

Moulin Rouge Metallic Seam Tights

Moulin Rouge Metallic Seam Tights

If backseams aren’t for you, why not embrace the occasion and opt for some embellishment? Perfect for adding an instant injection of pizzazz to your wardrobe, the pick of the crop are the Trasparenze Vlinder Tights, with a stunning glitter fleck that runs throughout the sheer leg. Too much for you? How about the Charnos Lurex Spot Opaque Tights. Sparkly enough to create an impact but subtle enough to maintain an elegant look, these 40 denier black tights have a metallic polkadot design for incredible wow factor.

 

Jonathan Aston Sweet Roses Lace Tights

Jonathan Aston Sweet Roses Lace Tights

Lace is one of those styles that just never goes out of date. Opulent and super feminine, we love the Jonathan Aston Sweet Roses Lace Tights, which had a floral lace design for a real style statement. Team with a strapless cocktail dress and killer heels for maximum impact.

Excited yet? Ensure you check out all of our party tights before you leave!

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If you were one of the millions that watched The Apprentice final last night, you’ll know that Bianca Miller narrowly lost out to fellow competitor Mark Wright (no, not that one). But while we loved watching her presentation, we were keeping our eyes peeled for just one thing: MyTights founder Laura, who was asked to be on the panel of experts helping Lord Sugar make his final decision!

We were all thrilled when Laura was asked a few months ago – having been in the industry for almost 15 years, she was the natural choice to give her opinion about Bianca’s startup – a brand of sheer tights catering to any skintone.  So off she went to the Bloomsbury ballroom, where she was seated next to Lord Sugar, to watch Bianca’s pitch.  Personally, we thought she was onto a winner, with a slick, well considered presentation – and we were in good company, as the panel of industry gurus agreed.  Laura was impressed with the way Bianca handled questions from the audience (including herself…), and following on from the pitch she and several other attendees spoke with Lord Sugar to share their input.

Although we were gutted that Bianca lost out in the end, we still LOVE her idea for a range of bare leg look tights to match any skintone on the spectrum – and we’re still 100% Team Bianca!  We just know this isn’t the last we’ve seen of her or her business, “True Skin”.

In the meantime, fear not.  We’ve got a range of ultra sheer tights that really do match any skintone (including you, Bianca!)  Take a look at our lovingly crafted skintone guide to find your perfect match…

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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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