Category: Alex’s Choice

Wardrobe Essentials: Opaque Tights

Just like your little black dress or your favorite pair of jeans, no wardrobe should be without a decent pair of opaques. So, if you are an opaque virgin (or just looking to restock your wardrobe), here’s my guide to the best opaques to buy this season.

Mega Thick Opaques

Opaques come in all shapes and thicknesses and at the top of the list are Pretty Polly 200 Denier Thermal Opaque Tights. By far the thickest tights around, these tights have a fleecy thermal lining that will keep you warm all season long.

Also in the ultimate coverage category are the Pamela Mann 120 Denier Tights (also available in plus sizes up to a US size 30).  A classic black opaque with added warmth, no harsh winds will get through these.  If you’re on a budget, these are ideal. But, should you decide to look for something a touch more luxurious, then I would recommend the Falke Pure Matt 100 Tights – not only will they keep your legs warm and comfortable, they are available in a range of 5 classic colors.

Thick Opaques

In the thick opaque category, there are too many tights to choose from. Mary Portas is a newcomer but she has produced some great collections and her opaques are no exception. Mary Portas and Charnos Satin 80 Tights have a slight shine and seven striking colors ranging for fern green to aubergine.   I also love the Pamela Mann 80 Denier Tights which offers us unlimited options with a range of nineteen colors.  

My personal wardrobe basic has to be Falke, which has a great thick opaque option. Falke Seidenglatt 70 Tights have nine gorgeous colors including some of the great basics. All the colors have that extra shimmer that will highlight any outfit, day or night.

Opaques

If you prefer something a little more lightweight but that still has solid coverage, there is the opaque category. Pretty Polly is always great at catering to all style preferences, and their 60 Denier Plush Tights come in classic black, chartreuse, grey and cerise. These tights are the perfect leg wear for early winter.

Moving down to a little less opaque, the Pamela Mann 50 Denier Tights are the best option. If you’re on a budget this winter then these are the tights for you. The incredible range of 28 different colors will revive every possible outfit in your wardrobe.  Not far behind, Jonathan Aston 40 Denier Opaque Tights also have an amazing range of 19 colors, but are slightly lighter in weight. Stock up on these and the Pamela Mann tights and you might just be able to get through winter by wearing a different pair of tights each day!

If you’re looking for more of a semi-opaque look, the DKNY Control Luxe Tights are a great option. Their beautiful soft feel adds extra comfort and a classic semi sheer appearance will make you look and feel great.

Mary Portas and Charnos Almost Opaque 40 Tights come in an assortment of ten colors that will definitely help upgrade your wardrobe to meet this season’s key trends.  Although, if dark and edgy is your style, Aristoc 40 Denier Microfibre Tights will suit you perfectly. The matte finish beautifully highlights the subtle elegance of the grey, black, navy and magenta color choices.

So there you have it! Tights to fit all shapes and sizes, styles and thicknesses. So what are you waiting for? Make room in your drawers and stock up on all tights now before the weather turns even colder!

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Children’s Tights at AlexBlake.com

Moms everywhere can rejoice: AlexBlake is now stocking children’s tights Now you can finally put a stop to your daughter rummaging through your closet, because you can kit them out in their own hosiery from our new lines.  Whatever the occasion, we’ve got it covered with our new range of kid’s tights, footless tights and socks…

Back to School

Staying warm for the cold winter’s walk to school needn’t be boring – just look at the Pex Cotton Rich Children’s Tights!  They come in a huge range of different colors and are 70% cotton so your little ones will be warm and supremely comfortable, too.  At just $9.00 they are a really inexpensive way to keep updating the kids’ closets, especially when they are growing up so quickly!

Playdate

Playdates with their friends call for something fun and colorful – just like the Country Kids Dot Children’s Tights, $16.50.  These are also 70% cotton and are available in hot pink and navy.
Covered in bright polka dots in shades of yellow, blue, red, pink and green, they will brighten up grey days instantly!

Party Princess

We guarantee that girls up and down the country will squeal with excitement at the thought of wearing these sparkly wonders.  Get twinkle toed with the Country Kids Sparkly Tights and Footless Tights (both $16.50).  Perfect for wearing with party dresses, though we’re sure she will want to wear them every day with everything she owns!

With other styles including sheers for kids and children’s socks available, take a look at the entire selection of children’s hosiery at AlexBlake.com.  With prices starting at just $5.75, you can update your little angel’s closet with top quality hosiery for less than you’d think!

 

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Sheers for every need, every look and every lady…

Sheers are ideal for when we need a little extra warmth, coverage or glow for a flawless finish to our pins.  Thanks to the miracles of science, they’re no longer obvious covers that stick out like a sore thumb, wrinkle over your ankles and are about as attractive as socks with sandals.

As you will all know if you’ve read my blog before, I am a huge fan of sheer hose and skin colored pantyhose and rely on them all year round. Sheers are the perfect cover up if you’re feeling self conscious on a particular day, and depending on the color you choose, you can show off as much or as little as you want!  On a confidence day when you just want to add a little sheen you can go for the sheerest designs (these are also amazing when it just feels too hot for hosiey), or if you have a few bumps or bruises. Got it so far? Different brands produce sheers in different ways and so it’s important to match your own personal skintone with the right product.  But where to begin?  Well that’s where I come in…

Bare Leg Look

Bare leg look sheers are perfect for the summer because you can get legs that look “better than bare” – and no one will ever believe you’re wearing hose!  The products in this category offer the sheerest of sheer design and so are the most unnoticeable product – trust me, you’ll end up with everyone commenting on how great your skin looks!  In my view the Queen Bee of ultra sheer pantyhose, the ones you just can’t beat, are the Falke Shelina Tights.  Billed as “make up for your legs”, it’s easy to see why – the 12 denier weave has a super fine 8 denier appearance, a natural matte finish and come in a huge range of shades so you can match them pretty much exactly to your skin tone.

Glossy Leg Look

Shiny tights with a shot of super gloss are perfect for making your legs really stand out in high shine glory.  I personally think the Aristoc Ultra Shine Tights are perfect for this – a 10 denier, super shiny finish is completed by a sandal toe which means you can be flexible in your choice of footwear.  They come in a good collection of colors, too, and the hosiery is really light and airy – this is definitely another product you won’t even remember you’re wearing.

Sheer Thigh Highs

Pantyhose aren’t for everyone, and even the most devoted sheers fans can need something a little cooler in the warmer weather.  Thigh Highs are a great alternative and something that the Europeans do really well. Oroblu are a top Italian hosiery brand and have some of the best sheer thigh highs around. The Oroblu Soiree 15 Thigh Highs are available in six different hues for every skin and have a luxurious ultra deep French lace top.  Or you could take a look at the Oroblu Suntime  Hold Ups, which are made using ultra light sideria yarns and have been designed to give you naturally sunkissed legs.  Both have a subtle matte finish over a 15 denier weave and a very pretty lace garter.

Control Top Hose

We all need a bit of support sometimes, no matter how great our figure, and a control top sheer will give you both flawless legs and a super-flat tummy, too!  Available in light and dark natural tones as well as black, the Aristoc Bodytoners Low Leg Toner Pantyhose are just perfect for giving you a little sculpting power where you need it most.  Their longer length trunk combines medium shaping control with a smooth finish, even under the lightest of fabrics.

Long Legs

While we’re on the subject of longer length trunks, if you are blessed with a little extra height that most, fear not, because we’ve got a range of products that come in more generous lengths.  Levante Class Tights are incredibly popular with all our customers and span the spectrum with ten different sheer colors ranging from skin tones to dark navy, grey and black, which you might want to stock up on for the fall.  The 12 denier boxer brief style has a reinforced toe for a little added durability, and the sublte sheen finsh is sophisticated and classy.   Plus, the extra tall size is available in sizes up to 6’1” – perfect for all you taller ladies out there!

Fuller Figure

Just as the long legged amongst us need to tailor their purchases to their length, so plus size ladies should do the same. Embrace your curves with Pretty Polly, one of our great fashion stalwarts who have created a whole range for the more generously sized amongst us.  In built back panels give a great fit, no matter what your size, so you can kiss goodbye to biting waistbands or skimping fabrics. Pretty Polly Curves Run Resist pantyhose are available in sizes up to a US dress size 22 and come in three easy to wear colors, neutral, black and barely black. Plus, they won’t run!

Ladder Resist

If you’re after something that won’t run in a regular size, you’re not alone.  I’m sure that as soon as I say sheers and you think runs. It is unfortunately a ‘no pain, no gain’ factor with sheers, although the technology that is being put into today’s products is absolutely is mind blowing and there are some really great run resist sheers available today.  Aristoc 5D and 10D Ultimate Run Resist Pantyhose are some of the most advanced yet finest products on the market. LYCRA ® Fusion technology has revolutionized the way sheers are made and these matte, 10 denier sheers and light, 5 denier hose are serious bestsellers.  Available in three neutral colors and black, I defy you not to love these tights.

Luxurious

In my mind it’s incredibly important to treat ourselves from time to time, and where would we be without life’s affordable little luxuries. When I want something for an important event or want to feel a million dollars I turn to luxury hosiery brands like French brand Gerbe.  Their collection of top quality sheers certainly have that je ne sais quoi – I adore the Back Seam Fatal Pantyhose, which are made from sheer 20 denier hosiery and feature a sexy back seam running up the back of your leg.  Oh la la, indeed.

Having said that, all of our pantyhose, thigh highs and stockings are great. I love the time that I spend researching products because I know that while we all like to look good, functionality rates highly on our list of expectations too. I hope the above guide to our sheers will really help you on your path to getting flawless legs but, should you have any questions, we are just a call or an email away…

 

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Star-Spangled Banner: Fly the Flag with new Henry Holland!

Patriotism has never been cooler and flag designs are popping up everywhere at the moment, from the Union Jack British flag designs at the Vivienne Westwood F/W ’12 catwalk to the USA flag denim hotpants Rihanna has been spotted in on several occasions.  Now it’s easier to get the look than ever, as Brit designer Henry Holland has designed a super cool range of flag tights that will get you in the mood for the Olympics this summer.

With the Union Jack flag being so in style with the Queen of England’s Jubilee celebrations happening next month, Henry Holland has realized that the trio of red, white and blue isn’t unique to the United Kingdom and has created three hot designs: the Henry Holland Rule Britannia Union Jack tights, the Henry Holland Aussie Tights and of course, the Henry Holland Stars and Stripes Tights.  These are some of the most exciting designs we’ve seen and we’re expecting them to fly off the racks!

The collection has been made using gorgeously smooth 40 denier hosiery and each style features a national flag design.  British cool has never been so en vogue, and the Rule Britannia tights will be perfect for wearing during the Olympics, which are being held in London this summer, or the next time William and Kate are in town!

The Henry Holland Stars and Stripes Tights are just that – one leg is made from blue hosiery with a funky white star print while the other features bold red and white stripes.  Or you could get some laid back Australian style with the Aussie Tights, which have a white stars on blue hosiery design with the Union Jack reaching from knee to thigh on one leg.

These flag tights will look great teamed with your Daisy Duke denim shorts, so you can really show off your patriotic statement… and your legs, of course!

We think these are an absolute winner and will add the perfect finishing touch to your look.  And at just $25 per pair you can get a cost effective fashion statement and support your country all in one go!

Wherever you come from, this new collection will make you want to fly the flag.  Whether you get them for a sporting event, a national holiday or just to show that home is where the heart is, flag tights have never been so cool!

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Hosiery Drawer Essentials

A little black dress, a crisp white button down shirt, tailored jeans, and the perfect pair of heels are all staples for the fashionable woman. However, a quality selection of hosiery is just as important to complete the foundations of your wardrobe. There are many different styles of hosiery, and they can revitalize your outfits without breaking the bank.

Sheer Tights

The most essential and basics of hosiery are sheer tights. It is worth the time to look at many brands in order to find the one that has colors that will match your skin tone and give you a barely there look. They can also give your legs a healthy tan appearance that will make it seem like you just came back from an exotic vacation. Hanes Silk Reflections line is a customer favorite that is also a budget-friendly choice. Another inexpensive option is the Pretty Polly Naturals range. The sheers, control tops and thigh-highs in the collections come in a variety of colors that suit most skin tones. Falke Shelina, a personal favorite of mine, has the wonderful bare leg finish and a great spectrum of skin tone shades.

Opaque Tights

For slightly chillier days, opaques are a necessity, and DKNY Basic Opaque Tights are good quality opaque tights that also come in a control top style. During the winter you’ll need the warmest wool tights, and the luxurious Trasparenze Gennifer Merino Wool Tights and Falke Soft Merino Ribbed Tights both combine warmth and texture to provide maximum coverage. There’s not need to stick with plain black since some of the deep blues and purples, greens and metallic that were launched last fall are still fashionable this year.

Colored Tights

Colored tights are an easy way to turn an ordinary outfit into an extraordinary fashion statement. Just look at the likes of Bridesmaids star Kristin Wiig and Sarah Jessica Parker who are masters at rocking the colored opaques. Jonathan Aston 40D and Pamela Mann 50D offer two of the largest color ranges around spanning 54 different shades from electric brights to strong pastels and soft primary colors, all with a long lasting texture.

Elegant Fashion

I know it’s a recession and we should all be pulling our belt in, but what if your dress doesn’t have one? The quickest (and cheapest) way to make our clothes work a bit harder is a stylish pair of elegant fishnet or patterned tights. Over the past few months there have been some really sophisticated and chic designs created.  Among our favorites are Pretty Polly Secret Slimmer Lace Tights which merge fashion with a control top. HUE Micro Mesh Tights, as well as Pamela Mann’s Jive Seamed Tights and Sheer Dotty Tights feature graceful designs that emphasize your lovely legs, all for under $15 per pair. All of these choices will add a grown up note to your outfit and add a hint of glamour to your evening outfit.

Control Top

If you need a little extra support here and there, control top tights like the Aristoc Bodytoners range and Spanx In Power Line will help smooth your figure and make your outfits fit even better. Best selling Givenchy 575 Body Smoothers Support Tights has firm control throughout the tights to sculpt and tone your legs and tummy. All of our control top tights are extremely comfortable (I sometimes forget I even have control tights on!) and come in a range of natural skin tones and classic black.

Footless & Open Toe Tights

There’s no better way to celebrate warmer weather than with a cute pedicure, so add some footless and open toe tights to your hosiery drawer. Footless tights are in the middle of a big revival and will ease transition from tights to bare legs. The soft textures used by brands like HUE are easy to wear under both the lightest or warmest of fabrics. And my last tip for this week – if you haven’t tried open toe tights, now’s the best time to try them.  When correctly positioned, open toe tights, such as Falke Shelina Toeless or Donna Karan ‘The Nudes’ Toeless, are basically invisible under sandals and will give you a smooth blemish free look and extra coverage, plus I can show off my pedicure too.

Now that spring cleaning has given your wardrobe a fresh start to grow again, head to AlexBlake.com to get your pantyhose online and create your staple wardrobe of hosiery that will see you through every season.

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Emilio Cavallini: New Fashion

Do you remember the 80s?  I do.  Power dressing, big shoulder pads and even bigger hair.  Some have described it as the decade style forgot but in the last few years 80s style has been creeping back into our consciousness.  Take for example the return of the peplum and flashes of neon that have come in for this season.  Designers find the 1980s irresistible for many reasons – clothing of that decade celebrated bold bright color and exaggerated female forms.  As women began to make more of an impact in the boardroom, powerful images of femininity were everywhere.  This week we’ve received the new Emilio Cavallini collection which has been more than a hint of the 1980s about it.  With the boldest of color these are the pantyhose to give your outfit an injection of 80s inspired cool.

Avoid looking like you have stepped out of a time warp by keeping your outfit simple.  Team a well fitted but plain, black dress with the Emilio Cavallini Sheer Seamed Pantyhose which are available in an eye catching shade of nearly neon orange.  Wear the seam on the front for a really modern twist or at the back for a more conventional look.  I’d team this with a futuristic looking Perspex necklace to tie the look together and give a fashion forward edge – this is how you power dress in the 21st century.

For a party look, the new Emilio Cavallini Black Leopard Coloured Sheers combine the trend for animal print with the neon colours that are big for this season.  Choose from Animal print in a bright green, pink or electric purple and you are guaranteed to cut a fine figure on the dancefloor.  We are taking the best from the 80s but not trying to recreate it so don’t be tempted to load up on the matching accessories.  With this look plain black shoes and simple elegant jewellery is the order of the day.

If animal print is too wild for your taste, try patterned tights like the Emilio Cavallini All over Pinwheels Tights or White Abstract Flowers Tights which come in ultra fashionable cobalt blue and fluorescent pink and a more muted, light grey.

Not content with just brightening up your dresses, the new Emilio Cavallini Opaque Knee High Socks will give you a color explosion you can wear with pants.  Wear with long pants for a hint of the brightest green, yellow or orange at your feet or wear them with turned up jeans and pumps for a casual but cheery weekend look.

There are also plenty of other hot trends amongst the new fashion hosiery collection from Emilio Cavallini.  Get the tribal look with the Ethnic Pattern Tights.  Alternatively, work the floral trend in a new and exciting way with the Poppies Flowers Tights or Knee Highs which feature a gorgeous bunch of flowers which run from the heel to the calf.  For fashion tights that are just that little bit different explore the range from Emilio Cavallini at AlexBlake.com.

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London Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2012: the Trend Report

As we headed home from the whirl of New York Fashion Week, the rest of the fashion pack dashed across the Atlantic to see what London has to offer for Autumn Winter 2012.  London’s designers have a reputation for being highly innovative and creative but perhaps less wearable than New York’s offering.  This season however, we’ve picked out plenty of exciting (and highly wearable) trends from London Fashion Week that we would be happy to wear straight off the catwalk.  So here are the emerging trends from London’s design powerhouses as well as some tips on how to stay ahead of the game and start integrating those emerging trends now.

Oversized sweaters made a regular appearance on the London catwalks including Jonathan Saunders, Acne and Christopher Kane.   The look varied between bold patterns, citrus brights or jewel embellishment but they all had one thing in common.  All these chunky sweaters were cut to cover the butt and be worn like a dress.  Staying warm will certainly be stylish next winter.  Team your oversized knits with statement necklaces, the highest of heels and a pair of footless tights or leggings.

It’s not only those long line sweaters that will require a good pair of leggings.  Clements Ribiero and Issa signalled a return for this much maligned fashion item by combining their dresses and skirts with leggings and footless tights.  Last decade’s minis, pumps and leggings look is dead, the new way to wear leggings is with elegant slim line midi and knee length skirts and always with heels.  I’d say it is worth stocking up on Hue leggings in all the colour ways – this is such a practical comfortable look so it is sure to be a strong theme for Autumn Winter.

Floral prints might be a big trend for Spring Summer 2012 but influential shows like Erdem and Giles will keep them alive for next Autumn Winter.  The summer will be a riot of colorful floral prints but, come the autumn we’ll require something a little more subdued.  We reckon Pamela Mann’s Flocked Rose Tights are a sure investment.  Not only do they have an on trend floral pattern but the flocking gives the pattern a velvety texture which is more appropriate for winter.  Celeste Stein is another great brand to look to for winter florals.  Dark backgrounds give that slightly muted look that works for the colder months but still offsets the colourful flowers on the Frederick Dynasty or Black New Age Floral Tights.

Brocade was also very much in evidence in London – Oman and Temperley did it best.  You can’t beat metallic look brocade to give an expensive, luxurious, feel to your look, especially for evening.   The Mary Portas and Charnos Baroque Tights with their sumptuous floral brocade pattern (see that – two trends in one!) are a really simple way to capture this trend.  The pattern is created using metallic threads that will gleam in the light, choose between silver, indigo or rich red.  The London catwalks are telling us to use this pattern sparingly however.  Limit yourself to one brocade piece at a time and team with low key dresses, skirts or blouses like the models at Temperley.

It looks like we’ll all need to refresh our collection of footless tights and leggings to stay on trend for Autumn Winter 2012.  I’ll also be looking very differently at my summer florals to see what I can buy now that will keep me on trend through autumn and winter too.  Spring might be just around the corner but plenty of us will still find oversized sweaters useful right now – take a large man’s jumper, pin up the sleeves and team with leggings and sky high heels and you’ll have effortless catwalk style.  What great looks have you spotted at the fashion weeks in New York or London?  What are the new looks you will be debuting in the next few weeks and of course, what are your going to be wearing on your legs?

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Surprise Someone Special this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is not only an opportunity to treat someone you love to a special gift but it can also be a chance to treat yourself to some gorgeous new underwear.  Whether you are buying for yourself or someone else though, don’t forget that hosiery is an essential part of the whole look.  Here at AlexBlake.com we have a great selection of stockings and thigh highs that will complete your seductive ensemble.

If you have chosen a lacy underwear set then you simply have to complete it with some lace top thigh highs.   Donna Karan’s Lace Thigh Highs are sheer thigh highs with a wide band of beautiful lace at the mid thigh and give a really flattering and feminine look.  The highly decorative lace tops have an irresistible and intricate floral pattern making them some of the prettiest thigh highs around.  Donna Karen hosiery always represents outstanding quality so not only will they make you look gorgeous but they feel divinely luxurious.  They are sure to put you in the mood for seduction.

If you find lots of lace a little too girly, try the sleeker, more minimalist look of Hanes Silk Reflections Silky Sheer Thigh Highs.  They have a slimmer and unfussy lace band at the mid thigh which gives a sleeker look.  They look especially great if you have chosen plainer underwear set in a luxury fabric like satin or silk – team with a pair of stilettos and you have a look that is alluring and in control.

Of course if you really want to ramp up the sex appeal you just have to go for classic stockings and suspender belts.  We are encouraging everyone to give stockings and suspenders a try this Valentine’s Day by offering a free Jonathan Aston Suspender belt when you buy two pairs of stockings, pantyhose or hold ups from Jonathan Aston’s Vintage Legs Collection, simply add both pairs & the suspender belt to your basket and the discount will be applied at the checkout.  The come in a range of rich colors that you can match to the rest of your lingerie set for a coordinated look.  Packaged in a cute heart shaped box these suspenders make a great gift if you are looking for a little extra for that special someone.

If you are giving lingerie as a gift this Valentine’s Day, choosing gorgeous stockings or thigh highs will make you look extra thoughtful.  If you are buying for yourself then try don’t be afraid to try out a matching suspender belt and some sexy stockings.    Whatever you have planned for Valentine’s Day, we are sure that our beautiful range of hosiery will help make the occasion one to remember.

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NEW: AlexBlake.com Plus Size Fashion Tights

There was a time when finding fashionable hosiery in sizes 14+was near on impossible but this week, here at AlexBlake.com at least, we’ve made a great leap forward with the arrival of Pamela Mann’s new plus size tights and pantyhose.    We’ve had a selection of plus size opaques and sheers for a while we’ve always found it difficult to find good quality fashion tights for fuller figures.  We know there is a huge demand (we speak to customers who ask about this all the time) so when Pamela Mann told us they were making some of their fashion tights available in larger sizes we snapped them up!  Adding these new fashion styles feels like we are beginning to complete our plus size range.  So if you are over a size 14, the hottest hosiery trends are now made for you too.

British based brand Pamela Mann is constantly inspired by the best of celebrity and catwalk trends. They specialise in making eyecatching and highly fashionable tights, with a very quick turnaround and at a fantastic price but, until now, most of their fashion tights came in one size only which was disappointing for girls that didn’t fit into the standard size range.  Now they have redesigned some of their most popular styles to fit UK sizes 16-32 (US size 14-30).  Fashion tights that really fit and are made to hug your curves perfectly are here!   Pamela Mann’s Jive Seam Plus Size Tights are plus size pantyhose with an elegant and classic back seam that will give you a hint of timeless glamour.  If you want to wear the trend for spotty tights, Pamela Mann have also brought out a plus size version of their enormously popular Sheer Dotty Tights.  Their dainty, dots design is a very chic and wearable pattern and a style that works for women of all ages.  Alternatively, the new Large Overknee Plus Size Tights are cute and fun way to wear the trend for suspender tights as seen on the like of Rihanna and now Paris Hilton!

Pamela Mann are also famous for their opaque tights that come in a dizzying array of colors and now they do plus size versions too!   Available in 50, 80 and 120 denier styles there is something to see you through the transitions in the season.   There are only a limited number of colors available at the moment but watch this space!  We are sure there will be more on the way soon.

For more conventional or professional looks, we have of course still got our great range of plus sized tights and pantyhose.  Pretty Polly’s new Curves ranges is definitely worth a look for all the hosiery basics but we especially love the Pretty Polly Curves 60 Denier Plush Opaques with their super soft feel and smooth appearance.

The famous Hanes Silk Reflections range also includes non-control top pantyhose which offer a great fit for fuller figures along with the classic looks and silky feel that they have become renowned for.

It is worth pointing our here that most plus size styles come with a back panel in the brief.  This is a way of making the tights larger around the body to accommodate your hips and, while some people find this perfectly comfortable others can find it a nuisance.   Levante’s Extra Pantyhose will fit hips up to 60inches but without that irritating back panel.

We’ve always had a good range of essential plus size hosiery but now we have upped the count of plus size fashion tights as well.  Do let us know what you think of the new styles.  We are always looking to expand our range to make sure we are always the very best place to buy pantyhose online so if you have seen styles and brands that you would like to see on AlexBlake.com website do let us now.

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Our Top Winter Products

Now winter is really beginning to bite, the AlexBlake.com office has been alive with discussions about our favourite winter warmers. Of course we all crave the luxury and warmth of cashmere or angora wool in the winter but there aren’t many of us who can afford to treat ourselves to this level of luxury all the time!  So we thought it would be fun to give you an insight into the products that we wear day to day to get through the winter.  Between us we’ve picked out something for every style and budget so here are the AlexBlake.com team’s choices for everyday warmth this winter.

1)      Falke Soft Merino Wool Tights

Merino wool could have been invented especially for tights.  It’s a high performance fiber which has amazing insulation properties while remaining ultra lightweight and gorgeously soft – perfect for winter tights.    We’ve got a few merino wool options but my absolute favourites are the Falke Soft Merino Wool Tights.  They are fantastic quality and exceptionally soft – this is wool you can wear all day with no hint of an itch.  The feet are also nicely shaped so they fit perfectly through the ankle without wrinkling.  This is especially useful if you want to wear them with shoes or pumps rather than boots.

At $69.00 they are something of an investment but one pair will last through the whole season and, if well cared for, they will see you through next winter and beyond.  Do check out Falke’s ribbed wool tights too for when you when you want to add a little wintery texture to your outfit – their slim ribbing is really flattering and is a nice way to give a short skirt a more dressed down look.

2)      Trasparenze Gennifer Merino Wool Tights

Ok we already have a pair of merino wool tights in our top five but we just had to mention the Trasparenze Gennifer Merino Wool Tights for their amazing warmth and great palette of colors that are right on trend for the jewel tones that are dominating this season.  As one member of the team said, “they look pretty thin but boy do they keep you warm!  I recommend these to all my friends when they complain about being cold!” At $19.25 they are way more affordable than the Falke so I’d make sure you stock up on every shade.

3)      Falke Cotton Touch Tights

As I mentioned above, Falke tights are just wonderful quality and a real treat for your legs.  The super soft cotton mix is one of the reasons we’ve picked these Falke Cotton Touch Tights as one of our favourite pairs of winter tights.  Also, as one member of the AlexBlake.com team thoughtfully pointed out, not everyone can wear wool tights and cotton alternatives can be hard to get hold of.  The Cotton Touch Tights are also great for work as they give the look of opaque tights but in a breathable 43% cotton fabric which is warm but won’t make you boil when you go into heated buildings.

Hardwearing, great quality and all the wonderful fit and comfort features you would expect from Fallke, we all agreed you can’t go wrong with the Falke Cotton Touch range of tights, leggings and socks.

4)      Pretty Polly Soft Opaque Tights

I had no idea that Pretty Polly’s Soft Opaque Tights delighted the rest of the team so much.  We got some out and immediately everyone exclaimed that they “feel soooo soft”.   These have a woolly finish which is beautifully warm but at $8.72 they are perfect if you are working on a tight budget.

5)      Trasparenze Dora Wool Rib Over Knee Socks

Layering up is the best way to stay warm in winter and it doesn’t just have to be for your top half.  The girls in the office love to layer the Trasparenze Dora Wool Rib Over the

Knee Socks over colorful opaque tights in the winter – we’d recommend checking out the colors in Pamela Mann 80 and 120 denier opaque tights.    We wear them pulled up over the knee with skirts to give a flash of color at the thigh or slouched down over knee high boots for a more casual look.  Unlike some other over the knee socks they have a generous and stretchy band at the top so they will stay up without creating an unattractive bulge at the thigh.

We’ve got a huge range of winter woollies in merino wool, cashmere and angora as well as mega thick opaques that will insulate you against the cold winter winds but this is just a snapshot of the products we wear all the time.   We’ve love to hear about your failsafe winter favourites.

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