Category: Celebrity Style

Socks and Sandals: Fashion Don’t or Fashion Must?

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

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

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

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

Victoria Beckham in wool tights

Suki Waterhous in white tights

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


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Taylor Swift vs. Victoria Beckham – Who Wore it Better?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Trend Setting Suki Waterhouse Spotted in White Opaques

Seductive supermodel Suki Waterhouse and bestie Cara Delevinge were spotted at Karl Lagerfeld’s fragrance launch dinner at Harrods looking extra SUPER. Although everyone was there for Lagerfeld, the model duo stole the show looking fab in white. Cara was wearing a white tuxedo, but Suki was really turned heads in her white opaques!Celebrities at Harrods and Karl Lagerfeld Parfums VIP dinner, London, Britain - 13 Mar 2014

Suki is always setting trends and she is at it yet again. Usually, she is known for her boho-chic style, but this time she was channeling more of a girly elegance in her pale pastel ensemble—a color combination screaming spring. She paired her white opaques with a pink satin mini dress pulled together by a white leather belt and strappy stilettos.

This outfit disregards every stereotype that white tights are only for children because Suki looked innocently sexy. She also added a new fashion arrangement by taking inspiration from the AW14 Fashion Week with her tights and sandals. Usually, this would be a huge fashion don’t, but Suki manages to turn the combination into a fashion must for spring! It is a clever way to merge any tight or sock trend with your strappy sandals and wedges in a fashion forward manner.

You can look like you just walked off the catwalk like Suki in our Pamela Mann 50 Denier Tights and our DKNY Basic Opaque Tights. They both come in white and are almost identical to Suki’s opaques. They are also great quality and have a soft, comfortable feel!  Even curvy beauties can steal the look in our 50 Denier Plus Size Tights.

If you want to add your own twist to the trend, the Pamela Mann Bow Seam Ankle Tights are white and add a new fashion element to the trendy concept with a back seam and bow design at the ankle.

Suki’s chic and unique looks are partially how she managed to land her hunky Hollywood boyfriend, Bradley Cooper, so who knows what mimicking her looks will do for you!


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Sarah Jessica Parker Goes Footless

Fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker is at it again and has us all inspired at Alex Blake. She was spotted strutting around the Aventura Mall near Miami for her SJP Collection shoe line launch for Nordstrom, footless! sjp-footless-edited

I said footless, not shoeless. Naturally, she was showing off a gorgeous pair of ‘Carrie’ T-bar sandals from her collection accompanied by a pair of footless tights. Her blue-grey tights created a noticeable contrast against her skin to ensure that all eyes are on those stunning stilettos. Perfect for a shoe line launch, don’t you think?

However, I do think a neutral colored lace dress would have helped even more with that emphasis, but I suppose it wouldn’t be Sarah Jessica Parker without a little spunk.

There is no question that she was channelling her inner Carrie Bradshaw in this outfit. The combination of items really shouldn’t work together, but somehow she manages to look fabulous in a hot pink dress layered over a white shirt, blue-grey footless tights, stilettos, and of course, a tassel necklace.

For those of us who aren’t quite as adventurous as Sarah Jessica Parker, footless sheer tights are still the perfect addition to your spring and summer wardrobe. They can easily be paired with a sundress and a pair of sandals or wedges for those days when you travel from the hot sunshine to cool air-conditioned buildings. Not only are they perfect to accommodate the weather, but they help hide your not-so-tan legs at the beginning of the season!

Footless tights aren’t the only aspect of Sarah Jessica Parker’s outfit that is making a comeback this spring and summer, though. Sheer tights are also a must in the upcoming sunshine. They made an appearance on the runway of London Fashion Week and add a pop of color to your otherwise bare legs—without prolonging the bundled-up feel of winter.

To sum it up, Sarah Jessica Parker is always ahead of the game when it comes to fashion and we all owe her a huge thank you for keeping us up to date.


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Rihanna Loves Fishnets!

levante_fishnetsAlways unapologetic when it comes to her racy but radiant ensembles, we’re proud to say that Rihanna is also a fan of one of our favorite pantyhose – fishnets! We love RiRi’s monster levels of style when it comes to rocking  those flirty fishnets.

Wearing a semi-sheer navy mini dress in a dark navy shade, along with strappy Louboutin heels (jealous? us?), Rihanna was photographed sauntering down the sidewalk like a pro. Her (fingers-crossed fake) mink coat and fishnets helped RiRi to navigate the chilly NYC streets, ignoring the plummeting temperatures. Whilst we’ll admit that fishnets are no match for super thick opaques, our favorite closet staple does possess insulating capabilities – especially when combined with a layer of sheers.

Fear not, the Barbadian beauty is not the only girl in the world able to pull off this look! And if you wish to copy Rihanna’s style let us suggest Levante Fishnet Tights. The oh-so-chic Italian brand boasts a classic pair of fishnets so comfortable you’ll be sad to take them off. Perfect for when you have a chocolate craving (chocolate pantyhose that is!) they’re available in a host of shades.

There’s more than one way to flaunt those fishnets, as the Umbrella hit maker proved recently. In a different outfit she combined fishnets with ripped jeans. This punky look is ideal for those who want to be a bit more covered up but still slightly edgy. If you prefer a subtler look then micronet tights are the best – the holes are slightly smaller, producing a more demure effect. We recommend Jonathan Aston Micronet Tights - woven with an additional layer of sheer fabric, making them perfect for traversing the freezing sidewalks in true RiRi style.

Keen to emulate the sultry songtresses’ style, but enjoy the freedom of hold ups?  Jonathan Aston Fishnet Hold Ups With Plain Top are ideal thanks to their no frills simplistic tops – after all feminine and floral doesn’t scream Rihanna, does it? You’ll enjoy these hold ups again and again thanks to the study snag-resistant structure of fishnets, as well as the Lycra content.

So what now for your pantyhose collection? Do fill us in on which fishnets are your faves by adding a comment.




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Kate Middleton Loves Opaque Tights

Britain’s much loved Kate Middleton has been causing a stir across the pond again.  No, it’s not her Downton Abbey addiction (yes, Kate’s a big fan too!), but her rather practical choice of legwear…

Last week Kate’s secret on how to stay warm in icy London was revealed – layer opaque tights underneath a sublime long  black and white lace dress by Temperley London. After all, what’s a girl to do when you can’t wear a coat? If you want to take tips from the Duchess, Pretty Polly’s Fleecy Opaques will keep your legs warm and toasty, even in the coldest of temperatures. If, unlike Kate, you’re searching for a more subtle look then there are plenty of flesh-colored alternatives to keep your winter solution hush-hush.

Oroblu Sensual Tights are thicker than your average sheer pantyhose at 30 denier and you can match one of our sultry shades to your skin tone – a practical yet polished option.

Certain quarters of the fashion world will no doubt claim that fashion should never be about comfort or practicality – we bet these are the same critics who derided the  princess’ sheer hosiery addiction as embarrassingly 80’s a couple of years ago.  With style conscious ladies the world over now buying sheer tights in their droves (and a 43% increase in sales of luxury sheers so far this year), certain critics may have to admit their mistake. What do you think about Kate’s style? Boring or classic?

Fall 2013 has seen K-Middy’s lovely legs in a variety of colors and tones, cementing her as one of our all time hosiery icons!  With a closet bursting full of classic styles, we especially loved her chocolate brown tights and patterned Orla Kiely dress combo which she wore for a charity event in London.

However, we have to admit that we wish that K-Middy would freshen up her hosiery drawer with something a little different. If she were to find these subtle yet interesting Trasparenze Drive In Tights under her Christmas tree, then Kate could embrace a new look, while still retaining her regal air.



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Cheetah Print? Purr-fect

Anne Hathaway was spotted just last week in LA in some really catty tights. The popular actress wore a silvery pair of cheetah print tights while out celebrating her birthday a little early. Hathaway was absolutely glowing, with some black shorts, a tailored coat, black ankle boot heels, and an eye-catching statement necklace. Her pair of tights are wonderfully versatile thanks to that subtle cheetah print, and she did a great job of dressing them up!

If you’re looking for something really wild, then Jonathan Aston’s Wild Tights are a no-brainer. I love these tights because they add a lot of sass without a lot of effort. They can instantly take you from serious work attire to flirty after-work drinks outfit. They’re really bold without being over-bearing and give off an aura of confidence.

Don’t want to settle for the classic brown cheetah print? No problem, go for Pamela Mann’s Leopard Footless Tights. These leggings come in black and white for a truly unique look. Dress them down with some black shorts, like Anne Hathaway, but add a more casual top and some simple boots.

Don’t be scared of these bold tights – they’re easier to wear than you think! Just make sure your outfit is free of any prints that might make your outfit too loud. Cheetah print tights are really great for party outfits, but play around with some everyday or work looks.


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Stars Love Super Suspenders

The whole “schoolgirl” look isn’t just for the 31st of October anymore. Halloween may be over now, but the stars just can’t get enough of the schoolgirl look this season. Paris Hilton recently stepped out in Beverly Hills for a date night with her much younger boyfriend looking fabulous in her suspender tights. The starlet completed this fun look with black booties, a black A-line skirt and gray sweater printed with a white collar and glittered necktie. Not shy from the camera, the Hilton heiress proudly showed off her trendy look as she posed for photographers.

Suspender tights are a great way to stand out this season during the cold winter months.  As Paris modeled perfectly, a black A-line skirt with black booties paired with suspender tights quickly turns the simple schoolgirl look into fashion forward. The Hollywood star is not new to this trend as she is constantly spotted rocking her Henry Holland Super Suspender Tights.

This season, I am loving the ability to stay warm and stylish while wearing a simple black skater skirt by wearing my suspender tights. Keeping it simple in all black attire and pairing it with suspender tights takes the look up a notch. Wear the suspender tights to go out in with black pumps or heeled booties and turn a simple black dress into a knockout or for a more casual style, pair these tights with black boots for an edgier look. All black attire with fashion tights is the key to standing out in these dreary months ahead especially with suspender tights.


Katy Perry the Schoolgirl

Once again Katy Perry was caught looking absolutely adorable in some knee highs! This time it was on the Jimmy Fallon show she appeared on last week. A funky collared shirt, a black pleated skirt, and some black wedges made the knee highs look super schoolgirl, as if the pigtails weren’t enough!

As a fellow lover of knee highs and over the knee socks (I’m wearing some right now as I type this!), I must mention that although these socks make the schoolgirl look easy, they don’t always have to make you look like you’re in uniform. The right outfit and the right shoes can transform you from “5th Grade” to “absolutely chic” in seconds! You’ve seen shorts and tights trend, but I’m a big fan of shorts and over the knee socks. Add some sneakers and a comfy t-shirt to max out the “cool” factor. You can also look cute without looking like you just got out of class; simply pair your knee highs with a more serious dress, a cardigan, and some oxford shoes for a perfect fall look. Or opt for some sheer patterned knee highs and wear them to work with some classic heels, a pencil skirt and blazer.

Right now I’m wearing the Trasparenze Dora Wool Rib Over the Knee socks to keep me warm for that cold commute to the office. With a cute skirt, some flats, and a simple scarf you can create a fashionable everyday outfit. Of course, you can always just put up those pigtails and rock that school girl look!


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We Heart Katie Holmes!

Usually known for her chic & polished style, Katie Holmes broke all boundaries yesterday when she entered into ‘quirky’ territory.  Shunning her usual uniform of jeans and a tailored jacket, the mom of one let her hosiery provide the charm when she made an appearance on Good Morning America.

Giving the residents of New York City a lesson in patterned pantyhose, the actress teamed her heart print tights with sharp courts, shorts and a simple trench coat. Of course, her statuesque 5’11” frame and never ending legs could only help with her hosiery efforts, but regardless, we’re still big fans here at Alex Blake HQ.

It’s no secret that hearts are big news for AW13, with Burberry Prosum giving the print centre stage in their catwalk earlier on this year. Teaming the sweet design with animal print for a haute couture fash-clash, there’s no doubt that hearts are a must for any closet this fall.

To get Katie’s exact look, treat hosiery drawers to the Sheer Heart Tights from Pamela Mann. Created from a sheer 10 denier, the lightweight pantyhose are equal parts sweet & stylish. Perfect for hot dates and weekend lunches, these can be smartened up for the office with some clever styling.  For a work friendly ensemble, take inspiration from the actress, wearing your heart print with sleek city shorts and a fitted trench coat.

Fancy a punk edge to your pretty? For sartorial rebels, dress legs in the Pamela Mann Large Heart Opaque Tights.  A fabulous alternative to those tired opaques, the 50 denier tights let you love loud and proud with bold, red hearts throughout.  A must if you adore the leg limelight, these will go great with a scarlet wrap dress and towering heels.

For those who have fallen for the heart design but believe that less is more, British brand Charnos have created the Knee Highs. Available in a handy three pack for triple the fun, the semi-opaque knee highs feature small hearts that run throughout (along with polka dots and oversized spots decorating the other two pairs). Ideal for wearing underneath cropped trousers, these will also complement bare legs and strappy sandals in the evening.

Actress, mom and hosiery enthusiast, we heart Katie Holmes!


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