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Bare Leg Look Tights – Which Style is Best for You?

40027-Shelina-12Forget diamonds, bare leg look tights are a girl’s real best friend. Like make-up for your legs, bare leg look hosiery will blend blemishes, vanquish veins and perk up pale, pasty pins.  And with an army of celebrity fans, headed up by Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and Queen of Sheer Tights, it’s no wonder that sales of sheer tights have rocketed over the last year.

To help you through the maze of options, I have written a guide to getting the coveted bare leg look, so you can discover the right pair for you in a matter of minutes…

Best for: the ultimate bare leg look

My absolute favourite bare leg look products are made from bi-component (usually Sideria) yarns, which simply give an absolutely unbeatable look on the leg.  With a 7 denier appearance and 15 denier strength, the Charnos Simply Bare 7D Sideria Tights are a fabulous everyday option thanks to their budget busting price.  If you’re type of girl that loves a bargain, I’d also suggest taking a look at the Pretty Polly Naturals collection – a range of 7 styles in 5-8 denier, with a cooling finish that means legs feel as great as they look.  Too scared to debut your pasty pins?  Then I recommend the Oroblu Suntime Tights, as these ultra sheers come in a range of skintone shades designed to give your skin a subtle glow.  And last but definitely not least, the Falke Shelina Tights are my absolute must have – I wear them all summer long and no one can ever believe I’m wearing tights.  Not only do they give the best finish on your legs, the colours were relaunched last year with the help of actual dermatologists, so they now come in an array of shades that look even more natural on the leg.

Aristoc-UltimateBest for: Large choice of colours

The Falke Shelina products are by no means the only styles to come in a vast range of shades.  We pride ourselves on stocking bare leg look products for every skin tone including Afro-Caribbean, Mediterranean and the palest English Rose. To choose your perfect shade, it’s worth checking out our skin tone guide which shows bare leg styles on a range of skintones, so you can get the perfect match for you.

The Trasparenze Capri tights are a good place to start, as they come in 8 shades including a range of skintone matches.  Plus, in four sizes up to a size Maxi, they’ll fit up to a height of 7”1 and a weight of over 14 stone.  Also available in a plus size option are the utterly gorgeous Oroblu Geo 8 Tights, which feel silky smooth to the touch and glide onto the leg like a dream.   Available in a multitude of natural shades, the slight sheen finish gives a glowing, “just-moisturised” look to your skin – a little touch of luxury for your everyday routine.

Best for: everyday wear

If, like me, you seem to always be on the go, choosing a ladder resist product can be the perfect way to stop you spending unnecessary hard earned cash on emergency replacement tights.  Boasting a rather clever run resistant Lycra Fusion yarn, the Aristoc Ultimate 10D Matt Tights spell an end to ladders as any pesky snags that do appear just will not run – hooray for Aristoc! And back by popular demand, the Levante Resistenza Tights are a perennial favourite with our customers, thanks to their lighter than light feel on the leg, which belies their super strong run resist properties.

Best for: Occasions

Whether you have a special occasion coming up or are just the kind of woman that likes a little luxury in her life, then top of the range styles from Wolford are your perfect partner. I do love to pamper myself on special occasions by investing in something a little extra special, and the Wolford range is second to none when it comes to superior craftsmanship and timeless style. Treat yourself to a pair of the Wolford Individual 5 Tights, and the instant immaculate, powdery matte finish on your legs will garner admiring glances wherever you go.  I know though that 5 denier is sometimes not the most practical option for ladies on the go, which is why I would also stock up on the individual-5-tightsWolford Luxe 9 Tights, which are slightly thicker with a slight sheen finish for a subtly glowing skin.

Best for: showing off that pedicure

Toeless tights are the ideal solution for those of you that want flawless looking skin, but also want to show off that pedicure in peep toes or strappy sandals.  Featuring two to loops to keep them firmly in place, the Trasparenze Tropea Toeless Tights give a lovely natural look on the leg and are one of the oldest toeless options.  Other open toe options ideal for teaming with your summer footwear come from three of our favourite ranges: the Pretty Polly Naturals 8D Open Toe Tights, Falke Shelina Toeless Tights or the Charnos Simply Bare 7D No Toes Tights.

With so many options available, it’s no wonder that shopping for sheers can sometimes be confusing.  If you need any further help in choosing the perfect pair for you then you can contact our customer services team who will be able to expertly guide you through the process.

Until next week…

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Celebrity Favourites: Get the Look!

Hankering after a little star style this season?  Get the look, with our pick of celebrity favourites…

K-Middy’s Bare Leg Look Tights: Kate Middleton and the Great Sheer Tights Debate has become one of the most iconic hosiery looks of the last few years – ironic, since as the name suggests, you can’t even see them.  There are loads of bare leg look styles on the market that offer wonderful coverage and a flawless skin tone – it’s rumored Kate wears Wolford sheers, but we love the Falke Shelina Tights, which offer the perfect shade for every skintone.

Zooey Deschanel’s Opaque Tights: There’s no denying that Zooey is the official face of opaque tights – from New Girl set to red carpet event, she never seems to take hers off!  For those of you without the A List budget, there are the Pamela Mann 80 Denier Opaque 

Tights – just the right thickness to keep out the chill without being too thick for elegant eveningwear, they come in a range of shades so you can match them to your accessories.

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Gwyneth’s Wool Tights:  On her much-discussed lifestyle website Goop, the Hollywood actress includes the wonderfully warm Wolford Merino Tights in her top picks for avoid the icy polar vortex weather in the US.  We’re not surprised – they’re wonderfully warm and super luxe to boot!

Little Mix’s Suspender Tights: The Little Mix lovelies are hard at work making a name for themselves across the pond, and are (in our opinion) at least partially responsible for the resurgence of suspender tights in the last few months.  Get the look by donning a pair with a twist, like the super cute Pamela Mann Bunny Ear Overknee Tights or the popular Pamela Mann Paris Skyline Suspender Tights.

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Rochelle’s Shapewear: The Saturdays lovely has made no secret of her love of shapewear, and Spanx in particular.  And with a figure like hers, why wouldn’t you want to get the look?!  If you’re expecting, opt for the Spanx Power Mama Shaper, just like Rochelle – or if you just want a little helping hand to get Rochelle’s amazing hourglass figure, the Spanx Higher Power Brief is just the ticket.

Miranda Kerr’s Sheer Tights: Sales of sheer tights have soared in recent months, with classic black sheers making a name for themselves for the first time since the 90s.  Model Miranda has been spotted out and about in hers on several occasions – get the look with a 20 denier sheer like the Falke Pure Matt 20 Tights, which have a classic matte finish and luxurious feel for a look just like Miranda’s.

 

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So here’s to you, Mrs. Middleton…

carole-middleton-patterned-tights-zoomFashion ?controversies? never cease to amaze us ? first of all it was Kate Middleton?s nude tights, now her mum Carole has been making waves with her own legwear.? Stepping out in Chelsea yesterday in a chic black ensemble, Mrs. Middleton teamed a double breasted black coat with lacey patterned tights.

The world immediately declared themselves shocked at her (and I quote) ?awful? choice of hosiery.? Erm? really?? Many have criticised her for dressing too young, because her hemline was ? shock horror ? about three inches above the knee.

What?s all the fuss about?? It?s not like she?s parading round in a minidress and fishnet stockings (though Madonna, 55, frequently does) ? it?s a pretty standard outfit in our opinion ? not quite Lady Gaga.? In fact here at MyTights HQ we think she looks sensational!? The look was elegant and pulled together, with nothing revealing or trashy ? in fact it was so conservative it might even have bordered on boring, were it not for the fabulous lace tights covering her (amazing!) legs.

Too old?? You?re never too old for fashion.? In fact she reminds us a little of national treasure Dame Helen Mirren, who at 68 doesn?t let her age stop he from wearing fabulous frocks and bikinis without a care ? and in our opinion Mrs.Middleton looks just as great as The Queen actress always does.? And if we look half as good as Carole does when we?re her age, we?ll be more than happy.? So we say bah humbug to all the haters ? we heart Carole?s style!

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There are loads of fashion styles you can rock that are perfectly subtle enough to work with even a conservative dresser ? here are our top picks for getting Carole?s look?

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Kate in Opaques: Savvy Styling or Fashion Faux Pas?

kate-middleton-opaques-under-dress-editOur beloved K-Middy can do no wrong, it seems, when it comes to fashion.? Through her carefully selected on-trend-yet-classic wardrobe, she has expertly toed the line between Royal protocol and her own (excellent) taste, leaving us with a serious case of wardrobe envy.

Much was made a couple of years ago about her devotion to the nude sheer, with some corners of the fashion world turning their noses up and decrying them as an 80s throwback we should have long since left behind.? But with sales of luxury sheer tights up 43% so far this year, we think some of those critics might now be eating their words.? But what do you make of the Duchess? latest fashion ?controversy??

At the screening of Sir David Attenborough?s Natural History Museam Alive 3D last Thursday, Kate wore a stunning, floor skimming Temperley dress, ticking all the necessary boxes (on trend lace/cool Brit designer/flattering but reserved cut).? But as she lifted her skirt to step up onto the pavement, she unwittingly also lifted the lid on her warming secret ? black opaque tights layered under her floor length gown.

Now, we?re all for trying where possible to combine fashion with comfort (except for when it comes to onesies), but we?re wondering if maybe a thicker sheer might have been the answer? Twenty or even thirty denier semi opaque tights in a skin tone shade would have provided the necessary protection from the chill but also would have remained incognito if a glimpse of ankle or shin were to be unveiled.? But then she?s the darling of the fashion world for a reason ? for all the rules and protocol, she can wear what she likes and 99% of fashionistas everywhere will happily follow suit.

We say, if you are going to go there, why not go the whole hog?? Layer your long party frocks over a pair of Pretty Polly?s Fleecy Tights and you?ll have a toasty warm layer no one will ever know about ? unless of course they happen to catch a glimpse, in which case you can just tell them you?re working The Kate.

 

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Kate and her regal hosiery!

Is there anything that Kate Middleton looks bad in? We?ll save you the guess work and tell you that the answer is no. Unfortunately for us, the Duchess of Cambridge & yummy mummy of one always looks picture perfect, with her frugal but fabulous outfit choices winning over the nation.

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Her appearance last week was no exception either, with the Princess paying a visit to children?s mental health charity Place2Be. Dressed in a smart navy skirt & jacket, the 31 year old accessorised her outfit with a pair of navy?sheer tights, completed with her signature slight sheen finish. Apart from a surprise gust of wind playing havoc with her hemline, Kate looked as chic as ever.

For a hosiery look to rival Kate?s, we recommend the Oroblu Sensuel 13 Tights. A firm favourite of founder Laura too, the lightweight sheers will glide onto legs, with an unbeatable silky smooth quality. With a sheer 13 denier appearance, the tights come in an array of shades, making sure there?s a pair for every occasion. Opt for the classic black, or try the softer music tone for an exact style match.

If you like the idea of sheers but fancy a little more coverage, then the Pure Shine 40 Tights are just the ticket. Equal parts luxurious and lovely, the 40 denier tights feature a glamorous sheen finish that will flatter any leg silhouette. Silky smooth to the touch, the tights also use moisture absorbent technology to leave legs refreshed no matter what.

And from chic sheers to chocolate opaques, it seems that Kate is not content with just one pair of tights. Showcasing yet another fabulous offering from her hosiery drawer, the Duchess was back in brown to join Prince William on a charity visit in London. Teaming her patterned shift dress with a pair of suede brown boots, Kate relied on her dark chocolate opaques to winter proof her hemline.? And it?s safe to say we?re fans! By shunning her everyday black opaques, Kate has proven that a little bit of colour goes along way.

To join the brown brigade, treat pins to the Falke Seidenglatt 70 Tights in ?Brenda?. Rich and luxurious, the 70 denier tights will fast become a wardrobe staple. Brilliant for delivering fashion & function in all in one, the thick opaques come with an elegant sheen, making them ideal for work & play.

For a purse friendly alternative, add the Pamela Mann 50 Denier Tights in ?Chocolate? to your hosiery drawers. At a price that will leave everyone smiling, the gorgeous coloured opaques come in all the colours of the rainbow (not just brown!), and feature super smart 3D elastane fibre for a fab fit & feel.

We just can?t wait to see what Kate does next!

 

 

 

 

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Cover Up Sheers ? Make Up For Your Legs

neon-40-tightsHere at MyTights we?re surrounded by images of perfect pins every day.? But we know that loads of women don?t feel confident about their legs ? in fact, a study by monthly glossy Glamour Magazine found that 97% of women have at least one negative thought about their body EVERY DAY.? But instead of bemoaning your thunder thighs/cankles/blotchy skin/massive pores/obvious veins, why not learn to love what you?ve got ? and make the best of what you do have?

Some celebs use body foundation, but we find that it?s just not practical for any situation in which you have to actually wear clothes.? Sure, it evens out your skin tone, but it also stains your clothes, is tricky to apply ? and if it rains, forget it.? The solution?? We?ve discovered that skin perfecting hosiery is the way forward.? It?s quick, easy, inexpensive and instant ? what could be better?

The trick is to pick sheer tights that are a little thicker than your average sheer ? anything from 20 denier upwards will give a little light coverage that can cover scars, blemishes and uneven skintone.? Choose a shade as close as possible to your natural skintone and they?ll give you a flawless, natural look.

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Tights Fit for your Princess

After several weeks (read: almost nine months) of anticipation, the Royal Baby has finally arrived, and so too has the media scrum surrounding it. Amid a sea of baby related souvenirs and office syndicates on the eventual name (just for the record, we?re all championing George at MyTights HQ), there?s no denying that this is the most exciting Windsor related news since a certain Prince got up to no good in Vegas. And given that Baby Cambridge is now next in line for the throne and very much in the public eye already, I can?t help but think about the endless outfits and impressive wardrobe that we?ll no doubt all coo over in the next few months. Of course, the chance of the newest arrival being dressed in tights is pretty nonexistent, but with stylish Kate as a mum, we can expect nothing less than fashion forward. Quickly earning herself the Queen of Sheers title, yummy mummy Kate Middleton has reminded us all just how elegant the bare leg look is, creating a surge in sheer sales across the nation.? But when it comes to hosiery fit for your little Princess, I?ve narrowed down the pick of the bunch and without that Buckingham Palace price tag, they?ll be able to join in on the fun too?Regal Hosiery!

With summer comes endless garden parties and wedding invitations, with a ?smart dress? requirement that may not sit so well with your little one, especially if they?ve nominated that well-worn fairy costume as their first choice of attire. To keep the peace and nip any wardrobe wars at the bud, settle on some elegant sheer tights from Country Kids. Perfect for adding a classic finishing touch to that sweet party dress, these will also keep her legs warm when the weather reverts back to its old, blustery self. Catering for ages 3-11, there are four fabulous shades (a classic black, sweet ivory and wedding friendly white) to pick from, even featuring a light tan colour to pay homage to Kate?s appreciation for a nude leg.

And from sheers to socks….appeasing to her inner girlie girl is a sure fire way to win you brownie points, and speaking from firsthand experience with my nieces, anything with frills is a huge advantage. From Country Kids, the super soft cotton-feel ankle socks are just the ticket for special days out or parties. With a dainty appearance created by a lace frill around the tops, the soft socks are ideal for adding plenty of pretty points to simple sundresses or pinafores, with three pastel shades to keep her and her wardrobe happy. What?s more, these have been reinforced for extra strength, keeping up with busy bees as they run circles around the house/park/garden and earning themselves an Official Mum?s Seal of Approval in the process.

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Whilst there?s no denying that current sunshine situation is glorious (and who doesn?t love heat waves!?), switched on mums and dads will realise that the new school term is only a summer holiday away. With new uniforms comes a seasonal change, with wind and rain taking over from where the sunshine left off. Whilst Baby Cambridge won?t be settling into school just yet, there?s no reason why you can?t treat your little one?s hosiery drawer to some new additions. As colourful as they are cosy, the Cotton Rich Children?s Tights from Pex are the just what you?ve been searching for ? durable and soft tights that? look great but refuse to cost the earth. With an extensive range of 11 colours available (so there?s bound to be one that matches uniform requirements!) you may be a little spoilt for choice, but if you?re still searching for ?that? shade, be sure to look at the Warmer Cotton Children?s Tights from Country Kids too. Both products cater for tiny newborns too, so whilst tights may be off the agenda for Kate, we can only hope that mum-to-be Zara Phillips is listening!

Of course, everyone knows that with any Royal announcement comes a jubilant party, so what better way to celebrate the arrival of the future heir than with glitter ? and lots of it. Making sure that your little one steals the spotlight at every celebration, the Sparkly Footless Tights from Country Kids are fit for a Princess, with enough shimmer to take her into the approaching party season too. With no feet, negotiating footwear at the front door will be a thing of the past, as anything from open toed sandals to ballet pumps go. Phew!

And from everyone at MyTights HQ, congratulations Kate and William!

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Oh, Boy! Kate Dazzles Post-Birth (with a few of her Middleton trademarks)

It’s no secret that we’re all BIG Kate fans here at MyTights HQ. We, along with pretty much the entire nation (and the world’s media), have been waiting with bated breath for the arrival of Baby Cambridge for weeks now. Finally, on Monday, a future King was born – and last night the moment everyone had been waiting for arrived, as the proud new parents emerged onto the steps on the hospital cradling their new arrival.

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Barely there sheers – Blink and you’ll miss them!

Shock, horror! The inevitable has happened here in Blighty and we’ve all been granted the summer that we spent months wishing for through chattering teeth. Saving our summer wardrobe from the brink of despair (I can hear my sandals rejoicing as I type), it appears that the sun is planning on staying put for a while too. Whilst the thought of a hosiery free day may cross some minds, a lot has to be said for the enviable skin tone and flawless look that summer sheer tights bring with them! With the scorching temperatures giving us such short notice, we can hardly be blamed for our lack of preparation, but I’ve come to rely on a simpler solution that won’t leave you knee deep in SOS lotions & potions…

Kate MiddletonIf it’s extensive shades you’re after, then Oroblu may just be the brand you’ve been waiting for. Feather light and gorgeously soft, the Geo 8 Tights from the brand come as a godsend for those fretting over blemishes or unprepped pins. For legs that haven’t quite seen sunlight yet thanks to the frosty first part of the year, the nude tone is ideal. Pale without any chalkiness, this shade has been designed for the fairest of English Roses. With just the right amount of elastane in, the sheers hug your legs for that ‘second skin’ look, leaving those around you none the wiser. If you struggle to find natural looking hosiery for your olive skin tone, then struggle no longer. Available in the Suntime Tights, the sun shade will leave legs on the right side of St.Tropez (a personal favourite of mine), whilst peachy brown tones create that sundrenched colour. What’s more, darker colours that were previously so tricky to find have all been catered for by the brand, with fabulouBarely there and super sheer, the bare leg look has risen in popularity since Kate Middleton revealed the extent of her impressive collection. All with good reason of course, as the stylish mum to be has shown us how important it is to find your perfect shade – and stick with it. From the palest of English Roses to dark brown or black African skintones, there’s a shade for absolutely everyone, helping us to fake that no-hosiery look day in and day out. When it comes to selecting your shade, the truer to life the shade is the better – and more believable. Of course, there’s always a little leeway when it comes to adding that post-holiday glow (with no need for a passport or bikini) but I hasten to add that natural is the name of the game if you want to avoid that tell-tale too-tanned giveaway!

Taking a far more scientific approach when it comes to the barely there look, German brand Falke have recently enlisted the help of a clued up dermatologist to discover the ideal pair of Shelina sheers for you. Basing it all on your complexion, eye colour and hair colour (natural this is ladies, peroxide will not be counted!), each of their shades have been analysed and if necessary, adjusted. Think made to measure as you consult nifty colour guides in order to discover the shade your legs will thank you for. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the Shelina sheers (and you clearly are too as they’re our current number one best selling sheer!), as with a little help from a clever bi-component yarn, these have the appearance of a daintier 8 denier as opposed to their true 12 denier. With super sheer toes that show off that new pedicure to perfection, you can get away with a plethora of peep toes and open toed sandals – simply made for heatwaves.s shades for both light and dark African & Asian skin tones.For those who pitch their flag in the hold up camp, there are always the Shelina Hold Ups. As the name would suggest, these are from the same family as your sheers, containing all the same plus points but offering a little more freedom of movement. Earning their gold star for believable and beautiful shades, the hold ups are available in four fab colours that cover a range of skin tones (oh and a classic black for extra measure too!). Likewise, the Charnos Simply Bare 7D Hold Ups will help keep hosiery collections happy this summer too, but with some additional paler tones for the alabaster inclined amongst us.

Skin-Tones

If you’re still struggling to get your head around the colour wheel (and who can blame you in this heat?!), I’ve made sure that we’ve included a simple and easy to use bare leg look skin tone guide on our website. Simply select the legs that match your hosiery-free pins best, and scroll through the products that have been specially selected for you. Kate Middleton, eat your heart out!

Until next time…

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You Heard It Here First – Brown is the new Black!

It’s official ladies, our fail -safe shade of choice has been knocked off its prime position in the colour chart – with a Royal approval to boot! We know, we know, what on earth could replace black? Well, with one glance at Kate, Pippa & Zara at the Cheltenham Races, it seems that brown is very much back on the colour radar, and we couldn’t adore it more.

Kinder on skin tones and a much softer alternative to bold blacks , chocolately hues are perfect for adding a warm touch to any ensemble,

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particularly when sunshine is fast becoming a myth! With not one but three Royal ladies (!) embracing the trend, it’s only a matter time before we all attempt it ourselves. Forever here to help with your hosiery needs, we’ve rounded up the best of the bunch when it comes to the cocoa colour…

Sister of the moment and tabloid sweetheart, Pippa Middleton, was seen working her brown tights at the races, teaming it with a canary yellow coat & suede knee high boots. Now, whilst the flo-yellow shade may not be everyone’s cup of tea, we simply loved her cosy opaques. Perfect for protecting pins from that chill in the air, thick chocolate tights look as delicious as they sound! A fan of Pippa’s look? Go for the Pamela Mann 50 Denier Tights in Chocolate. With a price that won’t hurt your purse, these look fab when worn under knee high boots and a flirty hemline. If the temperature is far too unfriendly for you, step up the warmth factor in the Pamela Mann 80 Denier Tights, for the same shade but a slightly thicker opaque.

And for those pattern fanatics? Whilst the rest of the world may be waiting for the latest addition to the Royal family, we’ve got our eyes firmly on the Princess’ choice of hosiery! Showing her appreciation for all things chocolate, Kate Middleton treated her pins to a pair of faux net tights. Pairing hers with a peachy pea coat and boots, we think she looked the picture of elegance. Add interest to your winter coat in these gorgeous Oroblu Loreline Tights. With a touch of Art Deco to them, your legs are sure to be the talking point.

If you want something for when the sun does decide to come out and play, sheer tights are just the ticket. The good news ladies, is that your favourite sheers come in the gorgeous brown shade too! Previously overlooked for their black & nude counterparts, this time round it’s all about the cocoa. With four gorgeous tones to choose from, we love the Levante Class Tights. From an espresso Mocca to a golden Hazlenut, there’s an option for any ensemble this spring. Be sure to inject a little colour into your outfit to keep things cheery, avoiding the temptation to match accessories.

Still not convinced to put down your black tights? Never fear! Although the Royals have failed to win you over, we still have a gorgeous range of black hosiery to keep those wardrobes happy…

 

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