Archive | August 2013

Control Hosiery

Control Hosiery

charnos-control-tightsSupport hosiery, control tights and stockings or shapewear is worn for a number of different reasons. They are useful in several different ways including the treatment and/or prevention of a number of health conditions
such as varicous veins, ulcers or bad circulation.

Life can be made a lot more comfortable for any women who have to stand for long periods of time such as shop assistants, nurses or restaurant workers when wearing legwear that offers a bit of support.

Control lingerie is fanastic for confidence building, smoothing out lumps and
bumps under tight clothing and adding a bit of support where necessary, depending on the style you choose.

Although not exactly known for it’s sexiness, today’s support hosiery and shapewear is comfortable to wear, looks great AND offers health benefits  -take this panty girdle with suspenders, it looks sexy as well as helping to smooth out hips, tummy and bums. Read our Article – When to wear Support Tights >>

10 Things about Stockings Your Teachers Wouldn’t Tell You!

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Black & Red Lace Top Stockings by Gabriella

Fashion stockings are a fabulous accessory, but if you are not yet convinced  of their many uses, check out the following list:

1. Stockings are sexy – men love stockings, especially when they are worn with a suspender belt and saucy lingerie.

2. Men wear stockings too – sounds crazy, but a lot of men have a stocking fetish, which is why it is pretty easy now to find stockings in extra-large sizes.

3. Sales of men’s’ stockings have risen in the last twenty years – men often wear women’s stockings for stag parties and raucous nights out. Most of them don’t even bother shaving their legs first.

4. If you want to frighten men away buy some ‘hairy leg stockings’ – they look as hideous as they sound.

5. Fishermen sometimes wear stockings to protect against jellyfish stings – thin nylon acts as an extra protective layer to shield the skin from the pain of a jellyfish sting.

6. If you snag your stockings, you can repair the hole using clear nail polish – a cheap and easy trick when you don’t have a spare pair to hand.

7. Use a spare stocking to fix a broken fan belt in a car engine – nylon is incredibly strong and a stocking quick fix will be enough to let you reach the nearest garage.

8. If you choose stockings over tights, don’t wear a short skirt – every time you bend over your stocking tops will be on display, along with everything else.

9. Don’t apply too much moisturiser if you wear hold-up stockings – the silicon strips at the top won’t hold in place and you will spend the entire evening pulling them back up.

10. If you can’t afford to buy stockings or prefer a real retro look, use a biro to draw a line up the back for ‘faux seams’ or be truly adventurous and draw black criss-cross lines over your legs to mimic fishnet stockings – not
ideal, but better than nothing!

Stocking Styles for Plus Size Ladies

I can write easily about plus size legs as I have spent my life being teased by my friends for
having ‘wrestlers legs’, even when I was just a size 10 (some years ago now:(
I would love to wear so many of the great fashion stockings and tights out there but am restricted to certain styles and patterns as some leave my legs looking like overstuffed sausages. If you are unfortunate enough to have an abundance of fatty tissue from the hips down, there is absolutely no reason why women of any size can’t wear stockings with confidence, just take a few minutes to
think carefully about the styles you choose.

My advice would be not to wear anything too sheer, or with an all-over pattern that will stretch,
‘fuzz’ around the edges and generally not do your legs any favours at all. Choose darker colours with a simple pattern up the side of the leg or a seam up the back which will slim it down. Your choice of shoes will also make a difference, avoid flats or anything with an ankle strap, and match your shoe colour to the colour of your stockings.

It is not necessary to have perfect thighs to wear stockings, but it is usually better to go for
a suspender belt rather than hold-ups (which can be okay if the top is fairly deep), as you will get a smoother line, the grip of stay ups could cause an ‘overhang’, but having said that, buying the right size rather than squeezing into a ‘one size fits all’ can eliminate the problem – or even just a few simple exercises a day to tone your thighs can make all the difference. Women still look sexy in a great
pair of stockings – plus size or not!

Here are my 6 top favourite stocking styles for ladies with larger legs:

A small pattern running vertically down the calf will slim down calf area

A small pattern running vertically down the calf will slim down calf area


Opaque holdups with a wide lace band

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Our 6 Picks for Autumn

Okay so it’s still August and maybe your thoughts are still with sun, sea and sangria – but Autumn creeps around all too quickly and soon it will be time to store away the bikini’s for another year and drag out the winter woolies,
fur snoods and boots. Having lived in Spain for 8 years, and being someone who despises being cold, I just can’t re-adjust to the long periods of time us Brits go without warmth and sunshine – which is almost 7 months a year.

If you can’t afford a complete new wardrobe for the coming cold season, there are some great opaques or thick winter tights on the market which can revamp last year’s fashions and bring them back to life. Hosiery especially tights, has become an art form with cartoon prints, various scenery, two tone ombre or tie dye tights, hand sewn embellished designs and so much more being available from the inexpensive to the high end luxury market. Many styles make a fashion statement all on their own, no matter what you pair them with.

Here are our 6 top picks so far for this autumn – All available from our fashion tights collection leaf-print-tights moustache-tights bow-tights

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What Jezebel Should Write About Wearing Stockings

fashion-stockings-hanaJezebel is associated with women who where sexually immoral and promiscuous, similar to those first women who appeared in public wearing stockings and suspenders – ie. Prostitutes, show girls, pin up girls or women who appear in adult magazines. We think she would have a lot to say about today’s fashion stockings which are sexy, sensual and diverse in colour and style. Coupled up with suspender belts and lacy lingerie, they are a match made in heaven. Wearing stockings has become very common today as they accentuate the shape of the legs and make a woman feel desirable and sexy. Some even women believe that unless you are wearing them, you are walking around in the nude. To them, leaving the house not wearing a pair is almost immoral.

Worn on all types of occasions these days; business ladies will dress up in power suits and cover their legs up with a pair of sheers, fishnet or lacy stockings are a popular recipe for the seductresses, brides wear white
or ivory stockings with their wedding gowns on their big day, and nightclub goers also wear them with their little mini dresses when they go out to have fun.  Stockings are worn literally everywhere, by women of all age groups and are made of a variety of materials in an array of different designs.The question of who wears them has many answers because they are not limited to any particular group. Reasons for wearing them may differ though – young girls often prefer tights, but teenagers and young adults are known to wear stockings with a twist – either they like them randomly cut up so that they expose parts of their leg, or they decide on a pair of fishnets.

Working ladies also wear them as they are a great accessory to a smart suit. The style worn to work are however generally not the ones with many patterns and large pores but tend to be of the sheer or opaque variety and with little or no design, although maybe female employees wearing skirts with stockings and suspenders distract the male employees as apparently some company bosses have recently been known to insist that their female employees do not wear them to the office to keep everyone’s attention focussed on their work. You will also find that ladies of ‘advanced age’ tend to wear stockings as opposed to tights – their reasons could be because it is out of habit as they would have worn them in their youth and would feel incomplete and undressed without them or possibly just a comfort thing.

Legwear has surely come a long way from the Victorian era. Today, women have access to fashion stockings of many designs of different texture and fabric. They also come in different colours and styles. Legwear can be classified according to their design or by the material from which they are made of. Some common fabric that is used includes lace, nylon, net/fishnet, cotton and Lycra. Fully Fashioned Nylon stockings have recently made a comeback and come in a variety of colours from black to nude or with contrasting coloured seams or cuban heels. The thickness is also different, some are very sheer while others are totally opaque.

Thigh highs are commonly worn with a suspender belt to keep them in position, whilst Holdups or Stayups have silicon bands which keep them in place. These particular types of stockings are known for their sexiness and are frequently worn by ladies with a motive – they leave very little to the imagination!The number one reason why many women favour them has to be because they are a symbol of sensuality and femininity. They add a touch of feminism to an outfit and make the wearer stand out. The preferred kinds in winter are the opaque ones as they are better heat insulators but during warmer months, sheers are worn and are often preferred over tights as they offer more ventilation.

Whichever colour, fabric or thickness types that one chooses, stockings say something about the wearer’s fashion preferences and tastes. They serve as an individual fashion item as well as just an accessory. They can also be worn to cover up the legs if one feels that the skirt or dress they are wearing reveals too many ‘imperfections’. Stockings offer great sex appeal as much of the leg is exposed and visible whilst the upper thigh and crotch area is ‘free’ giving the impression the wearer is ‘accessible’.

Whatever the reasons may be for wearing this gorgeous piece of clothing, stockings have their magic – to both the wearer and those that notice them. Jezebel surely would have been proud to live in modern times and rather than being condemned as a fallen woman, would have been considered a stylish fashionista.


20% Discount on Falbala Seamed Stockings

20% discount on Falbala Tights

We would like to offer our readers a special promo code for a 20% discount on the 1940’s inspired seamed stockings collection at

Karen is the designer behind the fabulous range of hand embellished or crystal back seam stockings, holdups,
studded tights and leggings/footless tights all made in Italy and decorated in the UK.

Brightly coloured tights with tassles, military medals, or gold and silver studded designs often with
a sprinkle of Swarovski crystals, are part of this fun collection that can be worn anywhere from the office to a nightclub and definately gets the thumbs up from us!

Currently the code can only be used on the back seam stocking collection but tights arriving later this
year will also be included. Valid until 31st December 2013, enter Swanky2013
when ordering from their website for your 20% off.