Archive | November 2013

Tights from Fashion Week Move Away from Bright Gaudy Colours

Some of the tights worn on the catwalk in fashion week

Fashion Tights today have the means to inject real oomph into any outfit, and with the huge array of colours, patterns and fabrics, these fashionable head-turning accessories with their assortment of details can accentuate any look you are wanting to achieve. Heaps of eyes had been waiting for Fashion Week runways during September which is always a hectic month for lovers of fashion, and the latest trends and from London to New York, Paris and Milan, leading designers have brought out their 2013-2014 collections, with tights being a hot favourite.

Tights from the collections shown at Fashion Week are somewhat more toned down; more classical with sheers featuring broadly across the different designers. Bright funky colours are not as ‘in’ this year as last year and you should be looking at darker colours like blues, maroons, browns and dark reds in muted shades. The upcoming season’s colours are certainly more dark along with nude/natural colours.

With chilly weather, you can really turn up the heat with the fabulous selection of tights (which in our opinion are an indispensable item of clothing in any wardrobe), helping legs look streamlined and sleek and providing jaunty warm comfort. A trendy selection of tights seem no longer to be seen as a necessary essential but as pieces of high-fashion hosiery.

Get the Look with More Neutral Colours
Designers have really put emphasis on fashion tights this year, with emphasis being on quality and style. To this end wool, cotton, viscose and cashmere have been used for tights, making them even more soft, comfortable and luxurious than ever. Fishnet tights are still very much in vogue, but this year the pattern is also more toned down, so that the saucy, cabaret style gives way to more classy, smaller net styles. In fact many of the tights from Fashion Week were the trendy micronet tights, which were shown adding a touch of femininity to different outfits.

Put away bright gaudy colours for the end of 2013-2014 and opt for must-haves black and white, which is a trendy way to tone down any ‘too- colourful’ outfits you may want to don next Spring or Summer season.

Tights v Stockings – Which Would you Choose?

Tights Versus Stockings

These days practicality hasn’t been sacrificed for glamour, and today’s tights don’t only reflect the very latest trends, with them you can express your personality while also hiding any minor skin imperfections (such as varicose veins, blemishes ect) and protecting your legs from the elements. With either tights or stockings you can update your leg looks, enjoy wearing the hottest trends, and look as demure or as downright outrageous as you want.

Chic Detailing

Using fabrics and designs to suit any lifestyle or choice of fashion, tights are a versatile accessory in your wardrobe, and whether you opt for sheer tights in solid colours, fishnet, florals or checks, this adaptable hosiery is a perfect choice for any occasion or situation. Made from nylon, lycra or cotton they are worn tight-fitting from the feet to the waist primarily by girls and women, but with an increasing market for males of all ages who are now wearing them too under suits and sportwear or just because they like it!

Natural tights are soft and with a matt appearance, the natural look makes them great to wear every day. Available in a number of shades, not only do legs look perfectly toned, but there is also a special range of tights known for their slimming-control features, figure-support, and invisibility under your clothes giving you a smooth and firm look. But if tights are so flattering and multi-faceted, who needs stockings?

Nylon Stockings came about in 1939 and silk stockings first made their debut in 1940. Stockings unlike tights, cover the foot and only the half of the top part of the leg. They are similar to tights in that they make the legs look streamlined, smooth and free of blemishes and this means you can wear a short dress or skirt with more confidence. Many women prefer to wear tights for everyday use but they keep stockings for special moments when they want to feel sexy in their underwear, others prefer the irresistible feeling of a natural air flow and freedom they get from a pair stockings.

Stockings can be worn with suspender belts in sizzling colours and fabrics in either modern or glamorous retro styles, which for some contributes to a feeling of sensual sexiness – or as holdups, where a silicon band keeps them in place. If you are battling with ailments like thrombosis or edema, compression stockings are specialized elastic hosiery which exerts pressure against the legs, increasing blood flow and these too are becoming available in colours other than ‘tan’.

Tights which Voice Your Style

These days with health and comfort on everyone’s minds, there seems to be a divide in opinions as whether stockings or tights are the better option. Many women will tell you that stockings are only good as a fan belt when your car breaks down or that stockings and suspenders have passed their sell-by date, others will say there has been a massive comeback and that they are now the most popular legwear. In the bedroom, whether its the man or the woman wearing them, sizzling hot stockings definitely win hands down. On the other side of the coin, there is definitely a wider choice of stylish fabrics and trendy patterns available in tights.

Tights v Stockings – which should you choose?

Retro Style Fashion – The ‘Lost’ Glamour of the 1950s

Back to the 50’s. – Although retro style hosiery & lingerie is now highly popular, the glamour of the 50’s has been lost.

Retro Style Suspender Belts

In the modern world, retro style hosiery and lingerie is very popular and as all fashions seem to have a ‘cycle’, vintage underwear has come back with a bang. Envisage some of the advertisements and the display of provocative women dressed in 40’s and 50’s design modern lingerie on television and in magazines. Even so, the styles seen as an improvement of the 1950s do not capture the glamorous aspect of the ladies of the1950’s somehow. They always seemed immaculately dressed, had impeccable manners, and just looked so well groomed. Maybe I’ve just watched too many old films…..

So, can we claim that the era of preserving a lady’s modesty while bringing out an androgynous silhouette is over? There has no doubt been an improvement in style attributed to sophistication and a change in the material used to make undergarments; but today’s retro hosiery and lingerie styles bear an uncanny resemblance to those of the late 40’s & 50’s.

How the styles have been copied
Over time, the material used in making the hosiery and lingerie has become lighter leading to a change in the style. For example, a 1950’s bra was conical, giving support to the female form and exposing attractive curves. The need to bring back the lost glamour of those days has influenced fashion over the years leading to the creation of retro style stockings, shapewear such as girdles and waist chinchers, and suspender belts.

Retro Lingerie
Most people do not consider women’s underwear and night clothes to be accessories, but in the 1940s and 1950s, lingerie was important in the creation of an attractive silhouette. The material used in making modern lingerie is mostly cotton which is softer; thus, easier to wash and better for hygiene. Even with a change in the material, the objective of the undergarments remains the same – to create an attractive figure. As such, the design is similar to that of the old classics with regards to pretty lace fabric that stretches and moulds the body. You have to agree that the modern day bikini panties are a copy of the briefs worn in the 1950s. Back then, pants reached the waist and were more like shorts, when cut lower they were called hip-huggers which women wear today – therefore, only the length has changed.

Retro lingerie is not complete without mentioning the copy of the pointed cone bras and the wonder bras introduced in the late 1950s. The wonder bra as we all know was styled to show cleavage and also accommodate larger breasts or even portray them as being larger than they actually are. The need to fit into the new wonder bra led to the invention of the fastener and extender which is a common feature in retro lingerie.

Retro Hosiery
Hosiery has seen the reintroduction of 1940’s-50’s seamed nylons and stockings fully fashioned using soft materials (spandex), bobby socks (ankle socks) and sexy seamed fishnets. Modern fashion has seen the re-awakening of retro style modified suspender belts which serve as a fashion statement rather than just to perform the task of holding up a pair of stockings. Today’s belts are an imitation of the 1950’s glamour styles which are comfortable to wear, make the woman feel sexy, and have the same effect on men as they did back then in that they are fascinated by the curvy feminine look.

Shapewear
Girdles, roll-ons and were a staple part of a ladies wardrobes back in the day but although we can now choose whether or not to wear it, there is a lot to be said for today’s copies of the styles of the 50’s. Shapewear based on retro styles smooth other outer garments and helps conceal our problem areas brilliantly, but it is a personal choice as to whether you wear it or not.