The tights dilemma

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1. Do Consider the Different Types of Tights

There are various types of tights. A woman can choose from control tops, sheer or opaque tights, and fishnet or footless tights. The materials that tights are made from include nylon, cotton and lycra blends. Each type of tights has its unique benefits.

Sheer and Opaque Tights

Sheer tights are the more common types, with a denier rating that is very low. Denier relates to the sheerness of tights, with the lower number denoting a sheerer type of tights. A denier of less than 10 is sheer, while a denier of 20 is opaque.

Fishnet Tights

This type of tights is retro, sexy and reminiscent of the 1950s. Fishnet tights are a great accessory for formal occasions, or nights out on the town.

Footless Tights

Some tights are available in a footless version, such as athletic tights or casual wear tights. This style is a good way to revamp any outfit and are popular with fashion models and celebrities.

Suspender Tights

Suspender tights are not only classy, they are very feminine as well. This type of tights is very comfortable to wear and make any legs look amazing.

Brightly-Coloured Tights

Coloured tights can be worn for any occasion, casual to formal, and on both cold or warm days. These tights are bold and daring and are the perfect accessory for nearly any outfit. Choose a pair of pink tights and striped sneakers for a playfully casual look, or black tights and dress for a more formal look.

Wet Look Tights

Some tights have a finish that is so shiny it appears wet. These tights look great with high heels and a pair of short shorts.

2. Do Know Your Size

There is nothing worse than buying a pair of tights that are too small or too big. A woman should be sure to get her exact measurements before she goes shopping for tights. In order to find the correct size tights, it is necessary to take measurements with a cloth tape measure.

First measure the girth, which is the middle of the side shoulder and down through the crotch and then back to the same shoulder. The bust is measured by raising the arms and then measuring the fullest part of the chest. Measure the waist by passing the tape measure around the body at the waistline. To measure the hips, the process is similar to measuring the waist, by passing the tape measure around the fullest part of the hips. The inseam is measured from the crotch to the hemline on the inside of the leg.

Bodywear

Sizes

(2)

X Small

(4-6)

Small

(8)

Medium

Medium-

Large

Tall

(10-12)

Large

(14)

X Large

Bust

71-79 cm

81-86 cm

89-94 cm

89-97 cm

97-102 cm

104-109 cm

Waist

51-56 cm

58-64 cm

66-71 cm

72-76 cm

74-79 cm

81-86 cm

Hips

78-81 cm

84-89 cm

91-97 cm

97-103 cm

99-104 cm

107-112 cm

Girth

140-145 cm

145-150 cm

150-155 cm

155-165 cm

155-160 cm

160-165 cm

Height

147-160 cm

152-165 cm

155-173 cm

173-180 cm

160-178 cm

163-178 cm

When all the required measurements have been taken, compare the numbers to a sizing chart to determine the proper size tights for the perfect fit.

3. Do Freeze Tights

To extend the life of one’s tights, begin by buying tights that are at least 15 percentLycra or spandex, because such tights will hold up the best. To keep them looking great and run-free, the solution is to freeze them. Run tights under water, wring them out and place them in a freezer bag in the freezer for 24 hours. Freezing tights will strengthen the fibres. After 24 hours, let the tights thaw out naturally. The tights will be stronger and their lifespan extended from a few months to closer to a year.

4. Do Reinforce the Toes of Tights

It is fashionable to wear non-reinforced tights. These tights are sheer to the toes. The fact is, reinforced toe tights last months longer than non-reinforced versions because the extra layer of material helps to prevent runs. To reinforce the toes, turn the tights inside out and measure each foot over the widest part of the foot. Trace the outline with sewing chalk and then cut the tights along those lines. With the tights still inside out, put them on and place the cutouts on each foot and pin them in place. Then take off the tights very carefully and sew the cutouts onto the feet of the tights. When this is complete, turn the tights rightside out and wear them as usual.

5. Do Wear Spanx Tights

Spanx tights are far superior to regular tights. Spanx tights are high waisted, and help to shape tummies and thighs. The better brands of spandex tights have up to 20 per cent Lycra, providing excellent stretch to the fabric, which allows it to retain its shape and conform to body contours.

6. Do Check for the Denier Number

Thread density is important to determine the level of opacity or sheerness of one’s tights. Denier, or ‘den’, is the unit of measurement. The lower the den number, the sheerer the tights. The fastest and easiest way to find a pair of tights with the correct degree of sheerness or opacity is to look for the den number on the packaging. Tights worn with formal evening wear usually have a den number of of between 6 and 15.

7. Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment with Colour

Tights are available in such a variety of colours and levels of opacity that it is easy for one to experiment with them, choosing tights that can be sassy and flirty or that will match well with nearly every colour and and pattern of material. A woman can choose tights in a variety of colours from oranges, navy blues and browns to some exciting neons and nearly fluorescent colours.

8. Don’t Confuse Leggings with Tights

Let there be no doubt about this, tights are definitely not the same as leggings. Although one may own a thick pair of tights for those very cold days, they are still not leggings. Leggings have no feet, whereas tights always have feet. Leggings are designed to be worn as a sort of trousers under overlarge sweaters, whereas tights are accessories worn under dresses, skirts or pants.

9. Don’t Wear Low-Quality Tights

Quality tights are made with a higher thread count than their low-quality counterparts. The unfortunate truth is that when tights are not high quality, they tend to become more sheer, to the point of being see through. Low-quality tights have a tendency to run. It makes more sense to buy a high-quality pair of tights that will last for a few months than a pair of low-quality tights that might not last the night.

10. Don’t Wear Nude Tights

The consensus seems to be that nude tights are not the best choice of tights for any occasion. If one is seeking a nude look, perhaps nude tone stockings would be a better option. Tights are made with a higher thread count. They are thicker than pantyhose. Tights are meant to be seen. A woman should be creative in her choice of tights and choose a bright colour to wear under a dress or skirt.

How the fashion world learned to love black opaque tights

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As the weather turns, we ask the question: have you opened your tights drawer yet? If so, good news. After years in fashion Siberia, opaque tights are enjoying a comeback

Black opaques at the Saint Laurent AW14 show
Models wear black opaques in the finale of the Saint Laurent AW14 show. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

As sure as the world turns and the moon waxes and wanes, trends come and go in fashion. And yet, for the past decade, the industry has settled on one indubitable truth: opaque tights aren’t cool, or modern – and to wear them just isn’t fashion.

While the idea that tights could be “oh-vah” sounds absurd to anyone who has ever waited for a bus, on the front row it has been the stone-cold truth for years. And though we might shiver at the thought, it does make some aesthetic sense.

Alexa Chung on the front row

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Alexa Chung in a typical front row look: a winter jacket with bare legs. Photograph: Richard Young/REX

As those who sit cross-legged at fashion shows know, goosebump-free bare legs in cold weather say “where is my driver?” and “what are varicose veins?” If the same legs are deeply tanned in February they also suggest: “I have a yacht.”

Glossy magazine photoshoots rarely feature tights. Even when a model is dressed in a gargantuan jumper and Doc Martens, as in this month’s British Vogue, her knees will be unseasonably bare. On catwalks, too, dispensing with hosiery is par for the course, elevating looks from everyday to fabulous with just a hint of skin.

So the fact that every one of Heidi Slimane’s Saint Laurent autumn/winter 2014 looks came with black tights was quite a statement – particularly the outfits seemed to have been conceived with real life in mind. Slimane’s models wore modesty tights with mini skirts and knee high boots. They wore tights with sandals, a look reminiscent of that moment, early in the autumn, when you’re chilly but haven’t yet bought any sensible winter shoes.

Model on the catwalk for Saint Laurent.

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Model on the catwalk for Saint Laurent, AW14. Photograph: Pixelformula/Sipa/Rex

There are signs of a tights resurgence elsewhere, too: Kate Moss has never entirely abandoned opaques, often wearing them under tiny shorts. Recently, Rihanna wore black thigh-high socks that looked very much like opaques to Miu Miu’s autumn/winter show, and similar stockings to Christian Dior. Given also that Slimane is a designer who knows the zeitgeist – the man credited with popularising skinny jeans – we can safely say that something is afoot.

Kate Moss wearing opaque tights in September 2013.

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Kate Moss wearing opaque tights in September 2013. Photograph: Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images

So how to wear opaques the 2014 way? Taking inspiration from Saint Laurent and Moss, it’s best to avoid the matronly connotations of a midi-skirt with thick tights and wear them under shorter skirts and shorts. They can also be a good palate-cleanser in an otherwise over-the-top outfit: if you have a comedic fake-fur coat or a highly patterned leather skirt, now is the time to break it out, and pair it with opaques. Finally, annoying but true: expensive tights look better and last longer, and those with a higher denier will look more uniform.

Rihanna in her stockings at the autumn / winter Miu Miu show during Paris Fashion Week.

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Rihanna in her stockings at the AW14 Miu Miu show during Paris fashion week. Photograph: Jacopo Raule/GC Images

For us committed 80-denier wearers, of course, opaques never really went away, but there’s something nice about these faithful, uncool friends enjoying a fashion moment again. It’s also heartening to imagine the impossibly chic denizens of the front row spending winter the way so many of us do: negotiating the tangled, unglamorous contents of their tights drawers.

Body Culture Line

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The historical company of hosiery ORI, founded in the sixties, launches for the next season the limited edition Fashion .The line stays true to the standards of research, innovation and quality 100 % made ​​in Italy, which are the core business of the brand. This capsules have been used to double covered yarns, microfibers 3D version both glossy and matte and special processing. The sock becomes a basis on which to work out details such as lace, trimmings, floral details and Swarovski.With this collection Ori wanted to highlight once again the world of seduction and femininity.

 

New Season

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ORI presents the project

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