Fashion Week Hosiery: Part 1

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The 2019 fashion weeks have so far given a flavour of the styles that continue to be top trends and the new looks we will all be wearing as the year unfolds.

Paris Haute Couture, New York and London Fashion Weeks have demonstrated that fashion favourites are going to be prevalent this year – with animal print, ruffles, monochrome, floral patterns and bright psychedelic colours.  There was also a focus on large sleeves and bows, bringing back an 80s style vibe.

Many of the famous names in fashion chose to complete their hand crafted luxury designs with tights, giving each outfit a striking finish.

Checkout our style guide of the top trending hosiery styles from this years fashion weeks so far.  In part 1 of our fashion week hosiery guide we take a look at the shimmer, glitter, glamour and floral trends of 2019.

Stay on trend with The Tight Spot and get the looks below:

1. Colour Shimmer

An emphasis on shimmering coloured sheer tights was seen across many outfits, including pastel shades, purples and burgundy colours, which were all carefully colour coordinated with the designs and shoes.

 

 

Top left: Gipsy Sheer Gloss 15 Denier TightsTop second on the right: Oroblu Revolution Sparkle TightsBottom left: Cecilia de Rafael Eterno Super Lucido Shiny Tights

2. Black Diamond Glitter

Glitter tights and ankle high socks continue to be an on trend style, paired with floral monochrome looks or a splash of colour.

 

From left to right: Wolford Sparkle Strip TightsJonathan Aston Glitz Glitter TightsFiore Pincio Sparkle Ankle Highs

3. 80’s Glamour

Fishnet tights, shiny tights and polka dot patterned tights featured amongst many designers’ outfits, bringing back an 80s style vibe.  Paired with oversized suit jackets with shoulder pads and dresses with large sleeves and ruffles.

Top second on the right: Couture Ultra Gloss Tights, Top right: Levante Micronet Tights, Bottom right: Cecilia de Rafael Eterno Pois Polka Dot Tights

4. Floral Fancies

Floral patterned tights were everywhere!  Taking many different forms – embroidered, print and tattoo.  The illustrative tattoo tights have maintained their on trend look but the styling had a layering twist by pairing them with ankle high socks, another hosiery accessory that we will be seeing much more of throughout 2019.

 

From left to right: Trasparenze Waterlilly Patterned TightsTrasparenze Hawthorn Floral Patterned Hold UpsOroblu Prettiness Lace Tights

As a first choice online hosiery store, The Tight Spot has a vast collection of new season styles as currently shown on the catwalks, so you can stay on trend at all times.  Take a look at our New Season Fashion Tights.

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Top 5 Hosiery Moments of 2018

It’s been quite a year in fashion and as we approach the end of 2018, we look back at the biggest hosiery moments of the year. So strap in as we look at the most talked about hosiery news of the last 12 months.

At 5, it’s Meghan Markle.

Transitioning from bare legged Californian babe, to demure princess in sheer pantyhose. There were a few awkward ensembles to start with including strange colour matching and dodgy satin finishes but we think she’s got it down now. Looking beautiful and bracing the British weather in opaque tights and berry hues, plus the Royal sheer tights obsession! Read more about Meghan’s look here.

 

At 4, it’s Wolford, the biggest name in hosiery, and their whacky rebrand!

Wolford is known as a classic brand, producing luxury legwear and bodywear, a leader in high-end fashion.

However, in recent weeks they have changed their brand imagery, launching their SS19 campaign with a high energy, zany vibe to keep fresh and relevant in the luxury market. Read all about the launch event here.

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Wolford Logo (2)We love, love, love the new photography and with much more to come next year…watch this space!

At 3, it’s Pamela Mann’s Recycled Tights.

Fuelled by documentaries such as Blue Planet and Stacy Dooley investigates, a spotlight is being shone on our actions and attitude towards waste and the environmental impact of our day to day lives. Hosiery brand Pamela Mann have taken this on board and replaced two of it’s best selling styles with a more environmentally friendly version that uses 88% recycled yarns – even the packaging is made from recycled cardboard. Read the full story here.

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At 2, it’s Serena Williams in Compression Tights.


The tennis superstar was back on centre court this summer and matched her pristine tennis whites with skin tone compression tights. Used to improve blood circulation and, in Serena’s case, help to prevent blood clots which the Grand Slam winner had problems with during the birth of her first child last September.  This peaked a lot of interest in compression hosiery and has been a busy season for our compression tights range at The Tight Spot! Check out more on this story here.

 

Finally, at number 1, it’s Queen RiRi en Vogue.

Gracing the cover of the prestigious September Issue, Rihanna wore Jonathan Aston Lace Tights. With all eyes on this edition as new Editor in Chief, Edward Enninful, put together his first issue. The Bajan beauty looked sensational in Prada dress and gloves, Savage X Fenty body and British Brand Jonathan Aston Tights. The striking look was completed with a floral crown and pencil thin eyebrows! A look we certainly won’t forget in a hurry.

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So that’s it. Our top 5 – we can’t wait to see what 2019 has to bring in the hosiery world.

We’re already eyeing up an explosion in animal print hosiery, more sheer V opaque patterns and lots of socks, which are huge in street style at the moment…. stay tuned hosiery fans!

 

Thrilling New Vibe for Wolford!

 

There’s something different about Wolford

Their new season release not only brings us fantastic fashion styles and unusual designs but a completely fresh feel. Same quality, timeless pieces – new, high energy vibe.

To awaken this youthful, daring spirit, Wolford hosted a night of mystery and magic, which started in the sub-terrain of an impressive, Victorian building in East London. With no knowledge of what was to come, The Tight Spot’s Sophie and Sarah went down the rabbit hole and jumped headfirst into a new era of Wolford….

The invite instructed that you “Bring Your #TRUECHARACTER” and as we handed our coats to the purple clad bellboys in tails and hot pants, matched with Wolford Hold Ups of course, it was clear that a new side to Wolford’s Character was being unleashed.

 

As we ventured in further through a warren of corridors, each new space expressed an element of Wolford’s style, values and signature designs. This immersive theatre experience offered a celebration of Wolford’s most famous qualities and a thrilling insight into the new direction that the brand is taking.

From the sugary sweet circular knitting room – where a mermaid dressed in an elongated Fatal Dress perched atop a ball of yarn, handing out Strawberries and Cream Candyfloss. To a sterile laboratory where eerie scientists experimented on models and textiles to develop the next best hosiery invention, offering syringes filled with raspberry curd to anxious guests.

Moving through to the trend rooms, such as “Feeding The Animals Is Prohibited” where models dressed in animal prints, hides and feathers scampered and swung across the misty, rainforest floor so those passing through felt to be imposing on a tribe of hosiery clad creatures. A possible sneak peak at AW19? Who knows!

The fishnet room featured a sinister take on Strictly, where a powerful performance of tango meets acrobatics was performed inside a web of net. Onwards to the Sheer/Opaque room where panels of sheer and opaque materials obscured a striking drag queen transforming from a tracksuit wearing man, to a full blown glamour puss – who joined us on the dance floor later in the evening.

Wolford, like many brands have been focusing on their environmental impact and product sustainability. In the eco room, allotment owners tended to their crops and plants in Wolford’s Cradle to Cradle leggings, which are 100% biodegradable. Top tip for any dinner party hosts –nibbles here consisted of whole, pickled miniature vegetables in a soil bed of hummus and arancini balls on stalks, so you could literally pick your own food.

A neon pink room featured a hot and steamy pool party with sliders and lobster rolls sizzling on the barbeque where party guests wore Wolford SS19 swimwear. Visitors were invited to take a dip in the glitter pool – which, after a few Long Flint craft cocktails, we of course did!

 

As we wondered, wide eyed around the dark, UV lit show – alongside influencers, buyers, Wolford staff and packs of models striking group poses, the buzz and excitement for the future of this classic brand was palpable.  

The first look of Wolford’s SS19 campaign certainly confirms this with electric, tongue in cheek imagery that speaks to those who want more than a great product from this luxury brand.

We can’t wait to see more from this new side of Wolford. Watch this space.

Get on the Glitz! Top Hosiery Trends for the Festive Season 2018/19

We’ve put together some of our most glamorous and glitzy party tights in this festive hosiery showcase, perfect for your Christmas and New Year wardrobe.  Take a look below at our top trends for this year’s party season, go on, Get on the Glitz!

All that glitters

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Gipsy Glitter Tights

£5.95

For the ultimate party look, these 20 denier sheer tights shimmer with glittering silver. Featuring a plain black brief and nylon yarns woven with metallic fibres for a full on sparkle effect. Perfect for a glamorous look at the Christmas office party or adding some bling to your little black dress.

“These tights could go with anything in your Christmas wardrobe”, says Alaira in her review below. She gave the glitter pantyhose a 10/10 rating for value, style and comfort!  Alaira says that “they are well made and feel comfortable on, I will wear them for Christmas parties and family gatherings”.

 

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

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Silky Scarlet Diamante Fishnet Backseam Tights

£4.75

Show off your leg length and shine like a diamond at the New Year’s Eve party!  These sexy and stylish diamanté back seam tights from Silky are a fantastic combination of the latest fashion and pure luxury at a great value price. The addition of diamonds along the backseam of these fishnets creates a feminine touch.  Featuring a mesh diamond net pattern from toe to top, these seamed pantyhose are a regular net with a close net appearance, which makes them ideal for seductive party wear. 

Arabella reviews these gorgeous tights below, explaining that the backseam starts from the toe and that they are nice and easy to put on. “They feel really soft and comfortable, great value for money”, says Arabella.

 

All I want for Christmas…

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Jonathan Aston Spot Backseam Tights

£11.95

What to wear for Christmas Eve drinks?  Jonathan Aston has created these stunning polka dot backseam tights that will take your festive season outfit to the next level.  Designed using a delicate polka dot design on the leg contrasting with a gentle shading on the thigh band to give a mock hold ups look. They also feature a backseam that begins at the brief and ends at the heel.  Jonathan Aston has mixed both modern and vintage designs together to create a striking pair of backseam pantyhose.  These elegant mock hold up tights will go with any sequin or velvet outfit, creating a touchable and irresistible look for Christmas.

“The backseam and spot detail is just beautiful, it’s so pretty”, says Alicia in her review.  She liked the “nice thick waistband, which is stretchy” and that “the seam is raised, so it is easy to get them straight” when they are on. 

 

Shine bright

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Gipsy 40 Denier Metallic Tights

£4.75

Be fun and flirty on Boxing day in these stunning 40 denier super shine tights from Gipsy.  Available in beautiful Rose Gold, Silver or Fuchsia Pink, show off your individuality and be on trend this festive season.  If you love a glamorous, shiny look, these are the pantyhose for you!  The 40 denier feels light but gives your legs good coverage.  Add some sparkle and shine to your casual Boxing day look by paring these tights with a jumper dress. They are also available in black giving an ultimate high shine gleam to any festive outfit.

Luxufab tried the Rose Gold colour in this style and just loves the metallic shine, a “wow” look that will go with any dress and still keep you warm she says. 

Seasons Sparkle

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Silky Lurex Medium Net Sparkle Tights

£4.95

Your ‘go to’ for high fashion party tights!  Fishnet tights have been this year’s hottest fashion tights trend, showcased on many catwalk shows and worn by most celebrity fashionistas, from Kim Kardashian to Sarah Jessica Parker.  These medium net pantyhose from Silky are a ‘must have’ in any hosiery wardrobe for this festive season and beyond!  With their slightly wider net design offering a modern, yet easy to wear style, they feature silver metallic lurex yarns which are threaded into the black diamond net, giving them a sparkle like no other fishnets.  They also have a reinforced toe for durability and comfort, which is ideal for dancing the night away on New Year’s Eve!

An “exceptionally glitzy” look with metallic thread woven into the net, Alicia gives these tights a 10/10 rating!

Recycled Nylons : Hosiery Finally Gets The Green Treatment

Did you know tights and socks can take more than 40 years to decompose in landfill? And with all of us more aware than ever of how our waste impacts the planet, one hosiery brand have taken it upon themselves to offer hosiery that doesn’t cost the earth – in more ways than one!

Proving that you can still enjoy wearing gorgeous tights whilst knowing you have helped protect our precious planet, Pamela Mann, one of the largest UK Hosiery Suppliers, have shown their commitment to the environment by replacing two of their best selling styles with products that use 88% recycled yarns.

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You Would Never Guess These Tights Are Recycled!

The Pamela Mann 80 Denier and 50 Denier Recycled Tights feel incredibly soft and lovely to wear, you would never guess they are made using recycled yarns.

Check out the review by Alaira.  She gives the Pamela Mann Recycled Tights 10 out of 10! She says “I’m an earth loving girl and like to do my bit for the planet”, and gave the tights very high ratings for style, comfort and value for money.  Made with specialist recycled Nilit yarns and featuring a soft waistband and reinforced toe for extra durability, the tights are a classic style that also help the environment. The Pamela Mann eco tights are available in plus size too!

 

 

The Textiles Industry Is Currently The Second Most Polluting Industry On Earth

In 2017, an estimated 235m items of Britons’ unwanted clothing were expected to end up in landfill unnecessarily. Pamela Mann has listened to the global concerns on the issues around waste and pollution, with the textiles industry currently the second most polluting industry in the world.  This leading brand has recognized the time for change.

“By manufacturing these products for high street and online brands, and filtering them down to the end-user, it enabled everyone to do their bit. We are beginning with our global best – selling products and actively looking to expand our recycled range throughout 2018 and beyond”, says Rob Morris, Managing Director Pamela Mann.

Partnering with nylon specialists Nilit, Pamela Mann is now using recycled yarns to create their best selling 50 denier and 80 denier opaque tights – a process that minimizes waste, reduces energy consumption and decreases emission.

In addition, Pamela Mann use an Oeko-Tex certified dye house that uses solar power and recycles water to ensure the environmental impact is considered and minimized in all aspects of production.

High Quality Recycled Tights Do Exist!

Recycled items can sometimes receive bad feedback for their poor quality or inferior finish. However, this is not the case with Pamela Mann’s opaque tights. Nilit Ecocare produces Oeko-Tex certified, quality yarns, with a deep uniform colour – so no grainy finish and a classic, soft opaque feel.

Even the packaging is made from recycled cardboard! A simple way to reduce landfill from your everyday fashion choices.

 

 

Benefiting From Compression Hosiery Whilst Staying On Trend!

You will find a huge range of compression tights at The Tight Spot.com, so it’s important to locate a style that will work for you. From Wolford’s Velvet 66 Support Tights that are ideal for everyday wear to Silky’s Flight Socks that help your legs during long-haul flights, all features and specifications have been carefully noted to help you make the right choice.

Our compression hosiery is affordable and easy to use for any activity. There are many colours available to suit any look and as a specialist in plus size hosiery, The Tight Spot.com compression tights include brands with sizes up to XXL, suitable for women of all shapes and sizes for any physical requirement.

So what are the benefits of wearing compression hosiery?

The pressure created aids swelling and fatigue, reduces the chances of blood clots and helps to prevent varicose veins. Furthermore, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a potential debilitating and life-threatening disease, with an annual incidence of one to two per 1,000 people. Whilst compression tights are not a cure for varicose veins or DVT, doctors often recommend compression tights or stockings to improve circulation, stop varicose veins from getting worse, and reduce pain or discomfort.

Check out the review by Courtney Hooper regarding the Cecilia de Rafael energize 70 compression tights. She explains what varicose veins are and how these tights compress around problem areas such as the ankle, knee and thigh. Courtney also noticed that when she wore them all day at work, she didn’t have any of the discomfort she would normally have in her legs and hips.

Pregnancy / Exercise / DVT / Travelling

Particularly during pregnancy, women can suffer from tired, swollen and achy feet/legs. Our Gipsy Mama Support Tights are great for relieving pain and increasing circulation by supporting the blood and veins in the legs against the force of gravity, getting the blood back up to the heart and the rest of the upper body. Compression wear has also been shown to reduce lactic acid build-up after exercise and in some cases improve performance of competitive athletes. They are also great for travelling on long haul flights by significantly reducing the risk of DVT as well as leg swelling (oedema).

Everyday wear for work

Compression hosiery is also perfect for everyday wear for work. Becki Louise is a hairdresser and is on her feet all day, she therefore has poor blood circulation and thought that the Charnos medium energising support tights were great for adding more pressure at the bottom of the leg so that she felt comfortable all day at work. See her review here:

Modern compression tights are sophisticated in design so that they are suitable for various activities whilst still being highly fashionable. The tights provide consistent pressure to the legs, helping blood to flow back towards the heart, whilst offering a comfortable wear that looks and feels attractive. The strength of compression is measured in mmHg (millimetres of mercury), which is a scientific term to measure the amount of pressure exerted over a specific area. Many styles feature gradient compression so that the pressure gradually decreases or increases at different points of the leg. Compression tights usually exert more pressure near the ankles and feet where blood flow can be slow and swelling is common. For example, the Levante control and support tights are excellent quality, offering medium leg support with a control boxer brief that is slimming. They also have a slight sheen, reinforced toe, 30 denier finish, flat seams and a factor 8 graduated compression for leg stress. These tights are ideal for anyone on their feet all day to keep their legs energised yet still look fabulous.

From tights, hold ups, knee highs, maternity tights, travel socks to flight socks, there are lots of luxury and affordable compression hosiery styles for you to choose from, for any purpose.

 

Top 5 Halloween Fancy Dress Looks 2018

We have put together a quick and easy guide for Halloween dress up looks with our pick of the top hosiery styles to make sure you win in the spooky style stakes at this years Halloween party!

Whether you are looking for hosiery to spice up or to complete a Halloween costume, The Tight Spot.com has a range of fashionable tights, hold ups and stockings that will take your look from dead boring to high fashion killer! From lace and nets to sparkle, we have the top trending hosiery you need to get the Halloween edge at a party – or to wrap up in whilst out trick or treating.

Our top 5 looks feature Pamela Mann hosiery, which also has 20% off in October to celebrate this haunting season! Use code BOO20 in the basket to receive the discount. With a great range of styles and many in plus size – Pamela Mann is the go-to for comfort, style and quirky looks. So order now in time for fright night!

1. Witches on Broomstick Printed Tights

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These Witches on Broomstick Printed Tights will have everyone talking at the party! Featuring a bold blue print with witches and bats, these comfortable and opaque tights are a great addition to a sophisticated black velvet dress for a mystical look. As model and vlogger, Alicia says these are a good option if you’re not a fan of fancy dress or on a budget. Match with something simple that’s already in your wardrobe and still be in the Halloween Spirit without going all out! See her review and styling tips:

 

 

2. Wide Fishnet Tassel Tights

Don’t worry about creating an entire outfit from scratch when you can wear a pair of Wide Net Tassel Tights, with lilac tassels attached and a sheer to waist brief, together with a sexy bodysuit such as the Anabel Arto Scallop Lace Top Body. The 80’s Zombie look is perfect – disco meets death!

3. Over The Knee Dragon Tights & Cobweb Tights

Perfect for adding gothic drama to your Halloween look, the Alchemy Dragon Over The Knee Tights are designed using a soft material with a 60 denier opaque finish at the thigh, going into a 15 denier sheer panel to create a mock hold up or over the knee sock look.

For a quirky, vampy look, opt for the Cobweb Pattern Net Tights, which are available up to size XXXL. The black net pattern runs from toe to waist giving you a seductive look, which is completely on trend for this season. Plus – you won’t have to worry about getting a hole or run! The net on these tights is soft and comfortable – checkout Luxufab review video:

4. Stripy Twickers Tights or Footless Tights!

Go bold and funky with these classic bright Twickers Stripe Tights, with an opaque finish and available in many shades, from brilliant Flo blue to monochrome black and white. These are the ideal purchase for a Halloween fancy dress outfit from pumpkin to witch, clown to spider – a great way to add colour and fun to your look.

5. Leggings – Wet Look for Slash Front!

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For seductive black cats or slinky gothic looks try these fabulous leggings! The Wet Look Leggings offer a shining, fitted finish whilst the Slash Front Leggings or Tights have a rock and roll edge. Wear with a black top or bodysuit (see our Bodysuit section for ideas!) for a form-fitting, funky Halloween look.

 

Alaira reviews and styles the Slash Front Tights here:

We hope you’ve got some good tips and tricks to get your Halloween look together now, not long to go now so shop today with 20% off, use code BOO20 in the basket.

Offer Valid until 31st October 2018.