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Wear or not to wear - hosiery in the workplace

Monday, 16 July 2018

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There is always a little bit of a dispute when it comes to tights in the workplace. Yes, in some professions, we are required to wear tights on a daily basis. But it is difficult to navigate the world of work attire especially if you're new to the industry.

So what are the golden rules for wearing tights in the workplace?

1. Required? Wear it.
Yes, some professions require us to wear hosiery. If you are a nurse, flight attendand, working in hospitality or politics, the chances are you will just have to swallow the fact that you'll need to stock up on some hosiery yourself.

2. Want to look smart?
Even today, legs in nylon are considered to be more smart than bare legs. If you work at a managerial level and wearing a skirt, plain looking hosiery is preferred. We wouldn't go crazy with colours. The rule of thumb here is to ensure that the tone of your tights will be either Nude, Natural Tan or Black tones including Barely/Vaguely Black. Focus on quality rather than style here as you want to make sure your legwear will last through all of those meetings and presentations.

3. Going for an interview?
Yes, wear tights.

4.Is it too hot to wear hosiery?
It might seem like hosiery is something you wear in winter but we want to challenge that. The hosiery manufacturers are very aware of nylon's limitations in warmer months and that is why they focus on producing ultra thin materials that are perfect for holiday months. It is advised to switch to hold ups or stockings as this will be a great change for your legs and we guarantee your legs will feel fresh and ready to go.

To make it even easier, we have put together a combination of smart plain hosiery that could be worn with any smart outfit.








Give bodystockings a chance

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

We love bodystockings. They are the most clever outfits out there both becuase of their delicate details and cutting but also because they make you look incredibly sexy.

Perfect for any occasion, both underneath your clothes or as a standalone item.

Now, we have voted in our offices and created a chart of our favourite 5. We have added some comments from our staff with the reasons why they love it.


Leg Avenue Criss Cross Front Faux Suspender Bodystocking

Leg Avenue Criss Cross Front Faux Suspender Bodystocking

Hayley: "I like this one a lot. I love the details, mock stockings and suspender belt as well as the bra. "
Lauren: "This one is definitely a piece for a very confident girl but looks stunning once you put it on."


Trasparenze Edwige Bodystocking

Lauren: "Trasparenze never disappoints. The Italians just know how to produce a beautiful hosiery. Loving the combination of fishnet and a mesh."
Matt: "Have you noticed you can see her back in the mirror?"


Leg Avenue Spaghetti Strap Opaque Bodystocking

Leg Avenue Spaghetti Strap Opaque Bodystocking

Hayley: "Nice and opaque leaving so much for imagination. I can see this being worn quite often as it's not sheer and therefore super versatile."
Lauren: "I'd go for something with more detail as this is a bit too plain for me but it looks like it will accentuate all the great parts of the female body so you'll definitely feel very sexy in this piece."


Leg Avenue Twisted Strap Bodystocking

Leg Avenue Twisted Strap Bodystocking

Matt: "This is definitely my favourite. How much is it? I'm going to buy that for my girlfriend I think."
Lauren: "Yes, this is exactly something I would buy if I saw it online. Look at the neck. I think I'd look stunning in that (**laughs**)."


Leg Avenue Sheer Long Sleeved Bodystocking

Leg Avenue Sheer Long Sleeved Bodystocking

Hayley: "I know you're not going to agree but this is definitely my favourite. I just think bodystockings should help your body look sexy and this one is perfect for that purpose. No lace, no drama just you and the nylon."
Lauren: "I happen to know this is one of our best selling bodystockings so our customers agree with Hayley."

Special Mention:

Leg Avenue Swiss Dot Teddy

Leg Avenue Swiss Dot Teddy

Matt: "Can I change my favourite to this one?"
Hayley: "Teddies are so in right now and it's easy to see why. This is actually very pretty."


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Fully fashioned vs. Seamed stockings

Tuesday, 29 August 2017  |  Hayley


This article could also be called A Brief History of a Seam.

So what is the difference?

Well, not much difference when you look at them, but quite a lot of difference when you look closely at their production.

Fully fashioned stockings are produced on the original flat bed machines where the stocking is knitted flat at sewn together at the back. Only a handful of these are still in the production these days. The process ensures that the signature seam is an integral part of this fashionable item as opposed to the 'newer' seamed stockings on hold ups where the mock seam is added afterwards.

Another feature adding that extra vintage look is the range of heel designs produced. Stockings in our range come in a traditional French (point) or Cuban heel. Have a look here.

Fully fashioned stockings usually come in 15 denier and are 100% nylon yarn with no added spandex which means that there is no stretch. This also means that it is very important to choose the right size but fortunately for us, they come in a range of sizes and there is a very subtle difference between them which ensures you can choose your perfect fit.

This beautiful piece of hosiery has another feature that makes it not just super sexy but also super comfortable to wear. There is a finishing hole (loop) which is always left in the middle of the seam, at the back of the top welt, which allow the stocking to fit better on the thigh.

The real fully fashioned stockings are now becoming extremely rare. Wearing them makes you wear a piece of history, a piece clothing that remains fashionable 70 years after it has been introduced. We absolutely love them for their elegant and sexy look and top quality material.

If you want to wear a piece of history check them out now. If the price a little steep for you, why not try one of the seamed stockings or hold ups to see how you feel in them and give yourself a nice present of the real ones next time.



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Brief History of Nylon

Monday, 21 August 2017  |  Hayley


Girl in Nylons

Firstly, what is Nylon? By definition Nylon is a polyamide yarn. With basic ingredients originating from the petro chemical industry, it is man-made fibre. It is bright, but it can be given an appearance that is dull or semi-dull. It can also be produced to give different texture and appearance.

A popular story is that the word Nylon or NYLon is a combination of the words New York and London. Great party fact and we all want to believe it but sadly, this is not true.

he first mention of Nylon dates back to 1935 and a company called DuPont. A chemist working for DuPont named Wallace Carothers has developed the material for the use in toothbrush production but very soon after the public realised its full potential. And as it often happens, people have created the demand for material that was originally invented for a completely different purpose.

Nylon found its way into the fashion industry very quickly but its other uses include tyres, carpets and parachutes.

The name for the material went through a couple of alterations. The orginal name was No-Run but later was letter by letter changed to Nylon.

Take a look at what we have to offer in our tights range and be a part of the tradition.


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Powermesh vs. Lace

Wednesday, 16 August 2017  |  Hayley

Suspender Belts


That's the question we get asked everyday! Which one's better? It really depends on the personal preference, but we've tried to highlight the main reasons to go for each of the styles.

Here we go:


In the old days, lace used to be a luxury. Today, they are made either by hand or on the thread machines. It has got a lot of history behind it and many traditional national clothes all around the world feature it in different ways.

Here in our office, we can't decide. The lace supporters claim that lace has much more 'edge' to it, it is prettier and gives a sexy garment such as suspender belt an even sexier look. Lace is also a little bit stretchier and will allow you a little weight on top of your original size.

Lace goes really well with any type of stocking, both lace top and plain. It is a fabric piece of jewellery that looks great, lasts and is ideal for both everyday wear and those special moments.



The other pro-powermesh movement in our office claim that powermesh is a secret weapon that every woman should have loaded in her drawer.

Powermesh is usually designed to control and smooth the figure. Its breathable characteristics ensure the garment is super comfortable even during warmer days and its control will make you stay confident throughout the day.

There are opinions that it also looks much better than lace because of its slick design and it definitely doesn't lack sexiness c

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ompared to the lace.

Now which one is your favourite? Can't decide, how about you try one of our suspender belts?


Faking It!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017  |  Hayley

architecture, buildings, city


Easier ways to fake? Yes I think so.

Fake eyelashes, Fake tan, Fake eyebrows, Fake nails – I asked myself why go through all the hassle?? Granted, no one can take my eyelash extensions away from me, ever. I am beginning to wonder about the whole fake tan concept though. Lets be honest with ourselves, there are no products out there that give us completely streak free legs and without the tell-tale biscuit scent. I am tired of putting all the effort in and think it's time to try out the natural tight route instead.

It all seems simple enough.. Popping out for a browse around the shops on a sunny afternoon and I want to wear my cute new sundress but feel my pasty legs may blind someone! So throwing on some natural tan shade tights is a quick and effective solution. No worries that I’m walking around with a huge streak down the back of my leg. Sold!




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