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The Art of Hosiery – Your Guide to Stockings & Tights


Hosiery is often considered sexy, glamorous and seductive, often adding instant sex appeal to an outfit.

Stockings for example are the ultimate in sophisticated glamour and add boutique chic to any outfit.

Furthermore, tights and stockings are not just for winter, nude or skin-toned hosiery in a fine denier (around 15 or less), is perfect for summer occasions and work wear. As well as smoothing out skin imperfections, they add a touch of colour (without having to hit the self-tanner) and can help shape and support the tummy and thighs.  If you do opt for sheer tights or stockings during the summer, avoid wearing them with open toed sandals – the tell-tale toe seam will look unsightly and the hosiery will obscure any nail colour you are wearing.

The great thing about hosiery is that it can instantly update any outfit, for example, the Vintage Legs Zebra Seam tights from the Jonathan Aston collection can transform a fitted skirt or dress from daywear to eveningwear.  With a wide range of fashion-forward, elegant designs available, it is easy to see why the Jonathan Aston brand is a previous winner of Hosiery Brand of the year at the UK Lingerie Awards!

For an evening wear look that is very on trend, look for patterned tights in a sheer denier. There are many designs available from floral patterns to geometrics.  Fearne Cotton (pictured), Victoria Beckham and Miley Cyrus are all fans of the patterned hosiery trend.

Fearne Cotton in tights

Here at Bare Necessities, we love Levante’s floral lace tights, the sheer black denier and all-over floral design adds contemporary appeal and looks great dressed up with an evening dress or for a more casual daytime look paired with a shorter skirt in a block of colour and ankle boots. Designer Italian brand, Levante focuses on creating trend-led, inspired hosiery using only the finest materials and technical expertise.

For more details on the Jonathan Aston or Levante hosiery available, or to place an order, call the Bare Necessities team on 01332 865554.