9th September 2019
A kaleidoscope of colour
Look! I've created a kaleidoscope of colour! Ahhh beautiful, it's my version of the "dumbo"...
The most hardy of all hosiery are the ones we don’t have much love for. Following on from my “number of casualties” post, I thought I, I, let’s try to get rid of some of those pairs from a China batch. These tights are indeed value for money, and they did have quite a silky smooth feel to them but they do fall a bit and leave you with a loose crotch. Superhero pants are required! Other than a few snags these tights, I predict will outlast them all!
By trying to be cost effective the number of casualties seem to be high.
When I started this blog, I wanted to share the dozen or so patterned tights I owned. Within weeks I realised my collection would need to grow in order to sustain my postings. Within months I had accumulated many pairs. This last year after filling four underbed lidded boxes and at least two large bags, I made the decision to downsize the collection. You may have noticed I am wearing previously worn tights more, and I am finding that I’m losing them.
One of the latest victims are these Golden Lady, “surrealism” tights,
a grid, criss cross embossed design punctuated with a dot. They had a back seam too. A warming pair of hose.
My conclusion for the year is, if you want to keep any hosiery then don’t wear them more than once, twice if you’re being super careful.
Thank goodness I’ve been hoarding well. These tights were worn months ago and I thought I’d forgotten what they were but in my stash of things to throw out was the packaging so all is well. I can tell you these are Jonathan Aston “abstract” tights.
This was my walking gear for a day out with friends at Rutland Water. Trust Hoseoffun to always try to glam up any occasion, either that or people just think I’m completely bonkers.
Green fishnets from ASOS was what I opted for and as you all know fishnets on bare feet can cause blisters and chafing. Usually I put on a pair of socks over the tights but what about under the tights, would that be better? Well today is the time to find out!
For the interests of science, the science of hosiery, I wore one sock beneath and the other on top. No chafing, hey you are dealing with an expert here but for all you amateurs my experience tells you that if you want to no chafing then under. When I’ve worn them over fishnets I am able to feel the nets and feel a long extended walk would lead to pain.
Both ways are a little unusual and feel abnormal but it is one of the many tips I have to avoid hosiery wearing injuries. No one knows, especially if you wear a lovely pair of boots.
The day turned out to be quite sunny and I did think I may get fishnet tan lines but unfortunately (because I’m eccentric) it didn’t happen. The tights avoided toe strangulation due to the fiber net around the ends. Against my pale legs the green was well defined.
It’s been sooo hot this year my hosiery wearing has been a bit haphazard but for the summer if you can’t bear to bare those legs then I suggest a pair of hold ups like these Trasparenze ones called Oro.
These were the last pair of hold ups I wore from May. They are ideal for weather that is very changeable, mebbe not the sweltering stuff of recent weeks. I suggest a thinner pair for these conditions. As you can see these were higher denier with a glittery, shimmering floral design. Trasparenze is a brand I rate. Good solid hosiery, that always look good and the hold ups always hold up.
So here is pair two. A pink affair from Tesco as described from previous post.
Coloured fishnets are the next big thing.
The second pair of socks I wore was from a two packer.
These are burgundy coloured fishnet socks from Tesco. Check out the smaller knit on the ends to try to avoid toe escapes and strangulation. I did have on a protective layer of more sock to prevent blisters from the fishnets (hey I was in London and there is a lot of walking in between those museums and galleries) but they had a dual purpose of providing me with a bit more warmth too.
The other will be on the next post but the amazing thing about these socks is that they were going for a song! Two pairs for a bargain price of £1.50 yes that’s 75p each!
On a recent trip to the London I wore socks all the way.
These are the first of a few pairs I had, Oroblu fishnet “polka dot” socks. I love the ankle section and the contrasting dot pattern to the foot.
I had packed for warm early summer weather but it was at times a bit gloomy and the wind, hah, the wind chill was what gave me the shivers. I had to pair these with a pair of trainers, we were travelling light and my other shoes were a pair of comfy sandals. As usual, in my head my look was cute and quirky but in reality my height restrictions just made me look odd. The jumpsuit I was wearing didn’t show enough leg so the socks and outfit became one. So long as I didn’t see my reflection the taller version of me was what I saw 😉
Look at colour coordinated me! Woo hoo!
So I did an alternating green, burgundy, green ensemble today.
My second hand Icelandic cardigan from the Red Cross shop on Laugavegur , followed by a burgundy short dress probably bought from Debenhams or the outlet in Nottingham, then my pair of green bargain bucket Next tights and finally my Skechers boots.
Crikey stripy, have had to lay these to rest after this wear. Holey moley appeared in toes.
You can’t go wrong with stripes. Always adding pizzazz to an outfit.
What! These again I hear you shout. Well this is what happens when a girl is cold and possesses a fine pair of tights.
These are Falke tights. Stripy orange, red, burgundy footwear that always keeps me warm and always looks funky. Still years of happiness left in these stockings.
These trasparenze armonica tights were probably one of the first pairs of hosiery that made me think that this blog could work. Find it from October 2015
They’re here again for our enjoyment.
Had an Orublu mishap with these tights.
Great sturdy tights, with a standout geometric pattern. All angular to mean business, don’t mess with me attitude. I work with adhesive labels and accidentally stuck one on my leg which wrecked the hosiery. However I didn’t notice for some hours due to the nude part of the tights and so no one else knew unless I pointed it out to them. Luckily for me it wasn’t a newly opened pair and I have had a few happy wears out of them.
Yes I’m including slipper socks! If socks are part of my repertoire then slipper socks are too.
I like to treat slipper socks like socks but due to their extra thickness I can’t wear them with my slippers so have to wear them as boots. These super cute, super soft totes kept me cosy and warm whilst catching up on those seasonal Christmas TV specials post Xmas holidays. Again from my bbf LT stash.
We went back to the conventional Elle tights today. Thick, woolly, stripy blue and ochre with a foot. As with all thicker tights a bit of falling downness but so long as you’re not having a shopping day it’s ok to keep pulling them up in the comfort of a friend’s house.
Is this a Lolita look? As part of my Christmas bundle, this Elle brand floral caught my eye when I wanted something a bit more feminine. I thought it was a pair of sheer tights with a pattern of pink flowers on a black background. They turned out to be pink flowers on a mottled background. Quite strange really. All they needed was an addition of a knee joint print and the doll look would be completed.
Yes I’m sparkling into the New Year with these stunners. Well that’s what I’m telling you. I actually wore these on Christmas day. Fresh new chrimbo hosiery from my goodies from my bbf LT. Unfortunately due to my new year post Christmas tidy up I’ve chucked the packaging away and I can’t remember what brand they are.
Hey I tell you something. If I look at the waistband, they might be branded. So for you guys I’m gonna rummage around in the dirty laundry basket.
The tights did indeed give me an answer, they are Falke hosiery. Hurray! I knew my Spidey sense would come through especially after sharing a bath with a rather chunky specimen. Fright of my life when it landed on my knee!
Sick of leftovers yet? Hopefully you all have very convenient freezers that store any uneaten food. Certainly in my house I will be able to enjoy my Christmas turkey for the next few months and not get sick of it. Unlike my terrine which I had to have for the following 5 lunches after Christmas.
These are Christmas preparation tights, so leftovers. Hope you can all see the snowflakes at the top. Pretty Polly hosiery. They always try to do season themed patterns.
I have published an Instagram post a few days before this but due to my lacking tech skills I’ve not been able to transfer into wordpress. That will eventually get done but I need my resident expert for guidance.
Was I finally getting into the Christmas mood? Mebbe especially with these winter wonderland tights. An extremely reliable cold weather warmer. Worn and not washed properly numerous times. There are a few thinning areas and they do slide down creating saggy crotch but they’re good for Christmas and they do have a dash of colour. Not many more wears from them so enjoy whilst they last.
Our work’s do was a Christmas Italian. A quicky job cos we never want to think about Xmas too early.
I wore a dress that I’ve had in my cupboard for a few years, bought when I was in denial that my cancer had spread. Luckily it fit, phew! Was going to wear a pair of sheer patterned tights but that day was the day when the forecasts were talking about freezing rain. So what did I have instead. Well you can never say no to a pair of red and orange stripy hosiery. I pretended it was for Christmas rather than the truth that I have a quirky sense of style, but hey style is what you make it.
The Italian was beautiful! Will go with hubby in the future.