Trends I Don’t Get: Suspender Tights

You all know about my hunt for a decent pair of tights that won’t cause public nudity, and while I’ve been looking for the perfect pair of black opaques, I’ve also been drawn to the patterned tights available. Generally, they’re pretty cute, but there’s one trend I just can not get behind.

Yeah, you guessed it – suspender tights. I think it all began when Henry Holland did a pair (probably costing about £15 – who can justify that cost when if you’re clumsy like me, you’ll ladder them when you’re putting them on) and of course, the high street has jumped on that bandwagon and made all the different types.

To the right, we have the original pair, the House of Holland for Pretty Polly suspender tights* which don’t really offend too much, but at a price of £12, out of my price range.

To the left, these “Gipsy Mock Bow“* tights (£7) are the extreme end – overly fussy, unlikely to be mistaken for suspenders (isn’t that the point of them?)

Next, these bow styles – the 3 bow suspenders* (£6) and the tiny bow suspenders with scalloped edges* (also £6) show the variation. But again, you wouldn’t mistake these for the real thing.

Finally, the hearts – both styles are made of tiny hearts making the “straps”, but where the “Gipsy Mock Heart Suspenders” (£8) (no, I don’t quite know why they’ve included the word mock in this and none of the others) are a bit cheap looking, for the same price, the own brand heart suspender* ones at least look like they’ve had a bit more effort put into the design.

Personally, if I wanted the look of suspenders, I would go and wear actual suspenders. Can anyone explain this trend to me?

(Oh, and to finish – the other end of the scale – House of Holland for Pretty Polly’s pearl studded tights* are a “mere” £25. I just don’t. get. it.)

Tight Spot

After my recent post where I told you all about how I ended up looking like I was coping a feel of my crotch in the middle of Cabot Circus, Alex from Charnos asked if she could send me some tights to prevent me getting arrested for public indecency.

Its not a brand I had worn before, so in the interests in the public and er…science (everything can be explained as being a science experiment, its ace), I said yes please thanks. I received three pairs and battled with my camera to try and take photos of them. Did you know its really quite difficult to take photos of your legs? Now you do.

The Sheer Stripe tights are a very thin denier – so thin, that I managed to rip them when putting them on. I’m too used to wearing nice thick tights that can withstand the tired struggle at half 6 in the morning. The stripe is actually more zig zaggy. As I look at the photo, I’m wondering if you could put a coloured pair of tights underneath a sheer patterned pair like this – anyone tried it?

The next pair were a chocolate coloured pair of Cable Opaque tights – I love the pattern on these, and they were so nice and thick. I don’t really wear brown very often, so I probably wont wear these as much as I’d like – can you dye tights?!

My favourite pair out of the three are the Betty style. The pattern is made from a strange material, which is almost sticky to touch? Still, this pair are subtle enough for work, but interesting enough to get lots of comments!

Charnos have some gorgeous patterned tights – which I like to make a plain outfit a bit more interesting. Would it be weird to ask Santa for some?

My New Obsession

Since being forced by The Wife to get properly measured for a bustenhalter (otherwise known as a bra, it just sounds better in German for some reason!), I’ve been spending more time looking at pretty underwear – although because I have been measured now, I am now bigger than I thought and can’t really wear the nice stuff I love! Sigh.
Nevertheless, here are some of my favourite things…if only I had the money to buy them!



I came across Sophistikitten whilst reading The Chap (a fantastic journal, although where is the female version?) and fell in love with the 40’s style French knickers. The 40’s and 50’s are my favourite eras fashion wise, but I had never really considered the underwear from those times! Sophistikitten also sell skirts which are beautiful, and I’m very tempted by a black “Dora” (shown above) or a “Skirt-O-Matic” in gunmetal grey with red pinstripe. They don’t seem to do matching camisoles or bras yet for the knickers, but when they’re so pretty, who cares!

LouLou Loves You!


Ooh, LouLou Loves You has to be one of my favourite lingerie sites, with some gorgeous designs and delicious colours. The sizes go from A – DD or 6-16, and even if there isn’t anything that takes your pick (unlikely!), there are some beautiful accessories such as the Lola fascinator (I wish I had a wedding to go to this year now!) and the LouLou bows which can be pinned in your hair or on your outfit.
My personal favourite collections are the LouLou and Love, but I love them all!

The Modern Courtesan


Love love love this site so much! I had come across some of the items in the Sex in the City collection earlier last year (on a different website), and loved the Hot Desking skirt and Dealmaker shirt, although they were a little out of my price range. I mentioned about the beautiful stuff from Sophistikitten on Twitter, and was added by the Modern Courtesan soon after which is how I found their site. I love the Weekend in the County and the Spalicious ranges (although perhaps the spa dresses are a bit too much!)

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