It’s that time of year when we put away our ever-faithful opaque tights for the winter and look forward to the days of warmth, sunshine and setting our legs free for the summer. However, during these few spring months, when the British weather is so unpredictable, we need a little something to keep our pins from goosepimpling throughout the day. One of the best, and the most seductive, options is luxury stockings. Not only do they give your body a chance to breathe but they also feel incredible against your skin. And we’re sure your other half won’t object!
Here at Fox and Rose, we’ve just taken stock of a whole new range of beautiful stockings from some of the top names in luxury hosiery, such as Gio, Levante and Jonathan Aston. Whether your looking for seamless, fully fashioned, patterned or fishnet, we just know you’ll find something to take your fancy.
Some people find stockings with seams a little too obvious to the casual observer as seams are generally associated with stockings rather than tights. They also don’t really want to create such a vintage style look and so prefer to go for simple everyday stockings without seams.
For something truly wearable we would recommend the Vanessa Classic Stockings by Levante which are made in a silky soft matte finish, have a reinforced toe and a wide top welt styled with a beautiful diamond pattern. They are available in both natural and black and are a lightweight 15 denier.
Or for something much more temptingly provocative, why not delve into the world of Maison Close? Their Sheer Cut & Curled Stockings are made entirely without a top welt. This was traditionally the style worn during the brothel explosion of the 1800s in Paris, where Maison Close got their name. These unique stockings are available in black 20 denier.
Fully Fashioned Stockings
Fully fashioned stockings were very popular during the 1940s and 50s. This classic style are made entirely from Nylon, a non-stretch fabric created by knitting a very fine yarn as a flat piece and then sewing it together which creates the back seam. If your stockings have a printed seam that isn’t raised up then it’s not a fully fashioned design.
Fully fashioned stockings have reinforced toes, under foot and heels and strong top welts for extra support. There are several different styles of heels to give the wearer variety which include Point, Cuban, Havana and Manhattan. Here at Fox and Rose we offer the two most common styles, Point and Cuban by one of the few companies still producing them in the world today, Gio. Both styles come in a range of colours, black, chocolate, bronze and natural, as well as a range of traditional sizes. The Cuban heel also comes in natural with a contrasting black seam for a truly vintage look.
If you’re wanting a traditional fully fashioned stocking for your wedding day, why not go for Gio’s Ivory Fully Fashioned Cuban Heel Stockings? Manufactured on an original 1950s loom, these stunning stockings will be the pièce de résistance to your bridal outfit.
Coloured and Fishnet Stockings
Of course, if you’d rather be a little bit more adventurous why not try matching your stockings to lingerie? These amazingly bright Sheer Contrast Seamed Stockings in Electric Blue by Kiss Me Deadly are to die for. With a contrasting black welt, back seam, reinforced heels and under foot, these stockings are still made with the traditional Nylon but with the 3% Lycra added to the yarn, they’re fabulously stretchy.
Or perhaps you’d prefer something a little more seductive. The Levante Fishnet Stockings are made in a fine mesh fabric which creates the look of the sexy fishnet but is elegant and stylish to give you a much more luxurious look. The composition of 80% Polyamide and 20% Lycra makes them incredibly comfortable to wear.
Luxury Hold Ups
Perhaps you love the look of stockings but hate the fuss of a suspender belt. If this is the case then we would highly recommend you try some of our gorgeous luxury hold ups. They’re made in exactly the same way as everyday stockings but have an added elasticised band that sits on the underside of the top welt to make them stay up.
The Contrast Seam and Heel Holdup Stockings by Jonathan Aston offer a fantastic vintage look combined with a more modern day feel. Made in a stretchy fabric of 70% Polyamide, 20% Polypropylene and 10% Lycra these stockings are incredibly easy to wear on a day to day basis. They are available in a 15 denier natural colour with a contrasting black seam, heel and under foot.
And for something a little different why not try the Sweet Roses Hold up Stockings by Jonathan Aston? Made in traditional Nylon with 3% Lycra added for stretch and comfort, these incredibly stylish and feminine hold ups will give any outfit a truly unique look. These fabulous hold ups were featured in NOW Magazine and were given 10 out of 10 for comfort and style, so who could resist?
So, which one’s your favourite? If you’ve never bought a pair of luxury stockings before and are worried about taking care of them why not have a read of our post Hosiery Care Guide: How To Avoid Having To Replace Your Favourite Pair. And if you need a little help deciding which suspender belt you should buy to accompany your chosen pair have a read of our post Choosing The Perfect Suspender Belt.