Trend ripped tights by Lillyvintage


We are seeing ripped tights everywhere! I was sporting this trend when I was 10 years old and I accidentally ripped my stocking while both trying to get on the school bus and carrying my artwork and books. A rip in my tights in grade school was like the world was coming to an end. I would run to my bathroom cabinet and find clear nail polish to coat the run and stop to from tearing even more.

And now look where we are, in the year of 2009 where people drive BMW'S like they are Fords and you can access the internet and call people all on a computer or a phone that is the size of your thumb, and people are deciding to rip there tights....on purpose! I would like to ask what has the fashion world come too, but then I find myself actually becoming a fan of this trend.

To an extent...

I think that ripping your tights can either look chic or just plain ol' cheap. I think that if your are going for that grungy look, do not attack your tights. One or too thin runs all the way down the tight should do the trick. I think that multiple rips and holes and tears tend to look sloppy. And that thing where people cut holes in their tights using scissors, so that their tights end up looking like swiss that's just stupid.


I am sorry to say that I am a hypocrite though. I have broken my own rule (well before I made up my own rule) and have worn tights that I shredded to bits to make then look like the ultimate grunge tights. Yeah, I'm totally a hypocrite. But now that I have made up this rule for myself, I will so never do that again.

As for laddered stockings, they're tres tres chic. Almost always. That's all I gotta say about that trend.

Trend #2: Laddered stockings and ripped tights
I'm a FAN

Credit :

Oringina xo

Fancy leg work: Cheryl Cole sends sales of luxury tights soaring as women splash out £30 per pair

First there were It bags, then there were trophy shoes. Now, it seems, we are entering the age of must-have hosiery.
Sixty-three per cent of women now spend between £11 and £30 on a single pair of tights, inspired by the legwear of stars including Cheryl Cole and Alexandra Burke according to a new survey.
Online retailer Tights Please, which commissioned the research, is now predicting a surge in sales of Wolford's £32 Bondage tights after Cheryl Cole was spotted wearing them in the video for her single Promise This.

Must-have tights: Cheryl Cole, left, in Wolford's Bondage tights, and Alexandra Burke in Falke's Glamour tights, have sparked a trend for expensive hosiery
The tight factor: Cheryl Cole, left, pictured wearing Walford's £23 Bondage tights in new video Promise This, and Alexandra Burke, in Falke's £22 Glamour tights, have sparked a trend in expensive hosiery
Must-have tights: Cheryl Cole, left, in Wolford's Bondage tights, and Alexandra Burke in Falke's Glamour tights, have sparked a trend for expensive hosiery
Already, X Factor winner Alexandra Burke has generated sales for Falke's £22 Glamour tights after she performed in them at the Help for Heroes concert earlier this month.
And Henry Holland's designs for Pretty Polly have proved especially popular - they've been worn by everyone from Pixies Lott and Geldof to the Saturdays' Frankie Sandford and Agyness Deyn.
Charles Duncombe, Director of the site said: 'Tights have become key to the total look of an outfit and the price women are prepared to pay for them has increased, as they are no longer seen as an after-thought.
'We have been retailing tights for 10 years and have seen the average price rise from £4 in 2000 to £7 today as customers have demanded higher quality. This is an increase of 30 per cent over inflation.'
Mr Duncombe explained that luxury tights were an achievable way for consumers to buy into the glamour of their favourite celebrities.

Best foot forward: Pixie Lott, left, and Fearne Cotton are fans Henry Holland's tights for Pretty Polly
Best foot forward: Pixie Lott, left, and Agyness Deyn, right, are fans of Henry Holland's tights for Pretty Polly

Best foot forward: Pixie Lott, left, and Agyness Deyn, right, are fans of Henry Holland's tights for Pretty Polly
'The explosion of the celebrity scene on the internet has created a "me too" approach to buying hosiery and our customers want to look just like their favourite stars,' he added.
'A pair of tights costing in the region of £15 buys them a little of the glamour of 
Cheryl Cole or Alexandra Burke, as the rest of their outfit will probably be beyond their budget.'
But while Cheryl's tiger-striped hoisery is a far cry from Marks & Spencer's black opaque multipacks, they are practically budget compared to other products in the Wolford range.
The £79 Seraphine tights are fishnets embellished with hand-sewn crystals, while the Fringe tights, which feature layers of fringing from calf to ankle, cost an eye-watering £200. At that price you're unlikely to have much left to spend on anything else.

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The fishnet show

How to tie-dye tights

Did you dirty up the toes of your white hose? Give your old tights new life with a DIY dye job. All you need are white tights (no more than 50 percent polyester), rubber bands, fabric dye (we used RIT), an old, large pot (you won’t want to use it for cooking again), and old tongs or a wire hanger.

To create the design on the right in the photo, fold each leg of your tights accordion-style, from the toe to the crotch. Pinch the folded material, and secure both sides of each stack with rubber bands. In your pot, mix black dye (according to package instructions) and bring to just under a boil. Submerge your tights for about 15 minutes, stirring constantly with your tongs or hanger to ensure even coverage. Rinse with water (start warm and finish cool) until it runs clear. Remove the bands and lay flat to dry.

To make the design on the left in the photo, knot your tights wherever you want a stripe. Make the knots on each leg match up if you want the stripes to be even. In your pot, mix black dye and bring to just under a boil. Submerge your tights for 30 – 60 minutes, stirring constantly, and rinse. Untie any knots where you want a colored stripe. In your pot, mix fuchsia dye and bring to just under a boil. Submerge the tights for 30 minutes, stirring constantly, and rinse clean as above. Undo the remaining knots, and lay flat to dry.,com_zine/id,16/view,article/

New online store launches

New online boutique launches.
Let's face it, shopping for hosiery can be a pain. After rummaging through limited store supplies and then bringing home a pair only to find they look totally different than on the package, it's enough to kill your fashion mojo. 
Online boutique brings the best-selling brands including FalkeHenry Holland,Pretty Polly and Jonathan Aston and their key styles from work, party or intimate, all under one very fashionable roof.

The best bit is the zoom tool which allows a magnified and detailed view of all the products, so you know exactly what pair you're buying and are practically guaranteed to find your perfect style, whatever the occasion.
We think of it as the Net-A-Porter for tights - pure genius!

Leggings and tights ideas

DIY Slashed tights tutorial

You will need: A ruler or tape measure, tailors chalk or some other non-permanent way of marking your tights, small sharp scissors and a pair of old thick tights or new ones if you're brave (mine are at least 60 denier). The thicker they are the less likely they are to ladder once you've slashed them. Leggings would work too.

Step 1: Put your tights on.
Step 2: Mark lines across the middle of your leg where you want to make the slashes. I started mine at the thigh just low enough to be decent and marked lines 4cm (2") across with a 1cm (1/2") gap between each line. With hindsight I think this was a bit wide but it's totally up to you how wide you make your slashes and how far apart they are. It's not an exact process I really didn't do mine all that neatly. In fact I gave up using the ruler half way down my first leg and as you can see not all my slashed are the same length or the same length apart but it still works.

Step 3: Cut along you lines. Be careful not to cut or scrape your legs while cutting (like I did).

Ta Da! Done.

You could use some clear nail varnish around the edges of the slashes to make them more durable but I didn't bother. Although note that I haven't actually worn these out yet. I have no idea how long they will last.
Slashes can be worn at the front... ...or at the back.

Personally I prefer them at the back. From the front you are just wearing plain black tights then turn around and suddenly it's a very different look


How to make tights stronger

Step 1
Wash pantyhose in lukewarm water with shampoo or liquid soap for hands (anything close to hand in your bathroom that cleans the human body is perfect).

Step 2
Get out your salad spinner and toss the pantyhose in.

Step 3
Whiz away to get rid of the water.

Step 4
Hang over towel rack and dry with a hair dryer - warm to cool heat. This should take no more than 5 minutes. Clean your teeth and do your hair at the same time.

Step 5
Another suggestion would be to roll wet pantyhose into a thick (dry) bath towel. But do not twist or ring the rolled up towel. The towel will absorb most all of the moisture and it only takes minutes to air dry them after.

Step 6
If you have a heating vent you can hang the pantyhose near, this can likewise act as a drier.

Step 7
In a real emergency, (and if the weather is good) you can also dry your pantyhose by opening your car's side window, carefully placing the upper portion (where your tummy and bottom would be) on the top of the glass, and carefully rolling up the window so the legs hang outside. As you drive to the function, the pantyhose will be dried by the wind and sunshine. When you arrive, pull into a discrete location. Unroll the window, pull on your hosiery in the car, check that all is in order, and then make your entrance.

If you don't wear pantyhose regularly, try to leave pantyhose out for hand washing in the shower or bath basin the morning after you've worn them to your special occasion. That way, you'll have several pairs waiting around for next time.
Buy a few spare packets and leave them unopened in your underwear drawer.
If you purchase an expensive pair of sheer pantyhose for a special event, buy another one at the same time, just in case. Special events don't come around that often and even if you don't need the second pair, you'll have it for another time. If you do need it, you'll be eternally grateful it was there.
When putting on pantyhose, bunch them up around the foot first, then gradually roll out the bunch rather than pulling it up. Pulling creates pressure which causes tears and laddering.
Be careful not to be in so much of a rush that you ladder this last pair! If you do, dab on a dob of clear nail polish to stop the run from laddering any further.

Oringina xo

Blogs to check out:

Big Girl. Small Budget. Tiny Town.

I really love Vanessa's use of coloured tights. Check out her blog for a mixture of colourfull outfits,textures and ways to wear bright tights with your outfits.
Lisa x   

writer/shutterbug/ cheapskate
What: Style diary
When: Almost daily
Where: N. Michigan
WhyI'm a frugal, small town, plus sizer with a penchant for plaid, pattern mixing, pumps, bold colors and big earrings. The challenge: Look snappy and stay savvy in $100 outfits from a town with few shops.

This weeks legwear looks part 1 "Eiffel Hour" by Kaylee H: "Kohls Black Skirt, Forever 21 Pairs Cardigan from Thrifted, H+m Tights" "Put your stuff on" by Carina Jesus: "Bershka Grey Tshirt, Zara Grey Clutch, Calzedonia Tights, Zara Black Studded Heels"

LAmerican Eagle Outfitters Ae Boyfriend Blazer from American Eagle in Store, Miami Twice Skirt from Miami Twice in Store" "Suburban Outfitted" by Alex M: "Faded Glory Tights from Wal Mart in Store, Miami Twice Ring from Miami Twice in Store, "learn to fly" by Anita W.: "H&M; Jumpsuit, Tights from My Mom, No Name Cardigan from Sh"

Tights from Target, Levi's Cut-off Shorts from Urban Outfitters, Hanes Pullover Sweatshirt from Walmart // "my lines are down, you can't call me. " by Allegra Gia //

Forever21 Jacket, Textured Tights from Dsw, Madden Girl Heeled Short Boots from Marshall's // "fall + winter = finter" by Leksy Wolk // "Hunter" by Elena Joy: "Free People Spiderweb Tights from Industry, Black Boots, Black Skirt from H&M;, Gray Sweater from H&M;" "Complètement Noeud-noeud" by Martina Jurin: "H&M; Colorful Scarf, Black Vest, New Look Blue & Black Skirt, Camden Market 'noeud' Tights"

DIY Chanel tights

Many of us have seen the double-sided Chanel tights. We've wanted them.The Fashion Spot has even had a thread dedicated to them. Of course, at $140 a pop, many will not get them.
Sure, I could wait for a knock-off (dropping in 3... 2... 1...), but knowing my impatience, I had to try my hand at making my own pair. Of course, given my lack of preparation and mismatching materials, the end result was quite sloppy and pretty much looked like a bad counterfeit. Therefore, I hereby dub this DIY: "The 'Channel' tights".
I didn't want to spend money on tights that I was pretty sure I'd ruin the first time around, so I rooted around the house and dug up these two disposable pairs:

Herein lied the most obvious problem. While the sheer nude tights were extremely tight and stretchy, the black ones were crochet, and completely stretched out so they were all big and loose.

Here, I've cut both tights along the sides. The only tricky part of this experiment was figuring out how to sew extremely stretchy fabrics together. In order to do so, you have to use astretch needle, and set the sewing machine on a zig-zag stitch, with a mid-sized stitch length, and the lowest tension setting. This is all pretty intuitive though.

Laying the tights on top of one another... starting to stitch the two fabrics together. In order to prevent slippage of the fabrics, I simply used binder clips to hold them together while I sewed. Elementary, yet effective!

Here I am pulling them on before sewing the foot shut... and final product (sorta).
Overall, since the textures of the tights were so different, the line of the stitch got all puckery, and ended up looking very sloppy. But since I did, indeed, figure out how to sew tights together effectively, I'd say the DIY was a sloppy success.

Aaaand here's what they look like! Paired with "matching" skirt and generic outfit, of course. You can obviously tell the stitch is kinda gross.
At any rate, this was just a test pair (or, as my sister says, a "rough draft"). Next time, I'm probably gonna buy two pairs of the same tights, to eliminate the texture problem. I'm lookin' at you, Urban Outfitters 2 for $20 tights deal.
Well, and I would post this to tFS, but seeing as I don't have an account... *cough* (just kidding... maybe....)


Featured blogger Julia from We could cause catastrophies


Im julia, a 15 year old daydreamer who likes to sew and read fashion magazines. i like to think i'm obsessed with fashion but the reality is all i do is create my own style, which my mum describes as "ecletic". i love glitter, jose vanders, glee,ballet, paolo nuitini, alexa chung and daisy lowe, fashion, music,nme,elle, florence and the machine, cassie from skins, smiling, and life.

How do you get your inspiration for the outfits you wear ?
I look at other people’s blogs and lookbooks and see how they put their outfits together. Also, I read so many fashion magazines like Elle so I get inspiration from their mood boards and all the models.

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Who has had the biggest fashon influence on your outfits ?
I would say either Alexa Chung or Daisy Lowe as I really love their style and how they put their outfits together. Also, Frida Johnson on lookbook has so many amazing clothes and always looks unique which is something I try to do. Also, my mum has been a big influence as she loves fashion aswell and I am always stealing her clothes, she is also my fashion critic!

What made you start posting your pictures on lookbook and flickr? 
I saw other people that I used to follow on tumblr posting things on lookbook so I applied for an account just to see what it was like and I really enjoyed sharing my outfits with other people. Also, I started posting on flickr because I had to create an account for my school photography group and then I just went from there. I like showing other people my photographs.

What blogs and websites do you follow and why ? 
I use blogspot a lot and I follow people I know on there so I can see what they are getting up to and I love reading all their posts, also I follow fashion blogs such as altamira: models off duty and DIE YOUNG STAY PRETTY as I love their posts and the pictures inspire me.

Would you describe yourself as a trendsetter or fashion follower ?
Among my friends I would think I was the trendsetter because I always wear different things to my friends and try to create unique outfits, but sometimes I fall into the fashion follower category because if a lot of people have a new dress from topshop or something, I would have to have it, which is a bad thing.

How would you describe your style ? 
I would describe my style as quite individual and my mum describes me as having an eclectic style, which I don’t know whether it is a good thing or a bad thing! I like mixing different styles to create my own. I wear a lot of skirts and tights, and I barely wear trousers, probably once a month! I love wearing a lot of jewellery and I love patterned tights.  

Does the hosiery you wear dictate the clothes,outfit you wear ?
Most of the time, yes, because otherwise I would wear too many patterns.


What is in your hosiery drawer or closet ? 
I have heart pattern tights, turquoise, purple, fishnets, sparkly grey. I also own three pairs of over the knee socks.

How do you choose your hosiery ? 
I like patterned ones, and I normally chose by the denier and colour.

Where do you shop for hoseiry ? 
Mainly Topshop and H&M;


What was the last item of hosiery you brought, how much you spent etc ?
Black over the knee socks from h&m;, they were only £2.99, bargain.

Do you prefer sheer or opaque tights,stockings or holdups,socks or kneehighs,sheer toe or reinforced ? 
I prefer opaque tights, and I love knee high socks.


Do you ever wear 10 denier tights or sheer hose if so how long do they last you ?
I have done to school once, they didn’t last the whole day, I think they got about 5 ladders in them!

How does wearing tights make you feel emotionally ? More feminine,better with girly outfits not thought about it ?
I wear tights if it is too cold just to wear a skirt, and they generally make me feel better if I don’t want to get my legs out.


Do you physically like the feel of tights and touch ?  Do your legs ache less, prefer than pants ? not thought about it ?
I prefer tights to trousers, trousers are so uncomfortable! They just feel nicer when you wear them and they are easier to move around in.

When do you wear hosiery,daily-once a week etc ?
Everyday, I wear tights everyday to school with my skirt, and then I never wear trousers, so skirts and tights at the weekend as well.



What is your hosiery staple ? 
Black opaque tights, 50 denier.

What are your style tips for wearing tights ?
Choose a variety of colours that suit you and go with the majority of your clothes and pick pretty patterns.

How do you put on tights?
Put my feet in and just pull them up, which is probably why I rip them a lot!

Do you keep a spare pair of tights in your bag ?
No, but that is a very good idea!

The best and worst things about hosiery, Love-hate ?
They rip too easily, especially at school because we have wooden stools and my tights always get caught on them. The best thing about tights is that they always make your legs look good!

Do you recycle your tights or just throw them away ?
I just throw them away.

This weeks lookbook legwear pics "Paranoid Android." by Alice André: "Beige and Black Tee Shirt from H&M;, Black Bow from H&M;, Black Skirts from H&M;, Black Lace Tights from H&M;" "studiousness." by Leah Huebner: "Black Lace Shirt from Thrifted, Tights from Thrifted, Brown Boots from Free-gifted, Blue Skirt from Thrifted" "Crumble" by Zoë Deluge: "Forever 21 Navy Dress from Pasadena Forever 21, Sears Black Tights from Gift, Brown Boots from Gift (american Vintage)" "disco tits" by Lohla Ramona: "Ripped Tights, Checkered Former Pants, Tricolor Pasta Hair, Vest" "Alabama, Arkansas, I do love my ma and pa" by Dom Elise: "Floral Dress, Floral Tights, Black Flats, Jesus Bracelets" "you dress like the prey in to catch a predator." by Hannah Leigh Ehman: "French Connection Poofy Dress, F21 Forever 21 Jean Motorcycle Vest, American Apparel Tights" "midnightshadow" by Bella Manon: "H&M; T-shirt from Essen, H&M; Tights from Duisburg, H&M; Shoes from Duisburg" "breathe in, breathe out. " by Zelda Flisiuk: "Forever 21 Floral Tights" "fall weather = time for tights!" by Liz V.: "New York & Company Polka Dot Shirt from Secondhand, Houndstooth Skirt from Goodwill, Purple Tights from Wet Seal" "Breaking and Making Molds" by Vyktoria D: "Deena & Ozzy Laced Boots from Urban Outfitters, H&M; Gold Beads, Chandler Designs Plaid Dress from Designed and Sewn by Me, H&M; Opaque Tights" "Power Walker" by Vyktoria D: "Chandler Designs Blazer from Designed and Sewn by Me, Aldos Red Tights, Guess Heels, Target White V-neck" "everything is everything" by Phoebe E: "Vintage Black and White Tribal Print Tights, Old Marks and Spencer Oversize Acrylic and Cotton Mix Grey-black Jumper from London"