These days I rarely depart from my school run uniform of t-shirt, leggings and socks, much to Caitlin’s increasing displeasure, but when I do dress up, it’s usually a dress and either tights or hold-ups.
I often find myself in Marks & Spencer’s hosiery department and rely on their trusty hold-ups because the sizing is generous and the prices reasonable.
I have not, I must confess, ventured towards any other hosiery brand for a long time, generally because I have found the sizing constrictive and the finer the denier, the more likely I am to put my finger through them or scag them on something.
I also have quite long legs which means lots of tights struggle to get past mid-thigh or if they do, are a little tight around the old mum tum.
Charnos Hosiery kindly sent me a selection from their new Spring Summer 2017 Charnos Tights collection to try and I was expecting the usual problems but not a bit of it.
|CAEV Floral Net Tights|
Not only is the quality excellent but they fitted perfectly (I tried the medium to large size). They came up to my waist comfortably, the elasticated waistband was generous and I didn’t have to wrestle them over my thighs.
|CAGO Floral Tights|
I tried three pairs of their patterned tights, the material of which was quite strong and resilient. There is a cotton gusset, which was a bonus I wasn’t expecting and a reinforced toe to add extra durability. All retail around the £8 – £10 mark per pair.
I was a bit worried that the patterns would be overwhelming but actually they are quite funky without being over the top.
|CAGJ Diamond Net Tights|
I was also sent some of their lovely comfy socks to try which the Husband was very pleased about as he’s always moaning about the fact I wear his. Having size 8 feet often makes men’s socks a better bet as for some strange reason lots of ladies’ socks only go up to a size 7.
These fitted fine, although they could have been a little bigger for the longer toed among us (I know, I know – feet, don’t you just love them?), but they are lovely and soft and come a decent way up the leg.
|CGBH Geo and Stripe Sock in Rose Mix|
The range also includes sheer tights, knee highs, spotted and diamond patterns and natural tan tights. I keep promising myself I may actually try a spray tan but haven’t got around to it yet so the latter have been added to my shopping list. We redheads very rarely go very brown without help.
Would I buy these? Yes, I would – they’re a great way to add a bit of an edge to a conservative date night dress or perk up your office wear without going over the top.