Confessions of a Tightsaholic

23 October 2009

Some women buy lipsticks in a recession and others might buy boxes of chocolates, but  when faced with a slightly dodgy wage slip, I buy tights.  I can't sing the praises of this stretchy yet fragile form of legwear enough; they make legs a little bit more interesting and a personality shine through when wearing the most understated of outfits.  My first act of rebellion was sporting aubergine coloured tights at school amongst the sea of regulation black.  At first, I was annoyed my Mum had bought them for me just because they were reduced, but I guess they provided a talking point and proved that I like to do things a little bit differently.  An inexpensive way to update a wardrobe, they are the purchase that I've been frequently making this month, so here are my recent confessions.


Apologies for the blurry picture quality, my camera is pretty suicidal at the moment.  Slightly better photo here.

One thing that I'll be doing a lot of this season, is layering up different kinds of tights.  Most of the 'fashion' styles are rather sheer, for example this cobweb pair from Urban Outfitters are practically non-existent, and my Mum was somewhat bewildered as to the £12 price tag (they've now gone down to a fiver in the sale, which is just my luck).  Undeterred, I teamed them with some plain grey Pamela Mann tights, which are warm enough at 50 denier and wore them for a chilly day at work. Unfortunately I did manage to snag them at the back, but who's to notice?



These Asos Side Net Tights were part of a random Friday night spree, an afterthought to try and qualify for the free delivery threshold, which I didn't end up reaching anyway.  When the order arrived and I teared open the package like an excited youngster, I couldn't imagine why they weren't the reason for the order in the first place. They are pretty similar to the Mark Fast freebies that some lucky fashion people received and remind me of the good old loops of knit structures. The layering possibilities are endless, and I quite like the Op-Art effect of your eyes going a bit funny if you stare at them for too long.


All from eBay; Black and White two-tone Jester tights, think Chanel gone a bit wrong; Mary Quant sheer spot tights; Pamela Mann map of France tights just in case I get lost.

Somehow the idea of spot tights subliminally entered my mind.  Methinks the Balenciaga A/W 2009  collection had something to do with it earlier this year, but also some fellow fashion bloggers such as Flying Saucer and Diamond Canopy, resulting in me wanting a pair but not quite knowing why.  Now I've had time to think about it, sheer tights have always seemed a bit saucy to me, as they usually have the seam down the back and seductress connotations, but the added polka dots add a cute/fun factor that fits in with my personality.  I bought my first Charnos pair last month, but after a heavy eBay browsing session I noticed a vintage Mary Quant version for £3!  They are even better quality than the Charnos pair, with a reinforced toe and a nice sheen, so at least I know I have a back-up just in case  I fall over and end up ripping them.  The black and white jester tights were another fun find, inspired by Yishyene and I bought the Pamela Mann Map of France tights for pure comedy value.  I think this is the best way to increase your eBay feedback rating, in fact I've just found another pair while writing this post, hopefully taking me closer to the elusive turquoise star.  Off to the tightsaholic's asylum I go...


 This is my solution for storing tights and accessories, though this organiser thingy is almost at full capacity and will probably fall of my door any minute now.  I had hoped to organise by colour, but that's gone out the window...

On another less fun note, I failed my driving test again after totally messing up my usually perfect parallel parking manoeuvre.   The moment you realise that you've definitely failed during the actual test is a difficult one; I wanted to give up there and then and get the bus home.  Each time I've been tested, I've had a fairly nice male examiner (this one kept calling me poppet, obviously not a good sign as I'd failed by this point) and a straightforward route, so next time I'm expecting lots of hills, reversing around the corner and a grumpy examiner named Mabel.  Hopefully it'll be third time lucky, and my vision of driving my friends to Bicester Village can become a reality...

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26 comments:

  1. I know what you mean about a tights obsession! I like your storage solution much better than mine...my bulging collection is currently in a bag in the closet...shame
    -jessie :)

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  2. Wow, someone likes their tights don't they! I'm loving those asos side net tights: gorgeous. Funnily enough I purchased some stripey House of Holland tights following one of your previous posts and I have to say I absolutely adore them! I have to say I feel a bit silly wearing crazy tights in an otherwise bland and ordinary university campus, but a little attention never hurt anyone! fab post x

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  3. Hi!

    The wedges you asked about are by Chloe, from 2006.

    xx

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  4. I've been buying tights like crazy too. Love the ones you've posted here!

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  5. i'll be right next to yo at tightaholics anonymous!! ove the jester two colour tights, american apprel do some too right? you've really made me lust after a pair, as really white and black are such classic simple colours, so the general public shouldn't think they're too crazy! damn postal strike, i probably wouldn't receive a pair until december though :s

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  6. oooh i love your tights, you have so many!! i keep meaning to buy myself some more but i usually end up wearing the same pair over & over until they're wrecked!

    sorry to hear about your driving test :( parallel parking is a tough one, i never got that on either of my tests. keep at it though, definitely third time lucky :)

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  7. I wish I was as brave as you are and stopped wearing the same old black tights. Sorry to hear
    about you driving test, 3rd time is a charm.

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  8. I love how you're storing them - I've got millions too but they're all bunched up in a drawer I have to rummage through.

    Good luck with the driving test! I failed mine in spectacular fashion first time (I nearly crashed into a wall rolling backwards down a steep hill, don't ask) but second time I had a lovely examiner and it all went really easily.

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  9. Our collections/obsession sounds scarily similar!
    I think I prefer your tights though.
    Hm, must check ebay for some new pairs, it's been...a week?! Since I bought any!

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  10. I have a love for tights too and an overflowing little drawer full of them! I need to find some more storage space for them. I think tights are a cheap and fun way to brighten up an outfit!

    Don't worry about the test. I still haven't taken mine and my sister has failed more than she would like to mention...

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  11. yep i love tights too. love the way you store them!

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  12. Hi there, thanks a lot for commenting back! Today there will be more pictures of Jimmy Choo vs. H&M, so stay tuned, hope to see you there! ;)
    By the way, your post is awesome, love the pictures! ^^

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  13. I need one of those for my tights. Currently they are shoved in a tiny draw and I have no idea what's in there.

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  14. oh well, they look stylin ;) those are great tights i must say.

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  15. a girl after my own heart. a girl can never have too many tights and those are some great pairs! love the asos one with the side net detail.fab
    xx
    marian

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  16. I love the idea of layering tights - especially that first concoction!

    Don't worry too much about the driving test - it really does get easier! I had to go through 5 before my time came!

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  17. Yay for tights. I love that second pair, and the spotted Mary Quant's are so gorgeous. Eeek, well good luck with the driving test for next time dear. Hope you're having a beautiful weekend :)

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  18. i have a bit of an obsession with buying socks so i totally understand! its like when they are the same price as a coffee you dont think of it as a splurge but then when you work out how much all your socks are worth. well its more than i thought! i also like tights. i have 2 pairs of purple tights which i wear to make a boring black outfit look a bit more interesting. im also looking for a good pair of red tights so tell me if you know where i can get a good pair. i bought a pair but they turned out to be maroon and i just looked like some wierd school girl! x

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  19. HEY you.. how're you doing!

    Love the tights - I am too a tights whore, I have a whole drawer full of them! I love the map of france one especially..tempting!

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  20. haha i love them :)
    i don't really think in terms of tights, maybe i should!
    x x x x

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  21. Haha that's a lot! Organizing them can be a hassle, yeah.

    -meream

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  22. Hey girlie- loving your tights collection. It reminds me to keep my legwear more fun and funky. I've been caught up in a black and navy leggings funk. Thanks for visiting my blog while I'm away in Thailand! I'd definitely recommend a visit here. The people are amazingly friendly and the shopping is wonderful, if you can sort through the duds to discover the gems! xx D

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  23. I'm a tightsacholic too, I have so many prints and colours, love your collection though!
    XOXOX
    Libby
    http://fashionconfectionairy.weebly.com

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  24. Wow. I'm not a tights wearer, but I am so encouraged now. They really can transform your outfit!

    I know the feeling of knowing you've failed while still doing the test. That happened the 2nd time I took it and really felt like giving up. Although I found I drove better after I gave up. Anyway, don't worry: you'll eventually pass (I did!).

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  25. Ooh I've been looking for a perfect pair of polka-dot tights! Balenciaga influence yesss! Great selection of tights :)

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  26. hello lady! online media WORKS! I just ordered the same pair of Asos side web tights. Thanks for showing them to me! ;)

    I saw you at the Specsavers thing the other night but didn't get a chance to say hi!

    Next time.x

    www.miggylikestheinternet.com

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