Monday, November 17, 2014

How to Rock Tights Day and Night: Pretty Polly AW2014

Ever since being at school I've loved tights. We had to wear uniform but there was some wiggle room when it came to tights. They had to be opaque (so 40+ denier) but I could wear diamond patterns, pinstripe, dots and squares. Adding this bit of pattern to my outfit has stayed with me ever since and it still makes me happy to have fun and stylish legs!

This season's Pretty Polly tights have such a wide range of styles from sparkly party legs to sub-zero Calgary legs! Here are some ideas for dressing your legs up day and night.

Daytime Legs
I love that Pretty Polly thinks about real life as well as fashion. Most of North America is very cold in the winter so tights that help keep you warm is a genius idea! Pretty Polly Heat Sense Tights actively trap your body heat to keep your pins warm.

Pretty Polly has also thought of women who are on their feet a lot during the day. The Pretty Polly Legs on the Go Tights have a light compression woven into the nylon which eases aching and reduces swelling. The health benefits to compression are reducing the risk of deep vein thrombosis and varicose veins.
Left: Heatsense, Top Right: Legs on the Go 60D, Bottom Right: Legs on the Go Neutral 10D

Faux Stockings and Socks
Whether you like your hemlines short or long you can play around with the illusion of socks and stockings. I love wearing the Secret Socks collection with a denim skirt and long boots because I find the socks really comfortable in boots and you're not pulling up your socks every 10 minutes!

The faux suspender tights have been a long time favourite from Pretty Polly and I love the new Suspender Tummy Shaper Tights that have a medium control tummy panel for a smooth look under dresses and skirts.

Left: Suspender Tummy Shaper Tights, Top Right: Patterned Secret Socks, Bottom Right: Over the Knee Secret Socks

Day to Night Legs
During the party season there are occasions when you need to transition your day look to a night look without time to get changed. A bold pattern pair of tights can work in a professional environment and become a feature of a nighttime outfit with just a change of shoes.

This season I'm particularly in love with the Silk Cashmere Pointelle tights by Alice and Olivia.  They are so soft and work equally well with a simple LBD or a flamboyant skirt. The Retro Diamond tights and the Bow Backseam plus size tights are comfortable for everyday and more than stylish enough for a party or restaurant.

Left: Silk Cashmere Pointelle by Alice and Olivia, Top Right: Retro Diamond, Bottom Right: Bow Backseam
Party Legs
Plain and simple I adore the Pretty Polly Precious Jewel Backseam tights. They are comfortable and warm enough to keep out the night air but the sparkly backseam is a fabulous party touch! The Lace Spot Mock Hold Up Tights are so delicate and beautiful and particularly fabulous with a thigh split dress. The Darkly Floral opaque tights are warm and comfortable and the calf-high tattoo design at the back is an easy way to add a touch of flare to a simple black party dress.

Left: Precious Jewel Backseam, Top Right: Lace Spot Mock Hold Up Tights, Bottom Right: Darkly Floral
If you've never explored dressing up your daytime or nighttime looks with a pair of fabulous tights then this is a great season to try them out. See our Pretty Polly collection here xx

Monday, November 3, 2014

5 Times To Use A Bra Liner


Let's not beat around the bush, bra liners are not the prettiest things you'll ever see but they can give huge relief and comfort and that's why we cherish them. In case you don't know what a bra liner is, it's a cotton strip that's shaped to sit between your skin and the band and gore of your bra. If you have a well-fitting bra that's comfortable then chances are that you've never needed a bra liner but there are times in your life when they can be incredibly useful.

1) Rashes
Your breasts generate heat and moisture and this is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Your bra band lie on the crease between your breasts and your torso (your breast root) and if moisture gets trapped here it can causes skin irritations and rashes, most commonly a yeast rash. Some women are particularly prone to rashes underneath their bra band and in the worst cases their skin becomes broken and can bleed. A bra liner absorbs the excess moisture so that bacteria can't grow. Daily use of a clean bra liner can prevent or clear up a rash under your bra band.

2) Heat and Menopause
If you are someone who gets very hot then you'll know how awful it can be to sweat from your boobs. This is particularly a problem for women going through the menopause, in fact it was a menopausal client that prompted us to stock the Wick'em Bra Liners. The bra liner draws the moisture away from the body and absorbs it to the core so that you don't sweat through your clothing.

3) Skinny Torsos
I've written before about how the fat around your torso can affect your bra fit. The more fat your have around your torso the more cushioning you have between your ribs and the elastic/wires of your bra and you can often wear a smaller band. If you have a skinny torso then wearing a band that is tight enough to keep your bra in place can be very painful because you have very little cushioning. Wearing a slightly bigger band works for lots of people but some women find that a bra liner allows them to wear a snug band in total comfort so they don't have to compromise on support.

4) Nursing
I know from personal experience that wire free bras can put more strain on your band. The wires in full bust bras provide vertical structure for your breasts which lifts some of the weight away from your band. Nursing bras tend to be wire free and when you have heavy breasts the added pressure around your band can be very uncomfortable. A bra liner adds a layer of comfort that is so appreciated when your body is already tired and sore.

5) Post Surgery and Illness
Your skin is the largest organ and can be very sensitive and sore after surgery or during an illness. If you have to wear a bra then the pressure around your band can be agonizing. We have clients with arthritis, fibromyalgia and chronic back pain who all report a more comfortable bra fit with the bra liners.

Bra accessories are vital for some women to tailor their bra fit to be more stable or comfortable. Bra liners bring much needed comfort and relief for lots of women xx