There is something deeply comforting about this time of year, when the cold bitter winds start to blow a rustle of brown leaves at your feet. Hibernation instincts set in and you reach for chunky knits, waterproofs and inevitably, tights. It may still be September but I’ve already taken great delight in gently pulling on my favourite hosiery and letting their comforting warmth envelop me. Sometimes their purpose is purely functional. Tights under jeans add a much needed second skin. Sometimes knitted tights are the only solution to biting weather. Sometimes of course, a girl just needs a little luxury. When it comes to tights I will always reach for a little something from Candy Baker.
Candy Baker is a UK designed and manufactured brand featuring beautiful designs – from gold art deco prints to crystal embellishments. I love to support British brands and given that 2012 has been an incredible year for this country it seems only right that this winter my design of choice is going to be the Big Ben tights by Candy Baker London Hosiery.
Black and gold is such a timeless and elegant combination, something that designer Candy Lam achieves so well with her graphic prints. Cleverly each motif is carefully designed to elongate and slim the leg, drawing the eye upward and flattering your figure. You can see that even with this fun design a lot of attention has been given to the width and length of the motif. Each stripe of our iconic Big Ben lengthens the legs and makes them a striking focal point of an outfit. Each pair of tights is a quality 50 denier 3D Lycra (which actually is a good year round hosiery weight) and features a gold print in a simplistic 1930’s style. With the golden era of 1920’s-30’s as a common thread throughout Lam’s designs the ethos of the brand is to take some of the excitement and glamour of Broadway and deliver it to the wearer – ensuring that every single of one of us enjoys a ‘sparkling moment’.
Somehow I feel that when I put on a pair of these tights I really do have a sparkling moment. The unique, directional but relentlessly romantic designs transport me into a world of elegance and ultimately transform any outfit into a show-stopper. I love pairing up my favourite LBD with different tights to change up looks and I just know that these tights will be seeing many dinner parties, theatre trips and even bringing New Year’s Eve in with a bang.
I simply love Candy Baker hosiery, almost as much as I love my home town London. If you love your city, celebrate in style with these iconic tights. Buy here.
Style tip: For chilled out city style try wearing these tights with denim shorts and sneakers.
Images by Pascale Aliphon