The winner gets a $25.00 gift certificate to the store of their choice from the list of my favorite stores at the left of the blog.
Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!
What started as a way for me to talk about stockings to my heart’s content (mostly so I wouldn’t drive my friends crazy) has since morphed into a incredible journey where I’ve not only learned more about hosiery and lingerie than I ever thought possible, but also made some new friends to boot!
Most of all, I’d like to thank you, the readers. Without your support, in all its varying forms, I probably would have given this blog up months ago. You have no idea how much it means to me that you all take the time to read what I have to say. It’s one of the highest compliments anyone could give.
Much like my love for leopard print, I’ve made no secret of the fact that I also enjoy a good tattoo print. Be it the overtly retro stylings of Sailor Jerry or the more ethereal, artistic approach taken by Bebaroque, I really, really dig tattoos.
But you know and I know that good lingerie doesn’t come cheap, and as much I’d like to buy every single pair of Bebaroque tights in every single color, my itty bitty income simply won’t allow it.
Fortunately, Jonathon Aston read my mind and came out with a budget version of the tattooed look. Part of this season’s limited edition fashion range, the Jonathon Aston tights have a nude background with blue and black butterflies flittering from thigh to ankle. Available from Asos or StockingsHQ for £9.75 or £8.50 ($13.94 or $12.16 USD), respectively, I believe these pantyhose are a great buy.
Edit: The tights just sold out on Asos.com, so now StockingsHQ is the only place to buy them!
It seems I can’t open a fashion magazine without running into Rodarte’s uber-chic diamond cutout leggings. However, at $920.00/pair I will (for obvious reasons) never, ever know how they feel on my legs.
While the look isn’t exactly for me, I understand someone may want to try it. Stockingirl posted a link to a do-it-yourself version of the tights. Blogger Six Six Sick (pictured right) also has a guide on how to make your very own set of diamond cut leggings, but she warns that the entire process is a “massive pain in the ass.”
Now I’ve never been good with craft projects. So if you’re like me, and want a similar look but without the massive investment of time or money, you may want to try Asos’ large oval net tights. They’re not diamond cut outs, but you do get the trend of large holes and a chunky pattern. Plus, at only £5.00/pair you won’t have to feel bad about cutting the feet off to make your own leggings. Or throwing them away once the season’s over, for that matter.
One of them, Rue La La, is having an epic sale right now including some really extraordinary items from La Perla.
Access to these sales is by invitation only. If you would like an invitation reply here and/or send your e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will promptly get you set up.
Below, I’ve posted a few pictures of what they had for sale this morning. All of these items sold out within a hour of going online.
In the same way Falke helped me to understand the sensuous potential of a pair of stockings, Kiss Me Deadly showed me just how glamorous a retro corselette or garter belt could be.
I own several of KMD’s sold out collections, including the first editions of both the Vargas girdle dress and the Sirena bra set. For months now, I’ve been lusting after the new Sirena collection in all black, but couldn’t justify the expense. Now, I no longer have that excuse.
Madscientistcat, whose e-bay store is SuspendersandStockings [Editor’s Note: As of February 2015, this site appears to be defunct], sells excess stock from Kiss Me Deadly at steep discount. However, these aren’t last season’s castoffs, oh no. Not only are pieces from the black Sirena set for sale, she also has the most recent version of the Vargas girdle dress (red and black) listed, plus a veritable cornucopia of garter belts in multiple colors.
My readers with vintage figures will be happy to know that most of the bras and corselettes listed are for curvy women, with sizes ranging from 38C to 38DD and beyond. Best of all, shipping to the U.S. is a flat rate of £5, no matter how many items you buy.
I don’t know about you, but it feels like Christmas all over again!
P.S. I just checked my trusty standby, La Magia [Editor’s Note: As of February 2015, this site appears to be defunct], and she also has the red and black Vargas girdle dress on sale along with the green and black Alouette collection. I love having options.
On sale at Kiki de Montparnasse.