The nerve of that man…how could he possibly include a smiley face at the end of such tragic news? This mass culling includes everything…even perennial favorites like the Spartans. I’m utterly devastated, and if you want to know why, check out my reviews of Black Milk here. I hated leggings before I met this man.
As tempted as I am to fly to Australia and stage an intervention, I’ll just have to settle for picking up a slew of Black Milk leggings before tomorrow. So thanks a lot, James. I’ll be eating beans and rice for a month because of you. For everyone else reading this, don’t hesitate–now is the time to buy!!!
Well, the giveaway is over, and I’ll spend today tallying up and double-checking the entries. Later on this evening, I’ll announce the lucky winner. Believe me when I say I wish I had a prize for each and every one of you…because really, who doesn’t need sexy lingerie?
In the meantime, here’s a photo of my New Year’s Eve outfit. I’ve not quite mastered the art of self-photography, therefore please excuse the blurriness. The leggings are by the always awesome Black Milk, and the nightgown is from Wendy Glen. I’ve also included an old photo that Ligeia at Fashion Trash was kind enough to edit for me. Thanks so much, Ligeia!
I’m still pretty shy about having my photo on the blog, so please be kind. :-)
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I am crazy in love with James Lillis’ designs. As you know from my review a few weeks ago, I’d nearly given up on the leggings trend before Black Milk came along, and I dig James’ work for three main reasons.
One, his leggings are one-of-a-kind. I have yet to see anyone replicate his more creative (and labor intensive!) designs like the Spider-Mans or Cages. Two, Black Milk leggings are uber-comfortable. I don’t know if it’s the special fabric he uses or the fact that every pair is handmade, but his leggings are the next best thing to naked. Three, Black Milk is inexpensive. Notice: I didn’t say cheap, just inexpensive. Compared to other leggings (the mass-produced, machine-made kind), Black Milk is a fantastic value. Think about it…when is the last time you had something custom made?
But as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. So, to prove my point, I’m going to compare James Lillis’ leggings with those sold from a leading designer webstore–Shopbop. Please know that I am not knocking on Shopbop; I love that store. I’m just illustrating why, when it comes to leggings, Black Milk is the infinitely better alternative.
We’ll begin with the look that started it all. Basic, black, wet-look leggings. Snug and shiny, these leggings go best with smudged eyeliner and a smile. Shopbop sells a pair of Latex Oliva Leggings for $97, but Black Milk’s plain leggings are only $40. There’s really no comparison.
I didn’t expect this trend to take-off the way it did, but it seems like everyone wants to reenact a little Sid & Nancy. There’s no denying the cool, rockstar vibe ripped leggings give you, so let’s take a look at who does this trend better.
Shopbop offers both front and side shredded leggings. The Kerouac ripped jersey leggings to the left are the most reasonable of the bunch at only $87 while the David Lerner shredded suplex leggings (also made of jersey) are the most expensive at $132.
Black Milk sells both side-shredded and front-shredded leggings for only $50 and $80 respectively, and they’re both of shiny, stretchy, wet look material and not plain jersey. Black Milk also offers an additional, “extreme” style called Shredded to Hell for all you super-fashionistas out there and it’s also only $80.
The famed Black Spartans were my first pair of Black Milk Leggings, and I’ve not once regretted my purchase. How could I when I paid only $80 for my leggings yet the closest thing to them (these Victorialand metallic panel leggings) retails for $132?
Finally, we get to the latest trend, lace leggings. As I mentioned in a previous “Look for Less” post, I am a big fan of lace. It’s a look you can rock a million different ways…from punk to precious and everything in between. James recently did his own version of this trend, and released these basic lace leggings for a special introductory price of only $60. How much is the closest Shopbop version by Kova & T? A mind-blowing $165. If anything convinces me that Black Milk should own the leggings market, this does. I’ve already placed my order. Have you?
From looking at his Twitter, it appears James is going to try ruched, sheer tights next. I know I can’t wait. Why don’t you go get a little something? And tell him Treacle sent you! ;-)
Good morning fellow nylon enthusiasts! I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of this season’s lace trend. Lace can give even the simplest of outfits that extra edge which pushes you from flat to fabulous.
Unfortunately, I can’t quite afford the $55 price tag for Wolford’s Flora lace tights. Fortunately, several other designers have caught on to this trend are producing their own variation. So who comes closest to the Wolford label?
I believe I’ve found a winner with the French hosiery brand Love Me, sold through StockingsHQ. Though these are stockings, not tights, the Love Me pattern appears almost identical to the Wolford one but costs a whopping $40 less at only $14.
If you visit Wolford Boutique London, you can see that several other lace patterns due to be released later on this year. You can bet that when they do, Stockings Addict will find the best “knock-off” for you! Happy Shopping!
If you don’t read anything else in this article, at least now you know that James Lillis’ shiny tights ROCK, and you should go buy his stuff immediately.
I’ve worn the Black Spartans a few times to 80′s night at the local disco, and not only do the leggings look great, not only do they feel great, I always, always get mad compliments on them.
You already know this leggings trend has been going on for a few seasons, but until now I’ve been afraid to indulge. See, I have what my friends back home call an “apple bottom.” My booty is, for lack of a better word, rotund. Most leggings simply couldn’t accommodate my shape.
A few months after I’d all but given up hope, I found Too Many Tights (James’s blog) through Stockingirl. Back then, James mostly posted photos of other people’s work, but every once in awhile he’d sneak in some of his own designs. After awhile, it became apparent that Black Milk was like nothing else on the market.
Still, I hesitated. After all, James lives in Australia and I live in Seattle. The only people I saw wearing his tights on the blog were women who were considerably more “modelesque” than me. I e-mailed James with my concerns (and my measurements), and he custom fit my leggings to my ample derriere. Not just that,he even e-mailed me a few weeks later to make sure the fit was right.
Factor in that he keeps coming up with unique, innovative, drop-dead-sexy designs and, in my opinion, James Lillis can do no wrong. I’m just glad that I bought something before he really takes off.
P.S. If the designs aren’t for you, Black Milk also produces basic, “wet look” leggings. At only $40 (and free shipping!!!), they’re damn near a steal.
Sincerely yours, Treacle