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Sprucing up a winter wardrobe 'needs tights'

Sprucing up a winter wardrobe 'needs tights'
Sometimes, a little bit of money goes a long way in the world of fashion, it is believed.

Ellen Warren, a fashion expert for the Chicago Tribune, said that people want to look "fashionably great" at all times, yet rarely have the cash during this time for longer-term investments.

Commenting on the short-term nature of her quest, Ellen Warren said: "I wasn't looking for the kind of quality that you can pass on to your grandchildren. The idea was to find frugal fashionable fixes for fall that you could enjoy for a while, then move on to the next trend."

By buying a simple sweater tunic and pairing it with textured or patterned tights - the first style in her list of tips - Ms Warren believes women will be effortlessly stylish, with the cheapness of legwear undoubtedly appealing to most women with tighter purse strings.

Last month, Liz Jones of the Daily Mail said that slouchy socks can be a great alternative to tights, especially when wearing chunkier shoes or clogs.

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Susan Boyle's socks habit celebrated

Susan Boyle's socks habit celebrated
One newspaper has proclaimed its love for one of the most surprising talents to rise out of the UK in recent memory.

Susan Boyle, the runner-up on Britain's Got Talent who stunned Simon Cowell and the gang behind the judges' desk before going on to record the biggest-selling debut album of all time, has been heralded as a working people's hero by the Sun.

That's because the newspaper turned up to her West Lothian home this week only to see Susan - endearingly referred to as SuBo by the media - at her doorstep, wearing pyjama bottoms and a pair of socks, ditching fancy legwear altogether.

"You won't see Mariah Carey or Leona Lewis doing that," the newspaper commented. "And that's why we like SuBo so much."

It's not just the UK she's cracked; SuBo's also shot to the top of the Billboard 200 in the US, even beating Eminem's Relapse and setting a new record for the highest debut for a solo female artist.

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Tights 'separate you from the crowd'

Tights 'separate you from the crowd'
Women wanting to avoid the chance of "drowning in a sea of predictable dresses" should invest in some hosiery in the coming days and weeks, according to a leading newspaper north of the border.

The Scottish Daily Record explained that by adopting an "eye-popping print" or particularly bright colour can turn out to be a "fashion lifebuoy", whether it is a hot pink prom dress or something harnessing animal prints such as zebra.

It continued: "Flaunting a full-on shade or stand-out print requires serious attitude to pull it off with conviction. You can always tone down the show-off stakes with a black blazer and black tights."

Of course, women wanting that extra edge may consider looking into the perfect little black dress, allowing for a little more glamour without being too risky at the big event.

Earlier this month, Jessica De Vault of the Fayetteville Observer said that whether it is leggings, tights or stockings, any investment in legwear this season is a great one, so long as they aren't boring.

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Gossip Girl 'overdoes the fishnets'

Gossip Girl 'overdoes the fishnets'
Leighton Meester, the star of Gossip Girl, has proved that she still has it when it comes to retaining a fashionable look through to the winter months, though she has stumbled at the final fence, according to a leading style magazine.

The 23-year-old actress, who is best known for her portrayal of Blair Waldorf in the highly-strung teenage drama, was spotted by Grazia wearing the best that her winter wardrobe had to offer her.

It said that while the overall look was a major success - wearing a long jacket with black gloves, a cream scarf and letting her hair down - something wasn't quite right in the legwear department.

Grazia asserted: "We're loving that bold blue coat with a structured waist and the matchy-matchy accessories are just adorable, although we feel those fishnet tights may be taking it a step too far."

Gossip Girl, which is currently being shown on ITV2 over here in the UK, is now in its third season.

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Ewan McGregor snapped in tights spot

Ewan McGregor snapped in tights spot
A famous actor has been spotted wearing a pair of tights, though there are two twists: firstly, it's a man and secondly, they were on his head.

Far from robbing a shop with a disguised face, Ewan McGregor was simply taking a break from filming his new film the Beginners in Los Angeles, according to the Sun.

However, the tights were in place due to the actor's need to preserve his real hair as he donned a wig for his role.

A bystander at the scene said: "Ewan was in character and was caught between scenes while having something to eat. He had just taken off his wig and it looks like he has a pair of women's tights on his head."

Last month, Ewan McGregor came second in a huge list of the most overpaid film stars as compiled by Forbes, finishing behind Will Ferrell, who only made $3.29 (£1.97) for each dollar he was paid.

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Alleged robber wears tights in unconventional way

Alleged robber wears tights in unconventional way
Sometimes, a man may go to great lengths in order to get what he wants, particularly when it is in a criminal context.

That's why it has been alleged that Dorian Deon White, a 32-year-old man, donned a pair of tights and a dress as well as a black wig and make-up in order to rob a bank for an undisclosed amount of money.

Pulling off his haul last month, Mr White allegedly approached the desk of a Tarpon Springs bank in Corpus Christi, Texas, and made out that he had a gun that he was not afraid to use if his demands were not met.

Following the robbery, detectives said the man forced a stranger to drive him to a local park, where he was last seen, with the driver being thankfully unhurt.

Ewan McGregor was recently spotted wearing tights in an unconventional way by the Sun, putting them on his head to aid with his wig when filming The Beginners.

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Jeggings are 'all the rage'

Jeggings are 'all the rage'
Jeggings are a trend which seems to pervade all levels of fashion at the moment, despite threats of leggings falling out of fashion over the last few months.

And despite leggings continuing to hold on in the style market, bnd.com explained that many people want to pull the look of jeggings off, with the super-stretchy denim clinging well to more shapely limbs.

However, like all great trends, such things come with a warning for those wanting to execute the style perfectly, with Jean Patteson of the news provider issuing guidance.

She said: "They fit so snugly, they reveal every curve and dimple. For the most flattering look, wear your jeggings under a long tunic or short dress, as you would regular leggings."

Recently, leggings-designing diva Lindsay Lohan was criticised by LA boutique Kitson after she failed to fulfil a promotional campaign with them yet demanded over £9,000 of free clothing from them, resulting in a tantrum from the actress.

Earlier this month, the Daily Record commented on how bright and different legwear can really set you apart from the crowd, particularly bright colours.

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Gwen Stefani casts no doubts over her fashionable legwear taste

Gwen Stefani casts no doubts over her fashionable legwear taste
Gwen Stefani has always been well-known for her choice of clothing, setting herself apart from the crowd both on and off the stage.

So it comes as no surprise that during her trip to London, and despite wearing relatively regular clothes when mixing with the general public when accompanied by her family, she still managed to wear a pair of leggings which marked her out from her counterparts.

The houndstooth pattern on the legwear, in black and white, complemented her black leather biker jacket and army boots as she took her children on fairground rides, snapping them on her camera phone as they enjoyed the wintry conditions of the UK capital.

One-year-old Zuma and three-year-old Kingston looked like they enjoyed the rides, which were assembled as part of Hyde Park's regular Winter Wonderland festivities.

Gwen Stefani launched a successful solo career after her days with No Doubt and is currently in a legal wrangle alongside Bon Jovi after Sally's Saloon and Eatery in Minneapolis happened to play the artists' music without a proper music licence.

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'Tis the season for stockings - on your legs and not the mantelpiece

'Tis the season for stockings - on your legs and not the mantelpiece
The need for legwear is greater than ever this Christmas, if one of the UK's leading tabloids is to be believed.

According to the Sun, it is less about festive cheer and more about festive sheer, with people getting stuck into stockings over the next few weeks as winter weather and fashion combine to create the greatest style aid to make any outfit superb.

The newspaper asserted: "Make your legs the focus this season with one of these showstoppers.

"Try lace for ultimate winter luxe or go colourful to brighten up your little black dress."

Patterned stockings and lacy offerings are particularly fantastic this month, it added.

Last month, controversial fashion critic Liz Jones said that this season, slouchy socks are a great alternative to stockings and tights.

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Office party is 'great opportunity' for hosiery-based style

Office party is 'great opportunity' for hosiery-based style
Caryn Franklin, fashion and beauty guru as well as the presenter of Clothes Show Live, said that women always have more chance to show their personality through their clothing choice when at a party to more of an extent than men in the same position.

She said that party dresses can often be too revealing or provocative though not necessarily the best solution for a "confident display of flair" in the workplace, so it stands to reason that people should show less flesh.

Ms Franklin said that by power-dressing a cocktail dress with bold accessories instead of skimpy figure-hugging pieces - while also embracing tights or leggings - women stand to gain a lot in terms of looks.

"Make sure the clothes and hosiery are dark and the necklace bright or colourful and eye-catching," she continued. "With such an oversized eye-catching accessory people won't be looking at the rest of your clothes so you can keep them understated if you wish."

Gwen Stefani was recently spotted in London rocking the leggings look as she escorted her family around the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

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Sequins and hosiery 'work well together'

Sequins and hosiery 'work well together'
Girls looking to catch the eye of their counterparts on the dancefloor this Christmas will find it particularly easy given the style trends currently kicking around the UK, it has been said.

Francesca Craggs of the Journal explained that women who want to impress their friends and feel stylish will look to the worlds of legwear and sequins, as both make a classic style statement.

"Whatever your taste or budget, you're certain to find a sequinned dress to flatter your individual style. From statement-shouldered versions to stylish shifts, the choice is immense. Team with leggings or a little black dress."

Ms Craggs added that sequinned leggings are also huge over the Christmas period and can be easily worn under anything from plain party dresses to off-the-shoulder tunics, though people should ensure they mix their textures.

Earlier this week, bnd.com explained the popularity of jeggings - jeans blended with leggings - and how the stretchy denim is great for those wanting something a little more flattering for great legs.

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Trendy hipsters should 'use brightly-coloured tights'

Trendy hipsters should 'use brightly-coloured tights'
In order to do well in the eyes of the fashion community this season, all that may be needed is legwear to truly push the usual outfit that little bit more.

According to Katrina Szish, an expert in style with CBS News, it's easy to recycle old looks and spend a minimal amount of money to accessorise them, namely with tights and other related hosiery.

She explained that a great place to start is with the necessary little black dress, which can be given a long-awaited update with tulle and bows.

Additionally, the skinny suit and tie has officially made its comeback for more smartly-dressed women, with Ms Szish adding: "If you remember only one thing it is to keep everything in proportion."

However, it is going above and beyond anything that's come before when it comes to fashion this winter, with the expert concluding: "Do something unexpected: wear brightly-coloured tights, or sneakers with your suit."

Earlier this week, Caryn Franklin, the presenter of Clothes Show Live, said that people ought to show a little more personality at office parties, noting that tights are certainly the accessory needed to make something seem that little bit more sassy.

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Lily Allen looks great in tights... again

Lily Allen looks great in tights... again
One singer just can't quit wearing sassy tights when performing on stage, so it seems.

Lily Allen has been spotted in Liverpool on the latest leg of her tour of the UK and Ireland, pairing a Chanel top and bowler hat with a sexy pair of two-tone tights, though it caused a little bit of a problem for the pop star.

That's because she found it difficult to keep her tights up, with Lily bursting into laughter when revealing this issue to her fans.

Despite that, the pretty revealing ensemble was undoubtedly one which she will be remembered by and Lily may even spark off a new trend in hosiery with the look.

Today, it was revealed that Lily Allen has body dysmorphia, with the singer preoccupied with her look and body image in general.

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Britney has 'no idea how to dress'

Britney has 'no idea how to dress'
Britney Spears' fashion sense seems to be going from bad to worse, according to one style critic.

The Daily Mail sniped at the pop singer, whose admittedly poor choice of socks with high heels crossed one of the well-known boundaries of accepted fashion as she walked around Los Angeles this week.

She didn't look too happy either, as she braved temperatures of around 8 degrees C while wearing a curiously strange spiderweb poncho with sunglasses, jeans and the Michael Jackson-esque white socks combined with her navy blue leather heels.

The Daily Mail went on to criticise the wares of both Cher and Katy Perry, Russell Brand's current beau, who it believed did not respond to the cold weather in a stylish way either.

Earlier this week, Britney sparked rumours of marriage after she was spotted in Beverly Hills wearing a sparkling ring on her engagement finger.

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Patterned tights 'perfect for office style'

Patterned tights 'perfect for office style'
Patterned tights are something women simply need in their wardrobes this season, as temperatures start to drop and the need to look fashionable is still as necessary as usual, particularly in the office.

Such is the view of Amy Verner of the Globe and Mail, who said that while she always hated tights as a young girl and, by extension, winter in general, though recent events have changed her mind completely.

That's because they're now all over the catwalks and huge designers such as Alexander McQueen and Marc Jacobs are promoting them alongside their lines, though regular online and high street offerings are mimicking the look very well indeed.

Commenting on wearing them during day-to-day money earning, she said: "For a work ensemble, high statement hosiery needs to be offset by classic pieces. So if you're going out on a limb with a snakeskin-type print ... make sure to keep everything else basic black."

Last week, while Lily Allen was praised for her use of two-tone tights on stage in Liverpool, Britney Spears was slammed for her use of white socks with heels by the Daily Mail, who said she crossed one fashion boundary too far.

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Shane Warne unveils men's underwear line

Shane Warne unveils men's underwear line
One of the world's most celebrated bowlers - as well as one of England's greatest foes - has announced his intentions to release a line of men's underwear in time for Christmas.

Shane Warne, the Aussie former spin bowler, will be following in the footsteps of fellow teammate and releasing his line of men's underwear and socks for people looking for stocking fillers, titled Spinners after his style of play.

And instead of adopting the usual boring cricket whites he was associated with throughout his career, Warne will be making the offerings nice and colourful.

He said of the line-up: "I have worked with the designers to create a fun, fashionable, sporty and above all comfy line of underwear and socks that every bloke will like."

Aside from his unbelievable abilities as a bowler, Shane Warne was also well-known for his contributions to sledging - the practice of undermining the opposition by making jokes at their expense while on the field in order to put them off and aid Australia's efforts, notably in the Ashes.

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The Saturdays star it's very risque in stockings and suspenders

The Saturdays star it's very risque in stockings and suspenders
While the Saturdays may not be the most memorable group in the world of pop music in recent months, one member is making sure that she, if not the band, is certainly remembered.

That's because Frankie Sandford, the 20-year-old singer with the girl group, decided to forego the formalities of a cold night in London by matching a sheer shirt with nothing underneath it alongside leather hotpants and suspender-style tights, giving the impression that she was wearing stockings.

She was at a party held by the band's record label, Fascination, in London's Mayfair at the famous Aura nightclub, going along with her boyfriend Dougie Poynter of McFly fame.

The hosiery is reminiscent of a style rocked on stage by fellow tights fan Lily Allen, who wore much the same in her performance save for a more modest style of dress on her top half.

Prior to her time with the Saturdays, Frankie was a member of S Club 8, a junior spin-off band of S Club 7.

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Russell Brand steps out in pink socks

Russell Brand steps out in pink socks
In a move that will have Bobby Moore turning in his grave, according to a national broadsheet, Russell Brand has donned a rather striking pair of pink socks.

The entertainer, who is a huge fan of West Ham United, was papped as he left the gym in LA yesterday (December 14th), matching his team's Umbro shorts with the knee-high hosiery.

It adds to other West Ham-based legwear, with Russell's current girlfriend and singer Katy Perry getting a corset specially-made in the colours of the team - claret and blue - along with matching underwear and stockings, wearing them at the MTV Europe awards.

Former West Ham and England captain Bobby Moore will likely nod more agreeably with other legwear worn by Russell, who has the same style of socks on regular occasions, albeit in green and red as opposed to pink.

Recently, the star was spotted in Cartier browsing rings, sparking rumours that he was picking an engagement ring out for Katy.

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Lindsay Lohan's dons laddered legwear in strange promotion

Lindsay Lohan's dons laddered legwear in strange promotion
Lindsay Lohan has made quite the name for herself in regards to legwear, and yet in a recent public appearance, she apparently forgot the rule book when wearing hosiery, it seems.

That's because the actress and one-time singer decided on wearing a pair of remarkably laddered tights when promoting her own line of legwear - the 6126 range of leggings - sending out what could be seen as a ringing anti-endorsement of her own range.

Matching it with a grey sweater top at the E Baldi restaurant, which was the host of the party, Lindsay still managed to look a lot more glamorous and healthy than on other recent outings, donning less make-up and harbouring a few nice smiles for the cameras.

Earlier this month, Sherlock Holmes actress Rachel McAdams, who worked with Lindsay on Mean Girls, told Vogue that she was impressed with her professionalism on set.

Rachel said: "I just remember marvelling about how much she knew as an actor, how much she understood. She did very few takes and had this naturalness to her."

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Armoured socks developed for hockey players

Armoured socks developed for hockey players
A Canadian firm has responded to the dangerous environment created by its national sport by developing hosiery to prevent an all-too-common injury on the ice.

As on of the fastest and most dangerous sports in the world, ice hockey is known for its injuries and in the past two NHL seasons, star players including Andrei Markov, Cam Ward and Teemu Selanne have all had serious cuts from skate blades, according to Intelligent Apparel.

As a result, it has created socks with fabric fortified with DuPont Kevlar to protect Achilles tendons and calf muscles from laceration caused by other players' skate blades.

Marshall Ferneyhough, director of sales for Intelligent Apparel, explained that the Tactics Armoured Hockey Socks are a direct response to the interest in enhancing player safety that is currently hanging over hockey organisations across the world, mostly in Canada and the US.

"These past few seasons have been particularly plagued with severe skate blade injuries that could end a player's season, if not career. Our goal was to develop a skate sock that would perform and protect at the highest level of sport."

The NHL is gearing up for yet another outdoor Winter Classic on New Year's Day, when the Boston Bruins will play the Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway Park, the home of baseball's Boston Red Sox, in the third event of its kind in a row.

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Gossip Girl star shows off gartered stockings

Gossip Girl star shows off gartered stockings
Taylor Momsen, best known for her role in Gossip Girl as Jenny Humphrey, has been spotted in New York with a strange yet fashionable approach to legwear.

The 16-year-old was actually pretty risque in her choice of legwear, deciding to opt for stockings and garters to hoist them up and pairing them with a particularly short skirt.

Nonetheless, the long leather jacket, plaid man-shirt and flowing blouse were not going out of their way to make her look on the edge between shocking and dowdy, striking the balance quite well and making the overall style statement - stockings and all - quite a good one.

It wasn't too long before she was in her trailer and getting changed, however, this time wearing patterned fishnet tights.

Earlier this week, upon the release of the show's DVD, Laura Barnett of the Guardian said that the "addictive US TV series just keeps you desperate to find out what demented scheme [leading character] Blair will come up with next", making it a must-have for many girls this Christmas.

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Newspaper print leggings are hot off the press for Rihanna

Newspaper print leggings are hot off the press for Rihanna
Rihanna is known for her cutting-edge style, so it stands to reason that she continues to raise the bar through her choice of legwear on a regular basis.

And this week was no exception, as the singer stepped out on an evening wearing newspaper-print leggings, with old New York Times headlines printed all over the black and white style statement as paparazzi ironically snapped away at them to capture them for their own publications.

It follows the singer's appearance in the latest issue of GQ, speaking to the men's magazine about her turbulent relationship with Chris Brown and the domestic violence she suffered during her time with him.

Asking her about who she turned to in the crisis, Rihanna told GQ: "Nobody. Really just music. And working. 'Cause I didn't really want to be around anybody, for them to stare at me and stuff and feel sorry for me."

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Clothes Show London venues announced

Clothes Show London venues announced
The Clothes Show London has announced a new venue for its annual event, which many legwear-loving fashionistas may be able to get involved with.

Instead of hosting its gathering at the world-famous space at ExCeL London, it will instead go to the slightly smaller Earls Court, though it still expects to use a 2,500-seat Fashion Theatre which will see celebs, dancers, experts and mainstream fashion performances.

Gavin Brown, the managing director of Haymarket Exhibitions, has pencilled the event in for June 25th to 27th 2010 and said: "In 2009 there was a huge demand for Clothes Show to return to the capital, as thousands of fashion fans flocked to the show over the three days.

"Clothes Show London 2010 will up the style stakes even further and promises to be bigger and better than ever."

In the coming months, the MCN Motorcycle Show and Grand Designs Live will be hosted at ExCeL.

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Russell finally sorts his socks out

Russell finally sorts his socks out
Last week, the pink socks worn by Russell Brand proved to be particularly shocking in the eyes of many fashion commentators, with the star matching his crazy legwear with a pair of West Ham United shorts.

This time around, Russell's again been spotted with a pair of football socks - this time of his favourite team, West Ham United - yet his choice of shorts have left a lot to be desired.

Emerging from his favourite Los Angeles gym, the funnyman and celebrity partner of US singer Katy Perry instead adopted a pair of skin-tight black shorts that were not particularly flattering.

Katy Perry has been converted to West Ham United in recent weeks during her time with Russell, even attending the Hammers match with her beau this weekend to see the team grind out a 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

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£199 tights are 'staggering investment'

£199 tights are 'staggering investment'
Women known for splashing the cash on ridiculous purchases may want to look to Austrian hosiery experts Wolford, which has recently released a new pair of black opaque tights.

Of course, you have to be pretty comfortable with an investment in statement legwear to get such a fancy pair of tights, because these cost £199, the Daily Mirror reported.

Fashion writer Dinah Turner took a pair out for a spin, with the tights being offered as an alternative to trousers - though they are not thick enough to need anything other than black underwear.

She said that by adopting this approach, many men were staring at her her behind, though others were much less predictable.

Ms Turner continued: "The women, however, were fascinated by the detailing on my calves - Rosemarie, a fashion student from London, even stopped to ask where my stylish legwear was from.

"They're staggeringly costly. But no doubt some fashion fans will be hoping to find them in their Christmas stockings."

Earlier this month, Frankie Sandford of girl group The Saturdays tried to make a major statement with some strange tights, wearing a printed pair which looked more like stockings, pairing them with leather hotpants in an impressive strut to get the paparazzi running after her.

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Beckinsale: Tights great, footwear poor

Beckinsale: Tights great, footwear poor
Sometimes, those who you always considered to be fashionable then turn out to be anything but on a single occasion, undermining the appeal they once had.

One woman in danger of doing that sooner or later is Kate Beckinsale who, in her infinite wisdom, decided to commit a massive fashion tragedy when out on the streets of Los Angeles to do some Christmas shopping, despite wearing funky opaque tights.

The Underworld star paired them with some white stiletto heels, completely off-setting an outfit which until then was relatively flawless.

It didn't help that the rest of her outfit was either grey or black, including a very in-vogue leather biker jacket and a miniskirt.

Many people may not know that Kate is the daughter of legendary comedy actor Richard Beckinsale, who starred as Lennie Godber in Porridge alongside Ronnie Barker and as Alan Moore in Rising Damp before dying at the age of 31 of a heart attack in his sleep.

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Popularity of tights highlighted by strong sales figures

Popularity of tights highlighted by strong sales figures
Tights are an absolutely necessary item of clothing to have, if recent sales figures are anything to go by.

Marie Claire reported how Marks & Spencer, last week alone, sold four pairs of tights a second, with plenty of ladies looking for lovely legwear to ensure their warmth as well as their street cred.

The famous fashion resource pondered as to why this may be the case, though concluded that it likely had a lot to do with the sheer number of celebrities who are currently donning statement tights across the world, including Fearne Cotton, Cheryl Cole and Taylor Momsen of Gossip Girl.

Black opaque tights did particularly well at Marks & Spencer, selling 44 pairs a minute, though with all kinds of high street battles going on over the festive break, shoppers may prefer to avoid the snow and ice and instead make their purchases online at dedicated stores.

Earlier this week, Fearne Cotton attacked Simon Cowell over the famous Christmas number one battle, angered by his comments that implied that Joe McElderry was being bullied, with the presenter explaining to the Daily Mirror that it was about the music, not the personality.

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Jade Ewen wanted socks for Christmas

Jade Ewen wanted socks for Christmas
The latest replacement member of the Sugababes has showed her love for socks by demanding that some of the hosiery be given to her for Christmas.

Jade Ewen, the newest addition to the band who came back from the dead again - much like Jesus, who celebrated His 2009th birthday this month - was not aiming high when it came to her Christmas list, simply asking for something to satisfy her feet.

Her bandmates were no different and were not having any diva moments between them, all asking for simple things, such as Amelle Berrabah listing pyjamas among her desires for the month.

Furthermore, Heidi Range, the longest-serving member of the trio and perhaps the most specific with her requests, asked if she could have Jo Malone candles as part of her Christmas treats.

Jade Ewen previously represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest this year, singing a song written by none other than Andrew Lloyd-Webber, placing her fifth overall in the standings.

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Jeggings to enter dictionary?

Jeggings to enter dictionary?
Jeggings have not only become a fashion hit for fans of funky legwear this year - they could be entered in the Oxford English Dictionary.

The word, a combination of jeans and leggings used to describe the skin-tight pants made of jean material, has been named the eighth top word of the year.

First in the list is simples, the catchphrase of Alexandr the meerkat from the Compare the Market adverts, with staycation, defriend and Tweetup also in the top ten.

The list of possible new entries to the dictionary is compiled at the end of each year and the suggestions often reflect world issues.

Social networking, the credit crunch and recession and new technologies have influenced many of the new words on the 2009 list.

Compilers from Oxford University Press will wait to see if the new phrases become permanent fixtures before they are added to the dictionary.

Wiki and meh have made it on to the dictionary's pages in previous years.

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Naked blonde was 'ridiculously drunk' during socks-only shopping spree

Naked blonde was 'ridiculously drunk' during socks-only shopping spree
A woman who decided to do some September shopping in Aberdeen wearing just half of a pair of black socks has been thoroughly told off by a court.

Jennifer Bruce received special coverage in the Daily Record for her drunken bet gone wrong when she ran into a local Co-op with nothing on but one black sock.

Needless to say, the hosiery did not really help her case for sobriety, though she was let off with a six-month deferred sentence at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Neil McRobert, defending the blushing blonde, said: "She was utterly mortified when told about what had happened and she remains thoroughly embarrassed."

Sheriff James Tierney was not so much angry with her actions as he was disappointed, telling the shamefaced lady: "I'm not surprised you are utterly mortified for behaviour of this kind coming from a drunken bet. You let yourself down rather badly."

Earlier this month, Underworld star Kate Beckinsale has a legwear mishap, pairing black tights with white stilettos and breaking a major rule of fashion.

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