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Fearne Cotton: 'I quite like socks and sandals'

Fearne Cotton: 'I quite like socks and sandals'
Fearne Cotton is no stranger to controversy, but lately she may have pushed things too far after confessing to an admiration of pairing hosiery with sandals.

In an interview with the Manchester Evening News, she said the Brits have some of the best fashion designers in the world, describing them as "more daring and more eccentric" than their French counterparts.

However, she might meet opposition with some of her claims, even after saying that she would not criticise anybody else for their style of dress.

She told the newspaper: "I actually quite like socks with sandals.

"I might wear them together myself. Although they'd have to be glittery socks and wedge sandals."

In fact, the Radio 1 TV presenter was recently snapped by the Daily Mail rocking more or less that very look, although the newspaper's Kate Melhuish advised against teaming them with cut-off trousers as she did.

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Lady Gaga uses black tights for monochrome outfit

Lady Gaga uses black tights for monochrome outfit
Lady Gaga opted for a black and white look as she arrived to greet her Taiwanese fans at the Taipei International Airport this weekend.

Wearing a monochrome patterned dress and opaque black tights, the singer looked more demure than usual aside from her sky-scraper hairstyle.

A long black and blonde wig was worn accompanied by a large striped beehive on the top of her head.

On Sunday she arrived in Taichung City, where officials have named it Lady Gaga day, to honour her first visit to the country.

The controversial 25-year-old spent much of last week visiting Japan, where she became tearful when discussing the country's earthquake and tsunami disaster.

She has since designed and sold charity bracelets to raise money to help aid the relief project. However the legitimacy of the bands has been questioned in a recent law suit which stated that sales tax and shipping costs were added on to the advertised price.

Lady Gaga has responded to the criticism, branding it as "misleading" and "without merit".

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Tennis pair launches men's underwear line

Tennis pair launches men's underwear line
Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe have competed for many years against one another as champion tennis players. However, thanks to a new fashion collection they can show the world that they are proud to be friends.

The tennis stars have released a limited edition men's underwear line, of which a portion of profits will go towards the John and Patty McEnroe Foundation.

In what is reportedly an all-white collection, the former adversaries look keen to put their past feuds behind them.

McEnroe and Borg met for the final time at Wimbledon in 1981. Their most memorable match was for the 1980 title, which saw the Swede grasp a late victory.

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal to become the men's champion at the Wimbledon final this weekend.

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Miranda Kerr wears maternity leggings 'to regain figure'

Miranda Kerr wears maternity leggings 'to regain figure'
Miranda Kerr was photographed this weekend dressed in sports clothes, as she attempted to regain her pre-pregnancy figure.

She appeared in a baggy vest and black maternity leggings, which are designed to help firm stomach muscles and assist wearers to return to their original shapes.

The Victoria's Secret model, who is married to actor Orlando Bloom, gave birth to their son Flynn only six months ago but appears to have regained her slender figure.

In an interview with Australian Cosmopolitan magazine, Kerr attributed her weight loss to yoga, light jogging and a healthy vitamin-packed diet.

Tahiti Noni Juice, made from the noni plant and coconut oil, was revealed to be the secret to her supermodel glow. Miranda claimed: "I've been drinking it since I was 14 … it's the one thing I can't live without."

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New Zealand sets world sock record

New Zealand sets world sock record
New Zealand has set a new world record to raise money to remember the country's famous yachtsman Sir Peter Blake.

The Sir Peter Blake Trust encouraged schools, organisations and individuals to send more than 30,000 red socks to create a three kilometre length of legwear.

As the new world record for the longest line of socks, it significantly beat the former record holders in Germany who's collection measured 2.3 kilometres.

It was organised as part of Red Sock Day, in remembrance of Sir Peter Blake always wearing red socks to bring him good luck in competitions such as the America's Cup Challenge of 1995.

Sir Peter Blake died in 2010, after being shot by pirates while on an environmental exploration trip in South America to monitor pollution for the United Nations.

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Anne Hathaway goes designer in black tights

Anne Hathaway goes designer in black tights
Anne Hathaway has appeared at Paris Fashion Week displaying her passion for designer outfits, in a series of couture dresses.

The American actress wore a sheer black dress, which revealed her underwear and a pair of black tights underneath.

She wore the Valentino dress to his fashion show, before meeting the Italian designer dressed in an ivory and silver gown.

In an interview with Harper's Bazaar magazine, Anne Hathaway claimed: "I feel like the luckiest girl in the world when I get to wear all these glamorous clothes."

Anne can next be seen on the big screen in the film adaptation of David Nicholls' novel One Day.

Playing the lead female character alongside Jim Sturgess, it shows how the relationship between the pair develops over 20 years, after first meeting on the night of their graduation.

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James McAvoy 'wears thermal underwear to bed'

James McAvoy 'wears thermal underwear to bed'
James McAvoy has revealed that he is not afraid to borrow clothes from movie sets, in order to keep him warm when he returns home.

The Scottish actor admitted that he wears thermal men's underwear to bed, which is "stolen from the wardrobe department," when asked by UK InStyle magazine what he wore while sleeping.

McAvoy was also asked who he has a celebrity crush on, to which he replied that it was his 40-year-old wife and former Shameless co-star Anne Marie Duff.

He appears in this summer's Hollywood blockbuster X Men: First Class, where he plays Professor X (Charles Xavier).

James McAvoy will star alongside January Jones, Kevin Bacon, Rose Byrne and Jennifer Lawrence in the fifth instalment in the X Men movie series.

It was released in the UK on June 1st.

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Women's underwear sports league creates controversy

Women's underwear sports league creates controversy
A female American football league in the US has sparked controversy due to its revealing team kit.

The Lingerie Football League (LFL) requires all players to wear women's underwear. This includes sports bras and knickers, as well as helmets, protective shoulder pads and elbow and knee pads to safeguard them from injury.

In a video posted on WomenTalkSports, Dr LaVoi the associate director of the Tucker Centre for Research on Girls and Women in Sports, lambasted the game.

Dr LaVoi claimed that the league was "not about sport". She added: "I would argue that what they're really marketing here is sex. They're not marketing true women's professional sport."

LFL has admitted that while the women do wear small uniforms, the game is just like any other spectator sport and the skills of the women should be praised and not criticised.

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Canadians take part in charity underwear run

Canadians take part in charity underwear run
More than 1,000 people in Vancouver have taken off their clothes to take part in a charity run this weekend.

Runners wore their underwear to raise awareness and money for cancers that occur below the waist, as part of the sixth annual Underwear Affair.

Participants took part in either a ten-kilometre run or five-kilometre walk through Vancouver's False Creek and raised $630,000 (£394,000) for cancer research.

According to the British Colombia (BC) Cancer Agency, almost half of all newly diagnosed cancers in the state are so-called "underwear cancers," such as ovarian, testicular, cervical and bladder cancer.

The Underwear Affair organisation raises money for the BC Cancer Foundation through a series of fun runs across different cities in Canada, as they attempt to remove the taboo associated with the disease.

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Rihanna becomes face of Armani underwear

Rihanna becomes face of Armani underwear
Rihanna has become the face of a new advertising clothing campaign by Armani after securing a lucrative deal.

The singer will now promote Armani underwear and jeans and will feature in a string of billboard, magazine and television advertising campaigns.

She has previously been involved in successful endorsements such as a 2008 Gucci campaign, as well as earlier CoverGirl and Nivea skin care promotions.

Other A-list celebrities who have previously been the face of Armani underwear and Jeans include David and Victoria Beckham, Rafael Nadal, Cristiano Ronaldo and most recently Megan Fox.

Armani has claimed that Rihanna will not be replacing Megan Fox, who will now go on to promote luxury beauty ads for the designer brand.

The campaign photographs were shot in New York recently and will be released worldwide in September, to mark the beginning of the autumn/winter fashion season.
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Megan Fox comes out of hiding wearing leggings

Megan Fox comes out of hiding wearing leggings
Megan Fox has finally come out of hiding after avoiding the media glare surrounding the recent release of the latest Transformers film.

Photographed stepping out on the New York City set of her new film The Dictator, she wore black leggings, a blue v-necked t-shirt and a baseball cap.

She was accompanied by her husband Brian Austin Green, who may be feeling overprotective after Fox's former co-star Shia LeBeouf revealed that the pair had shared a brief fling while filming Transformers.

After being sacked from the Transformers franchise before the third instalment, Fox has attempted to avoid the press, who will be keen to discover her reaction to being replaced by English actress Rosie Huntington-Whitely.

The Dictator stars Sacha Baron Cohen and Anna Faris and is set to be released in the UK in spring 2012.

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Smelly socks prevent bites, says scientists

Smelly socks prevent bites, says scientists
Scientists at the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania have revealed a smelly solution to prevent mosquito bites.

They suggest that by hanging out dirty socks, mosquitoes will be attracted to the unpleasant smell and can be easily trapped.

Research scientist Fredos Okumu claimed that the clothing was hung in front of boxes which contained insecticide and was found to kill hundreds of the insects in one night.

"The sock is attractive to us, not just because it's attractive to mosquitoes, but also because it's readily available," said Mr Okumu, who is completing a PhD at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

However, he added that the method can be just as effective when a cotton pad is worn in the sock all day and then removed at night, as people may not want to leave their socks outside.

According to the institute there are currently over 3,000 species of mosquitoes worldwide and are commonly associated with carrying diseases such as malaria and yellow fever in warmer countries.

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Zooey Deschanel is 'year-round tights girl'

Zooey Deschanel is 'year-round tights girl'
Zooey Deschanel has revealed her love for leg wear on her new blog, which offers plenty of feminine style tips for budding fashionistas.

The actress admitted that she is a huge fan of tights and will wear the hosiery "even if it is 100 degrees C outside".

She added: "Tights are my safety blanket … In them, I know I do a sweet row of cartwheels anytime, anywhere, without anyone catching a glimpse of my knickers."

However, Zooey revealed that as an avid legwear enthusiast she had noticed problems in the size and shape of some tights which resulted in her having excess material around her ankles. She claimed this is because they are far narrower compared to the rest of her legs.

Zooey Deschanel currently writes for the blog, which is entitled Hello Giggles, along with her two friends, producer Sophia Rossi and writer Molly McAleer.

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Men wear dirty underwear, new survey shows

Men wear dirty underwear, new survey shows
Men have no problem wearing dirty underwear, a new survey has found.

According to research conducted by Clorox, almost 50 per cent of men questioned said they are unperturbed by wearing garments many times before washing them and admitted to relying on the "sniff test" to determine if a item needs to be cleaned.

The survey, which questioned 1,200 adults, revealed that men tend to wear undies twice, with 12 per cent of men saying they stretch out the usage to three times.

Some 41 per cent of men surveyed said they share the laundry responsibilities with their partners, while just 29 per cent of women questioned said their partners help out with the washing duties.

Dr Mary Gagliardi, a scientist at Clorox, said: "For some men, doing laundry used to be scarier than seeing a 99 mile-per-hour fastball come in high and tight.
"But with some expert coaching and the right playbook anyone can be helping to strike out stains."

According to scientists at the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania, smelly sock can be an effective way to trap mosquitoes.

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Rihanna dirty dances in fishnet tights

Rihanna dirty dances in fishnet tights
Rihanna gave a sizzling performance on Thursday as part of her Loud Tour, in a revealing outfit.

The singer showed off her long legs in black fishnet tights, accompanied by a short blue jacket and multi-coloured underwear.

Her latest Florida performance saw red-haired Rihanna give a raunchy rendition of her latest album in front of thousands of screaming fans.

This week it was revealed that Rihanna has taken over from Lady Gaga as the most popular female celebrity on Facebook.

On Friday July 15th she eclipsed the controversial artist by 20,000 more fans, taking her to nearly 41 million viewers.

Earlier this year Lady Gaga became the first living music artist to receive over ten million fans on the social networking site, even beating political leaders such as Barack Obama.

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Lady Gaga reveals all in fishnet tights

Lady Gaga reveals all in fishnet tights
Lady Gaga wore one of her most unusual outfits this weekend as she revealed more than just weird opinions at a radio interview in New York.

The 25-year-old singer wore a black upper body catsuit, fishnet tights and thigh-high PVC boots.

Her face was partially obscured by black lace and a captain's hat, while she held a lace fan and oversized Chanel handbag.

During the interview with Howard Stern, Lady Gaga admitted that despite the outlandish costumes this was in fact the real her.

The Born This Way singer, who was born Stefani Germanotta, revealed: "Even my parents call me Gaga, especially when they're mad at me."

Lady Gaga's current image appears to revolve around wearing ripped fishnet tights, black leather underwear, religious chains and sky high platform shoes.

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Opaque tights making summer comeback

Opaque tights making summer comeback
Hollywood actresses and singers are bringing back opaque leg wear this summer, despite warmer weather being associated with bare legs.

While temperatures may be rising, opaque black tights have made a surprise style comeback thanks to a few dedicated celebrities.

Zooey Deschanel recently described hosiery as her "safety blanket", adding that she "will wear tights even if it is 100 degrees C outside".

Singer Lily Allen has become the latest UK patron of this legwear look, sporting black tights at almost every event this summer, aside from her wedding day.

Lily was photographed at the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup Polo Final in Sussex wearing a thick pair of the hosiery, accompanied by a black starred dress and oversized crème coat.

Pictured with her new husband Sam Cooper, the pregnant 26-year-old held her growing baby bump as she posed for photographs.

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Pamela Anderson launches hosiery line

Pamela Anderson launches hosiery line
Pamela Anderson has released a new fashion collection, which focuses on sexy leg wear for the bedroom.

The former Baywatch star and pin up has launched her own range of stockings and suspenders, as part of the Pamela Couture Collection.

She teamed up with an underwear manufacturing company called Secrets in Lace to create the hosiery, which a spokesman described as the "perfect match" that "plays up to her assets".

Traditionally Pamela has flaunted her surgically enhanced assets in fashion campaigns, however this new collection allows the 44-year-old blonde to demonstrate her toned legs as well.

Despite her age, mum of two Pamela Anderson has shown that she still has the body of someone in their twenties after numerous recent underwear shoots.

The ex-Playboy model recently showed off her enviable figure in a campaign for Israeli firm Bonita De Mas, where she posed seductively lying on cushions.

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Inbetweeners mum does underwear shoot

Inbetweeners mum does underwear shoot
Inbetweeners actress Belinda Stewart-Wilson has defied her traditionally sensible TV image by posing for a racy photo shoot in Loaded magazine.

Belinda, who portrays the character of Will's (played by Simon Bird) mum, was pictured in sexy black underwear and sky-scraper black heels.

The 40-year-old brunette posed seductively on a window ledge, then later on a white bed wearing black stockings and suspenders.

She stars alongside the teenage schoolboys in the upcoming Inbetweeners movie, which sees the four celebrate the end of school with a lad's holiday to Malia and Magaluf.

It follows the boy's mission to find members of the opposite sex before they head off separately to university in September.

The film is released in the UK on August 19th and looks set to be a box office hit for teenage audiences in particular, as it comes out the day after the A-level results are published.

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Man attempts to hide 50 snakes in socks

Man attempts to hide 50 snakes in socks
An Iranian man is suspected of attempting to smuggle 50 snakes out of Thailand, after being detained shortly before a flight.

The 23-year-old man was found to have 50 live snakes in his suitcase, all hidden inside pairs of socks.

He was stopped and searched after customs officers received a tip-off that his bag was likely to contain illegal goods.

After being detained he told the authorities that he bought the snakes in Thailand and that he had permission to take them out of the country to add to his reptile collection.

The snakes have since been sent to the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation to be looked after, while the man remains in custody on suspicion of being part of an animal smuggling gang.

This is an ongoing problem in Thailand and in recent months a diverse collection of wild animals, including turtles, baby bears, panthers, monkeys and leopards have been found in outbound luggage.

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Miranda Kerr poses in wool tights

Miranda Kerr poses in wool tights
Miranda Kerr has showed off her impressive post-pregnancy figure in a photo shoot for Victoria's Secret.

The 28-year-old Australian model was pictured in patterned wool tights, while her torso remained topless.

In subsequent images Miranda wore a nude-coloured bodice and simple black underwear combinations.

She gave birth to her first son Flynn in January, with her 34-year-old husband, actor Orlando Bloom.

Despite traditionally avoiding media interviews she has recently opened up about his birth and his choice of name.

Miranda Kerr chose to give her baby the middle name of Christopher, in honour of her childhood sweetheart who died in a car crash when he was a teenager.

The pair had reportedly been dating for two years when he passed away, however Miranda has revealed that she still remains in close contact with his family.
 
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Helen Flanagan steps out in unflattering leggings

Helen Flanagan steps out in unflattering leggings
Helen Flanagan arrived yesterday on the set of Coronation Street wearing an unflattering and mismatched outfit.

The actress wore very tight bright blue leggings, accompanied by orange wedged sandals and a white top, photographs from the Daily Mail reveal.

While jeggings have become a fashion staple for many girls, these did not flatter her curves and appeared to be tight in all the wrong places.

As she left her car and tottered on to the set the actress also gave fans a glimpse of her new brunette hair colour.

Helen was criticised earlier this year for chopping off her long brunette locks in favour of a drastic bleached-blonde pixie hair cut.

Show producers from the popular soap have since persuaded Helen Flanagan, who plays Weatherfield favourite Rosie Webster, to return to her natural hair colour.

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Ryan Gosling showcases sock-wearing dog

Ryan Gosling showcases sock-wearing dog
Ryan Gosling allowed his dog to steal the show with his unusual appearance on US TVs Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

The actor brought his canine companion George on to set wearing a single red sports sock and sporting an unusual Mohican hairstyle.

It was revealed during the interview that George's new look was to combat the summer heat, and according to his owner Ryan "he insists on it".

Gosling explained to the audience that his large shaggy mongrel is more popular than him and even has his own internet fan club.

George is no stranger to dressing up to impress the ladies much like his owner. Ryan also revealed on stage that his pooch once let Kirsten Dunst give him heels and a ladies hat to wear.

Ryan Gosling is currently promoting his latest film Crazy, Stupid, Love, which stars Steve Carell and Julianne Moore and is released in the UK on September 23rd.

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Jessica Alba wears leggings for baby shower

Jessica Alba wears leggings for baby shower
Jessica Alba was treated to a baby shower in California this weekend by her generous friends and family.

The pregnant actress looked glamorous yet practical in a pair of black leggings and a polka dot blouse, topped off with a surprisingly high pair of heels for an expectant mum.

She left the party, which was held at her friend's home, with a car filled to the brim with presents.

Jessica recently revealed to fans that her second child will also be a girl, after already having a three-year-old daughter named Honor with her husband Cash Warren.

Due to give birth in September, Alba is famous for her slim figure.

Her usually toned body can be seen on the big screen this when she appears as the cool step-mum in Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D. The film is set for UK release on August 19th.

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Hiking socks 'spread plant seeds'

Hiking socks 'spread plant seeds'
Hikers may be inadvertently helping to spread plants across Australia's largest national park, a study published in Biological Invasions by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) has found.

Planet Earth Online has reported that up to 1.9 million invasive plant seeds can become attached to ramblers' socks. A further 2.4 million could also attach themselves to walking trousers.

The scientists studying plant species patterns around the Kosciuszko National Park found that seeds attached far better to socks than to trousers and after a five-kilometre walk were often still present.

"Becoming attached to people's clothing is a particularly good way for seeds to get dispersed," one of the authors of the study, Professor James Bullock from CEH, told the news site.

Mr Bullock advised hikers to attempt to remove seeds where possible, to prevent spoiling fragile ecosystems with the introduction a new plant species.

The Kosciuszko National Park contains the highest mountain on mainland Australia, as well as the famous Snowy River and is a popular destination for walkers.

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Renee Zellweger snapped in sporty leggings

Renee Zellweger snapped in sporty leggings
Renee Zellweger has been photographed dressed in casual sportswear as she picked up coffee for friends and film crew in California.

The actress was seen wearing cropped black leggings, a grey shrug and a striped tank top that showed off her svelte physique, the Daily Mail reports.

However, the Bridget Jones star was forced to perform a balancing act in her sporty gear as she carried two cardboard trays of assorted drinks.

It is unlikely Zellweger found it a challenge though, as she has previously stated she worked as a waitress in LA while awaiting her big break as an actress.

"I did some work on a farm and in a bar - they were the happiest times in my life," the Jerry Maguire female lead commented at the time.

The 45-year-old is reported to have looked relaxed and cheerful in her leggings, defying her age by seeming decades younger.

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Lady Gaga goes blue in tights

Lady Gaga goes blue in tights
Lady Gaga appeared in an all blue flight attendant style outfit yesterday as she headed to a Los Angeles radio interview.

The singer wore a blue fitted suit, with blue tights, shoes and even thin coloured gloves.

Her tight suit contained two silver studs to mimic nipples, while her crimped pony-tail hair style helped to reinforce Gaga's 80s Madonna inspired look.

Earlier this year, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson also attempted the all-blue look at the royal wedding in April.

The socialite wore a kingfisher blue off-the-shoulder dress with long pointed sleeves, which matched her hat, shoes and clutch bag of the exact same shade.

Palmer-Tomkinson's outfit was criticised by the national press as belonging to an odd selection of striking royal fashion choices, which included a wide variety of oversized hats and fascinators.

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Sheer tights: a look for all ages?

Sheer tights: a look for all ages?
With summer upon us many women will face the dilemma of whether to cover up or bare their legs.

However these need not be the only options, with sheer tights proving to be a popular choice of hosiery for many celebrities, regardless of their age.

While traditionally associated with the older generation, celebrities such as Kate Middleton and Kate Moss have been spotted frequently wearing the legwear in the past couple of months.

Kate Middleton has sparked a trend among younger women, who like the idea of baring their legs in warmer weather but enjoy not having to worry about remembering to use fake tan.

Diane Von Furstenburg has recently been hailing her favourite sheer fishnet tights. In an interview with the Telegraph, she claimed they add "a little cover-up" and appear to be "chic, more polished, more finished when you're a bit older".

The sixty-plus fashion designer revealed that when wearing "sea sand" or "honey" coloured tights she feels more comfortable in skirts and dresses.

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Use fishnet tights to tackle summer leg dilemmas

Use fishnet tights to tackle summer leg dilemmas
Summer can present women with a real fashion dilemma concerning what they should wear on their legs. Is fake tan enough or should they don a pair of tights?

But now, one fashion expert has suggested the answer could lie in pale-coloured fishnet tights which are cooler than thick opaques but more stylish than sheer tights.

Writing for the Telegraph, style expert Hilary Alexander said she was inspired to try the legwear by fashion heavyweight Diane von Furstenberg who swears by honey-coloured fishnets.

"They get full marks on several points: they give the illusion of bare legs without total nudity, they have built-in air-conditioning, and they even out any blemishes or bumps," noted Alexander.

So with fishnets getting the thumbs up from not one but two sartorial experts, anyone who's nervous about exposing their pins now the weather is turning warmer should invest in a pair.

However, if fishnets are a little too adventurous for some, they can rest assured that they are in good company wearing sheer tights. The Duchess of Cambridge is a well known fan of the hosiery.

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