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Footless tights 'more about person than age'

Footless tights 'more about person than age'
Footless tights are an item which subscribe to the wearer's individual style and personality rather than their age, a fashion critic has said.

LaMont Jones said that hair, shoes and complementary clothes were very important to the overall look of a person and their ability to carry off the fashionable legwear.

He added that, although youthful people carried off the look with more ease, many 50-year-olds looked youthful and were more than welcome to embrace the fashion.

Mr Jones wrote in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "For example, I can envision a more mature, thin brunette with a short haircut wearing black footless tights with a black turtleneck sweater, a short and fitted black pencil skirt and black booties."

Last week, Phong Luu of the Daily Telegraph said that tights were a great way to spice up a look in the autumn and winter climate.

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Nude legs are 'no longer fashionable’

Nude legs are 'no longer fashionable’
A wide array of legwear has been touted for the coming season as nude legs are no longer fashionable, according to the executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association.

Sharon Mosely commented on the current need for hosiery in every fashionista's wardrobe, with patterned and coloured tights becoming must-haves.

Knit legwear was particularly welcomed, with schoolgirl-esque style a must, Ms Mosely said.

She told the Paramus Post: "Can you think of anything cosier? Pull on a pair of sweater-knit leggings under denim skirts or casual dresses. Now, you have an extra layer of warmth for cooler days and nights."

Fashion guru and star of How to Look Good Naked Gok Wan recently told FemaleFirst that opaque tights were a must at all times of the year, alongside a satin bow tie blouse.

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Wrong tights can 'break a party look'

Wrong tights can 'break a party look'
Hosiery can make or break a party look, a national style expert has stated.

Polly Vernon said that people looking for the wrong thing to wear at a get-together should invest in nude tights, fishnets or nothing for their legs at all.

However, those going for the all-out fashionable look to turn heads at a bash should get over-the-knee socks, wet-look leggings and tartan-printed tights, with the ever-reliable black opaques a staple for all.

After highlighting these trends, Ms Vernon continued in her piece for the Observer: "PS: the deliberately laddered tight is all the rage among this season's young people. We say: Wow! Directional! And yet: Not for us, thanks. And PPS: yes, you can still wear black opaques."

This autumn, Katie Holmes - Mrs Tom Cruise - established herself as a firm proponent of the leggings lifestyle.

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Kate Winslet 'shines in stockings'

Kate Winslet 'shines in stockings'
Kate Winslet has wowed her fans and readers of Vanity Fair with a photoshoot showing her in stockings - and nothing much else.

With a chaise longue and a fur rug to cover her modesty, the main shot in the collection shows Kate's stylish look as she lies on her front wearing only dark stockings and killer heels.

However, the shot has drawn criticism from many who believe that the shot is another victim of airbrushing.

Despite this, the actress denied rumours, with Kate's agent saying: "Kate is furious at suggestions that her body has been airbrushed."

She told People Magazine of an incident where she was airbrushed on a cover of GQ, with Kate admitting to the job days after its release.

The actress said: "I just didn't want people to think I was a hypocrite and that I'd suddenly lost 30 lbs. or whatever."

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Socks: a dog's favourite non-food snack

Socks: a dog's favourite non-food snack
Pet dogs are not only partial to the mainstaples of bones and meaty chunks for sustenance, a recent poll reveals.

Hillary Richard of the New York Local Travel Examiner says that hosiery heads the hit list of extracurricular food for dogs when their owners are busy elsewhere, with socks and tights in the top ten tasty treats for a person's pooch, according to the survey by West Chelsea Veterinary.

Ms Richard continues: "The top inedible pick for dogs? Socks. Yes, that's right - the socks dirty enough to be relegated to the laundry hamper are Fido's favourite."

Other preferred provisions for dogs include underwear, rocks, hair ties, sticks and balls.

It was revealed recently that a dog owner was awarded the Hambone Award for unusual claim of the month by Veterinary Pet Insurance after her dog ate her bra.

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Women's socks 'provide best choice'

Women's socks 'provide best choice'
Men should look into womens socks if they want a bit more frivolity and colour to choose from, a fashion writer has said.

Complaining about the lack of selection on the average shelf, John Petkovic of the Plain Dealer said that men were more likely to neglect the dressing for their feet as socks were usually hidden by trousers and shoes.

As a result, he added, the choice was nothing to write home about, with size restrictions hurting his toes until holes formed and made his digits pop out after a couple of wears.

Mr Petkovic said of his attitudes towards future sock-wearing: "This is the dawning of the Sock Liberation Movement - an era where men will burn boring blacks and bland solids and march forward in colours, stripes, little animal patterns."

Last month, stylist with Visual Therapy Sarah Davidzuk said people hoping to get a job needed to wear socks matching the rest of their clothing at an interview.

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Socks are Risky Business for Heidi

Socks are Risky Business for Heidi
Former Victoria's Secret model Heidi Klum has wowed audiences with her advert for a new video game - harnessing sock power to full effect.

The raunchy ad campaign for Guitar Hero: World Tour has the supermodel sliding into view holding the game's guitar in a scene which lampoons Tom Cruise's famous scene from the 1983 movie Risky Business.

Wearing the signature shirt, underwear and socks for the famous re-enactment, Heidi plays the air guitar song That Old Time Rock And Roll, effortlessly using her white socks to devastating effect.

Heidi Klum, who is the wife of singer Seal, has her nigh-on perfect pins insured for $1.7 million (£1.1 million), with the right leg worth marginally less than the left due to a small scar on her knee, which she revealed in an interview with the Sun.

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Geri Halliwell in 'fashion howler'

Geri Halliwell in 'fashion howler'
Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell has been criticised for her choice of "eye-watering" tights by a national newspaper.

The release of her new book, Ugenia Lavender, was complimented with hosiery that may have been a "subtle way to promote" the tome, according to the Daily Mail.

However, the news provider saw the mismatching fashions as a "faux pas", particularly for someone so famously conscious of her figure.

It explained: "Coloured tights are notoriously unflattering, even fashionistas who have hailed it the style of the season agree it's something to be left to the supermodels."

The Ugenia Lavender book series features six separate stories detailing the life and times of a "sassy" nine-year-old traveller, exploring the world with her dinosaur consultant father and her mother, a TV presenter.

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Lily's look fails to impress

Lily's look fails to impress
Embracing the 60s chic, singer Lily Allen recently stepped out in style by combining a little black dress with frosted pink lipstick and lovely dark legwear.

It was a shame that the Smile singer was unable to prevent a gaping hole in the back of her tights from tarnishing the fashion statement she was looking for.

Attending GQ Magazine's 20th anniversary party in London's Regent Street the celebrity realised the problem with her get-up and changed into a longer pink dress to cover the hole - prioritising fashionable tights over bare legs and highlighting the stylish effect hosiery has this winter.

Last week, Lily Allen criticised Madonna's ex-husband-to-be, Guy Ritchie, for doing a Heather Mills in the divorce settlement with his wife which could see him walk away with £150 million.

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Shorts and tights are 'in this winter'

Shorts and tights are 'in this winter'
It finally may be the time for shorts to be truly fashionable - but only when paired with tights, it has been revealed.

Although many fashion experts have been pushing shorts for seasons, they have had nothing notable to show for themselves until now, according to fashion expert Lisa Armstrong of the Times.

She added that it was only now, when the consumer dictated the terms of fashion that shorts became a winter item.

Ms Armstrong continued: "At least they are in Britain, where our hideous summers are the price we pay for relatively mild winters and where, as every teen girl knows, shorts are exactly what drawerfuls of last year’s opaque tights have been waiting for."

Sadly, students at the Management Development Institute of Singapore will not be able to embrace the trend, where shorts are forbidden as part of "draconian" measures to put emphasis on study and not style, the Straits Times reported.

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Stockings are a girl's best friend

Stockings are a girl's best friend
Judging by a recently unveiled photo of the world's most famous blonde, it may be stockings - not diamonds - that are a girl's best friend.

Marilyn Monroe was the star of a newly-unveiled photo in which outfitter to the stars - William Travilla - is adjusting her sexy stockings-based ensemble for a shoot, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The photo is to go on display on the HMS President 1918 on London's Victoria Embankment before it returns to America, with a number of iconic dresses and outfits also showcased at the impressive event.

Signed by Marilyn, the news provider revealed that the blonde bombshell signed the card, which read: "Hey Billy, Thank you for all the many wonderful things you made me. Love, Marilyn X X."

Born on June 1st 1926, Marilyn Monroe is also the centre of attention for Lindsay Lohan's recent leggings company, 6126, which the Mean Girls actress named after her idol’s birth date.

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Hosiery is 'positive economic indicator'

Hosiery is 'positive economic indicator'
Hosiery is defying current market conditions by recording a 2.3 per cent rise in sales as an industry, it has been revealed.

According to Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, a fashion blogger for the Wall Street Journal, the popularity of opaque tights and other patterned offerings on the catwalk is a big factor in the stocking sector's success.

It was noted that many were going for legwear as it provided a cheap alternative to revolutionising a wardrobe.

Misty Elliott of hosiery company Spanx commented: "Many of our stores are telling us that women are looking for accessories like patterned tights that revamp last year's dress or autumnise a summer dress."

According to Christina L of Cleveland.com, this autumn demanded that people invest in accessories such as scarves, belts and jewellery to update a look as well as the obvious choice of colourful or patterned tights.

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Socks are top for Trump

Socks are top for Trump
Donald Trump, New York Citys most famous real estate mogul and star of the US version of the Apprentice, is surviving on, among other items, socks.

Economy expert Daniel Pimlott said that Mr Trump - who told the Financial Times that he didn't know how many buildings he owned - was currently relying on the sales of hosiery and other Trump-branded items to see him through the slump in the property market.

The saviour socks are part of the defence against a number of struggling projects, most notably Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, which will be the tallest building to be built in North America since the Sears Tower in 1974.

Following the deaths of actress Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew, Donald Trump showed his generous nature by providing Ms Hudson with a safe house.

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Adopt cool legwear 'or be left in the cold'

Adopt cool legwear 'or be left in the cold'
If you are not wearing legwear this winter, you will be left out in the cold both style-wise and warmth-wise, according to an American fashion reporter.

Roxana Orellana of the Salt Lake Tribune said that people making the transition from summer can combine last season's trends with items of legwear such as stockings, leggings or tights to breathe new life into an old look.

Speaking to Salt Lake City boutique owner Kristina Stromness, Ms Orellana found that more crazy designs such as animal print or bright colours were also popular with people.

Ms Stromness also said that dark colours were the most flattering option when choosing legwear, so people without perfect pins could just as easily get in on the trend.

Stockings are a timeless look according to the Daily Telegraph, which recently reported about a previously-unseen picture of blonde bombshell Marilyn Munroe wearing the luscious legwear.

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Lily: Hair changes, legwear does not

Lily: Hair changes, legwear does not
A popular singer who is renowned for changing her hair is much more consistent with her choice of legwear, it has emerged.

Lily Allen, the celebrity blogger and singer, was spotted by the Daily Mail as getting a different hairstyle only weeks after adopting a short look with a "choppy bob".

However, even though she is now sporting a "stylised straight-edged" fringe cut, her legwear is still fashionable after wearing another pair of opaque black tights.

The choice of legwear looked decidedly better than her last notable outing in hosiery, with the singer showing off a huge hole in the back of one of her tights at GQ's 20th Anniversary party, forcing the singer to change into a longer outfit to hide the imperfection.

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Tartan tights-toting tips tendered

Tartan tights-toting tips tendered
Tartan tights are the way forward this season as part of the autumn's hosiery love-in - but only if a person wears them with the correct ensemble.

In order to assess the popular legwear, a reporter for fashion follower Popsugar got hold of a pair to see which style worked best with the patterned tights.

She said: "They're quite bright which is a bit shocking and they weren't as thick as I expected. I wanted to make the tights look as punk as possible so I teamed them with a pair of buckled ankle boots."

The blogger added that to get the most out of the hosiery's design and brightness, combining the legwear with black shorts and a black vest provided the best contrast.

Earlier this month, Popsugar also gave tips on how to carry off stirrup tights, adding that Lindsay Lohan and Katie Holmes were both big fans of the style.

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Susan Sarandon is 'sexy in stockings'

Susan Sarandon is 'sexy in stockings'
Actress and feminist Susan Sarandon has stepped out in style, celebrating her 62 years with an age-defying photo shoot for a good cause.

The celebrity is one of 23 stars selected by photographer Timothy White in his newest project, Hollywood Pin-Ups, which aims to raise money for Oxfam through a coffee table book, the Daily Mail has reported.

Sarandon, wearing nothing but a feather boa and red fishnet stockings, uses her hosiery to great effect in promoting the cause, alongside other stars such as Cindy Crawford, Denise Richards and Kate Hudson.

Commenting on her pose, she told the Los Angeles Times: "My rule of thumb is the most uncomfortable pose looks the best; it's all about where you put your hands and if you're stretching your neck."

The actress' breakthrough came in the Rocky Horror Picture Show, where she played the role of Janet Weiss.

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Wet-look leggings 'a must for 15-20'

Wet-look leggings 'a must for 15-20'
Teenagers and young adults should invest in wet-look leggings this season, according to a fashion reporter.

Sarah Mower said the look is only particularly applicable to one age group - 15 to 20-year-olds - but anyone older would likely see the style as borderline revolting.

The reporter said of the phenomenon: "Every fibre of an adult female's being (not to mention thighs) will scream 'No!' at the very thought, but if you're 15 to 20-ish, 'absolutely!'"

However, Ms Mower could not deny that regular leggings were now a "rampant fashion statement for the daring", costing very little yet complementing a range of ensembles well this winter.

Entertainmentwise recently commented on Paris Hilton's adoption of leggings, adding that her legs were too bony to carry the look off comfortably.

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Socks are 'surprisingly easy to get wrong'

Socks are 'surprisingly easy to get wrong'
A sock specialist has highlighted a number of things that legwear lovers should avoid when buying socks in the foreseeable future.

MSN India fashion correspondent Meenakshi Shankar first noted the role of white socks in day-to-day living, saying that they should only ever be used for sports.

She continued: "Black socks should even be worn with jeans, so section off your sock drawer and keep your white socks close to your workout clothes and well away from your dress-up wardrobe."

Furthermore, Ms Shankar said that socks should always be paired with the colour of a person's trousers to minimise fashion clashes.

Ankle socks are also a solid investment for shorts as longer legwear did not suit shorts at all, she concluded.

In a social experiment, friends Maddy M and Craig H set up the Drinking Sock Society, with the pair wearing and sharing a pair of multicoloured socks to wear when enjoying a tipple together.

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Coleen 'prefers leather leggings to PVC'

Coleen 'prefers leather leggings to PVC'
In her fashion column, a celebrity WAG has told of her preference of leather to PVC when it comes to stylish leggings this winter.

Mrs Wayne Rooney - Coleen McLoughlin - responded to a letter in OK! Magazine by a size 14 woman who was facing a fashion crisis over which material to wear on her legs.

The celebrity stepped in and put her foot - and legs - down on the matter.

"First of all, my personal preference is leather leggings just because I think some PVC ones don't look quite as nice.

"If you're a size 14 it's difficult to know whether they'll suit you - it completely depends on your body type."

Coleen added that slim legs can usually get away with them - like fellow WAG Alex Curran - but as long as the person was comfortable in them, it was not a huge issue.

This week, the Daily Mail reported on Coleen and Wayne's trip out to a Kanye West gig, where Coleen attempted to "bling herself up".

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Winter is 'circus for the legs'

Winter is 'circus for the legs'
The popularity of the librarian look in magazines such as Elle and Nylon has brought about a legwear renaissance, it has been said.

Vaniglia Baily of the Ontarion said that although there was so much choice for the buyer in terms of coloured and patterned tights, less adventurous shades were more attractive, even if the range could provide a "circus for your legs".

Ms Baily continued: "Tone down colours with blacks, greys and deep navy blues. Layer with a long cardigan sweater but make sure they are the length of your dress or a little longer. Don't be sloppy."

One star not subscribing to any notion of fashionable tights this month is Russell Crowe, who will not be donning the trademark tights of Robin Hood in Sir Ridley Scott's new adaptation of Nottingham's most famous legend.

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Tights should 'never be worn as trousers'

Tights should 'never be worn as trousers'
Although it may be fine to loll around at home wearing tights as a substitute for trousers or shorts, it is not a good idea to do it out-of-doors, according to one fashion writer.

Trisha Gieni, writing for the University of Victoria's Martlet, said that experimenting with the trend on the streets of her hometown proved that after a number of funny looks from passers-by, it made her feel too uncomfortable.

She continued: "It made me a little sad because in all honesty, I love the feeling of wearing tights. They are the comfiest piece of non-clothing I own."

Recently, Justin Timberlake made the news after wearing tights and a leotard for a music video spoof with fellow singer Beyonce.

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Lace 'is the look for luscious legs'

Lace 'is the look for luscious legs'
The little black dress is no longer the centre of attention on the catwalk and red carpets around the world, a fashionista has stated.

Chloe Wood, style writer for the Sun, said that lace is the look for celebs hitting premieres and grand openings, highlighting the appearance of both Reese Witherspoon and the Sugababes in dresses and other outfits made from the clothing.

However, legwear lovers may be interested in Ms Wood's recommendation: "Pile on the jewels or add a pair of coloured tights to really dress up the look.

"There's just one rule - make sure your underwear can't be seen through your lace creations."

Earlier this month, GMTV presenter Kate Garraway caused jaws to drop in a revealing lace outfit which displayed a level of exhibitionism, showing her black underwear through the dress on a night out at the Embassy in London.

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Socks and shoes given en masse to schoolchildren

Socks and shoes given en masse to schoolchildren
Over 300 children have been helped by a national retail chain in America which has provided their school with new socks and shoes for every single one of them.

The Indy Star reported that Kroger, the supermarket based in Ohio's Cincinnati, was helping out those in need again after supporting schools in the region for 24 years, with the firm's central division president Bob Moeder and wife Marsha donating the socks to children from the area.

Commenting on the donation, Mr Moeder said that it was very proud of every student at the school and hopes the hosiery would be helpful to their health.

He continued: "These children inspire us. As we enter the winter season, giving new shoes and socks to these children is simply one more way we can show them how much we truly care about them."

Earlier in the month, Daniel Pimlott of the Financial Times highlighted the wonders socks were doing for Donald Trump, with the real estate mogul profiting from the product in tough times for the property market.

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Stockings on show in singer skirmish

Stockings on show in singer skirmish
The American Music Awards was brimming with superstars this week but it was three "scantily-clad divas" who stole the show with racy outfits.

Umbrella singer Rihanna jumped into a leather biker outfit topped off with a silver eye patch but it was her hosiery-wearing counterparts who arguably stole the show with their choice of legwear, according to the Daily Mail.

Beyonce and Christina Aguilera went for the style factor, both wearing fishnet stockings with hotpants while putting in energetic performances alongside others such as Coldplay, the Pussycat Dolls and newly-reformed New Kids of the Block.

The newspaper also recently reported on Susan Sarandon, who embraced fishnet stockings in an age-defying photo shoot for Oxfam, with the 62-year-old looking 30 years younger in her risque pose for celebrity photographer Timothy White.

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Winter's twist on tights gives 'texture, colour and pattern'

Winter's twist on tights gives 'texture, colour and pattern'
A fashion blogger cannot get enough of the choice on offer to devoted tights wearers.

Indigo Clothing writer Kate says that "texture, colour and pattern" are converging to give some of the best choices available to the buyer, with the trend of simply sticking to black, nude or woollen tights consigned to history.

"Tight variations are everywhere and beyond all imagination: wet-look, glittery, shiny, fishnetty, laced, ribbed, seamed, the choice is endless", Kate adds.

Furthermore, if a person would rather keep to a more understated look to their legwear, they can "simply inject a little tasteful colour" into their collection of hosiery.

Vaniglia Baily of the Ontarion last week showed her solidarity with her style sister, adding that the current range of available hosiery options provided a "circus for your legs".

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Coloured tights 'provide endless combinations'

Coloured tights 'provide endless combinations'
Budding fashionistas wanting to add a little colour to their wardrobe need not look further than tights this winter, according to an American style writer.

Ivy Parnasius of the Grand Junction Sentinal said that people could get all manner of combinations of colours from their choice of legwear, noting that the correct look could well become a "show-stopper" with the right hosiery.

She stated: "For something more muted, combine navy tights with a tan dress, or olive tights with a navy miniskirt.

"To create more drama, pair fuchsia or deep teal tights with a sexy black dress."

Ms Parnasius concluded that people did not have to worry about matching them with shoes as no rules governed their choice.

Last week, Sarah Mower of the Daily Telegraph revealed that only younger people could get away with wearing another popular trend this winter: wet-look leggings.

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The legs 'had it' at fashion awards

The legs 'had it' at fashion awards
Sub-zero temperatures were given the cold shoulder by stylish attendees to the British Fashion Awards this week, with many turning up in trendy tights for the occasion, it was reported.

Topshop model Jourdan Dunn, Jade Jagger and a host of other celebs arrived in legwear, including examples of stockings, leggings and tights, according to the internationally-recognised Hello Magazine.

It continued: "Model of the moment Alice Dellal upped the ante even further in a punky t-shirt dress and fishnet tights.

"Her friend Pixie Geldof had gone for rather more coverage in leggings."

The annual British Fashion Awards was introduced fully in 1989 after the popularity of the British Designer of the Year Award - which started five years previously - caused more categories to be brought into the fold.

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Burlesque superstar brandishes stockings for Playboy

Burlesque superstar brandishes stockings for Playboy
The clothes are off but the stockings stay on for Dita von Teese, who has graced the pages of Playboy this month in Germany.

In a series of provocative photos for Hugh Hefner's famous publication, the former wife of rocker Marilyn Manson did a series of tastefully-done shots in her trademark retro style, using stockings to amazing effect in a shoot that harked back to the days of 1950s glamour model Bettie Page.

Pairing her hosiery with leather boots, corsets and little else, Dita posed on a series of couches, protecting her modesty with hands strategically placed in all the right areas.

Dita is perhaps best known for her performances which include a traditional feather fan dance and her Bird of Paradise show, causing her to be labelled a "burlesque superheroine" by Vanity Fair.

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Charity socks it to dogs

Charity socks it to dogs
A charity is calling on all canine lovers to pull their socks up and raise money for charity - by investing in its snazzy yellow socks.

Selling the legwear through its partner SockShop , the charity said in its blog that it is a fantastic stocking filler and a sure-fire way to stand out from the crowd.

The socks are available in two varieties - a £2 standard pair and longer, thicker boot socks at £5, with 25 per cent of proceeds going to the animal charity.

Dogs Trust said: "Thanks solely to the generosity of our supporters, since Dogs Trust receives no government funding, we were able to help over 16,000 dogs last year.

"So your little bit of Christmas giving fun would also translate into some happily wagging tails."

Last week, it was announced that Girls Aloud would be at the forefront of a new Dogs Trust initiative which teaches children about the importance of taking care of man's best friend.

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