Sunday Stockings: Leg Avenue Plus Size – white with red bows

 Seriously, how cute are these? I’ve been hearing good things about Leg Avenue’s plus size range and have been meaning to try them, for a while now. I bought these from eBay but stockingshq.com sell Leg Avenue as well.

Leg Avenue describe their plus size range as ‘Queen Size’ which personally I find a little cringeworthy but can forgive since at least they are trying and it is a thousand times better than xl, xxl, xxxl etc.

I found these extremely stretchy with a good size band, although I’m not sure how much bigger the band itself would stretch so might dig in on a bigger size. (If anyone does have experience of wearing these please do share in the comments).

Generally, I am not so keen on white hosiery but I love the bows down the back. Once you get past the ‘bedroom’ connotations it is easy to see how these would work for a quirky, feminine, daytime look. I’m looking forward to pairing these with summer dresses and Docs when it warms up.

   
 

Information:

Type: Stockings

Brand: Leg Avenue

Size: Queen Size

Description: sheer white with red lacy tops and red bows down the back of the legs.

Dress: Sainsbury’s

Cardigan: M&S

Shoes: Doc Martens. 

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Review: Mish Bandelettes

  

I haven’t been able to go bare legged under skirts since my teens. It’s one of the reasons I don’t necessarily look forward to summer. So, when I saw this post by Fuller Figure, Fuller Bust I was really quite excited. I’ve never subscribed to the idea of wearing shorts under skirts to prevent thigh rub so in recent years have resigned myself to wearing leggings under skirts or sweltering in jeans. 

Last Saturday then I ordered 2 pairs of Mish’s anti-chafing bands – charmingly called ‘Bandelettes’ – 1 plain and 1 lacy pair. They do a range of sizes, all you need to do is measure your thigh and pick the corresponding size from their list. These arrived yesterday, so I have been road testing them since.

They have a thin silicon band at the top and bottom and are made using a stretchy fabric. I found the lacy ones a bit too scratchy for me (I struggle with most lace top stockings for this reason though, so not unexpected). The unisex version however were great – really comfortable, no problems staying up and I think they look pretty good too. I definitely intend to buy more of these before the summer. 

It is really exciting to think that this year I might be able to keep cool and my poor, pale, pasty legs stand a chance of finally seeing some daylight! 

  Photos from http://www.mish-online.co.uk

Sunday Stockings: M&S Fishnet Hold Ups

 
Marks and Spencer’s might seem like an unlikely venue for fishnet stockings but believe me – these are the holy grail of fishnet hold ups. Over the years I have tried brand after brand in search of a pair which not only look good but which actually fit my chunky thighs and are comfortable to wear all day. Since trying these in desperation I have never looked back. I’ve even been known to sleep in them they are so comfy.

So to put things in context I am currently a UK size 18 but I have worn these up to a size 22. I am just under 6 foot and my thighs are really bigger than usual for my dress size so I really struggle with hosiery. Being tall, a lot of the stretch goes into the length which causes the fabric to be too thin round my thighs which can cause painful chaffing. That is assuming I can get the legs all the way up at all, but I digress.

These hold ups have a really wide silicon band at the top which has fantastic staying power – I can wear these all day without worrying about them rolling down and they have a reinforced toe so they don’t dig into your feet. The band also prevents chaffing and looks really good!

Basically these are the perfect fishnets for me and I buy a pack every time I see them. They can be difficult to find in extra large in the shops though so I’m still keeping my eyes peeled for other options. If you have a favourite brand please do share in the comments!

Key Facts: 

Brand: M&S Collection

Name: Ultimate Comfort Fishnet Hold-Ups

Cost:  £6

Available Colours: Black

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large