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After finding the Leg Avenue brand I fell in love with their cute girly fancy dress outfits. I have several costumes and like to accessorise them with matching pieces. Leg Avenue have a huge selection of items to choose from and I always go to them as my first choice for fancy hosiery items. These thigh high stockings have a vertical stripe design and caught my eye as I liked their bold look.
The Vertical Striped Stockings can be directly bought from Leg Avenue online at www.legavenue.co.uk. The RRP is £12.83 on the website including VAT. They are available in One Size only.
Product description: "Lycra vertical striped stockings with 5 inch lace top."
These thigh high stockings are available in just the one colour choice - black. This suited me just fine as I think the denser sections really stand out againt the sheer sections and the standard black stocking colour allows the stripe pattern to get all the attention. I think that the stockings look great in black, as the design is so striking and unusual that this helps to make them a bit easier to wear and means that they can be paired with all sorts of outfits.
It's really important when putting these on to roll up very slowly and pay a great deal of attention to the alignment of the stripes. The stockings are made of a very stretchy material, and there are denser sections running in a vertical stripe pattern all the way round, so check your view from the back as well as they can easily stretch the wrong way at the back if you're only concentrating on the front. It takes a bit of care to ensure that they are rolled up with the stripes neatly in place and not twisted, but once they are adjusted correctly they look fabulous and stay in place perfectly.
The stockings are topped with a very thick lace band which allows you to attach suspender clips. These are not described as hold up stockings but the lace is backed with little plastic strips that are commonly found on hold-ups, and do a fairly good job of staying up on their own if not being worn for a long period of time, or doing anything energetic like dancing. The lace band is a lot thicker than normal, and is actually 5" long! This is huge, and a bit too big in my opinion. It looks out of balance with the rest of the stockings, and if you are wearing them with a shorter skirt then it is very difficult to ensure that the lace tops stay concealed underneath the skirt. It's not particularly ladylike to expose the top of your stockings, and with such a bold stripe design I specifically want to be able to wear these stockings with shorter skirts to show off my long, stripey legs!
I think these stocking look really sexy but in a fun way, and they don't look trashy or slutty. They actually provide a good amount of coverage, and they are suprisingly warm. I've worn them out several times and really appreciate the quality of the fabric as this keeps out the cold. They're an easy way to add a bit of an edge to an outfit, and they certainly get some attention! They're also great for helping your legs to look their best, as the vertical stripes create the illusion that your legs are longer and slimmer - brilliant!
I don't take any special care over washing these stockings - I simply pop them in the washing machine with everything else at 30 degrees and they always come out fine. The stockings look just as good now as they did when I first bought them, and they have not suffered from any of the usual problems such as snagging, pulling, or laddering. I think that the denser sections helps to reinforce the material and make it a bit more durable which has kept mine looking in such good condition.
These Vertical Striped Thigh High Stockings are fun to wear and look fantastic if you're not afraid to play around with bold accessories. I love them as they are really unique and immediately alter the whole effect of a plain or simple outfit. I would definitely recommend these stockings, and Leg Avenue are always reliable when it comes to hosiery. 5 stars :)