Saturday 20 January 2018

Dare to go bare? 8 tips for going without tights

Alice Newbold

Cast off your 40 deniers and let your legs breathe with our failsafe advice on baring all.

1. Get a pedicure

First things first: treat your toes to some TLC before the big reveal.

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2. Sock it to 'em

If a pedicure is absent from your schedule put a preppy spin on your spring look by teaming it with socks and brogues. Ankle boots, meanwhile, up the grunge factor when wearing ditsy print dresses and acknowledge the fact that a glimpse of sunshine doesn't equate to our less than tropical temperatures.

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3. Take your time tanning

The clue is in the name; gradual tan - the hydration and bronzing hybrid cream - will warm up winter skin that has been hidden away for months. Try Clarins' new Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster(€36) which prescribes three drops of 'concentrated sunshine' mixed in with your normal body moisturiser for a healthy skin boost.


4. Go somewhere in the midi

A full midi skirt emphasises slimline calves and makes for a ladylike silhouette akin to French Riviera chic. Heeled footwear - whether a sandal or shoe - will also add definition and lengthen calves, so no one need know how many aerobics classes you haven't been to this spring.

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5. Get buffing

Don't underestimate a good body scrub to change the quality of your skin - something that supermodel Elle Macpherson swears by. If you've been summer smart and already made the moisturiser-to-gradual tan switch, buffing will also make any tan that goes over the top far more even too.

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6. Pick a pattern

Busy prints steal attention away from legs that might not look as tanned and toned as we might like. Some patterned panache, whether on a dress or full skirt, also means you can simplify the rest of your outfit too. Perfect when you're busy worrying about baring your legs for the first time.

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7. Blur blemishes

Stay with us; spray-on-tights really do exist and they work wonders at smoothing out skin tone. The tiny particles of silk within the tan-in-a-can also means your legs will feel super-soft too. We love: Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs (€9.59).


8. Forget nude coloured plasters

No one wants to see a four-day old plaster peeling off your ankle. If your sandals are painful, pick another shoe (see aforementioned preppy brogue tip).

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