There’s nothing better than wearing some smooth thick tights on a cold winters day, underneath trousers as a thermal layer or as part of an ensemble with skirt, baggy jumper and boots. Being just 5 foot 3 , I don’t have a problem finding tights to fit my height and can wear the one size offerings quite easily. My taller friends have a problem though – whilst catering for the wider girth, the plus size tights are still the same size as ordinary tights in the legs. So, what do you do when you’re around 6 foot? A couple of months ago, fellow hosiery blogger Hosiery For Men reviewed some new tights he received from a business called L M Glow that specialises in tights designed for people who are 5ft8″ to 6ft 3″ tall. He waxed lyrical about them! I chatted to the lovely Charlotte to find out more about these fab tights. Welcome Charlotte:
Hi! I’m Charlotte Harris, a twenty-five year old Londoner and founder of LM Glow, a new business providing comfortable tights for taller men and women.
What inspired your brand name, “LM Glow”?
The brand name “LM Glow” was inspired by a Victorian phrase – “Horses sweat, men perspire, ladies [merely] glow” – and summarises my ambition for the brand. I want men and women to be able to wear comfortable tights that reduce the effects of clammy feet and leave them free to Glow.
Did you have a love of fashion at a young age? What made you want to enter the hosiery world?
I’ve always loved clothes and there is nothing I like more than to see someone elegantly – or bravely! – dressed. I decided to enter the hosiery world because, at 5’11” and with clammy feet, I was sick of ill-fitting, uncomfortable tights. I’d spent years worrying about how to subtly pull up my tights before they ended up around my ankles, having gussets cut into my mid-thighs, and stressing about whether my feet smelt in my tights. In 2013 I finally decided to do something about it. The result is LM Glow and nearly a year on, the Tall Comfort tights are available to purchase in black. Specifically designed for heights between 5’8” and 6’3” and containing Bamboo Charcoal which helps reduce the effects of clammy and sweaty feet, they are for tall women and men who want to give their legs and feet an easy ride through life.
Your Tall Comfort Tights currently only come in black – and I think that that colour would always remain a firm favourite amongst customers as the colour goes practically with everything! Have you any plans afoot to launch any other colours in 2015?
I would love to develop the range of products further. There have been requests for the Tall Comfort tights to be available in natural skin tones and this would be where LM Glow will hopefully go next. Any suggestions from potential customers are always welcome and can be made by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or on Twitter @lmglowtights. To see what suggestions other people are making and to follow our offers and updates, please follow me at twitter.com/lmglowtights.
The tights are comfortable, long lasting mould to the body and provide odourless relief from the impact of clammy feet. What materials make up the tights to ensure that? Do they need special washing treatment or can they go in the washing machine?
The tights have a 20% spandex content which mean they mould to the body thus ending the curse of mid-thigh gussets whilst providing some support to the hips and thighs. This is further aided by a broad waistband. Incorporating bamboo charcoal, a wicking material, the tights also provide odourless relief to the effects of clammy feet, allowing the wearer to get on and make the most of their day. The tights are hand wash only and this is the recommended washing treatment but I have stuck mine in the washing machine with no adverse effects.
Ideal for both men and women, they are designed for people from 5’8″ to 6’3″ – as the sizing goes on height not width, do the tights stretch around the thigh if you are more portly in that region?
The tights have fitted various body types and they will fit a lot of people who may consider themselves to be larger in the thigh region. If, however, you buy a pair and they are too tight or do not fit at all, you are always welcome to return the tights and you will get a full refund.
The single packs have tended to be the most popular to date as people will often buy a pair to check they like them before coming back to buy more. The second most popular is the 5 pack. It is worth noting that even when you buy the 5, 6 or 7 packs, the tights are always individually packaged so that if you wanted to give them as presents, perhaps as stocking fillers or a secret Santa gift, whilst keeping some for yourself, the bigger packs will probably prove the more economical option.
If it was possible, who would you like to see being the “legs” of LM Glow?
Ooh, that’s a difficult one! I think I’d want, at least, one female and one male “legs”, and for the female “legs” I think I’d have to go with Gwendoline Christie who plays Brienne in Game of Thrones and is incredibly elegant. For the male “legs”, I think Jack Donnelly who plays Jason in Atlantis or Usain Bolt as I think they’ve got fantastic legs!
Are your tights only available in the UK or do you cater for overseas customers too?
The tights are only available in the UK if bought through the website (www.lmglow.co.uk). International customers, in particular those in the US, Canada and the rest of the EU, can, however, purchase the tights through eBay.
Personal now – what outfits and shoes would you normally be found wearing?
Jeans and a jumper, or jumper dress with thick tights are probably my favourite outfits. I love winter for the very reason that you can layer up and wear the big jumpers. I have a big, heavy winter coat which I love and I will often be seen going for walks in my knee length coat covering a winter dress or skirt, tights and walking boots. The only downside of winter is that in poorer weather I can’t always wear my heels and I love wearing heels! Unless I’m going for a walk, I like to be in sizeable heels as they make me feel great and I think they create an elegant silhouette.
Do you have any favourite shops or online sites?
I love the actual act of shopping and I like looking in a wide range of shops and online sites, even ones that don’t necessarily cater for someone of my age, build or height, just to get different ideas about what to wear and what colours and styles to put together. Being quite tall, I can struggle to find clothes that fit and so, I tend to go to certain shops for certain items of clothing. For example, I always get my jeans from GAP because they size their jeans by height as well as width. In addition, I like to get my everyday shoes from M&S where they do half sizes as a matter of course and I tend to find the fit and comfort of their heels to be quite exceptional.
What’s next on your clothes/shoe wish list?
This is a hard one because I never know what I want until I see it.
Boots. Definitely. There is nothing more versatile or empowering than a pair of calf high boots with a little heel. They can be worn with anything and, if they fit properly, they feel great.
Links you would like to share e.g. website/facebook/twitter etc so that readers can follow LM Glow
The website is http://www.ladiesandmenglow.co.uk/ and you can keep up to date with our offers and updates via:
• Twitter: @lmglowtights
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/LMGlowTights
• Instagram: http://instagram.com/lmglow
• Tumblr: http://lmglowtights.tumblr.com/ or
• Google+: http://google.com/+LmglowCoUk
Any suggestions from potential customers are always welcome and can also be made by email (email@example.com).
Thanks Charlotte! I hope that all you lovely tall ladies and gentlemen fill your Christmas stockings with these tights! Let’s all be snug as a bug in tights this winter! Don’t forget to let me know how you got on with the tights – I love to read your feedback 🙂
All photos have been published with kind permission from Charlotte Harris (LM Glow)