A Trip Down Memory Lane Thanks to UK Tights

A Trip Down Memory Lane Thanks to UK TightsWhen I left home at 15 my future looked pretty grim. My first couple of jobs were local to where I was living at the time in East London, and a far cry from today’s trendy streets of Hoxton. Think grimy market caffs, and glorified independent pound shops. I didn’t have much choice though, it was imperative that I was earning, but I was underage, and therefore illegal to employ. Once my sixteenth birthday had been and gone, and I had a national insurance number, I started thinking about other options for work.    

A chance encounter led to me to the Army & Navy department store in Victoria, now known as the House of Fraser, where I was employed in their fashion accessories department. I’d go out clubbing all night on Friday and roll into work the next day, full of sunshine and as carefree as the wind. I had the ability to talk the hind legs off a donkey back then, and would walk around the store chatting to anyone and everyone, asking if they’d like to open up a store card.

Within a few months I was the top opener, and I think it was probably this accolade that led me to a job in London’s iconic department store Selfridges. I was employed by Pretty Polly, to work in their concession in the hosiery department. I was only seventeen at this point, which now seems so young. Considering though that just one year previous I was dodging advances from sleazy older men (who happened to be my bosses), and working for £2 an hour, I was doing pretty well for myself.

I remember being in awe when I first started at the amount of money people would spend on tights, but it didn’t take me long to realise that quality was essential, and like all clothing less is more, as long as they are well made. I became a huge fan of Wolford, and still have some lurking around in my underwear drawer almost twenty years later (true story)!    

I often look back at the year I worked at Selfridges so fondly, and it was wonderful to have a little trip down memory lane a few months ago with one of my best friends (see photo above). I don’t go back much, but every time I do it’s had a complete face lift, and is always chock full of super stylish cool gadgets. We had a good old wander around, then settled at Hix for cocktails. The mezzanine that the bar resides is directly above where I used to work, selling tights all day.

Gorgeous hosiery from UK TightsWith all this fresh in my mind, the lovely folk at UK Tights asked if I would like to host a give away for them, and we’re giving one lucky reader the chance to win a £25 gift card.

UK Tights have a fantastic sale on at the moment, and something for everyone, with prices starting as low as £2.50. They even have my beloved Wolford’s on offer, so do check them out.
To be in with a chance to win, simply enter via the Rafflecopter below.

Best of luck everyone 🙂

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Linking up to U, Me & The Kids, Super Lucky and The Prize Finder

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  1. Laura Pyper
    November 30, 2015 / 4:51 am

    tights

  2. Natalie Crossan
    November 30, 2015 / 3:37 am

    Tights 😀

  3. Sam B
    November 30, 2015 / 12:18 am

    I prefer tights

  4. Lu
    November 29, 2015 / 10:34 pm

    Stockings

  5. Anneka Hulse
    November 29, 2015 / 10:05 pm

    tights for me

  6. Rebecca Powell
    November 29, 2015 / 9:36 pm

    Always tights for me

  7. kate kathurima
    November 29, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    tights

  8. Natalie Gillham
    November 29, 2015 / 7:32 pm

    support tights are best for me

  9. viv carey
    November 29, 2015 / 6:54 pm

    Tights for me 🙂

  10. elizabeth ferguson
    November 29, 2015 / 5:21 pm

    tights xx

  11. Kim Styles
    November 29, 2015 / 3:48 pm

    Tights !!! xxx

  12. Laura Pritchard
    November 29, 2015 / 10:02 am

    Tights for me!

  13. Lynsey Buchanan
    November 28, 2015 / 11:03 pm

    hold ups

  14. Nancy Bradford
    November 28, 2015 / 10:33 pm

    Tights (because they are more comfortable).

  15. Gem Cook
    November 28, 2015 / 5:43 pm

    Loving the Tights xxx

  16. Mrs Rachel Heap
    November 28, 2015 / 9:49 am

    I love tights

  17. Diane Jackson
    November 28, 2015 / 12:10 am

    tights

  18. Sheri Darby
    November 27, 2015 / 9:40 pm

    Tights

  19. Lauren Old
    November 27, 2015 / 4:58 pm

    Tights!

  20. donna l jones
    November 27, 2015 / 1:03 pm

    tights

  21. Catriona Hutchinson
    November 27, 2015 / 12:06 pm

    Hold ups but maybe not in this weather!

  22. sue leake
    November 26, 2015 / 4:59 pm

    definitely tights… this weather

  23. Tarbs Gill
    November 26, 2015 / 1:08 pm

    I’m defo a tights girl!

  24. Georgina prince
    November 26, 2015 / 12:19 am

    defo tights xxxx

  25. Hannah Ingham
    November 24, 2015 / 8:36 pm

    TIGHTS! 🙂

  26. Julie Ward
    November 22, 2015 / 1:04 pm

    Hold ups, when they hold up

  27. tina edwards
    November 21, 2015 / 5:46 pm

    stockings

  28. Jo McPherson
    November 21, 2015 / 10:37 am

    Tights – hold-ups for special occasions 🙂

  29. Chantelle Binge
    November 18, 2015 / 10:49 pm

    Tights, some are so comfy and warm! x

  30. November 18, 2015 / 6:20 am

    Tights for me

  31. Laura Tonks
    November 16, 2015 / 6:08 pm

    Tights for me 😀

  32. Jess Mary
    November 16, 2015 / 1:52 pm

    Tights are my favorites!

  33. Becca Staples
    November 13, 2015 / 2:51 pm

    Hold ups for me x

  34. Karin Hall
    November 13, 2015 / 2:14 pm

    Tights!

  35. Andy Kadir-Buxton
    November 13, 2015 / 5:32 am

    Stockings, but I’m not wearing them.

  36. Charlotte Hood
    November 12, 2015 / 9:52 pm

    tights!

  37. Helen Winson
    November 11, 2015 / 6:22 pm

    Tights always

  38. Rose Elise
    November 10, 2015 / 11:16 pm

    Always tights!

  39. Ema J Lowe
    November 9, 2015 / 12:18 pm

    stockings for me

  40. claire woods
    November 8, 2015 / 9:03 am

    tights

  41. Rachel Butterworth
    November 7, 2015 / 7:54 pm

    Tights.

  42. Sue McCarthy
    November 7, 2015 / 1:03 pm

    Stockings always

  43. lynn heath
    November 6, 2015 / 1:02 pm

    Tights for me!!!!

  44. Hannah Cummings
    November 4, 2015 / 9:19 pm

    Tights for me x

  45. Nat thomason
    November 4, 2015 / 1:29 am

    Tights for me

  46. Julie Howarth
    November 3, 2015 / 4:10 pm

    Tights

  47. charlotte
    November 3, 2015 / 4:01 pm

    i live in tights so got to say them

  48. Katie Kingsbury
    November 3, 2015 / 12:16 pm

    Tights for everyday, stockings for special occasions 😉 .

  49. Jayne Townson
    November 2, 2015 / 9:43 pm

    tights

  50. Jennifer Toal
    November 2, 2015 / 7:07 pm

    Tights

  51. Ian Yates
    November 2, 2015 / 3:58 am

    Stockings – but I am a bloke!

  52. Lucia Critchley
    November 1, 2015 / 9:49 pm

    tights 🙂

  53. November 1, 2015 / 6:36 pm

    tights all the way!

  54. Helen Stratton
    November 1, 2015 / 2:49 pm

    I like them all for different outfits 🙂

  55. kayleigh Bates
    November 1, 2015 / 11:13 am

    Tights x

  56. Emma Ellams
    October 31, 2015 / 5:20 pm

    Tights 🙂

  57. Leanne Lunn
    October 31, 2015 / 10:57 am

    Tights

  58. clair downham
    October 30, 2015 / 4:29 pm

    tights thankyou

  59. Maria Hackett
    October 30, 2015 / 2:42 pm

    Tights

  60. Katie Spencer
    October 30, 2015 / 8:19 am

    Tights

  61. iain maciver
    October 29, 2015 / 11:09 pm

    tights

  62. October 29, 2015 / 6:55 pm

    Tights. Especially in cold weather.

  63. Mary María
    October 29, 2015 / 4:59 pm

    Tights 🙂

  64. jemma dwyer
    October 28, 2015 / 11:01 pm

    depends tights mostly . stockings for special moments lol 😉 x

  65. Judith R.
    October 28, 2015 / 1:18 pm

    Tights – always tights.

  66. aaron broad
    October 28, 2015 / 12:22 pm

    Tights but not for me obv

  67. laura stewart
    October 28, 2015 / 8:44 am

    Tights xx

  68. Jennifer Haden
    October 28, 2015 / 8:40 am

    tights, they are by far the most comfortable option 🙂

  69. Ruth Harwood
    October 28, 2015 / 8:01 am

    Tights 🙂

  70. October 28, 2015 / 6:50 am

    It’s traditional tights for me! 🙂

  71. Alica
    October 28, 2015 / 12:17 am

    Tights for me 🙂

  72. Samantha Loughlin
    October 27, 2015 / 11:48 pm

    Tights definitely

  73. William Gould
    October 27, 2015 / 11:45 pm

    Wife always wears tights, but I much prefer women in hold-ups!

  74. Lynne Durkin
    October 27, 2015 / 10:33 pm

    Tights

  75. Lyla
    October 27, 2015 / 9:52 pm

    Tights

  76. Suzanne Drummond
    October 27, 2015 / 9:13 pm

    tights

  77. Paul Scotland
    October 27, 2015 / 9:10 pm

    Wife is hold ups

  78. Hayley F
    October 27, 2015 / 8:43 pm

    Sorry I just wanted to say you have a fab blog. I may be here so etime reading it x

  79. Hayley F
    October 27, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    Tights x

  80. Sarah Pybus
    October 27, 2015 / 8:08 pm

    Tights

  81. Karl Borowy
    October 27, 2015 / 8:07 pm

    tights

  82. October 27, 2015 / 7:37 pm

    What a lovely post. Sometimes I wish I had had more of a youth – it seems my friends have fond memories of their past selves, and I find that hard, regretting my past personality in not being able to take the chance to enjoy youth and friendships and adventure more. It’s a real tonic to hear you be so positive about things that happened in your past when there are so many things that you could still be running from.

  83. MANDY DOHERTY
    October 27, 2015 / 7:30 pm

    Tights x

  84. October 27, 2015 / 7:14 pm

    Well as a very tall lass I prefer hold ups. Any size fights.

  85. Suzanne
    October 27, 2015 / 7:09 pm

    Tights

  86. Mary Chez
    October 27, 2015 / 7:05 pm

    Tights

  87. Karen K
    October 27, 2015 / 6:37 pm

    definitely tights!

  88. jayne hall
    October 27, 2015 / 6:23 pm

    tights

  89. amy fidler
    October 27, 2015 / 5:41 pm

    tights

  90. Claire D
    October 27, 2015 / 5:40 pm

    Tights

  91. Tracy Nixon
    October 27, 2015 / 5:26 pm

    Stockings and tights for me – holdups don’t hold up on me!

  92. Tracey Peach
    October 27, 2015 / 4:52 pm

    I like both 🙂

  93. ashleigh allan
    October 27, 2015 / 4:15 pm

    Hold ups!

  94. Paul Smith
    October 27, 2015 / 4:11 pm

    not me but i prefer stockings on a woman

  95. mummytries
    Author
    October 27, 2015 / 8:48 am

    All the cool kids worked at Selfridges 😉 xx

  96. October 27, 2015 / 8:35 am

    Oh, lovely post. I worked in Selfridges too! Ha ha! xx

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