Top-priced stockings not the top performer

Top-priced stockings not the top performer

Top-priced stockings not the top performerConsumer NZ’s latest test of stockings found you don’t need to pay an arm and a leg for a decent pair of tights this winter.

The test assessed 10 well-known brands of 70 denier stockings, ranging in price from $3.99 to $29.95. The tights were tested for their ability to withstand laddering and their overall strength.

Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin says the top scorer was a $10 pair of Razzamatazz-brand tights, which out-performed products costing two to three times as much.

Three of the brands tested performed poorly when it came to laddering. The cheapest pair, $3.99 Pams-brand tights, returned very poor results. “These tights were very quick to ladder, even with minimal stretching. You’re unlikely to get much wear out of them once they snag,” Ms Chetwin says.

Other brands that performed poorly for laddering were Stepout ($16.99) and Kayser ($15.99).

The laddering test involved a small hole being punctured into the fabric, which was then stretched.

Ms Chetwin says most products performed reasonably well in its “burst” test, which measures the strength and elasticity of the fabric.

“Our test results show paying a higher price for winter tights may not guarantee a superior product.”

The testing was conducted for Consumer NZ by the New Zealand Wool Testing Authority. Test results for all 10 brands can be found in the July issue of Consumer magazine and at, along with a video of how the products were tested.


Dressing for your Venue

Dressing for your Venue

Dressing for your VenueYour wedding is ultimately one of the most important days of your life, but it should also be the most enjoyable. Once you’ve decided on your venue, everything else should fall into place., including your outfit.

The dress

The wedding dress is the one fashion item all young girls dream of, and although the style of dress may change as you grow older and your tastes change, it remains an important decision and a dream buy.

You of course want to buy a dress that suits your figure, and makes you feel as beautiful as you look on your big day but you must consider where you are getting married before getting too carried away.

Beach weddings would mean that heavy fabric and tight corsets are a no go, instead you should consider light fabrics that flow. Tight fitting may be flattering to your figure but after hours under the sun could cause unflattering scenarios (no one wants sweat patches in their wedding photos).

Church weddings: Ok, so I know this is a very broad term, but some churches are very old, and very, very cold, especially in the colder months. A strapless, light fabric dress may cause unwanted discomfort.

These are only a couple of examples, but ensure you consider your own comfort when purchasing that dream dress.

The shoes

There are so many things to consider when buying wedding shoes such as the height the style and the colour that brides often forget about the environment they will be wearing their shoes in.

If your wedding is outside, make sure you consider the ground you will be walking on, cobbles and grass don’t go well with stilettos. Don’t worry too much if you want to keep the height of heels, as wedged wedding shoes can give height and stability!

Dressing for your VenueThe flowers

Flowers aren’t usually considered part of the wedding outfit, but you will be holding them in photographs and down the aisle. You may also want your groom to have a flower in their lapel.

The flowers are usually picked to match the colour scheme, but they can be integrated with the venue too, especially if you’ve gone for something a little more unusual. Try matching the colours of the venue itself, look at the carpet and wall colours.

What time of year is it? Sunflowers in Summer would make beautiful and unique photographs. Similarly, Red flowers such as Red roses contrast beautifully with white (Not to mention they are a national symbol of romance and love).

Your wedding day should be a happy and memorable experience. Relax and think logically, but don’t forget to enjoy every moment from picking the venue to trying on the dresses, to saying ‘I do’.

Author – Molly Jones

Molly is a Marketing assistant at Pink Paradox London. Molly has always been interested in fashion, specifically shoes, and regularly writes content for both Pink Paradox and Benjamin Adams. Pink Paradox London is a global brand supplying high quality, comfortable wedding shoes suitable for all seasons. Starting as a family run business over 30 years ago, today Pink is an award winning brand and regarded as one of the leading bridal footwear providers in the world.


Shoes You’ll Fall in Love With

Shoes You’ll Fall in Love With


The wedding day is also an important day for bridesmaids and mothers of the bride and groom; one they feel proud and excited to be involved in. While they know all eyes will be on the beautiful bride, deep down they they know that eyes will be on them, too!

Shoes are often a big part of the bridal party and mothers’ attire, so it’s something that’s worth spending some time thinking about. Trousseau ts many of these ‘other’ special ladies every week. Speaking to the team at Trousseau, Cherry told us that she “ nds it a really rewarding process to discuss with them the out t or dress they are wearing, what kind of shoes they like and feel comfortable in, and any other aspects that may in uence their choice. We can then work with them to choose the perfect pair of shoes for the day.”

The Special Occasion range at Trousseau really lends itself to bridesmaids and mothers; this collection includes some exquisite shoes at varying heel heights, styles, and in a range of colours. The bit that often surprises these ladies is the price – on par if not less expensive than the majority of the high street stores.

There are a couple of schools of thought when it comes to the bridesmaids ‘and mothers’ shoes, and the decision usually comes down to personal choice.

Choosing a shoe in a colour to match or compliment their out t, the bride’s owers, the groom’s suit or some other feature colour from the day are the most popular

A fun and visually impressive idea is to opt for a metallic or crystal adorned shoe to add something really punchy. This is a great way to go if you want a shoe that will get a lot of wear in the future.

If you’re in Auckland, pop into Trousseau for a friendly chat and tting; they’re open Friday & Saturday, 10am to 5pm and at other times by appointment. If you’re outside the city, we can highly recommend their online process!

Shoe Guide Size

Shoe Guide Size

Worried your shoes won’t fit, especially when ordering from an online site or offshore?

When shopping, it pays to double check each site’s specific size guides as shoe sizes may vary!

Women's shoeWomen’s Shoe Size Chart


SIZE US 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
UK 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
EU 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43


Man's shoeMen’s Shoe Size Chart


SIZE UK 7 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
US 6.5 7.5 8.5 9.5 10.5 11.5 12.5 13.5 14.5
EU 39.5 41 42 43 44 45 46.5 48.5 49.5

Shoes that Shimmer & Sparkle

Shoes that Shimmer & Sparkle

Shoes that Shimmer & SparkleWith summer well under way we have seen the new seasons shimmer and metallic styles living up to all our expectations of them.

The 2015/16 Paradox London wedding shoe collection definitely offers something unique and quite special for brides, bridesmaids and mothers of the bride. One of the highlights for us has been the focus on shimmer and shine. These styles range from understated to bold – there’s a level of sparkle for everyone.

The shoes are not only effortlessly glamorous for the wedding day they also look just as fabulous at dinner with friends. Our brides love wearing these styles for the wedding and again at the after wedding lunch.

The new season Paradox London bridal shoes are all available at Trousseau Bridal & Evening Shoes.

Trousseau Bridal & Evening Shoes LOVES everything bridal shoes! To find your perfect shoes, we encourage brides in Auckland to come to our showroom. For those brides around the country, visit our website and see our full range. You can buy online or we love to hear from you by phone.

2B/1 Beresford Square, Central Auckland

Phone – 09 379 5963

Mobile – 021 277 4039

Open: Monday – Saturday

Shoes that Shimmer & Sparkle

Shoe Inspiration

Shoe Inspiration


This overwhelmingly successful and on-trend collection offers a range of styles, heel heights and colours to suit every bride, bridesmaid or mother!

Trousseau Bridal & Evening Shoes LOVES everything bridal shoes! To find your perfect shoes, we encourage brides in Auckland to visit their Showroom at 2B/1 Beresford Square, open Monday through Saturday. Brides around the country can view the full range online.

Winter Wedding Shoes

Winter Wedding Shoes


There are no rules as to the styles you should wear during winter months! At Trousseau they fit many brides in strappy sandals or peep toe styles. However, there is something a little bit special about having a winter wedding and wearing a closed toe shoe.

Closed toe shoes ooze elegance and style – forget all those old stereotypes! Fully enclosed shoe options have made a huge resurgence over the last couple of seasons. The selection available at Trousseau is fun, super sexy, and is sure to delight.

We have chosen a few popular styles from Trousseau’s new season collection to share with you all and whet your appetite for a little inspirational shoe shopping.

Auckland brides are encouraged to visit Trousseau’s delightful showroom at 2B/1 Beresford Square, Central Auckland, but you can also get your hands on a pair of these shoes by going online to experience for yourself Trousseau’s fantastic customer service. You can also call them on 09 379 5963 and they can talk you through the options and help you decide the best shoe for you.

Winter Wedding Shoes

High heel dreams

High heel dreams

High heel dreamsFailing to find the perfect pair of shoes for herself, Francia Uys took the plunge and set about designing and making very sexy shoes – cutting edge yet classic.

The designs are sketched by Francia right here in New Zealand, and then manufactured using the finest leather and footwear material in Portugal, guaranteeing quality, comfort, glamour and stand out style.

With only 55 pairs of each style manufactured, there’s little chance of showing up at a function wearing the same high heels as someone else.

“It’s important to have items in your wardrobe that not everyone else has,” says Francia. “Once they’re sold out, that’s it – we won’t repeat the shoe again!”.

Standing Pretty

Standing Pretty

shoesThe pretty, vintage and elegant levels have been suitably raised in the recently launched 2015 Trousseau Bridal & Evening Shoes Wedding Collections.

Trousseau’s European supplier, market leaders in the bridal shoe industry, have
had a keen eye on colour, detail, cuts and textures coming through in the bridal trends and designs. Hours of research, combined with the desire to produce shoes that are made to be worn for the wedding day and beyond, have determined this exciting 2015 collection.

Benjamin Adams, the designer collection, offering the very best in bridal fabrics: Duchesse Silk, Spanish Lace & Swarovski Crystals. The 2015 Benjamin Adams collection sees the revival of classic thin straps, vintage styling and the introduction of illusion fabrics. The silhouette of the 2015 collection is
classic Benjamin Adams – sharp pointed pumps set off with striking

crystals and vintage style pleated peep-toes.

Pink, encapsulating style, fun and comfort in shoes for the bride, bridesmaid, mother of the bride and flowergirl. Modern luxury and simple lines capture the essence of this gorgeous 2015 collection.

To get your hands on a pair of these knock out shoes, visit Trousseau’s Showroom at 2B/1 Beresford Square, Central Auckland, go online to experience for yourself Trousseau’s fantastic customer service, or give them a call on 09 379 5963 and they can talk you through the options and help you decide the best shoe for you.