It's been a long time since a glimpse of stocking was something
shocking. While women preferred the convenience of tights, every
red-blooded male was turned on by stockings and suspenders. But not any more. A recent survey says that men prefer girls in tights, rather than the silky stockings made famous by Hollywood icons like Marilyn Monroe.
Winter is almost here and that means that most of us ladies will be slipping into a pair of tights but - with a twist. Nylons have shed their staid, schoolma'am image and this season they've made a big comeback. Feeling like your dresses, skirts and shorts are missing a little oomph? Tired of wearing that boring pair of solid tights you bought three seasons ago? Here's the perfect solution: patterned tights! They're popping up everywhere with prints like abstract designs, florals and even cartoons.
Indeed, patterned tights were shown at all of the major catwalk shows. Designers like Chanel, Anna Sui, and Emma Cook are just a few fans of patterned tights for Autumn. Each of them ncorporated painted images or texture into their tights for a completely unique look each time. If you have a feeling you won't be able to pull off trendy bright fuchsia or lime-green tights, opt for subtler colours like plum and khaki. You'll still be sporting the hottest look this season, but in a more demure way. Why not take a look at Wolford's Velvet De Luxe tights which come
with gorgeous aubergine and scarlet options.
If you love the patterned tights look but are worried it might be too overpowering, why not ease yourself into the trend by wearing patterned tights under skirts and boots. This is a great look, especially for autumn and winter - try the latest geometric designs for a cosy, pretty look. For inexpensive patterned styles hit the Irish higstreet for the best bargains. Dunnes Stores, Penney's, Shaws, Arnotts and Clerys all have a fabulous selection of tights in every colour and hue. For wild and trendy options take a trip down to your local H&M or Topshop for heavenly hosiery.
The secret to preventing a busy, clashing look is to keep your clothes simple and let your tights take centre stage. For
example, if you're wearing tights with a geometric design, don't ruin the look by adding any kind of pattern in the rest of your outfit.
Now, instead of colour and denier being the only calculation, there are patterns, like crazy spider webs, tartan or lace print. No longer restrained to just classic black and skin-toned, we can now plump for a brilliant array of vivacious hues, fishnets, geometrics, lacy florals, spirals, and more! But whilst bright and patterned tights look fantastic on the catwalk, it can be tricky to apply the style in the real world. So to help, we've compiled a quick guide to give you ideas on how to wear bright or patterned tights. Get ready to update any look from drab to fab in an instant!
For those who aren't too tall and have well-defined calf muscles, the key is to keep things simple and go for small, discreet patterns in a single colour that will flatter the leg. Darker colours make the most sense for you, and will be the best to boost your confidence.
When your legs are lovely, no matter how long or short, almost anything goes. Try fashionable fishnets, which make the legs look longer. (Why do you think dancers wear them?) Any colour will look good, no matter how bright - from hot pink, to sunshine yellow, to sexy black.
If you are lucky enough to have legs that go on forever, you can be as bold as you like with the pattern, but remember that if you want to slim down your calf muscles or thighs you should keep to one colour.
With legs like this you can afford to play around. Anything goes, from checks and plaids to these horizontal stripes. Not many people can get away with these, but they will add an extra dimension to very thin legs.
Wear whatever takes your fancy your legs can take it! Why not discard the tights and go for sexy hold-ups complete with seams? This season's obsession with colourful tights and stockings is made for you so you can show off your legs with a new pair everyday.
Fantastically toned legs tend to be curvy so try simple
patterns. Natural tights with vertical stripes will detract from the
muscle definition, but are still fun and fashionable. Feel free to
indulge, but don't go over the top.