October 26, 2009

Hello Hosiery!

Until recently, hosiery has been a rather bland, yet staple part of an outfit, a way of keeping the legs warm during the colder months while wearing skirts or dresses. However over the past few seasons hosiery has found a revival. Variations of tights and stockings started creeping onto the shelves, in an array of colours, patterns and lengths. Personally, I LOVE this new revival as tights are a great way to jazz up an outfit, changing it from a dull ensemble to a carefully crafted chic outfit.

The classic black opaques are a staple in any girl's wardrobe and now most girls also seem to own a pair of footless tights (which I'm not overly keen on). I'm a huge fan of white tights, as they help to break up the colours within an outfit, while making it look quite preppy, feminine and almost ballerina-like. I also love grey tights, as they appear less harsh with lighter outifits than black opaques do.

Take a look at some other styles that I'm loving at the moment...

Image source: Polka dot tights - www.oasis-stores.com, Pink tights & white lace tights - www.uktights.com

Polka dot tights are quite plain but they help to make an outfit more formal, a little Audrey Hepburn-esque. I'm liking the gradual change in colour of the pink tights, from strong pink at the foot, to white at the hips. They'd look great with a plain grey or black dress, as the colour of the tights would make the outfit pop! I'm in love love love with white lace tights, especially when paired with a feminine outfit, such as a structured dress and pearls - you could almost have high tea with the Queen in those pretties!

My Europe fashion correspondent has informed me that floral tights are BIG in Europe right now, especially as the northern hemisphere heads in the colder months of winter. I saw a few varieties of this style online, but these ones below were definitely my faves! I also found these leg warmers, not hosiery so much, but they were so cute I had to pop them in! I'm definitely getting some of these for next winter!

Image source: Floral tights - www.missselfridge.com, Leg warmers - www.urbanoutfitters.com

What tights are you guys loving at the moment?

xxx L

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