If you think hosiery is a question of sheer versus opaque, then think again. With everything from luxe lace to bold and bright colours seen on the autumn/winter 16 catwalks, it’s time to show some leg in this season’s on-trend tights
We all know the phrase ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’, but instead of wearing them as jewellery, the modern approach is to have them shining from your legs – or hosiery to be exact. As declared by fashion’s fairy godmother, Miuccia Prada, Harlequin and Argyll prints are officially en vogue.
How to wear them: the catwalks took on clashing prints, embroidery and shaggy textures to create a truly eclectic mood, but in the real world, you want them to complement rather than compete with the other items in your wardrobe. Keep it simple and pair with neutral separates to let them sparkle.
A little lace goes a long way, especially in the legs department. Slip into a pair of graphic black tights, from blooming florals to iconic fishnets – either way, you’ll be perfectly on trend this season. Any woman can wear them, you just have to own the look you decide to create.
How to wear them: for a playful daytime look, take your cue from Burberry with clashing prints and textures. If that feels too daring, an LBD at cocktail hour will work wonders – stick to a black palette à la Chanel (see left) and you can’t go wrong.
We all love eye candy, but how about some leg candy? If you want to add some sartorial excitement to your look, the time is now. Playing into the season’s eclectic stories, design house Gucci championed the trend, swapping trusty black opaques for a brilliantly bold message.
How to wear them: the key is colour blocking – whether you go full head-to-toe with one hue or break it up, be strict and stick to a maximum of three shades in your outfit.
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