You don’t have to be a fashion fiend to notice that there’s something going on with legs at the moment. From Kate Middleton’s inoffensive flesh coloured tights to Jessie J’s shocking stockings it’s obvious that tights are where it’s at.
This is a very useful trend – especially if you are trying to pull together a glamorous party look on a budget. If you’ve been paying attention the last few weeks you will have either picked up a fab frock or will have re-discovered last year’s faves while doing your pre-Christmas clear out. By the way, why do we torture ourselves with clear outs before the festive season? Surely Santa won’t notice if the cupboards are in order!
I have been doing an unplanned clear out myself….in other words… it wasn’t my idea but I’ll end up putting it back together anyway! So, while dressing out of the same drawer for the last few days….I apologise now for my current disheveled look….I re-discovered two black dresses that I had completely forgotten about. One gorgeous forties style for going out and one shorter vintage style lace dress. After trying them on with my now uniform 100 denier (at least!) black opaque tights it was deemed a little on the dull side.
I’ve seen this dilemma with lots of you ladies. It’s as if our collective sub consciousness has just said “NO MORE” to black opaque pins. There have been patterned tights flogged at us for years and even when we adventurously bought them from the clearance basket for 50 cent they still ended up as part of some Halloween costume… now, though, we don’t understand why we didn’t think of this ages ago!
I suspect Cheryl Cole started it all when she couldn’t think of any more dresses to try and outshine Danni so just wore “those” tights instead. It definitely got our attention! Did I stampede to the Wolford counter to nab a very expensive pair for Saturday night? Nah! When someone hits a trend as strong as that it is a one hit wonder – it looks hot for one night only – you paying attention…
It did open up our minds to dressing legs though. There are some amazing looks for legs on offer in every guise and at every price point. Some of the patterns look best with a simple look. An elegant dress looks amazing with a light denier black stocking with a classic seam up the back. It looks deliciously classic with a below the knee length streamlined dress, particularly if you have great ankles and are wearing heels.
Lace tights have been around forever too, but the pattern seems to have just come right lately with more flattering variants available. You may also have seen some animal prints in monochrome black as worn by Pixie Lott. They look great with shorts and micro minis as they give good coverage but still look edgy.
If you are trying to work an elegant vibe but want to add an edge….. but still have amazing looking limbs then you should seriously investigate wearing some fishnets. Most girls look at me with that shocked expression when I suggest this – as if I am suggesting they take up a few evening shifts as Playboy Bunnies! If I manage to coax them a little (ok…a lot..) they can see that it can be a super flattering, slightly sexy look. Especially if teamed with an otherwise conservative outfit. They also look great with a leg-lengthening seam. Also, I’ve seen some gorgeous ones in dark plum or navy that could add just a hint of colour. Think about what you’re wearing though – it’s a fine line…literally!
Spots and mini prints like hearts and stars are splattered across every genre of fashion at the moment. An easy way to sport the look is on your legs. Watch this one though, if your legs are not your best asset then a subtle, small print will blend with the rest of your look. If, on the other hand, you have pins that are hot to trot, then work it girl in a fab star print as seen on Jessie J. It looks just as good with shorts. Just don’t forget to wear your skirt – unlike Alexa Chung in this photo!
Colourful looks such as hot pink, purple, teal or blue (best in a higher denier) can look amazing to inject a bit of colour. If subtle is the name of your game then you can still lift your look with warm shades of plum, burgundy, teal or navy blue. You may have to shop around for the best shades and denier mix; some of the best I’ve seen have been the cheapest in Dunne’s and Penney’s.
If your skirt is super short or screams enough style for itself then of course swing back to the reliable black opaques (maybe even in a lighter denier such as 40 or 60). Don’t take it for granted that they all have the same finish either – it’s a minefield out there! Satin, sheen, matt…. it’s even more complicated than choosing paint…
Whatever style you choose, just mix it up a little, let’s kick the doom and gloom out of December with some hot leggy looks to stir it up a bit…