Winter. Time to dig out your jeans/leggings, socks & boots. Apart from when you want to wear that knitted dress or skirt, that is. Then you can have a field day with the opaque tights on offer – every colour under the rainbow, from 60 denier to 600 denier; even polar fleeced opaques. Sometimes, I get bored of plain opaques. So here are 5 of my favourite hosiery styles that I enjoy wearing to brighten my winter days. Are your favourites here?
1. Wool Tights.
Wool tights are warm. I currently have a love of wool tights in colours of grey and navy – from check pattern to cable and rib. Wool tights look really good with knitted dresses and denim skirts. I have picked up some really nice wool tights from NEXT – my tip is to pick up a few pairs during their seasonal sales – they are often half price.
2. Glittery Tights.
I picked up a pair of navy glitter tights from NEXT .. but other brands such as Golden Lady have glitter tights too. Great for wearing at parties – especially with velvet/velveteen dresses/skirts. Also great for wearing under ripped jeans.
3. Lace and Fishnet.
Yay. The styles of the 70s and 80s are big news at the moment and that has filtered down into the hosiery department too. Fishnets and lace tights are great for “after eight” social dates and parties. Lacy tights can be worn during the day too – go on, be brave! 🙂
4. Patterned Tights.
Patterned tights can be subtle or loud. For loudness, Golden Lady has some black and white polka dot tights which really are not for the faint hearted. Me? I have already mentioned that I’m going through a phase of loving tights in navy blue, so it would come as no surprise to you that I love my navy patterned tights. Fashion rules used to dictate not to wear navy with black, but I like to rebel against that rule and often wear my navy patterned tights with my black work skirt.
5. Tartan/Plaid Tights.
Always on trend whether you are in Scotland or not – tartan tights can look great. Not the most subtle of hosiery – in the photo below I’ve paired my red tartan tights with a black dress and my punky black boots for a party look. For non-brave days, they can be worn under ripped jeans. I have a teal tartan pair too. I got my tights from Essex’ee Legs – available in bright red & teal.
I hope the tights have given you some inspiration to brighten up winter. Do you stick to the same black/nude, sheer/opaque mode? Do you have any “loud and proud” hosiery? Do tell!
All photographs are by Linda Hobden, apart from the first photo & the last tartan photo which is of me by Adam Hobden.