Stuck In A Hosiery Rut? Here’s Your Solution.

This article was first published on Stylizen on June 11 2014

Now that winter is officially here, tights and socks become essential everyday accessories. But it can be too easy to get stuck in a hosiery rut. Yes, the same black tights are a fail-safe options, but why not take inspiration from the autumn/winter runway shows and have some fun with your hosiery?

From the quirky patterned styles at Cynthia Rowley and Vivienne Westwood and grey tights and socks at Dolce and Gabanna, right through to the pastel coloured and textured hosiery at Michael Van Der Ham and Meadham Kirchoff, there’s a style for everyone!

Simple and Chic

The safest way to ease into this season’s tight trends is with a simple base – it adds character, but lets your outfit do most of the talking. Swap granny nude for sheer shimmer tights to fake the summer glow, or play with white tights (as seen at Devastee) for a girly look under pretty clothes or a striking twist to a monochrome outfit. And if you HAVE to wear black tights, then make sure they’re the Tight-End Tights Body-Shaping by SPANX. A wearable alternative to the super opaque tights seen at Tom Ford, they also shape and firm your tummy, hips and thighs!

Opaques with a Twist

Banish boring black with these interesting opaques with a twist! Patterns and textures ensure your tights are lifting up their game and are a great way to add intricate detail to an outfit. They’re just as suitable for night to make your LBD interesting, as they are to dress up a casual outfit. And don’t feel restricted to dresses and skirts – channel the off-duty model look by teaming them with your denim shorts.


Quirky and Colourful

For the fashion bold, meet the quirky hosiery trend to try this season. The only rules are, there are no rules: rock over the knee socks in place of tights – we love the slouchy grey of Dolce and Gabanna – or the stockings that give literal meaning to ‘animal print’. Alternatively, release your inner Blair Waldorf with coloured tights. Choose a colour that contrasts and clashes with your clothes for a striking look, or opt for the same colour as at Michael Van Der Ham for an outfit that’s totally high fashion. The higher deniers are always the best option here for maximum effect.