That's right – these have replaced stockings and pantyhose as the legwear of choice for fashionistas who want to pick up the pace and add some drama to their outfits. The choices are endless, so you can rest assured that you can find fashion tights that you love. Let's look at some options:
Fabrications for Every Occasion
Tights come in a wide variety of fabrications. Wool tights for example, are perfect to keep your legs warm on a chilly winter's day. Pair your wool tights with a merino dress in a block colour and a thin belt for a fashion statement that's both stylish and comfortable.
Cotton tights have a variety of textures, depending on the manufacturing process. They can feel like velvet and go from work to evening with ease, or can be luxuriously thick to keep your legs protected from icy blasts of wind. Tights made from a blend of denier and lycra have the wonderful smoothness of microfibre with the perfect measure of opacity that makes them an excellent choice for work or for a night on the town.
Colours for Every Mood
When it comes to coloured tights, your choices are limited only by your imagination. From classic black to classy off-white, from chocolate brown to grape purple, from mustard yellow to slate grey, tights come in dozens of colours. In fact, the trend this season is to buy tights in virtually every colour available, and use them as the cheapest way to change up your wardrobe. Want to kick that little black dress up a notch? Pair it with red tights and a skinny red belt and watch heads turn.
If you're not quite ready for startling contrasts, go with the tone-on-tone look and pair moss green tights with a moss green skirt and sweater. Or choose complementary colours for a put-together look. If you're on the shorter side and want to appear taller, choose lighter coloured tights; if you want to lengthen your torso, opt for darker coloured tights. Whichever way you go, your choices are endless.
Kick Around Some Patterns
This season, the fashion story isn't only about colour – it's also about pattern. Make a funky statement with polka dot tights, red gingham tights, or give your legs a splash of colour with a statement pattern – argyle is a look that is slightly more subdued but totally winter. Winter seems much less dreary when you have some fun with fashion!
Pictured: Tight AZ tights, stockings and leggings. All $20, for stockists and information visit www.tightaz.co.nz
– Miranda Likeman