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Hois­ery is hav­ing a re­nais­sance this sea­son. Here’s how to style it


FEW THINGS IG­NITE DE­BATE inthe ELLE of­fice quite like the sub­ject of tights. They are the Mar­mite of the un­der­gar­ment world, along with thongs and trans­par­ent bra straps. Prac­ti­cal, yes. Chic? Non.

A dirty word in the fash­ion world, hosiery has long been shunned. Tights are some­thing only sen­si­ble peo­ple wear, favoured by sec­re­taries, bank clerks and your head­mistress. They’re an un­nec­es­sary ad­di­tion to your fabu-lous party out­fit; far too prac­ti­cal to be worn by any­one who thinks sport­ing furry san­dals in win­ter is per­fectly nor­mal. Un­til now, that is.

The tights re­nais­sance has been brew­ing for a while, edg­ing closer to ac­cept­abil­ity by the fash­ion elite, one pair at a time. Chanel sent mod­els down its AW18 runway in all it­er­a­tions, and Gucci got nos­tal­gic, too, show­cas­ing a knit­ted granny style and graphic redand-white-che­quer­board print.

And now here I am, sink­ing into win­ter, dig­ging around my tights drawer for a pair of 3O de­nier. Not just to keep me warm – don’t be silly – but to bow down at the al­tar of the runway dem­a­gogues, among them Karl Lager­feld and Alessan­dro Michele.

So how to make it look like your tights are all part of the ‘lewk’, and not just like you’re wear­ing them be­cause it’s chilly out? Well, you could pair them with an el­e­gant pleated midi dress and match­ing strappy san­dals. Or, at the op­po­site end of the spec­trum, take your cue from Molly God­dard and match a mul­ti­coloured psy­che­delic style to your dress. Be the party! Who doesn’t want to be

that girl? And, speak­ing of par­ties, sheer polka dot and fish­net tights are also a good op­tion if you don’t want full cover­age, and they work just as well dur­ing the day with train­ers or brogues. Try Pamela Mann (pame­la­, Calze­do­nia (uk.calze­do­nia. com) and Emilio Cavallini (emil­io­cav­ for show-stop­ping hosiery.

Ba­len­ci­aga made a strong case for colour­block legs, with thigh-high sock boots in bright green, pink and teal worn with la­dy­like skirts – some­thing you could repli­cate with bright tights (Falke has a wide se­lec­tion at £19 each). I par­tic­u­larly en­joy the idea of a flash of red leg be­tween an an­kle boot and a midi-length skirt in a dif­fer­ent colour.

Or, for some­thing truly zeit­geisty, how about tap­ping in to logo ma­nia with Fendi’s mono­gram tights, which, at the time of writ­ing, were out of stock with a wait­ing list. If sell-out £135 tights aren’t proof it’s a thing, I don’t know what is.

And, speak­ing of price, when it comes to hosiery, you re­ally get what you pay for (though I’m cer­tainly not say­ing you need to spend £135 on a pair). Sure, you can pick up a pair for £5, but ex­pect them to lad­der quickly. If you’re pre­pared to spend a lit­tle more (£22, to be pre­cise), check out Heist, which makes tights that don’t sag, dig in or roll down, thanks to a more tech­ni­cal than usual ap­proach to un­der­wear de­sign. Al­though that’s all start­ing to sound a bit sen­si­ble again, isn’t it?

Top, £45O; skirt, £72O; and tights, £8O, all MOLLY GOD­DARD. Train­ers, £6O, VANS

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