TRY THIS: TIGHTS
Hoisery is having a renaissance this season. Here’s how to style it
A DIRTY WORD IN the FASHION WORLD, HOSIERY has LONG BEEN SHUNNED
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 (pamelamann.co.uk), Calzedonia (uk.calzedonia. com) and Emilio Cavallini (emiliocavallini.com/eu) 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