What’s Hot for Hosiery

With every autumn comes the classic wardrobe reboot – that essential, slightly painstaking but oh-so satisfying process of making room in our drawers for the chunky knits and wintery scarves. This season, make a new collection of tights your focus and you’ll breathe new life into love-worn skirts and dresses. So what patterns, deniers and styles should we be adorning our legs? We had a chat with Madeleine Sheldon at Luxury Legs to bring you the ultimate guide to having an even more fabulous set of pins…

 

THE PERFECT PAIRING FOR YOUR…

LITTLE BLACK DRESS:

“Contrast with graphite grey for a conservative look and steer clear of solid black opaques. Alternatively seek out Fogal ‘Opaque’ 30 Denier Tights (£25) which are available throughout the year from Luxury Legs in an array of beautiful shades.”

PATTERNED DRESS:

“With the emphasis on florals this season, team yours with a subtle lace design.”

SLINKY DRESS:

“Some tights are produced without a centre front seam which is perfect for when you don’t want a line spoiling the front of your outfit. Hold Ups are also suitable for this – they look sexy too!”


If you can pinch the tights at your ankle more than 1 inch or 2.5cms away from you then you can go down a size.

SIZE MATTERS

“Just like in clothes, hosiery sizing comes up differently with each brand. German brands are sized more generously and Italian brands are typically smaller. Gerbe, a wonderful French brand that’s been around for 100 years, also has generous sizing. So, how to tell if your tights are the right size?

A little test – if you can pinch the tights at your ankle more than 1 inch or 2.5cms away from you then you can go down a size. It’s a commonly made mistake to buy tights too big, because they are comfortable to start with but after a while they begin to sag.”


EMBRACE YOUR NATURAL LEGS

  • SHORTER LEGS

    “Small, woven or printed designs are great to wear as all of the pattern is visible rather than the big bold designs being cut off. Any sheer or opaque tights are good options too. Pair with an ankle boot or shoe instead of a mid-calf boot to give the impression of a longer leg.”

  • SLENDER LEGS

    “You can pull off a chunky patterned tight as textures like a cable or thick rib adds bulk to the leg. You can safely do colour too – and not just dark shades.”

  • CURVY LEGS

    “The most flattering finish for curvier legs is matt or velvet – demi-matt with a soft sheen, because the sheen creates a vertical line down the leg which gives a slimming effect. Shiny tights have the same effect as lip gloss – they volumise size.”

Contrast a black dress with graphite grey for a conservative look.

COMFORT RULES

“A wider or deeper waistband cuts in less around your middle and a sewn on waistband rather than a knitted one prevents tights from slipping down. Tights that are made from a 100 denier yarn can sometimes have a more bulky toe seam which can be tricky if you have sensitive feet!”

SWAT UP ON DENIERS

SHEER

“Like tinted moisturizer for your legs on a chilly day. Try Falke Shelina (from £5) – it’s a fabulous range available in many skin shades and style options.”

SEMI-OPAQUE

“This can be anything from a 30 to 50/60 denier, is flattering for all and can be worn throughout the year (although not recommended during a heatwave)! They are great for working girls as they are highly durable and look equally good with a summer dress or more formal work wear. Darker shades definitely flatter the outline of your legs.”

OPAQUE

“Again, a really good quality matte opaque tight that you can wear all year round is Fogal ‘Opaque’ 30 Denier Tights (£25). There are lots of shade options so you can style them with a floral dress in one of the lighter shades during the summer too.”

Darker shades definitely flatter the outline of your legs

How to FIX a ladder

“Spritz some hairspray over the ladder – it will create a stickiness that stops it from spreading and won’t glue the tights to your legs like nail polish will!”

On trend this season, by Sidonie Goldman, hosiery expert


  • POLKA DOTS

    “Very Saint Laurent, they have been around for years but this coming winter they are all over the catwalk. They can be worn with leather and tweed but they make every look fabulous.”


  • NET, NET & MORE NET

    “All forms of nets; whale net, fishnet, micro net etc are super hot for the winter. It’s all about the rock n’roll look and teaming them up with dresses, frills and fab shoes.”


  • PATTERNS

    “It’s all about the “tattoo effect” leg so opaque and transparent patterns, jewel patterns and dusky, dark and earthy colours.”