Me and tights have a complicated relationship. Starting with a truly tragic, itchy pair my mother would procure me for school that would sag at the ankle. Then there was an ill-advised romance with fishnet styles in my teens. Today, my collection is mostly an assortment of laddered opaque black tights panic-bought hastily on a lunchbreak. I’m not alone. Move aside crocs – a BURO. survey suggests tights are, in fact, one of the most polarising of accessories.
“My most enduring memory of tights is having to repeatedly hoik up a low-flying gusset,” remembers beauty editor, Phoebe McDowell. “Every girl at my school used to lift their skirt right up and rejig their tights at least five times a day, which ill-prepared us all for how to navigate tights issues in public.” Then there’s the added pressure of deciding the sheer scale? “10 denier is always the chicest but they're not compatible with a full set of acrylic nails,” warns contributor Heather Gwyther.
Though, fear not, the search for the perfect leg dressing could be over – thanks to autumn/winter’s logo-clad and colourful haute hosiery witnessed on the AW19 runway, from Fendi and Balenciaga to Marine Serre. Don’t want to splash out an entirely new outfit? Talking-point tights can breathe new life into your winter wardrobe. From monogram mania to bold colour options, discover the new-gen tight tribes.
If it’s luxe Insta-bait you’re after – look no further than Fendi’s tights featuring the Karl Lagerfeld-designed cursive Karligraphy FF logo or Gucci’s ‘GG’ patterned style. Wear them to underscore an LBD or leather A-line skirt.
A cornflower blue, powder pink or scarlet option is a very welcome addition to make an otherwise meh outfit pop. Make like the Max Mara girls this season in head-to-toe colour. Bonus: MM’s tights are 100 denier – i.e. no snagging, rolling or falling down. The dream.
From Balenciaga-emblazoned tights to Versace’s sheer lace panelled leggings (which feature a mid-rise waist and covered feet) – meet the black tights with a difference.
BALENCIAGA, Printed tights, £135.00
And for those who are all about the statement socks?