Patterned legwear is fun. Not only for kids. This post provides tips to pull them off at any age.
- Fashion week: Tights get beyond solid color
- Styling leopard print legwear
- Tips to style polka dots or pinpoint hosiery
- Animal faces and alike
- What’s on my Must-have list
Fashion week: Tights get beyond solid color
In Alaska, the weather sort of requires to wear tights for about seven months when you are a skirt/dress gal. In April/March under Chinook conditions, one may get away with pantyhose when styling a summer dress for spring. Just wearing the same, same neutral colors of brown, gray, black and navy becomes pretty boring. Thus, I extended my wardrobe to add teal, burgundy, purple, red and turnip tights, i.e. colors that I style like a neutral anyway.
You can imagine my excitement when seeing at Fashion Week that prints on legwear are a big trend for the upcoming fall/winter season. Why wait until then, when there are still two months of winter left up here in Alaska and at least a month in many mountainous regions, Canada, Scandinavia, Siberia and northern mid-latitudes? No way! Let’s be trendsetters!
Can we pull this trend off? Sure, we do! All we have to avoid are marigold tights. They fail to look stylish on anyone. That’s why they are among Halloween favorites. Pippi Långstrump anyone?
Styling leopard print legwear
Let’s start with an easy one, most of us will be comfortable with. Leopard is a It print for quite a while. It even has the potential to become a classic. For sure it will be an identifier of the fashion of the 10s of this century.
Tips to style polka dots or pinpoint hosiery
Polka dots and pinpoints are also a classic on blouses, dresses and lately even pumps and Keds. A regular distribution is easier and figure friendlier than an irregular one. The latter might be mistaken for lumps and bumps on your legs. Who needs that? Like with polka dot clothing stir away from dots greater than a quarter or 1 Euro coin. You want to look trendy, but stylish. Not like the Clown of the week.
Animal faces and alike
Except for tattoo like prints on pantyhose this design is best in black and white. This cool pair was a gift from a colleague who saw them in Moscow. She said they had my name written all over it. Well, she knows me! they really do!
I love to wear them for dancing with my black or gold leather shorts. Why? They are the items with the shortest hem. Why hide one of the beasts?
For this post I styled them as the “cover-up” of my legs with a faux suit made from my leather moto jacket and black shorts. You can see an example how I styled the stockings for dancing in the post at the link in case you missed it.
Greetje from No Fear of Fashion gave this pair with florals to me as a Christmas gift. Thank you so much, my friend! She wore her own floral tights and a red skirt at their premiere on her blog. The photo below shows how she wore them later with a leather skirt! So edgy! <3
Finally, it got warm enough in the Interior to wear mine. I went with a girly edgy look when styling them for the first time.
Below another office look. The flowers serve to provide some spring vibe to the outfit. You know an Alaskan spring look looks like a great southern winter look.
What’s on my Must-have list
I am currently carving a pair with a paisley design. Paisley aka Persian pickles are a great classic. I haven’t found them yet in colors that would go with the items in my wardrobe.
Will you jump the bandwagon on this trend? If so, what do you have in mind? Let me know. Just curious.
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