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Winter fashion: the tights for party season

  • Bridget Mills-Powell
  • 1 November 2015

In fashion yesteryear, tights were a statement. The 50s had the classic burlesque back-stripe, 60s was solid bold colour, and who could forget the explosion of lycra and pattern the 80s gave us?

But now according to Vogue, "hosiery inspires horror". Bit extreme, perhaps. We think what actually inspires more horror is a shivering pair of blue goosebumped legs. As much as we'd love to frolic our summery tanned pins around festivals all year round, we can't. So let's work our style within the curse of UK weather, shall we? And hey, if Mossy's posing in a pair (as photographed by Cara Delevingne above), how horrific can they actually be?

Try slipping into a pair of these, and let your legs do the walking and the talking.

House of Holland, Superstar Tights

Exactly what you'd want from a pair of tights by Henry Holland, these are bold, sassy and fearlessly fun. Perfect for nights when you want to shine like a badass star.

£12, Pretty Polly

Oroblu, Tights Rossana

We know tiny tattoos are all the rage, but instead of going permanent, you can get that detail for the day. With a small bow on each ankle, all you need to add is your LBD and your fave heels.

£24.95, Oroblu

Falke, Strapcouture Tights

Beautifully combining retro-Hollywood glamour with the Parisian Moulin Rouge, these beauties will make you feel a bit Marylin and oh la la all at once.

£31.02, Saks Fifth Avenue


To celebrate 50 years, Jonathan Aston collaborated with designer Dame Zandra Rhodes to create these peacock inspired tights. Embellished with turquoise and dark blue jewels, these certainly carry an air of celebration. Put them on to party.

£29.99, Jonathan Aston

American Apparel, Sheer Luxe Solid Stripe Pantyhose

Once in a while, every girl wants her legs to look like a zebra crossing, right? Match with simple bold colours to complete the look. Or, go for a modern 60s mod look with monochrome and some heavy cat eyeliner.

£19, American Apparel

Emilio Cavallini, Gothic Lace Tights

If there's a time to go gothic, it's winter. And if you want gothic legs, these are the answer. With a nod to dark art nouveau patterns in the detailing, they're more interesting than the standard gothy lace. Think Vivenne Westwood meets Helena Bonham Carter.

£15, Emilio Cavallini

House of Holland, Dollar tights

As they say, money talks. And these tights are talking loud and proud. Get these for the night you want to roll out like a fashionista gangsta.

£12, Pretty Polly

American Apparel, Sheer Spiral Pantyhose

Who said ice cream cones are just for summer? Get your outfit inspiration from the sweet treat with these spiral tights. For the more fruity, this design is also available with an orange spiral on white denier.

£12, American Apparel

Emilio Cavallini, Open Fishnet Tights

Bringing a playful take on punk, pair these Emilio Cavallini open fishnets with a black mini for a cool but cute edge.

£17, asos

House of Holland, Gingham Tights

You can't go wrong with a bit of gingham. Or, a lot of gingham in the case of this House Of Holland hosiery. Match with a little bit of red detail and lipstick for a totally festive feel.

£12, Pretty Polly

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