Some things never go out of style: the little black dress; the classic trench coat; the lace-up brogue. For us hosiery lovers, it’s the classic back seam on a stocking or tights leg that will always have a place in our wardrobes. Once upon a time, seams on stockings were something women took for granted as all hosiery was cut from a flat piece of fabric and stitched together at the back to create shaped stocking legs known as fully-fashioned stockings.
Nowadays, with the advent of tubular knitting machines, most manufacturers embroider or print seams onto hosiery as it’s no longer necessary to cut and sew them together. This has allowed hosiery designers a lot of scope to experiment with many colours, patterns and much more, and so back seams have enjoyed constant popularity over the decades as they are reinvented every season.
Winter or summer, day or night, seamed tights and stockings are an outfit addition that will never fail to make us feel a little more dressed up and glamorous, so here for you are MyTights best back seams.
Best for Everyday
Seamed hosiery doesn’t always have to be confined to special occasions. A subtle seam can add a hint of allure to your office ensemble too. If you choose nude on nude, these back seamed beauties will have just the very faintest line running the length of the legs, so they’re ideal for pairing with workwear. Nude on nude seams are available from brands including Jonathan Aston and Pamela Mann.
Best for Luxury
There are few things more chic than back seam tights, and there are few people more chic than the French, so it’s not surprising that our favourite luxury seams come from French house Gerbe. Gerbe have been producing fine hosiery since 1895 and still use the same traditional haute couture techniques to produce their Carnation fully-fashioned stockings. We also love their Fatal back seam tights and hold ups ? not fully-fashioned, but still elegant, beautifully made and heaven to wear.
Best for Colour
When we want colourful legs, it’s?Jonathan Aston we turn to first. Not only does the fashion-forward British brand produce a range of seamed tights, hold ups and stockings with bold, brightly coloured seams in a variety of shades, they’ve also come up with some seriously statement-making styles like the Animal back seam tights (try the violet with leopard print seam) or the Carnival back seam tights with a wide Aztec-style print in a contrasting colour.
Best for Budgets
Style on a shoestring? Pamela Mann always delivers. The Jive range of seamed stockings, tights and hold ups from another fashion-conscious British manufacturer is an all-time favourite and with all the items in the range priced at less than ?7, it’s not hard to see why. The best thing about Pamela Mann’s seams is that they look fantastic too, with a highly visible, bold back seam and uniquely shaped reinforced heel ? just ask the fashion editors at Vogue who snapped Kate Moss in them for their April issue (see Kate Moss in Vogue here). Pamela Mann also do a perfectly-priced range of seamed fishnets too!
MyTights stocks many more styles of seamed hosiery so if you’re inspired to give back seams a try have a look at our full range of seams and try adding a little vintage-style glamour to your look.
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