Beautiful and flirty, lace tights exude femininity like no other and, best of all, the pattern has a timeless class attached to it that will never go out of fashion (or our wardrobe for that matter). As far as versatility goes, lace tights are everything you could wish for on that Monday morning, as with a little styling, you’ll find they go with any and everything that your wardrobe has to offer. Have no time to change for that dinner date after work? Craving look at me legs without the designer price tag? If you haven’t guessed it by now, lace hosiery is the fabulous solution to both of those problems!
For the sole purpose of taking the hassle out of decision making (cue sighs of relief), I have compiled the best of the bunch when it comes to all things lacy. From luxurious & decadent to the subtle but sweet, there’s bound to be a pair to suit the occasion and with the party season fast approaching, now is the time to jump on the bandwagon. It appears that it’s not just me that sings lacy praises either, with the likes of Kristen Stewart and Emily Blunt both embracing lovely lace for their editorial debuts. So with the red carpet elite on board, there’s no better excuse to invest in a pair for your own collection…
A personal favourite of mine and a failsafe option if you’re seeking instant glamour, the Wolford Victorienne Tights are just the ticket. By combining floral charm with a seductive net, the luxury brand has created the ultimate pair of lacy tights that will take you from the office to the bar without the need to change. With a nod towards the decorative Orient, these are ideal for reviving tired LBDS and understated shift dresses, whilst the fabulous quality ensures that you’ll be able to wear these for many seasons to come. A tad above average when it comes to the price tag, these are the investment buy that will see you through the next few seasons with ease. Style with plenty of chiffon for a dreamy ensemble, adding a vintage necklace or belt for a sartorial touch.
For a truly classic touch to that outfit, look no further than the Jonathan Aston Sweet Roses Lace Tights. As feminine as they are floral, the dainty design has been inspired by the flirty 40’s, created using a traditional cut & sew method for even more authenticity. As part of the Vintage Collection from the British brand, these are available in both a chic black and creamy ivory, with no visible reinforcement to make choosing what to wear an absolute doddle. Purse friendly and pretty, these can be vamped up with killer heels for a femme fatale look or softened with a silk wrap dress and brogues. Just as gorgeous but perhaps a little more subtle are the Scroll Net Tights from Charnos. A true lust have if you’re enamoured with the idea of lace but remain cautious of look-at-me patterns, the soft & stretchy tights feature an elegant scroll design throughout – perfect for pairing with flirty hemlines and this season’s spiky court.
Enthusiasts of hold ups needn’t feel left out either, as I’ve made sure to include the gorgeous Wolford Valencienne Stay Ups, packed full of a flattering floral design and a lace top with scalloped edges. Created from an open net fabric, these offer a glimpse of skin for a party ready touch whilst the discreet sandal toe means those new peep toes are an option. For a fashion forward look that oozes class, keep the rest of your outfit minimal, allowing statement jewellery to balance out the pattern. With the higher price point comes a better, more luxurious quality, meaning that you’re able to wear these every day if you so wish to!
For a short & sweet helping of lace, the Jonathan Aston Sweet Roses Anklets are perfect (a favourite of Kristen Stewart too!), whilst the Ivy Footlets from Trasparenze demonstrate that pretty can mean practical too, working to protect both your feet & footwear from the daily wear and tear of that hectic schedule.
So whatever your lace preference, whether it be subtle or seductive, be sure to optimise with clever styling and nifty accessories, and voila! Instant glamour minus the leg work!
Until next time ladies…