With cooler temperatures comes to the need to revamp your wardrobe, which can only mean one thing. New hosiery! Any excuse to update my collection is fine by me, but it seems that this year, AW13 trends are stronger than ever. Purse friendly and space effective (leaving more room for shoes!), on trend legwear is a must for anyone wanting to stay ahead of the fash pack.
Top of the trends this time round is colour blocking. Bright and fun, colour pop hosiery is perfect for defeating grey skies and gloomy moods in seconds. Seen at Anna Sui and Vivienne Westwood, the key is to pull the shade through the entire outfit, roping in accessories to make the look wearable. Of course, top to toe is far from subtle, so it’s important to graduate the tone, mixing textures and finishes for a grown up colour block. I personally love brown tights as a soft alternative to black, but for a look inspired by Anna Sui, treat your hosiery drawer to a red hued opaque, just like the Trasparenze Gennifer Merino Wool Tights in Rubino or even the Jonathan Aston 40D Opaques in Scarlet. Rouge not your cup of tea?
Discover your favourite shade from our range coloured tights (we got more than 60 colours!) and build your outfit from there. If you’re still struggling to embrace the all in one shade, then let shoes & bags echo your choice of colour instead, leaving a black shift dress to tie in the colour.
And from rainbow tints to jungle fever, it seems that the fashion world can’t get enough of animal print this season. From zebra print at Burberry to leopard print at Jean Paul Gaultier, the safari inspired pattern is the simplest way to jazz up an understated LBD or tired pencil skirt. For those who covet the leg limelight, opt for the Animalia Tights from Wolford. A favourite of mine, the luxurious and loud semi-opaques are a combination of leopard-like squiggles and tiger inspired stripes. Complete with a super soft feel that is to be expected with Wolford tights, these are great for teaming with a black mini skirt and simple polo neck. For those seeking a subtler approach, the Legend Leggings from Trasparenze are a must. Admittedly a tad risqué from first impressions, the fierce leggings are easily tamed with some clever styling, letting you dress them up or down depending on the occasion.
Completing the trio of trends is just about anything netted. From socks to tights to even gloves (yes, gloves!), designers and stylists alike have fallen for fishnet tights. With heavyweight names such as YSL and Jean Paul Gaultier embracing the style, I think it’s high time for a re-stock of my favourite products. For those seeking an everyday pair, I recommend the gorgeous Levante Fishnet Tights. With a matte finish and no visible reinforcement to hinder wardrobe decisions (these are already durable enough on their own merits!), these are great. Going under every hemline without a hitch, these are perfect for dancers and performers too. For a little more flair, treat your wardrobe to the Margaret Tights from Oroblu. Packed full of charm and a quirky cut out detail, the netted tights are a flirty take on the classic design. Simply team with a hemline that will frame the cut out and keep accessories minimal.
If you’re still craving more AW inspiration, tartan and leather are also hotly tipped for the season. For tartan tips when it comes to hosiery, read my Laura’s Choice from last week. Fans of the leather look needn’t fret either, as the Leather Look Leggings by Pamela Mann offer a high drama dose of the style. A firm favourite of the red carpet elite, leather leggings look fab when worn under an oversized jumper or, for the more adventurous, with a cropped blazer.
Until next time!So there you have it! The easiest way to update your wardrobe, without upsetting your bank balance…