When it comes to the annual fright fest, all things weird & wonderful go. From the downright frightful to the more subdued, October 31st is embraced by all as the occasion to bypass inhibitions and wear whatever your heart desires. In fact, the only thing frowned upon is a last minute costume! Given that a slosh of fake blood and dab of white face powder just won?t do, I?ve rounded up the best of the bunch when it comes to Halloween hosiery…
Whether you?ve chosen to go full on coven or you?re allowing clever accessories to work their magic, witches are a hallow-classic. To keep your attire authentic, invest in a pair of stripy tights, taking care that the stripes travel horizontal. As a rule, I believe the brighter the colour, the better. Great for neon pops, the Twicker Tights from Pamela Mann come in six different variations, ensuring that when it comes to bewitching hosiery, everything?s taken care of. For a knee-high version, try the Pamela Mann Striped Over Knee Socks. Adore the stripes but you?re not keen on that fake nose? Any character from a Tim Burton film is a surefire hit, so for the ultimate Beetlejuice tribute dress pins in Solid Sheer Striped Tights from Pamela Mann. Add a slick of black lipstick to complete the look and voila! Equal parts scary & chic!
Think less frightful and more fabulous as gothic gets a glam makeover. Anything with crosses on is a given, along with a choker necklace and translucent skin tone so reclaim that black mini dress from your wardrobe and let your tights do the talking. For a touch of grunge, Pamela Mann has given the suspender tights a makeover, adding gothic crosses to their Cross Suspender Tights. If you?re after something more delicate, then the Sheer Crosses Tights from Pamela Mann are a must! Made from a lightweight 10 denier, these feature small crosses throughout. The ultimate finishing touch to any outfit, make sure to keep your hemline flirty to reveal the macabre detail and stick to an all-black colour palette for extra spooky points. For even more warmth (it is October after all!), wear the Mary Portas & Charnos Fishnet Armery underneath any short sleeves, letting the clever design vamp up your outfit even more.
For those who want to secure the ?best dressed? accolade this year, your costume needs to be bigger and better than ever. So stray away from the norm and instead add spook appeal to your favourite onstage character or personality. A zombie Dorothy from Wizard of Oz? A murdered member of West Side Story? Whatever your preference, add old time charm with a vintage back seam or a pair of sultry stockings.? Sassy & packed full of style, the Seam and Heel Lycra tights from Jonathan Aston will help clock up fashion kudos during the fright fest. Great at elongating legs, the retro tights will also help keep you warm when you decided to forgo the coat! For a stand out style, the Pamela Mann Jive Seamed Stockings in red look fab when worn with all black and are perfect for that Chicago tribute. Simply add towering heels and a slick of red lipstick for a glamorous touch. If a ghostly Christine from Phantom of the Opera is more your style, then lacy tights are your answer. Providing a whimsical touch underneath that ball gown, the Victorienne Tights from Wolford combine floral charm with a seductive net. What?s more, these tights can be worn to brunch the next day with a shift dress, making them quite the steal!
For those celebrating Halloween during the day, earn scary credentials by wearing the Celeste Stein Black & Grey Skull Tights underneath that black wrap dress, stepping in chunky ankle boots for a rock chick edge. Subtle but spooky, these are bound to get admiring glances…
Happy Halloween ladies!
Until next time…
P.S If you really have left it to the last minute, you can still order your Halloween tights right up until 5pm on the 30th October, selecting Royal Mail Special Delivery at the checkout!