The Best Dressed list: bright tights!

19 January 2010

Why rely on accessories to bring a colour pop to your drab winter wardrobe when you can get a quick and quirky fix by decorating your pins with a pair of bright tights? We spotted Mischa Barton working some vibrant hosiery under her leopard print coat while filming a cameo appearance for Law & Order yesterday and although we don’t condone teaming a purple pair with such a mismatch of prints (she's playing a prozzy so we'll let her off this time), there’s no denying that everyone needs some fashion tights in their lives. And the trend is obviously catching. Just look to singer with an eye for retro fashion, Paloma Faith, who was out and about in London wearing this wacky style to update her look. One pair of tights but two toned legs? Pure genius!

Also bringing a fun twist to the wardrobe staple was always-original Fearne Cotton who arrived at the Brit Awards nominations party last night wearing a pair of opaques with the cheeky slogan 'Wanna Party' emblazoned on the back. And the good news? You can get your mitts on this cheap thrill courtesy of Henry Holland’s Pretty Polly range, available here. So forget ‘read my lips’ ladies, looks like it’s all about ‘read my legs’ for the new decade...

It was the Autumn/Winter ‘09 catwalks that really kick-started the craze for bold fashion hosiery, from purples at PPQ to blues at Anna Sui, proving that color blocking legwear is the best way to beat the winter chill.

And judging from the vivid hued tights that popped up in Versace and Balenciaga’s colourful Pre-Fall collections, including intense yellows and reds, the trend is set to stay. Woop!

So how to pull off this tricky trend without looking like Robin Hood? Take a tip from the likes of Leigh Lezark and Kristen Wiig who enriched their partywear by accenting an LBD with bold brights. And showing us all how to add some interest with motifs, it’s Agyness Deyn literally donning the House of Holland with her cottage-patterned sheers also from Henry’s Pretty Polly collection. Top marks for allowing their legs to do all the talking by wearing the shocking stockings with all-black outfits. So, in conclusion, it’s officially time to give those drab and dreary black tights a rest people and spice up your outfit with some daring hosiery. Now the only question is, where can we get a great pair of pins to pull them off?

- Jessica Vince


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