I am a big fan of patterned pantyhose. So much so, I have amassed a reasonable collection over the past few years. Why? Simply because they are an effective and inexpensive way to add spunk to an outfit. Plus, they serve the purpose of keeping your legs warm and do so stylishly.
With designs ranging from hound’s-tooth, floral, polka dots and diamond shapes to diagonal stripes, wavy lines, cross-cross, checks and zigzags to fishnet and leopard print to a single vertical line of black roses or hearts down the back seam to patterns I can’t even begin to describe, I have worn them.
I can see you all shaking your heads at me and saying – a little outrageous don’t you think? No...well maybe just a bit but so what! I believe if you team your tights with a simple and classic outfit then you will still achieve a professional, dignified and classy look.
The biggest hurdle for most is confidently bringing this hip leg look into the workplace. If you haven’t yet ventured into the modish world of decorated legs and are feeling slightly uneasy, my advice is to start simple. Designs along the back seam or a single bow or flower resting just above the Achilles tendon are failsafe ways to ease into this trend.
I do warn you in advance - this look will definitely draw interest your way so, be ready! I will also tell you this: the increased attention will surely lift your self-esteem and boost your confidence and at the same time, update your look without breaking the bank.
So, for the coming winter months don’t feel as though opaque tights are the only option for keeping your pins freeze-free. Have a look at the wide selection of patterned hosiery available in the stores. Some of my favourites are by Voodoo but I have also purchased a handful by other designers. Even if you’re not ready to try this leggy look, have a browse anyway and remember, when you’re tired of wearing the same thing over and over and wish to spruce up an outfit, know that a modern and effortlessly stylish look is only a leg away.
"Darling, the legs aren't so beautiful, I just know what to do with them." ~ Marlene Dietrich