Leg It

Have the winter blahs got you down? Are you ready to add a little zazz to your wardrobe? If so, it's time to lift yourself up and climb aboard the latest trend in hosiery: coloured and patterned tights.

That's right – these have replaced stockings and pantyhose as the legwear of choice for fashionistas who want to pick up the pace and add some drama to their outfits. The choices are endless, so you can rest assured that you can find fashion tights that you love. Let's look at some options:

Fabrications for Every Occasion

Tights come in a wide variety of fabrications. Wool tights for example, are perfect to keep your legs warm on a chilly winter's day. Pair your wool tights with a merino dress in a block colour and a thin belt for a fashion statement that's both stylish and comfortable. Cotton tights have a variety of textures, depending on the manufacturing process. They can feel like velvet and go from work to evening with ease, or can be luxuriously thick to keep your legs protected from icy blasts of wind. Tights made from a blend of denier and lycra have the wonderful smoothness of microfibre with the perfect measure of opacity that makes them an excellent choice for work or for a night on the town.

Colours for Every Mood

When it comes to coloured tights, your choices are limited only by your imagination. From classic black to classy off-white, from chocolate brown to grape purple, from mustard yellow to slate grey,
tights come in dozens of colours. In fact, the trend this season is to buy tights in virtually every colour available, and use them as the cheapest way to change up your wardrobe. Want to kick that little
black dress up a notch? Pair it with red tights and a skinny red belt and watch heads turn. If you're not quite ready for startling contrasts, go with the tone-on-tone look and pair moss green tights with a
moss green skirt and sweater. Or choose complementary colours for a put-together look. If you're on the shorter side and want to appear taller, choose lighter coloured tights; if you want to lengthen your
torso, opt for darker coloured tights. Whichever way you go, your choices are endless.

Kick Around Some Patterns

This season, the fashion story isn't only about colour - it's also about pattern. Make a funky statement with polka dot tights, red gingham tights, or give your legs a splash of colour with a statement pattern – argyle is a look that is slightly more subdued but totally winter. Winter seems much less dreary when you have some fun with fashion!

Pictured: Tight AZ tights, stockings and leggings. All $20, for stockists and information visit www.tightaz.co.nz

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  • llm79 says
    I have a pair of cool patterned tights and everytime I wear them someone comments that they like them.
  • Bernadette says
    I think ill stick to black tights under dresses and skirts for the winter! Definitely a must! You won't catch me in a pair of jeggings though! Those things are T-R-A-G-I-C!!!!! :p. The different types of tights shown would look funky on other people, prob not me though :(
  • Twitteratti says
    Nothing like snazzing up the winter wardrobe. Layering up is a must in colder climates so why not brighten up an outfit with these awesome tights. These aren't to be worn INSTEAD of skirt,dress or trousers though, no. Please don't.
  • KH says
    I like them but don't think I could pull them off. I'll stick to black too!
  • Cinty says
    Yeah I don't think I'd look all that attractive in tights or anything. Might just stick to stockings under skirts :)
  • Lauren says
    I looooove lacy tights!
    • Cinty says
      And I bet you're one of the lucky ones that can actually get away with wearing them! Lol Wish I was ever so lucky :(
    • Anna says
      the do make you feel sexy!!
    • Wice says
      Oh now I feel a bit sad. Snazzy tights are about the bottom of my list of self-indulgences No one in their right mind would consider drawing attention to my legs!

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