We're approaching that particular time of year when getting dressed starts to feel like a chore of epic proportions—it's cold, the novelty of cute winter clothes has worn off, and there are no holiday-party outfits to plan. But! It's not impossible to make wardrobe tweaks that go a long way to making your winter clothes feel fresh. And fishnets are the way to do it. You may have noticed that Instagram's It Girls, street-style stars, and celebrities are wearing fishnet tights under vintage jeans and skirts and dresses, and that the newer, cooler fishnet ankle sock has been trending hard as well. They both help strappy shoes feel heavy-duty enough for cold weather, and add an unexpected vibe to sneakers or and flats. Here, some of the best fishnet styling moves we've seen recently, plus a few pairs you can pick up for less than it costs to get your nails done.
Hidden from view they may be, but surely there’s no mistaking the type of woman who chooses stockings over tights?
Indeed, a piece in style bible Vogue recently said: ‘A woman’s attitude towards tights is the ultimate personality litmus test.’
There’s more choice in the shops than ever before, but is it really so easy to tell who wears what? We asked five women to reveal their secrets.
They're my anti-ageing weapon
Lindy Gallagher, 54, runs an estate agency with her partner Simon, 36, in Cirencester, Glos
Lindy Gallagher, 54, runs an estate agency with her partner Simon, 36, in Cirencester, Glos. Lindy says:
I do a lot of public speaking and there’s something that’s empowering about standing before a room full of people and being the only one who knows I’m wearing stockings.
They remind me I’m a woman in what is still predominantly a man’s world. That’s certainly a great confidence boost. About three times a year, I spend £220 on a set of matching bra, knickers and suspenders.They feel like a secret indulgence — other women in their 50s might choose Botox, but my anti-ageing weapon is beautiful underwear and sexy stockings.
I’ve been wearing them since I was 16, hidden beneath my ugly, green school uniform. It felt like a secret act of rebellion.
My partner doesn’t have a big thing about stockings, though he does compliment me on how I look.
I’m a size 8 to 10 and, if I’m honest, I probably wouldn’t wear stockings if I was overweight.
They’re a secret for my husband
Sunita Andrea, 33, works in the financial services industry and is married to Danny, 49, who runs a chain of coffee shops. The couple have a ten-month-old son, Hari, and live in Surrey
Sunita Andrea, 33, works in the financial services industry and is married to Danny, 49, who runs a chain of coffee shops. The couple have a ten-month-old son, Hari, and live in Surrey. Sunita says:
I’ve worn stockings for all occasions over the past five years, since discovering how much more comfortable they are than tights — and how much sexier I feel in them.
A lot of my friends live in trousers and jeans, but I love skirts, dresses and heels — and my legs are my best feature.
My husband is the only person who sees my stockings, and I like it that way: they’re our little secret. And, of course, he loves stockings and suspenders — what man doesn’t?
I also think they’re a lot more hygienic.
The lingerie department is one of my favourite places in any department store and I spend up to £20 on each pair of stockings — about £160 a year.
I gave birth to my son last April and knew that I was finally back to my old self when, just a few weeks later, I pulled on my favourite Jane Norman dress, Kurt Geiger heels and, of course, Wolford stockings.
I went out to a restaurant feeling like the sexy woman I’d been before pregnancy.
Suspenders are a pain
Tessa Broadhead, 48, lives in Hampshire with her partner and their four children, aged from 23 to 12. She wears tights regularly but can count on one hand the number of times she has worn suspenders
Tessa Broadhead, 48, lives in Hampshire with her partner and their four children, aged from 23 to 12. Tessa says:
I defy anyone who sees me in a pair of tights, with sexy underwear, to tell me I don’t look attractive. The spandex in them also flattens my stomach and bottom whereas stockings and hold-ups don’t have that capacity.
Worse still, because stockings don’t go all the way up to the waist, unless you’re stick thin, your thighs are likely to spill over the top.
Falke and Aristoc are my favourite brands and I think high sheen gloss tights, in a 15 or 20 denier, look just beautiful. In the depths of winter, I go for 60-denier opaque — stockings just wouldn’t keep the cold out.
I have three drawers filled with tights — patterned, ribbed, wool — in just about every other colour under the sun. They cost around £20 a pair and I must spend hundreds on them each year. I always carry spares in my bag in case the ones I’m wearing ladder.
I’ve always worn tights — at boarding school we wore knickers over the top to keep them up — and can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I’ve put stockings on. I found the feel of the suspenders irritating.
Thankfully my partner never asks me to wear them — he tells me I look good whatever I’ve got on.
Tights hold in all the right places
Michelle Jackson, 46, is a receptionist from South-West London. She has a 16-year-old daughter and a long-term boyfriend, John, a manager in international banking
Michelle Jackson, 46, is a receptionist from South-West London. She has a 16-year-old daughter and a long-term boyfriend, John, a manager in international banking. Michelle says:
I love tights and have only worn stockings once in my life, ten years ago when John and I were living in Perth, Australia.
We chose them, plus a suspender belt, while out shopping together and I was happy to put a smile on his face.
But the belt felt so bulky around my waist and, on the short walk to the restaurant that night, one of the stockings unclipped and hung loose for the rest of the evening.
Our meal was ruined because I was feeling so uncomfortable.
John has never asked me to wear stockings since, though he buys me lovely lingerie from Boux Avenue and Victoria’s Secret.
I tend to wear flesh- coloured tights from Tesco or Sainsbury’s at work and black, or nearly black, ones from Boots or M&S when I go out, so I don’t spend a fortune on hosiery.
To be honest, I’m surprised any woman prefers stockings — I can’t remember the last time a friend wore them.
But tights don’t have the same sex appeal for men, and I can see why they find stockings more appealing.
Under clothes, however, a sturdy pair of tights will pull you in at all the right places —and what woman doesn’t appreciate that?
Tights are far more flattering
Sharon Gage, 48, is a self-employed conference organiser. She lives with her partner, Paul, 47, a furniture maker, in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
Sharon Gage, 48, is a self-employed conference organiser. She lives with her partner, Paul, 47, a furniture maker, in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. Sharon says:
I love wearing bodycon dresses that are so clingy the only thing to wear with them is a pair of smoothing shaper tights.
The tops of stockings and suspenders would be visible through the tight-fitting material, which would look dreadful.
I buy my tights at M&S, for £10 a pair, and they come with a reinforced section around the waist, bottom and thighs, and really hold me in.
I’m a size 8 to 10, but even so, without that extra support, I’d be self-conscious about my tummy.
Rather than finding them a turn-off, my other half loves my tights and can see how flattering they are. Also, I’d worry about stockings falling down.
Some of my friends only wear stockings — they feel they’re ‘more breathable’ — but shaper tights aren’t like control pants, which I once had to nip to the loo to take off partway through a New Year dinner because they were digging in so painfully.
I love nearly black because they’re sheer and sexy, but I also have thick, opaque tights for when it’s really cold outside. And tights can last for years — unlike flimsy stockings.
They make my uniform feminine
Jennie Wright, 45, a nurse, lives with her fiance, Lennard, 54, in South-East London. Jennie says:
I have to wear a uniform for work, and it’s not the most flattering outfit, so I compensate by putting on a pair of pretty stockings underneath. They make me feel sexy and feminine.
The thought that no one would guess I’m wearing them as I go about my daily job, taking blood from dozens of patients, also makes me giggle.
It can also get very hot in hospitals and stockings are much cooler to wear than tights.
My fiance is delighted that I choose stockings. I shop for them at Ann Summers and TK Maxx and pay about £20 a pair.
I love all types of pretty underwear — what woman doesn’t — and have two drawers full of bras and knickers.
There was one time, about three years ago, when I was in the middle of taking blood from a male patient and started to feel my right stocking rolling slowly down my leg.
I crossed my legs to try to keep it in place, without him noticing, but then I had to stay seated until he got up to leave. I then dashed to the loo to pull it back into place.
Thankfully I’ve never had anything so embarrassing happen since.
There are so many more questions than "Should I try fishnets?" that you probably have about tights. Really, every time you slip those babies on, you probably second-guess yourself, wondering if you're using the proper method to roll them up your legs or how they got that tear in the first place. We hear you. That's why we enlisted an expert from DKNY to break down the basics. After all, the brand has one of the most versatile, high-quality hosiery lines in fashion.
We weren't surprised to learn that this pro could provide us with all the answers to burning questions like "When should I throw these away?" or "How can I actually prevent pulls once and for all?" Scroll to read up on the basics, then refresh yourself on the bra handbook too.
How to Clean Your Tights
"Hand washing is the best method. But if you're time pressed, we recommend machine wash in a hosiery bag. Use mild detergents meant for delicates and run on a delicate cycle. Avoid high heat in the dryer, excessive washing, or harsh detergents and fabric softeners, as these could all wear out the fibres of your tights more quickly. After washing, always make sure to hang or lay the tights on a flat surface to dry."
When to Replace Your Tights
"When you notice that the waistband has become too loose or stretched out, the appearance of your tights has pulls or snags, and when the colour of your tights has become dull and faded."
How to Prevent Them From Ripping
"The best way is to pay attention to how you put them on. Sit comfortably, gather the legs up with your fingertips and slip over the foot; continue to work up the legs to the waist smoothly and slowly. Make sure your skin and nails are smooth and remove jewellery before handling delicate sheers."
Essentials to Add to Your Collection
"Wear sheers to look beautiful with cosmetic-inspired skin tones. Wear shaping hosiery, control top, and toners to accentuate your curves or when you need some additional smoothing under body-conscious clothing, and try support legwear, which micromassages the legs with graduated compression. Also play with colour and texture, like fishnets, depending on your own taste and lifestyle."
1 Pair of Tights to Get Rid of
"Get rid of your 100 percent nylons and replace them with spandex blends. There is no reason to have 100 percent nylon legwear due to today's latest innovative yarn and technology, which delivers a better-than-bare appearance with superior fit and comfort."
If there is indeed a motif that is constantly renewed and is always part of the fashion trends (or almost), it is indeed the stripes and the bands. Whether small, large, vertical, horizontal, seamen, etc., they fit as much in the spring look as in the summer look and always add a little something more to your outfits!
Are you scratched or are you still hesitating to incorporate such a bold motive in your wardrobe? We have the pair of pantyhose that suits your look and will satisfy the fashionista in you: the tights with vertical stripes ! They are simple and display a broad band along each of your legs (what you stand out besides fine-tune your figure;)).
These tights add a touch of boldness to a simple and casual look. Here are some ideas of how to wear them ...
Wool and jacket
The perfect duo for cooler temperatures: a woolen dress and a jacket-cut coat. Selected in shades of gray, it is a perfect outfit for a gray and cloudy weather. And your tights with vertical stripes will give it character! Why not add a touch of color in your hair with a hat or a headband? A classic outfit with a little extra!
Leather and shirt
Given that you are already bold in wearing your vertical striped tights , arrange them with a mini skirt in cooking! Rock your look with a shirt or a t-shirt of your choice and have confidence, you will turn heads ...
Pastel hat and dress
Wear under a colorful tunic dress, tights with a wide band creates a casual but bold look. Depending on your style, you can complete this outfit with a wide hat and ballerina or a cap and your favorite sneakers! As you see, these tights are suitable for all styles!
All winter, we've been weighed down in our heavy knitted fabrics, and we're starting to miss having options. Lightweight eyelet materials are too breezy for winter because they offer zero insulation. But add a pair of warm tights, and that chilly breeze can't go through you! Follow Valentine's lead as she expertly mixes her lace skirt with her winter staples for a look that is both weather-appropriate and aspirational.
It doesn't get more spring than florals. Our beloved floral midi skirts and practically calling our names and we're can't resist anymore! To sneak your summer midis into your winter wardrobe, play up the colors in your skirt. Take a cue from Jenn who matched her opaque tights with the teal flowers in her skirt!
The flowing boho dress is a springtime staple, but why not introduce into your winter outfit lineup? Shira shows us how it's done as she dons a pair of black tights with her black bohemian dress. The black tights not only winter-proof her look but the black on black appeal also creates a classy nighttime ensemble we're dying to copy ASAP.
The retro vibes are strong this year as Gaby proves with her adorable matching skirt and jacket set at Fashion Week. We're all about a cute embroidered skirt, but not at the expense of becoming a human popsicle! Prepare yourself for surprise snow storm and keep your legs protected with a pair of tights.
The cold weather is bearable, but when that wind blows? Forget it. Insulate yourself like Blair did against the gale force winds of NYC. By wearing tights, she was able to maintain her fashion forward look—even when wearing a breezy dress.
A body positivity blogger has taken the trend for before-and-after body transformation pictures and turned it on its head.
Milly Smith, who documents her journey with her body through her Instagram account selfloveclubb, posted two images of herself in a pair of tights. In the first, the tights are pulled up high around her waist, whilst in the second, they rest just under her stomach.
'Same girl, same day, same time,' she wrote. 'Not a before and after. Not a weight loss transformation. Not a diet company promotion.'
'I am comfortable with my body in both. Neither is more or less worthy. Neither makes me more or less of a human being. Neither invites degrading comments and neither invites sleezy words.'
Same girl, same day, same time. 💛 Not a before and after. Not a weight loss transformation. Not a diet company promotion. 💛 I am comfortable with my body in both. Neither is more or less worthy. Neither makes me more or less of a human being. Neither invites degrading comments and neither invites sleezy words. 💛 We are so blinded to what a real unposed body looks like and blinded to what beauty is that people would find me less attractive within a 5 second pose switch! How insanely ridiculous is that!? 💛 I love taking these, it helps my mind so much with body dysmorphia and helps me rationalise my negative thoughts. 💛 Don't compare, just live for you. There is no one on this planet who's like you and that's pretty damn amazing don't ya think. The world doesn't need another copy, it needs you. 💛 We are worthy, valid and powerful beyond measure 💙🌟 (If you don't pull your tights up as high as possible are you really human?)A post shared by Milly Smith 💛🌻☀️👑 (@selfloveclubb) on
She adds that she wanted to draw attention to the fact that so many of the pictures we're presented with are altered or structured to only present a certain type of body or pose.
'We are so blinded to what a real unposed body looks like and blinded to what beauty is that people would find me less attractive within a 5 second pose switch! How insanely ridiculous is that!?'
'I love taking these, it helps my mind so much with body dysmorphia and helps me rationalise my negative thoughts.'
Milly ended her post with advice for anyone who might be struggling with their own self-image.
'Don't compare, just live for you,' she said. 'There is no one on this planet who's like you and that's pretty damn amazing don't ya think. The world doesn't need another copy, it needs you. We are worthy, valid and powerful beyond measure.'
YOU DONT👏🏾HAVE TO👏🏻 SHARE 👏🏽 UNDRESSED 👏🏻 PHOTOS 👏🏾 TO BE 👏🏿 BOPO! . Bopo is about encouraging and adopting a more forgiving, accepting approach to yourself and your body. Learning to love yourself inside out! It can be as personal or as socially shared as you like. . 💙 Building your self esteem through accepting your body and image doesn't have to mean sharing skin online. I do! And for many others it's empowering and helpful but if it's not for you then THATS OKAY 🙏🏻 . 💙 Whilst I think it is of great importance to build a relationship with your naked self and to realise it's nothing to be ashamed of- it's perfectly okay to not be comfortable with sharing that online; after all it's YOUR body and YOUR journey. . 💙 Do what empowers you, support what empowers others! Do what feels right for you and your body-whilst pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is very important it's also important to not feel forced or pressured into doing something you ultimately don't want to do! . 💙 Your journey is as unique as your body. Let it be that way. Don't compare someone else's journey or photos to yours- let yourself find what's best for you. We are worthy, valid and powerful beyond measure 💙A post shared by Milly Smith 💛🌻☀️👑 (@selfloveclubb) on
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