Tights were first worn by men in medieval times and were known as ‘hose’. In later eras the ordinary man worn them made from coarse fabrics and the aristocracy wore silk or wool ones. Now we have more choice than ever in terms of fabric, colour, style and cut. From sheer to fishnet, footless to suspender, there is a pair of tights for everyone.
But have you considered coloured tights? They were popular in the Sixties: think purple, white and green; then had a resurgence again in the eighties when primary colours of red and blue were all the rage - but how about in 2016?
This is not just a nod to fashion but a sensible way to dress in a cooler climate. Matching your tights to your outfit means you don’t have to think too much about what to wear. Last week I wore a red dress and pink tights with red shoes (not as garish as it sounds) and I was warm and got lots of compliments. Try it.
Brands to try
Budget: pamelamann.co.uk from £4.99
Try some coloured tights without breaking the bank if you are not sure. They may not last ten years but they are a good fashion brand.
Middling: tabio.com from £14
This brand have a great selection of plus size tights and have classic styles as well as great colour pop section.
Luxury: wolfordshop.co.uk from £25
The ultimate in luxe for the legs. I have a pair of Wolford tights I have worn for more than a decade so the cost per wear works out.
Combinations to wear
Red tights with black
Yellow tights with grey
Purple tights with animal print
Burgundy tights with navy blue
Olive green tights with shades of mustard/beige
Blue tights with camel
Orange tights with yellow
Pink tights with red
Brown tights with orange