Have you tried coloured tights?

Lynnette Peck / 26 September 2016

Do you always reach in your hosiery drawer and pull out tights in two shades: nude or black? If guilty, read on; there’s a whole world of colour waiting…



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

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