Tight Trends 2012

Tights are a staple of fall, winter, and even summer, if you’re crazy enough. But this season, tights have been given a bit of makeover, thanks to vibrant tones, patterns, and bold prints. So colour us excited: here are this season’s biggest tight trends.

1. Black
Black is the new black, according to collections by Milly by Michelle Smith, Burberry Prorsum, and Rebecca Mankoff. Understandable, since black tights go with literally everything, and are the easiest to wear to work, out with friends, and even just kicking around the house. However, to keep them interesting, pair with bright boots, or metallic accessories. Sometimes even a classic option needs a kick. 

2. Loud, vibrant patterns
If you’ve been waiting for London’s Carnaby Street circa 1965 to rear its head in 2012, your time has come: shows by Louise Gray and Blumarine opted out of the safe route and channeled their inner mod, showcasing lavender, lime, and leopard print alongside equally striking designs. But you can also take a page out of the book of Ralph Lauren: if you’re not necessarily into loud colours, muted tones in argyle and striped designs maintain the trend without being kitschy. Same with Secret, which is closer to budget, and offers a slew of patterns.

3. Dramatic and opaque
But to balance the out there factor of the season’s alternative offerings, Fendi, and Karolina Zmarlak went for the dark and dramatic look through opaque styles in tones like burgundy and navy blue. Especially striking when worn with brown shorts or a black skirt, consider these the middle ground between the black and retro trends.

4. Knit
If you grew up anytime before 1999, you’ll remember your mom and/or dad pairing your favourite dress with a pair of knit tights to help keep you warm. Then, it was the worst. But today “ and thanks to a serious lack of wool “ you can create the (now) age-appropriate look thanks to pairing said tights with ankle boots and heels. Our parents won this round.

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