If there’s one major objection to white hosiery it’s usually that we’re all on an eternal quest for beautiful, bronzed, tanned legs… So why would we ever cover our pins with white? Easy. Because, if you do it right, it’s such a refreshing change from the usual dark winter colours. So for Autumn / Fall 2010 / 2011 we challenge you to step out in white tights.

Read on for how-tos and thematic styling ideas.

white tights

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Winter whites pictures inspiration
Winter whites pictures inspiration
Winter whites pictures inspiration
Winter whites pictures inspiration
Winter whites pictures inspiration
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How to wear white tights

Firstly, when we talk about white tights we’re not just talking about white, or just about tights. They can be stark white, off-whites or cream tones. They can be stockings, tights, or leggings. The rules (in so far as there ever are any) are simple. Avoid sheer stockings. Go for opaque block colours. This is the best way to overcome the never-seen-the-sun look and make it obvious you’re deliberately adorning your gorgeous pins with a fresh, bright shade of white.

White socks

Obviously another option to white tights are knee high / over the knee socks. For more about socks as a trend, follow that link.

Styling ideas for white tights

Classic black and white

You want to wear white tights but you’re scared of getting too extreme with colour. Never fear – black and white is your safe option.

  • At its simplest, this look can work with just a black dress, white tights and black heels.
  • If you want to mix it up a bit, experiment with different textures or black and white prints.
  • For a more rock-chic take add in some thigh high boots.

White tightsWhite tights at L.A.M.B, A/W 2010

Modern and minimal

A little harder to define, this is where you work in white tights with minimal, modern pieces and – in particular – with other current fashion trends.

  • White leggings are perfect for an ultra-modern sporty look. Keep fabrics to stretch cottons and jerseys.
  • Pair with sleek block colours but in muted hues, greys or modern leather pieces.
  • Layer over ankle socks to add colour and/or texture to white tights.

White tightsWhite tights at Thakoon, A/W 2010

Vintage

You’re a button-nosed sixties Twiggy or Jean Shrimpton in a colourful minidress, white tights and flats. Or you’re a seventies bohemian Veruschka, leggy in flowing swirling prints and furs. Perfect for those two decades of fashion, think of 60s/70s fashion icons and you’re well on your way.

  • Pair white with nautical navy and red in vintage cuts.
  • Work them in with bold, bright hues like yellow, emerald green, orange or purple.
  • For sixties looks, go for minidresses, minidresses, minidresses. Shifts, wiggle dresses, babydolls – just keep them short.
  • For seventies looks add earthy tones and prints like paisley or soft florals.

White stockingsWhite tights at Organic by John Patrick, A/W 2010

Country chic

You should be picnicking amoungst Fall’s yellow leaves, or curled up with a book in a country cabin, or flaneuring through the woods, or… you get the idea anyway.

  • Go for creamy colours.
  • Experiment with cosy winter wool-blends and knits like cable knit or herringbone.
  • Perfect with a palette of forest green, beige, tans and browns.
  • Try pairings of tweed, leather, or plaids.
  • Perfect with a country-inspired cape or duffel coat.

Cream knit tights
Cream knit tights at Unique A/W 2010

Snow queen

Any cooler and you’d be getting around in a wicked sled pulled by wolves or polar bears.

  • Best with differentiated tones, such as varying tones of off-whites and creams.
  • Pair tights with a cream dress and layer over a cosy belted knit, wool-blend coat, or soft white fur.
  • For variations, try outerwear in darker but still neutral tones like tan.
  • For another variation, introduce pastel tones like icy blues, dove grey or soft pink.
  • For a ski-bunny look try white leggings or tights with a pair of fur boots and a Fair Isle knit.

White tightsWhite tights at Rodarte, A/W 2010

What colour shoes can I wear?

Part of the trick of white stockings and tights is finding a pair of shoes to match. Unless you’re going all black and white, black shoes can be too heavy for some looks. If your outfit is made up of lighter colours you have the option of light brown or tan leather shoes, soft metallics particularly silver or gold, nude, or light grey. If you’re going for a brightly coloured vintage-inspired look, don’t be afraid to wear bold colours on your feet. Navy also works a treat if your outfit is suitably matched for it.

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