October means many things for me, namely my husbands birthday, half term holidays, the onset of panic as to where the hell I get enough money to pay for the looming Christmas, Halloween of course, but mainly tights! Yup them genius garments which allow my legs the freedom from jeans every once in a while.
‘Cos I won’t lie to you it’s a rare occasion that I get my pins out and if I do it is only, and I stress ONLY, on holiday in a hot country where I am known to no man, or shielded elegantly by the colourful shades of hosiery. OK so elegant is a bit strong and I do need to stick to the darker shades to slim these sturdy stalks down, but none the less tights enable me to wear dresses and be a little bit lady like.
I have always had a thing for tights. When I was a little kid I always wanted long hair and I used to put a pair of tights on my head and pretend it was my hair. That’s normal right? At secondary school I was referred to by my dad as Nora Batty. He was an avid watcher of Last of the Summer Wine. Every day I would carefully pull on my tights, the base for my look.
On top would go the over the knee socks which would deliberately be pulled down slightly creating a wrinkle or two just above the ankle. If I weren’t such an OCD I wouldn’t have felt the urge to measure out each wrinkle and make sure that they appeared at the same equidistant to each other and at the exact same place on each leg. But I was and I did. Then went on the ankle sock over the top. Got the picture? Good, because it’s just so very unfortunate that I don’t have a picture of this to share with you all.
You could say I was almost a little obsessed with tights. I even used them to help me remember things. We went on a school trip once to some caves. You are all jumping up and down shouting “Wookey Hole Wookey Hole I went there,” right now yes? Well I couldn’t tell you, got no idea. But the caves had stalagmites and stalactites. We were told all about them and which was which. I instantly thought of a way to remember and do you know what I came up with? Stalactites are the ones that hang down from the ceiling much like my tights (rhymes with stalactites) fall down. Bad huh? Sooooooo moving swiftly on, a life long love of tights.
The autumn months mean I can pull on my tights once more. If I am honest I probably wear them from the end of August through to June I love them that much. I wear them underneath leggings for warmth. I even wear them under jeans if it’s really cold. I wear them with dresses for work. I wear them with smart tunics to go out. I even wear them in the summer to give the appearance of tanned legs if I am out for a special occasion. Heck they are my year round companion.
I do really love all the amazing colours and patterns that have become more and more popular these last few seasons. The bright colours are just stunning. But ladies we do need to be careful here, especially those of us with more shapely legs. Here are some top tips:
If you want to give the appearance of more shapely legs or give your legs more volume go for woolly ribbed tights or tights with a small pattern or print.
Not many of us are blessed with flawless legs. I know I am not. If you need to cover up lumps and bumps, bruises, bites, veins and such like then go for a high denier opaque not the sheer option.
To slim down or elongate shapely legs the best option without a doubt is black, navy or dark brown. But also blend your footwear with the colour of your tights. Alternatively go for some of the fashionable patterns or prints with a dark base colour and team with heels for the best effect.
My hosiery drawer is mainly rammed with black opaque but this year I am going to push the boat out and go for some crazy colours. If you have any suggestions on where to buy your favourite tights please do let me know! Now if you don’t mind I have a pair of tights to rescue from a beagle that clearly loves them as much as me!