Whatever your feelings are about the onset of winter, there’s a certain unparalleled joy to be gleaned from being reacquainted with your cosiest, snuggliest jumper. The same cannot be said for tights. They are an unfortunate side effect of the season; something to suffer, not relish. Surely no one counts down the days, one eye on the falling thermostat, until they can greet their 60 deniers each morning like an old friend.
Yet here we are. But while the forecast for the next four months may be bleak, that doesn’t mean your nylons have to be. Certainly, the options on this season’s catwalks would suggest that tights needn’t be just a mere protective layer against the chill, but an It item in their own right. Crucially, the hottest legs around this season are logoed.
Sienna Miller is a fan of Gucci’s interlocking GG fishnets, which are currently available online in sheer black or white for £85 — a pricey pair, certainly, but a mere snip compared to what a handbag or loafers stamped with the label’s iconic logo would set you back. The house’s haute hosiery selection also extends to a denser pair of tulle tights, which feature the 100-year-old motif in its most instantly recognisable beige and ebony colourway. Burberry’s super-sheer 15-denier tights are distinguished with a back seam detailed with its monogram B motif and come in five colours: traditional black and dark mocha, through to bright pink, cedar green and tangerine for those who want to make sure their sock-drawer investment doesn’t go unnoticed.
Versace also has statement legwear covered in its current season catwalk show. Bold tights decorated with rows of its iconic perfume bottles and quintessential baroque motif are among the most eye-catching additions. Though as far as logoed
legwear is concerned, few can lay a bigger claim to the concept than Fendi. It’s block FF monogram — as synonymous with the house as the Baguette bag — has made its way onto an impressive nine different varieties of nylons, from black mesh to beige or navy through to punchy neon pink and sparkling silver lurex, along with nude and black stockings decorated with a more elaborate “Karligraphy” motif.
At £220 a pop, a ladder in these would be cause for more than a minor inconvenience easily solved by a trip to your local M&S. But as a means to bring your existing wardrobe bang up to date in a more sustainable, one-stop-shop sort of way, haute hosiery is your ace card. Not least because, when chosen well, you can update every skirt and dress you own with a touch of luxury.
For those who baulk at the idea of parting with a couple of hundreds of pounds on hosiery, H&M’s latest designer collaboration with Giambattista Valli has you covered. Due to drop next Thursday — no doubt sparking widespread hysteria and queues outside stores from 5am in its wake — the Italian couturier’s collection includes a pair of fishnet It-tights embroidered with his name which are yours for just £29.99. Provided you can get your hands on them, of course.