5 rules for wearing Hosiery - and how to break them…

It’s windy, it’s rainy and it’s getting increasingly dark outside. But while the forecast may be, quite frankly, hideous, there is one bit of good news - we can finally put our tights back on again!

Taking those black opaque tights out of the drawer after their long summer retirement is a bit like greeting an old friend. What’s not to love? They’re warm, they’re cosy and they sculpt our curves. But with tights come a rigid set of rules to follow… Stick to plain black, don’t wear tights with trainers and never, ever put them on when it’s over 15 degrees outside.

Luckily, hosiery rules were made to be broken and we’re here to show you how to do just that - in style.

Hosiery rule number one: you can’t wear tights with trainers

We might have finally got our heads round the idea of wearing a dress with coloured tights and open-toed shoes. But according to an ancient myth handed down from generation to generation, tights simply do not go with trainers. However, a quick scan of fashion influencers on Instagram shows that they most definitely do.

Black tights or even sassy fishnets worn with chunky white trainers and short skirts are officially a thing with street style bloggers. Worried you’ll look a bit too ‘street’ for brunch with the girls? Plain black 40 denier tights worn with a pair of dark trainers gives you a more toned-down version of the same look.

Hosiery rule number two: stockings should never leave the bedroom

If your stockings and suspenders only ever see the light of day for those special occasions, you’re definitely missing a trick. Wearing stockings instead of tights as part of your everyday leg-wear, solves so many problems!

Take having to run for the train, for example. There’s nothing worse than overheating in your thick tights and having to sit all day stewing in your own leg sweat. Stockings make things so much more fresh and breezy.

Find suspenders a bit too fiddly? A pair of hold-ups, like this Tempt Lace fishnet pair from Pour Moi, look seriously fashion forward and won’t ever roll down around your ankles.

Hosiery rule number three: you must stick to black opaque

Yes, black opaques are every girl’s hosiery go-to. But using your legs as a creative canvas to display colour, pattern or texture is the easiest way to update an outfit.

The right tights can add an element of fun to boring work-wear. To experiment, why not try a pair of Pour Moi’s Charm Luxe patterned tights instead of your usual opaques? The geometric pattern doesn’t ever look over-the-top, no matter how conservative your office dress code.

You don’t have to keep patterned tights for just the boardroom, either. For a seriously sexy going out look, wearing a leather skirt with a pair of seamed stockings like our All Wrapped Up Bow fishnet pair will make you feel every inch the retro pin-up.

Hosiery rule number four: you can only wear patterned tights with a plain outfit

While minimalism is all very well in your home interiors, in the fashion world a pattern clash is king - and the mix and match look could be seen sauntering down designer catwalks everywhere this season.

To steal the style for yourself, try wearing our oh-so-cute Love Luxe heart patterned tights with stripes, animal prints or florals.

Hosiery rule number five: you can only wear tights when it’s really cold outside

Some people only wear tights when there’s an ‘r’ in the month. Others only when the mercury drops to a certain temperature outside. But what about those infuriatingly in-between days in autumn and spring?

Here at Pour Moi, we believe that every season is tights season and that if you want to wear them, you can! And the celebs seem to agree with us, with Julia Roberts swearing that she clads her famously long pins in lycra all year round and Cara Delevingne famously wearing tights on the Burberry front row on a scorchingly hot day.

To wear tights when it’s warm, keep those deniers low, such as in these Secret Luxe sheer stockings. And because you’ll be wearing these fabulously light 12 deniers with a suspender belt, you won’t ever feel hot and bothered.

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