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02nd June 2015

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Legwear is "liberating"

Legwear is "liberating"
Legwear is liberating according to one style commentator, who asserts that she uses her hosiery as an extension of the clothes she wears.

Writing for online resource Ezine, the fashion-forward author notes that there is a massive variety of tights, socks and stockings on the market just waiting to jazz up the pins of style-savvy women.

Regarding fashion tights, the writer states that individuals can opt for "dozens of colours" and many materials, from thick wool suitable for warding off winter chills to silky blends which add "spunk" to summer get-ups.

She also praises stockings, referring to the as the "ultimate in femininity", while sheer hosiery is an essential finishing to touch to any ensemble according to this commentator.

"When there are so many options available to complete your outfits and make you feel good all under, leaving your legs bare is a crying shame," she concludes.

Meanwhile, TV presenter Alexa Chung was spotted follow the advise of hosiery enthusiasts over the weekend, rocking a knee-high socks and wellies combo at Glastonbury.

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Unflattering legwear 'easily avoidable'

Unflattering legwear 'easily avoidable'
Unflattering legwear is unattractive, but very easily avoidable, if women select the right type of hosiery, an expert has asserted.

Writing in the Chicago Style examiner, Jennifer Rifkin suggests that that women are often tempted to squeeze themselves into tight stockings or hosiery in an unflattering shade, when there are plenty of stylish legwear options available for fashion-forward females.

Ms Rifkin suggests women avoid trying to match their skin tones to sheer hosiery, asserting that it "never looks realistic".

Instead she recommends opaque or slightly patterned tights for everyday wear in "tried and true colours" brown, black and grey.

More colourful tights can be a stylish look for braver legwear lovers, she adds.

Recently, another fashion commentator asserted that sheer hosiery is being discarded in favour of more colourful, patterned everyday tights.

Making her remarks in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Elizabeth Wellington adds that even in the workplace sheer stockings are a no-no among style-savvy ladies.

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Summer is 'the season of the sock'

Summer is 'the season of the sock'
While many people may associate the warmer months with tanned bare legs, this summer is the season of the sock (and tights), asserts one style commentator.

Making her comments through online resource Fashion Today, Lisa Irizarry notes that legwear, from ankle socks, to knee-high stockings and tights, is the fashion must over the coming months.

Citing lace-trimmed socks and brightly-coloured tights or leggings with a metallic sheen as hot trends, Ms Irizarry states that the wealth of legwear options available mean style-savvy females "dare not go bare".

Meanwhile, fashion-forward ladies may have noted that a new hosiery trend has hit catwalks in recent weeks, with designers including Anna Sui, Paul Smith and Maurizio Pecoraro sending their models down the runway wearing tights which matched their ensembles perfectly.

Black Voices reports that while Pecoraro embraced monochrome and matched the shade of his models' tights to their dresses, Sui and Smith created customised patterned tights in the same designs as their clothes to create a "pure", long and lean look.

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Socks 'an insight into men's minds'

Socks 'an insight into men's minds'
A mans socks can give an insight into his personality, according to one fashion enthusiast.

Making their comments through online resource the Wheatshaft, an unnamed writer notes that the wardrobe of a professional male is "limited" and therefore legwear is the only real way they can express themselves.

"Socks are that subtle, almost imperceptible clothing item that can make the professional male's uniform," they add.

The commentator states that black socks are a "safe choice", while grey woollen socks shout that the wearer is serious with a great mind.

In particular, argyle socks are singled out for praise, with the reporter suggesting they hint at "intelligence with a sense of fashion".

Meanwhile, people who fear that their fashionable legwear may occasionally verge on the smelly side are being offered relief by a team of scientists in Portugal.

According to the Financial Times, the researchers have created a new microcapsule which can be embedded into socks and tights , making them smell fresh.

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Richard and Judy's daughter models stockings

Richard and Judy's daughter models stockings
The daughter of TV presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan has shown off her pins in a pair of slinky stockings.

Chloe Madeley, 20, donned the silky hosiery for a photo shoot with men's magazine FHM.

She teamed the lacy stockings with a short satin dress and some black high-heeled shoes and told the publication that the ensemble made her feel "sexy and girly".

Further pictures saw her modelling black sheer hosiery.

In an interview with the publication, Chloe, who last year guest-presented several episodes of Big Brother spin-off show Big Brother's Big Mouth, said: "I have to work twice as hard to prove I'm able to do the job for a reason beyond my family name."

Meanwhile, Chloe is not the only famous face to have shown off a pair of stockings recently.

Pop princess Kylie Minogue incorporated some eye-catching leopard print hosiery into one of her stage outfits on her current tour.

The Guardian reports that the songstress donned an array of outfits, including the stockings, a riding outfit and cheerleader-style shorts.

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Gok Wan doles out hosiery help

Gok Wan doles out hosiery help
Fashion guru Gok Wan has doled out a top tip for hosiery lovers who adore brightly coloured tights.

The fashion-forward TV presenter revealed on his show Gok's Fashion Fix that people wanting to show off their pins in a pair of eye-catching tights or stockings can put some white hosiery underneath then to a make the colours seem brighter, reports online fashion resource Shoe Gal.

Gok's advice may be popular among fashionistas, as several resources have recently lauded bright and patterned tights, with Ezine noting that such legwear can be "liberating".

However, the Daily Telegraph recently reported that some shoppers are currently showing a preference for hosiery in muted shades, with sales of black opaque tights increasing by 35 per cent at Asda.

Speaking to the news provider, Andy Bond, the chief executive of the supermarket, said: "Now they want muted colours. They're saying 'I need things I can wear much longer'."

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Textured tights 'dominate catwalks'

Textured tights 'dominate catwalks'
Legwear has turned chic this summer, asserts one fashion-forward writer, noting that hosiery has a strong presence on the catwalk.

Making their comments through online resource Second City Style, an unnamed author states that legwear lovers should be prepared for next season's tights to feature open weaves, lace and a variety of other textures, while sparkly and shiny tights and stockings will be a hot trend for occasion wear.

Autumnal colours are also a big hosiery fashion this season, suggests the style-savvy individual.

Bottega Veneta, Alexander Wang and Rodarte are all cited as high-end fashion houses which have sent their models down the runway donning textured tights, coloured stockings and sheer hosiery.

"Get ready for a season of covered-up legs, in one form or another!" the reporter adds.

Meanwhile, it was previously reported that couture king Karl Lagerfield has spawned a trend for two-tone tights after his Chanel models showed off one white pin and one black at a recent show.

News resource Glamboulevard asserts that fashion-conscious females will be carving such legwear in the upcoming months.

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"Hosiery hoarder" asserts tights are tops in the fashion stakes

"Hosiery hoarder" asserts tights are tops in the fashion stakes
Self-confessed "hosiery hoarder" Gemma Cartwright has asserted that tights and socks are now officially wardrobe staples.

Making her comments for online resource Catwalk Queen, the fashion-forward writer notes that hosiery in all shapes and forms is back on the style agenda, citing Kate Moss, Daisy Lowe, Fearne Cotton and Lindsay Lohan as well-known legwear lovers.

Ms Cartwright attributes the rise of tights to the mini-skirts recent comeback, adding that in British weather exposing so much flesh is unthinkable.

"You can do so much with a good pair of tights or stockings," she muses, adding that vertical striped tights can be used to lengthen legs, while opaques hide a multitude of bodily flaws and bright coloured tights liven up a dull ensemble.

Winter woolly tights also give your wardrobe more scope, as summer outfits can be teamed with them in the colder months for a whole new look, Ms Cartwright concludes.

Meanwhile, style resource My Fashion Life recently noted that thick everyday tights can take this summer's high-waisted shorts into the winter season.

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Black tights popular with fashionistas and celebs alike

Black tights popular with fashionistas and celebs alike
While some style-savvy women may favour coloured and patterned tights, one commentator has asserted that people must not neglect black everyday tights.

Making her assertions through online resource Glamcanyon, a blogger known as Kat Walks notes that while patterned hosiery may be the height of fashion, "classic" black tights and stockings are a style staple.

She continued to praise the fact they appear to lengthen and slim people's pins, adding that they go with absolutely everything.

Meanwhile, television presenter Tess Daly has also praised black legwear in recent weeks, telling the Mirror newspaper that she loves teaming dark-coloured opaque tights with high-waisted shorts with high-heels.

"It's a great combo for making your legs look longer and slimmer," she told the news provider.

The Daily Telegraph recently reported that some shoppers are currently showing a preference for hosiery in muted shades, with sales of black opaque tights increasing by 35 per cent at Asda.

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Ankle socks replace bare feet for men?

Ankle socks replace bare feet for men?
While summer may be the ideal time for men to bare their feet, one fashion commentator has stated that he would rather keep his socks on.

Asserting his opinion through online resource My Fashion Life, Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi states that ankle socks are the perfect way for men to avoid unpleasant sweaty feet this summer.

"Variety is the spice of life and ankle socks sure do offer that element of choice to those who want to flash some ankle without the risk of leaving a snail trail of odour," he adds, noting that such legwear has been seen on the catwalks of high-end designers.

However, he claims that these stylish socks are for fashion-forward males, adding they are not for the faint-hearted.

Meanwhile, one style-savvy female recently asserted that pretty ankle socks are a summer staple for women.

Also writing for My Fashion Life, Katie Smail noted that such hosiery makes women feel young and carefree.

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Style-savvy blogger offers hints at carrying off sandal and tights

Style-savvy blogger offers hints at carrying off sandal and tights
Fashionistas wanting to embrace this seasons trend for tights and stockings teamed with peep-toed shoes have been advised that dark, opaque hosiery is their best option.

According to a blogger known as Stylebird, writing for online resource EHow, a pair of chunky-heeled sandals is also needed to make the legwear look good.

When putting the tights on, it is vital to pull the toe seams to the very tip of the foot or even try and tuck the end under the foot, she added.

The style-savvy writer also noted that for novices to this trend, pairing colours will make it a less daunting proposition, advising that a black dress with black shoes and tights always looks good.

Previously, a blogger known as Viola asserted that open-toed sandals and coloured tights are a stylish combo.

Making her comments via Glamboulevard, she said that funky tights and peep toes are "what's in this year", adding that they have been spotted on the feet of many celebrities.

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Gossip Girl inspires legwear lovers

Gossip Girl inspires legwear lovers
Young fashion-forward females are getting style inspiration from the legwear-loving stars of the hit TV show Gossip Girl, it has been claimed.

According to commentator Ruth La Ferla, the preppie, hosiery-heavy style seen in the show has prompted many teenagers to hit the shops in search of similar ensembles for their own wardrobes, so they can emulate actresses Blake Lively and Taylor Momsen's style.

Making her comments via online resource Snobby and Grouchy, the writer asserts that the colourful tights, ankle socks and knee-high hosiery seen in the show will all be back-to school staples for fashion-conscious females this September.

She quotes the show's costume designer Eric Daman as saying: "We tried to launch trends from the get-go."

He adds that school girls try to make their uniforms look "edgy" and funky tights and unusual socks or leggings is one way they can achieve this.

Meanwhile, online resource My Fashion Life asserts that it is not just females who are inspire by the legwear on Gossip Girl, noting that the knee-high argyle socks modelled by the male characters are a real style statement.

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Sheer hosiery loses out in the style stakes

Sheer hosiery loses out in the style stakes
Another fashion commentator has asserted that sheer hosiery is on its last legs, making way for new legwear trends such as bright tights and knee-high socks.

Making her comments in the Seattle Times, the Elizabeth Wellington notes that modern women do not like to feel constricted by sheer tights, especially as they are barely noticeable.

She adds that opaque tights, or other accessories such as clutch bags and shoes, are used by women to make a fashion statement.

Ms Wellington adds that many women feel pressured into wearing sheer hosiery due to their strict working environments.

However, the style savvy writer notes that flesh-coloured tights are predicted to be a top trend as winter returns, with those with the fashion know-how asserting they will co-ordinate with the season's smooth, tailored look.

Previously, a blogger asserted that pretty ankle socks can be an alternative to hosiery and tights in the warmer months.

Making her comments via online resource Shiny Little Things, Julie notes that these "adorable" forms of legwear come in a variety of colours and patterns.

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Miley Cyrus models bright pink ankle socks

Miley Cyrus models bright pink ankle socks
Teen singing sensation Miley Cyrus has been spotted wearing shocking pink ankle socks.

Online news resource OSOYOU.com notes that the "crazy" legwear is sure to have young girls across the globe hankering after coloured socks and bright hosiery.

She teamed her candyfloss footwear with a pale pink dress and pink wedge heels for a scene in the upcoming Hannah Montana movie, based on her hit Disney TV programme.

In the past, the songstress has donned knee-high cheerleader-style socks for live performances.

Previously, speaking to online news resource It's My Life Miley has declared her love for legwear, saying: "I love tube socks! That's why I'm wearing them today. Everyone's like, "What's with those socks?" But that's my style."

Meanwhile, Hollywood starlet Lindsay Lohan is another young actress who is a devotee to hosiery, lauding the benefits of fashionable leggings.

In an interview with the Times, the Mean Girls star said that a pair of black leggings is her fall-back outfit, describing them as safe and cheap.

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Celebrities display the dos and don'ts of leggings

Celebrities display the dos and don'ts of leggings
Celebrities have been going crazy for leggings of late, with a host of A, B and C-listers cladding their pins in the form-fitting legwear.

Expectant songstress Ashlee Simpson-Wentz was snapped out and about in a pair of black leggings, suggesting that they make suitable maternity wear when teamed with floaty smock-style tops, reports online news resource Gossip Girls.

Chart-topper Rhianna also modelled a pair of black leggings recently, opting for a daringly skin-tight, wet-look pair teamed with skyscraper heels, a black tutu-style mini and a smart jacket, causing Hollyscoop to dub her the "reigning leggings queen".

Renowned legging-lover Lindsay Lohan, who has even released her own range of the hosiery, modelled her trusty black leggings with a crisp white shirt while on set at her latest movie endeavour, reports Celebritygossip.net.

Meanwhile, model-turned reality TV star Jodie Marsh modelled how not to wear leggings this week, with the Daily Mail deeming her ensemble a contender for "most hideous outfit ever".

The news provider reports that Ms Marsh teamed her high-waisted leggings with a revealing silver vest and knee-high boots for a Big Brother party.

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High-end fashion sees men in leggings

High-end fashion sees men in leggings
While leggings have long been lauded as a style staple for women, are men now turning their attention to the trend?

Online resource Fashion Nation notes that the catwalks are filled with men wearing leggings under their summer shorts, especially on the runways for Kiminori Morishi's shows.

The news provider questions whether any but the most style conscious males will dare to wear this trend.

Meanwhile, the AFP also reports that leggings were spotted on male models at the Paris fashion shows last month, most noticeably as part of John Galliano's event, which saw red leggings teamed with kilts, while Givenchy teamed leather shorts with leggings in muted tones.

It was previously suggested that increasing numbers of men may be adopting ankle socks as a way of preventing sweaty feet this summer.

Asserting his opinion through online resource My Fashion Life, Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi noted that such stylish socks are for fashion-forward males.

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Pupils don bright socks for crazy charity day

Pupils don bright socks for crazy charity day
Colourful socks and plenty of them were out in full force at one primary school recently.

Thurrock School in Basildon raised £115 for St Luke's Hospice by donning patterned socks and bright legwear on a special crazy socks day, reports the Echo.

Pupils at the school did not just keep their hosiery on their feet, they also modelled knee-high socks and ankle socks on their hands and in their hair.

The event was organised by year six students Courtney Osborne and Ciara Brand.

Commenting on the success of the day, Ciara told the newspaper: "All the children loved it, as all the socks added lots of colour to the uniform."

Meanwhile, one father is planning to wear odd socks during an upcoming fund-raising walk.

The Birmingham Mail reports that John Bill of Dorridge will complete the 30-mile challenge in memory of his late son and is sporting odd legwear to remind people of his son's sense of humour.

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Supermodel covers million dollar legs with leggings

Supermodel covers million dollar legs with leggings
Supermodel Heidi Klum has been spotted with her famous pins clad in on-trend black leggings.

According to Celebritygossip.net, the Project Runway presenter looked "sexy and stylish", teaming her legwear with a leather jacket, brown t-shirt, black skirt and knee-high boots.

The fashionable hosiery was covering the catwalk queen's most valuable assets, her $2.2 million legs.

According to the news provider Ms Klum's legs are insured for $1.2 million and $1 million, with the left leg being worth slightly less due to a small scar.

"They are different values because I have this little scar. I had to be examined in London. A guy came and inspected my leg," it quotes the model as saying.

Meanwhile, Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole recently told the Daily Mail that she does not like her legs, adding that she often dresses to cover them up.

According to online My Park magazine, that is exactly what she did at a recent gig, teaming her PVC ensemble with leggings.

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Opaque tights 'to be autumn trend'

Opaque tights 'to be autumn trend'
Opaque and semi-opaque tights are here to stay through the autumn, one fashion commentator has noted.

Asserting her opinion via online resource The Literary Fashionista, a blogger known as Kanani claims that striped tights, fishnet stockings, shimmer hosiery and patterned tights are all going to be big news as the weather gets a little chillier.

However, she warns that the trend needs to be approached with caution as tights are a dominant part of an ensemble and as such have to be considered carefully.

The legwear lover states that being too "matchy matchy" is unflattering and instead suggests people wear outfits that incorporate a "myriad" of colours and textures which complement one another.

She also recommends teaming striped tights with heels for a leg-lengthening look.

Meanwhile, style reporter Elizabeth Wellington recently commented in the Seattle Times that opaque tights are overtaking sheer hosiery as women's legwear of choice.

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Sheer 'to be big trend next season'

Sheer 'to be big trend next season'
Transparent is going to be a big trend for the next season, asserts one fashion commentator, noting that hosiery will on display rather than in the drawer.

Making her claims in the Wall Street Journal, style reporter Christina Binkley states that leggings and tights under see-through skirts will be sported by many fashion-forward females.

"A lot of sheer and even transparent looks will show up on the fashion runways this fall," she adds.

Kelly Osbourne showed that she has embraced this trend wholeheartedly by modelling a sheer black mini dress at the recent Dark Knight premiere in London.

Meanwhile, another style-savvy reporter has also suggested that sheer items, including hosiery, may be back on the fashion agenda by the autumn.

Writing for the Seattle Times, Elizabeth Wellington noted that flesh-coloured tights and stockings will the legwear of choice for women, who could team them with next season's tailored apparel.

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Legwear 'helps make fashion fun'

Legwear 'helps make fashion fun'
Fun fashion is the order of the day and hosiery is one way add interest to an outfit, asserts one fashion commentator.

Speaking to online resource Stuff.co.nz, fashion store owner Jayna Barrett notes that people should play with fashion, adding: "Fashion is another form of creative expression so use it to your advantage, play, don't be shy, work with your shape, get excited."

Ms Barrett also claims that fashionable legwear such as patterned tights, funky stockings and lacy ankle socks are great for livening up an ensemble.

In particular she expresses a penchant for leopard print hosiery, which she teams with form-fitting pencil skirts, blouses and cardigans, to create interest between her hemline and footwear.

She concludes that people should step out of their comfort zones regarding style.

Meanwhile, men will certainly be exploring new realms of fashion if they take online resource Fashion Nation's advice and brave leggings this summer.

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Signature legwear may help tennis star to victory

Signature legwear may help tennis star to victory
An American tennis player is hoping her signature legwear look will help her be victorious at an upcoming tournament.

Danielle Mitroi is set to take part in the AAU Junior Olympic Games this weekend and will be hitting the court in mismatched socks, according the Detroit News.

For the opening match, she intends to don one plain sock and one stripy sock, but the newspaper speculates she may choose some more outlandish hosiery as she progresses through the competition, suggesting she may opt for polka-dot or tie-dyed legwear.

When questioned about her unusual fashion choices, the ten-year-old, who is ranked second nationally in her age group, said: "I just like to be different."

Meanwhile, golfing star Padraig Harrington recently said that if he could he would wear the same socks he wore to the Carnoustie 2007 at this year's open in a bid to recreate his success, reports the Independent.

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Kids 'should pair patterned and plain clothes'

Kids 'should pair patterned and plain clothes'
Parents whose kids want to embrace the trend for patterned legwear should be careful what clothes their offspring team them with, advises one expert.

Making her comments to the Associated Press, Andrea Harmon, director of colour and concept at The Children's Place, says that a patterned item, such as tights or leggings, should be matched with solid pieces, perhaps in shades which would not normally be viewed as complementary.

She suggests that by wearing patterned clothes children can express their inner emotions and let their imaginations run riot.

Printed leggings and patterned socks are one way to inject some life into an ensemble, without going overboard, adds Pilar Guzman, editor-in-chief of Cookie magazine

"Be guided by good taste, not rules," the style-savvy commentator concludes.

Meanwhile, youngsters at Thurrock School in Basildon raised £115 for St Luke's Hospice by donning patterned socks and bright legwear on a special crazy socks day, reports the Echo.

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Patterned tights are a 'must-have'

Patterned tights are a 'must-have'
Patterned tights are this year's must-have legwear, according to one fashion commentator.

Asserting their opinion via online fashion resource Style Guru, an unnamed writer notes that bold and beautiful hosiery has been seen on the catwalks of some high-end designers, including Pucci, John Galliano, Jasper Conran, Moschino, and Sonia Rykiel.

Among the patterns which have been tempting fashionistas are tartan, polka dots and snakeskin, states the writer, adding that net "never really goes away" when it comes to hosiery and as such fishnet stockings and lacy tights will be popular.

In addition, plain black tights, both sheer and opaque, will be an option for style-savvy females looking for a more subdued ensemble, they continue.

Meanwhile, clothes store owner Jayna Barrett recently told Stuff.co.nz that fashion should be fun and legwear can help make an outfit seem more creative.

She adds that patterned tights, funky stockings and lacy ankle socks are great for livening up an ensemble.

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Socks help tycoon land business deal

Socks help tycoon land business deal
Dragons' Den star Peter Jones was selected to invest in one group of contestants' business endeavour due to his legwear choices.

A band, Hamfatter, approached the Dragons in a bid to get £75,000 to fund recording their album and publicising themselves but found themselves having to choose which entrepreneur to work with after they all expressed an interest in the band, with Jones' stripey socks putting him ahead of his rivals.

Writing in their website, the band noted: "Peter Jones said 'I just love music. I don't play music but I love it.' And that for me was something big…plus he was wearing stripey socks."

The band also said that the tycoon's mammoth height made him feel like a father figure to them.

"It was 33 per cent music, 33 per cent socks, 33 per cent tall," they added, noting that the socks of a such a tall man would be able to fit a lot of stripes on them.

The Daily Mail previously reported that Mr Jones feels his bright socks, which he often dons in public, express his "wacky" side.

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Hosiery used to create dress and jewellery

Hosiery used to create dress and jewellery
One hosiery hoarder has found an innovative use for her tired tights; she has reinvented them as a glamorous ball dress.

According to the Halifax Evening Courier, 18-year-old art student Laura Twaites used old legwear, paint and textile embellishments to create an unusual "ethereal" gown as part of her A-Level course.

Her ensemble is inspired by nature and organic materials.

The dress, along with her fellow students' creations, is currently on display at the Tantalizing Textiles exhibition at Variegations Textile Art Centre in Sowerby Bridge.

Meanwhile, Brit jewellery designer Maria Lau incorporates old flesh-coloured tights and stockings into her creations, mixing the hosiery with semi-precious stones and other embellishments to create chunky necklaces, headbands and bracelets, reports online resource Today's Top Trend

Her collection is named A Skin Less Ordinary and was on display during Coutts Jewellery Week in June.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones: I'm not ready for wrinkly tights yet

Catherine Zeta-Jones: I'm not ready for wrinkly tights yet
Hollywood star Catherine Zeta-Jones is much more likely to be spotted in some slinky stockings or some fashionable hosiery than a pair of wrinkled old tights, she asserts.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, the actress, who is 38-years-old, said that she is not planning to embrace Nora Batty-esque wrinkly stockings anytime soon, adding: "I haven't actually reached my sexiest point yet."

Ms Zeta-Jones also stated that being married to an older man, 63-year-old Michael Douglas, does not make her feel any more middle-aged, noting: "I'm not going to be playing old grannies any time soon."

Meanwhile, TV presenter Esther Rantzen recently admitted she has abandoned her much-loved fishnet stockings in favour of some more mature hosiery.

Speaking to the Scotsman, Esther said that when she was younger she had loved fishnet legwear as it was "exotic" and "slightly wicked" but the 68-year-old donned her favorite tights for the last time after wearing them for a shoot with Closer magazine well into her 60s.

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Coloured socks – Vulgar or stylish?

Coloured socks – Vulgar or stylish?
Opinion regarding the suitability of coloured socks on men is divided, according to one publication.

A number of legwear commentators have written in to the Times to air their views on whether bright patterned socks are vulgar or stylish.

One such reader noted that while black or dark coloured socks are more suitable with a suit it is up to the wearer to choose what hosiery they want to wear with casual attire.

Another socks enthusiast agreed, adding that while opting for odd socks may be a step too far, people should be able to express their inner child via their feet.

However, Lyndall Barbour of Warminster advised that if people who lots of pairs of the same  socks they never have to worry about losing one and spoiling a pair.

Meanwhile, fashion designer Giuseppe Zanotti has revealed that she has a passion for vintage socks, telling the Times that he has at least 200 pairs of the same black socks as "they just feel so nice against my skin".

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Socks and sandals 'second biggest fashion faux pas'

Socks and sandals 'second biggest fashion faux pas'
Socks and sandals have been named as the second biggest fashion faux pas of the summer, following ill-fitting swimming trunks.

The list, which was compiled by Debenhams, shows that despite what some high-end designers may be trying to make people think, socks and sandal will be considered a fashion crime by many.

According to a Daily Telegraph report, 92 per cent of respondents to the poll agreed with the stereotype that Brits have awful fashion sense on holiday, while 82 per cent admitted they cringe when they see fellow Brits sporting style disasters abroad.

Speaking to the newspaper about these findings, a spokesperson for the high street store said: "Looking stylish abroad is so important and there's no excuse to wear hideous clothing combinations like socks and sandals, saggy bikinis or cycling shorts on the beach."

Meanwhile, Big Brother housemate Sara recently donned a socks and sandals combo as part of a Holiday in Heaven task.

According to Channel Four's website, she described the ensemble as "cool".

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Lacy tights, trendy or trashy?

Lacy tights, trendy or trashy?
One legwear lover has deemed lacy tights to be a romantic addition to any ensemble.

Noting that lacy hosiery has been seen on the catwalks of Emma Cook and Roberto Cavalli, Lou Lou Magazine's editor said they are the perfect way to add a touch of on-trend lace to an outfit, without going overboard.

"Cute black knee-skimming skirt, lace tights, oxford-esque booties… cute, right?" she added.

However, the style savvy writer notes that some people may feel that lacy stockings and tights are a bit too "Madonna-circa-1980s" for some people's tastes.

Online fashion resource Fashionista states that high-end fashion stores are filling their windows with lace ready for autumn.

The news provider is one of lacy tights cynics, stating that they could be sexy but on many legs end up being "trashy".

Meanwhile, blogger Shoe Gal asserts via her blog that lacy tights can lend a punk edge to an outfit, which, according to Elle Magazine, is one of next season's key looks.

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