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02nd June 2015

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Hosiery 'makes or breaks' a fashionable look

Hosiery 'makes or breaks' a fashionable look
The legwear a girl selects to finish off her outfit can make or break her look, an expert has commented.

A fashion blogger known as Arlene made her remarks to online resource Lifestyle Choices, noting that there is an incredible amount of tights, stockings and other hosiery choices open to the modern dresser.

She called upon fashionable females to discard tights with visible runs, asserting that such laddered legwear looks "sloppy" and is fundamentally unattractive.

Women should take into account that dark hosiery will make voluptuous legs appear more slender, while paler shades will make overly-slim pins appear fuller, Arlene continued.

The blogger also urged well-dressed women to ensure their hosiery choice matches their outfit in some way.

"When wearing all neutrals, like black, you can go for a contrasting hosiery choice: red, glittery gold, paisley," she recommended.

Recently, fashion commentator Gill Hart suggested, in an article for Suite101, that this year celebrities are adopting brightly-coloured patterned tights and long socks for an unusual and playful look.

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Socks a 'vital part of male wardrobes'

Socks a 'vital part of male wardrobes'
Socks are a "basic" consideration for any well-dressed man and attractive socks are an indispensible addition to all male wardrobes, an expert has commented.

Fashion adviser Ed Biado, writing for the Manila Standard Today, urged men to check their wardrobes contain essential basics such as shirts, a dark suit and smart leather shoes.

Males should make sure they have dress socks to wear with their suits, not sport socks and never white socks, he argued.

"Dress socks that are long enough to cover the part of your legs that are not covered by your pants when sitting down are the only acceptable kind," the commentator added.

Online resource AskMen.com flippantly comments that wearing white socks outside of the gym will drive women away.

It urges men to wear grey socks or black socks if they cannot find anything more stylish.

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Fun socks give outfits "punch"

Fun socks give outfits "punch"
As an accessory, socks can add "punch" to an outfit, a fashion blog has asserted.

LifestyleChoices has published a post commenting that there are so many brightly-coloured or patterned socks available that there is no need to wear drab socks.

Furthermore, the style guide highlighted that long socks can be a fun alternative to tights under longer skirts.

Those wanting softer socks should consider buying a pair which contain cashmere as this really adds to foot comfort, it continued.

"Do take advantage of the many patterns and colours available in today’s socks. No need to be dull in the foot department anymore," the blog added.

Recently, a blogger known as Poster Girl told online resource Fashion Trend that the socks and sandals combo can be a bold and fun look.

However, she cautioned fashionable females not to pair up over-the-knee socks with pleated skirts or Peter Pan collars as they risk looking like schoolgirls.

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Ill-fitting tights: A fashion faux pas too far

Ill-fitting tights: A fashion faux pas too far
It is important that women know what size hosiery they should be wearing in order to smooth out any unnecessary bulges, an expert has commented.

Kelly Reising, a blogger writing for LifeTips explained that good quality tights should "accentuate the positive" but that pulling on hosiery which is too small can leave a lady looking lumpy.

However, purchasing tights which are too big can give legs an odd and baggy look as they sag in all the wrong places, she continued.

Woman, Ms Reising urged, "know thyself".

"The chart on the back of the package is there for a reason. Read it - use it - learn it," the style adviser recommended, warning that wearing the wrong-sized tights is a fashion faux pas.

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Use legwear to 'add colour to work outfits'

Use legwear to 'add colour to work outfits'
Women wanting to "dress up" their office outfits may want to invest in some patterned tights or hosiery in a fun colour, an expert has suggested.

Glam.com's Susan Cernek made her comments to online style spot the Kansas CW, noting that many women feel they have to put on dull clothes to be smart enough for work.

However, she urged fashionable females to add fun touches to their ensembles to brighten up a suit, such as a "playful" watch or smart scarf.

Bright blouses may seem a little out of place in a meeting but legwear is "all fair game" the style guru continued.

"Inject a dose of colour into your subdued black, gray, and navy wardrobe by sporting a pair of textured tights or patterned socks," she urged.

Women may want to exercise caution when considering what legwear is suitable for the office as recently there has been debate about whether or not it is acceptable to wear fishnet tights to work.

The Daily Mail reported that one London law firm had ordered its female staff to stop wearing fishnet stockings as they do not present a professional image.

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Argyle socks 'suit every age, sex and style'

Argyle socks 'suit every age, sex and style'
Argyle socks are one of the only fashion accessories which look stylish on everyone, no matter what their age, sex or style, it has been suggested.

Online resource Holiday Gift Buzz, writing about suitable presents for Father's Day, said argyle socks are unlikely to leave the folds of the fashionable any time soon and are more stylish than socks of just one colour.

The website did not just praise argyle legwear but lauded the merits of stripy socks and other patterned socks.

Striped socks allow those dressed for business to be wild at least through one item, the writer asserted.

"It is almost like a small rebellion, a way of asserting identity in what is, by and large, a very conformist workplace," they added.

Recently, online gift resource the Boutique Beat remarked that dads enjoy receiving small but thoughtful presents on Father's Day, such as socks or sunglasses.

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Embrace summer trends with clashing socks and shoes

Embrace summer trends with clashing socks and shoes
Fashionistas who want to inject some colour into their summer wardrobe without standing out too much could opt for some bright legwear, according to one commentator.

Writing for fashion blog My Fashion Life, Katy Smail notes that the hot trend for the summer months will be bright, clashing colours.

Katy states that one way to achieve such a look is to opt for "over-zealous prints and multitudes of colours" and "clashing florals".

However, she adds that to make a fashion statement without going overboard women could team "bright little ankle socks" in "paintbox" colours with clashing shoes.

It was previously noted by a fashion expert that fun socks and colourful legwear can be an interesting way of brightening up drab office wear.

Writing for the Kansas CW, Glam.com's Susan Cernek noted that such touches liven up the workplace without being inappropriate.

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Women willing to embrace socks and heels

Women willing to embrace socks and heels
Well-known style icons such as Sarah Jessica Parker have been modelling the socks and heels look for a while now but are normal women brave enough to embrace the combo?

A recent survey by online fashion resource Fab Sugar revealed that 18 per cent of respondents would wholeheartedly adopt the trend, deeming it stylish and practical, while a further 32 per cent of those surveyed would pair their fashion socks and heels once in a while.

Under half of those questioned were not brave enough to attempt the look.

Eric Damon, costume designer for the hit show Gossip Girl, and who often dresses the show's star Blake Lively in fun socks and tights, previously advised people following this trend that pairing knee high socks with thin stilettos is a "no, no".

Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Damon suggested that simple peep-toe pumps and monochromatic shoes work best with socks.

In the recently released Sex and the City movie, leading lady Sarah Jessica dons over the knee argyle socks with her gladiator-style heels.

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Tights protect skirt wearers' modesty

Tights protect skirt wearers' modesty
Fashion conscious females can pair this season's short skirts with tights and stockings to show their legs to the best advantage, according to one style expert.

Online fashion resource Fibre2Fashion states that the super-short skirts are a hot trend this summer, but one which can be tricky to wear, especially with less than perfect pins.

However, those wanting to follow the fashion footsteps of celebrities without flashing too much flesh can always team their mini with some stylish legwear, adds the news provider.

The site claims that semi-opaque hosiery can give short skirts a "more professional look", adding that striped tights will "match anything".

It also notes that purchasing an abundance of legwear in their favourite colours will mean fashionistas can "have the flexibility to create combinations with all the colours that complement" them.

Short skirt wearers who are proud of their legs are advised that patterned tights "draw attention".

In related news, Kelly Reising, a blogger writing for LifeTips, recently urged tights wearers not to opt for badly fitting hosiery, saying they can make a lady's legs look unusual.

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Bright knee-high socks 'good for festivals'

Bright knee-high socks 'good for festivals'
Music festivals are one of the few occasions where it is acceptable to wear brightly coloured knee-high socks under wellies, it has been claimed.

The Independent notes that the "modern festival-goer" may be allowed to ditch their inhibitions but cannot be permitted to lose their sense of style.

However, despite such firm fashion advice, the newspaper suggested that attendees can enjoy some brightly coloured legwear, perhaps patterned socks.

"Leggings have had their day in the real world, but they are useful at a festival and this is one of the few occasions when you can get away with coloured knee socks under wellies," it added.

Recently, the Guardian reported that, despite the mud, British good cheer often shows itself through bright splashes of colour at festivals.

Hardley Freeman argued that festival-goers sometimes dress up their outfits using bright and patterned socks rather than black socks.

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Socks aid the transition to summer wardrobe

Socks aid the transition to summer wardrobe
A pair of trendy socks or tights can help fashion-conscious females make the transition from their winter wardrobe to their summer one, according to a commentator.

Writing for online fashion resource Street Brand, Amy Cole notes that a few days of sun can tempt women into their summer clothes but often the UK's "ever-changing" weather means they need to take measures to stay warm if it turns chilly.

Ms Cole suggests investing in a pair of bright tights that will "look amazing and keep your legs from turning blue".

She adds that for a more "radical" look knee-high socks pushed to ankle length and teamed with sandals are the "height of fashion".

A recent article in the Independent claimed that colourful or patterned socks could come in handy at this summer's festivals.

It added that a festival is one of the few occasions where stylish females can get away with pairing knee-high socks and wellies.

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"Fabulous hosiery" is fashion essential for Mary Portas

"Fabulous hosiery" is fashion essential for Mary Portas
Fashion expert Mary Portas has cited "fabulous hosiery" as being one of her fashion staples.

When questioned by the Times about which five items of clothing she would take on a desert island, the retail adviser said a fun pair of tights, along with a black shift dress, a white shirt, "killer heels" and a good necklace are her essentials.

She also stated that fun legwear is a great way to make a plain black dress suitable for the evening.

The style-savvy TV presenter also noted that it is not a good idea for women to try and emulate the style of celebrities.

"It's about looking at yourself and picking the things that suit," she told the news provider.

Meanwhile, in an interview with the Daily Mail, designer Louise Kennedy advised pale skinned ladies to don a pair of sheer tights to give themselves a little colour rather than resorting to fake tan.

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Can men get away with socks and sandals?

Can men get away with socks and sandals?
While pairing socks with sandals is popular among fashionable women can the trend be embraced by men?

David Graham, fashion editor at the Toronto Star, that while high-end designers such as Prada and Yves Saint Laurent have sent their male models down the runway in sandal and socks combinations, the average bloke has to work hard to avoid looking like a tourist.

For those brave enough to attempt the look, wardrobe stylist Georgia Groom of Toronto adds: "Make sure your sandals are fantastic," adds the publication.

The news provider also warns would-be fashionistas that many women are not fans of the look, with Ms Groom saying: "I'm not letting my boyfriend anywhere near it."

Meanwhile, entertainment news site Monsters and Critics recently reported that Hollywood heartthrob Jake Gyllenhaal has been spotted wearing socks and sandals while accompanying his actress girlfriend Reese Witherspoon to a yoga class.

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Bovver boots raise legwear questions

Bovver boots raise legwear questions
An expert has noted that the bovver boot has come back into fashion, leaving many style-conscious women wondering what legwear to team the footwear with.

In an article for the Guardian, Laura Barton states that celebrities, including supermodel Agyness Deyn and Daisy Lowe, have been spotted in the bulky footwear, which first appeared on the fashion scene as the shoe of choice for teenagers in the 1980s.

The reporter adds that the boots can be teamed with floaty dresses and striped tights to create a feminine look, or ripped fishnet stockings for a more grungy style statement.

Meanwhile, fashionistas were recently advised that they can team fashionable legwear with their wellies at this summer's festivals.

An article in the Independent noted that brightly coloured knee-high socks and patterned socks are acceptable on a "modern festival-goer".

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Black socks 'appropriate with formal wear'

Black socks 'appropriate with formal wear'
Style-conscious men not wanting to make a fashion faux pas at a formal event this summer should stick to wearing black socks, according to one expert.

Writing for the BBC, fashion critic James Sherwood asserts that black, or sometimes grey, socks are the only kind which should be worn with traditional morning dress at occasions such as Ascot.

Coloured socks and patterned socks may be popular for other occasions but Mr Sherwood claims that when teamed with formal dress they tend to look "second rate".

Concerning the rest of a race-goer's attire, the style guru advises donning a tightly knotted tie and ensuring that ties, waistcoats and handkerchiefs are all co-ordinated but not matching.

Meanwhile, women heading to the races were recently instructed to model "elegant" tights or stockings to give a little colour to their legs rather than covering themselves in fake tan.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, fashion designer Louise Kennedy said: "There is nothing worse than a very pale girl who has a very dark tan. If you need colour on the legs opt for hosiery in a natural colour."

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Give tired tights a new lease of life

Give tired tights a new lease of life
What is a woman to do when a fashionable new pair of tights can no longer fit in her over-filled hosiery drawer?

Online fashion resource Dolly Mix suggests recycling tired legwear and making way for some fun new styles of patterned tights and colourful socks.

The website notes that there are many uses for last season's styles, stating that they can be filled with lavender and used as fragrant sachets to freshen up the wardrobe, while high denier hosiery can be use to clean mirrors and other shiny surfaces.

In addition, a worn pair of tights can prove to be a first aid essential, with the news provider claiming they make a "great flexible sling".

Fashionistas could even opt to give their old tights a new lease of life as 80s-style arm warmers.

"Wool tights are great for keeping arms warm, while fashion tights such as fishnets or brightly coloured prints are a great accessory to an outfit," Dolly Mix advises.

Meanwhile, according to Guardian style reporter Laura Barton claims that if a pair of fishnet stockings get ripped, style-savvy women could team them with this season's bovver boots for a grungy look.

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Men 'could embrace tights in the future'

Men 'could embrace tights in the future'
While tights may be seen to firmly belong in a women's drawer, one expert asserts that they may one day be a legwear option for men.

In a report on online fashion resource Fibre2Fashion, Matthew Sorrow notes that the days of fashion stereotypes could be "history", saying men could embrace traditionally feminine style statements, such a tights, scarves and skirts.

"Many women believe that tights were made especially for them and laugh if their partners start to wear them. Those women are wrong," he adds.

The forward-thinking style commentator continues to say that while men used to be the sole wearers of tights in the middle ages, they now only have the option of trousers to keep their legs warm.

In related news, a fashion expert recently questioned whether it is suitable for men to embrace the trend of sandals and socks that many women can be seen sporting.

David Graham, fashion editor at the Toronto Star, noted that some men can carry of the look but the majority have to work hard to avoid looking like a tourist.

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Fashion choices 'help hosiery suit everyone'

Fashion choices 'help hosiery suit everyone'
Style savvy women can embrace this seasons fashionable legwear, whatever their shape or size, by following a few helpful fashion hints, one expert has asserted.

Writing for online news resource Stuff, Jane Bolton notes that trendy hosiery such as knee-high socks and colourful patterned tights can look good regardless of the size of a women's pins as long as they are teamed with the right clothes and shoes.

She recommends disguising larger thighs and generous hips by teaming colourful tights with a tunic top, mid-calf cardigan or long coat, adding that a pair of "high, skinny boots" can complement coloured tights and make legs look shapely.

"For a soft look, merino or opaque cream tights teamed with shoes of a neutral shade work well," Ms Bolton adds.

The fashion expert also notes that there are some styles to be wary of, as they will only emphasise any figure flaws.

In particular, she states that combining white tights and black shoes is a style no-no, although reversing the colour combination and donning white shoes could work for some fashionistas.

Recently, style resource Fibre2Fashion claimed that tights can help preserve women's modesty if they are braving this season's super-short mini skirts.

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Open-toe shoes and tights a "must-have"

Open-toe shoes and tights a "must-have"
Open toe shoes teamed with tights are a fashion "must-have", according to one commentator.

Writing for online fashion site Glamboulevard, a blogger known as Viola asserts that while some people may question the style status of socks and sandals, open toe high heels and hosiery can be "very fashionable".

"It has always been the rule to not wear opaque tights with open toe shoes. But this year, all of this is going to change," she adds.

On a practical note, the style-savvy writer notes that opaque tights help keep legs warm and balance the layered look which is in this season.

Meanwhile, a recent survey by online fashion resource Fab Sugar revealed that 18 per cent of respondents would wholeheartedly embrace pairing their high heels with socks, deeming it stylish and practical, while a further 32 per cent of those surveyed would team their fashion socks and heels once in a while.

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Ditch black tights in favour of 'colourful styles'

Ditch black tights in favour of 'colourful styles'
Why stick to black tights when hosiery is available in all the colours of the rainbow, one blogger has questioned.

Describing tights as a "wardrobe staple", the unnamed author uses online resource Dress You Up to detail the many styles of hosiery available to fashion-conscious females.

The writer notes that brightly coloured tights paired with a plain black outfit or clothes of contrasting shades can be a bold fashion statement.

In particular purple legwear is "the perfect way" to embrace the trend for tights, as is vintage-inspired hosiery, they assert.

Fashionistas with short legs are advised that patterned tights with a vertical stripe can lengthen their pins and make them look shapelier.

A style commentator recently asserted that anyone can wear on-trend legwear if they team it with the right clothes.

Writing for online news resource Stuff, Jane Bolton notes that stylish hosiery such as knee-high socks and colourful patterned tights look good with tunic tops and longer cardigans that disguise figure flaws.

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Stylish students 'incorporate colourful tights into their wardrobes'

Stylish students 'incorporate colourful tights into their wardrobes'
Style savvy students can make an impact with their clothes - if they opt for the right legwear, one style expert has noted.

Writing for the style section of the Inquirer, Apples Aberin Sadhwani notes that coloured tights can give the staple wardrobe items relied upon by many cash-strapped students a "preppy" edge while projecting a "bit of flash and humour".

She adds that when choosing the colour of hosiery and other forms of attire it is important to select carefully.

Red shows that the wearer is not afraid of attention, the writer notes, while black projects a "sophisticated and grown-up" image and pastel shades are "ultra-feminine".

Meanwhile, people looking for a way to reinvent their old hosiery could follow the advice of online fashion resource Dolly Mix and adapt them into 80s-style arm warmers.

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Men 'should be wary of choosing the right colour socks'

Men 'should be wary of choosing the right colour socks'
Choosing the right coloured socks to match their ensemble is a must for fashion-forward males, it has emerged.

Writing for the Deccan Herald, Rachna Bisht-Rawat notes that teaming white socks with dark shoes and trousers is a fashion faux pas, adding "The cardinal rule is - white socks with white shoes and dark socks with dark shoes."

The reporter also states that men should remember a sloppy look will not impress the opposite sex.

Meanwhile, online resource Vancouver 24 hours suggests that pairing socks with sandals is also not the way to a woman's heart.

A BBC survey highlights that 38 per cent of women see this fashion statement as a no, no, reports the news provider.

"You could see Brad Pitt, a really good-looking guy, but if he's wearing sandals and socks, the good looks kind of diminish," explains Solange Bernard, marketing director for BBC Canada.

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Style experts praise versatility of legwear

Style experts praise versatility of legwear
A number of style experts have advised that socks and tights are the ideal accessories with which to complement an outfit.

Women's Wear Daily asserted that fashion conscious females can follow in Kate Moss's footsteps and pair this season's cut-off denim shorts with black tights for a more glamorous look.

Secondly, Australian publication the Sydney Morning Herald noted that hosiery can be a style saviour when it comes to giving new a lease of life to little black dresses.

It added that fishnet stockings or black patterned tights can update an old ensemble perfectly.

Online news resource Glamour Chick has also praised the versatility of fashion legwear, noting that tights are perfect for teaming with tea dresses on chilly days.

It added that thick-knit or opaque tights will see the summer style-staple last until the winter, when it can be teamed with chunkier shoes for an on-trend look.

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Two-tone tights are a "new level" in the hosiery style stakes

Two-tone tights are a "new level" in the hosiery style stakes
Fashion tights are heading to a new level next season, according to one fashion commentator. Writing for online resource Glamboulevard, a blogger known as Alice asserts that style-savvy women will be opting for two-tone legwear, as seen on Chanel catwalks in autumn and winter 2008.

The writer notes that couture king Karl Lagerfeld reportedly started this hosiery trend by sending his models down the runway in nude/black monogrammed tights.

She adds that two-tone tights in paisley patterns and swirly styles have been modelled on the pins of fashionistas of late, noting that the new hosiery style is "the ultimate mod-chic which could add a little flare to every outfit".

Previously, fashion bible Vogue lent its support to fashion tights, stating that two-tone legwear is the "epitome of grown-up chic" and classic yet modern.

Meanwhile, Female First magazine advises that they are worn with heavy woollen dresses, Romany embroidery and chunky heels.

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Lost sock stress 'prevented by knowing where to look'

Lost sock stress 'prevented by knowing where to look'
Hosiery lovers who are fed up of finding just one of their favourite socks in their drawer have been given a helping hand by one commentator.

Writing for online resource List Mama, an unnamed blogger advises that when embarking on a search for that lone knee-high sock there are certain places it is prudent to look first.

Under the washing machine was listed as the best place to search for runaway legwear, followed by under the laundry basket and under bedroom furniture.

"Solo socks" can often be located tucked in the corner of fitted sheets or under the sofa, the writer adds.

To avoid the search for missing socks, the blogger advises pinning each pair together before putting them in the wash.

Meanwhile, over in the US, a policeman has created the Sock Cop - a handy clip which joins socks in the wash and prevents them from being lost.

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Socks a 'summer alternative to tights'

Socks a 'summer alternative to tights'
As the weather gets warmer, hosiery lovers may be forced to ditch their thick tights but if they cannot cope without any legwear they could turn to socks.

This is the opinion of one blogger, Julie, who asserts her opinion on online resource Shiny Little Things, noting that summer may be the ideal time to embrace new varieties of hosiery.

Describing some of the stylish socks on the market as "adorable", the writer adds: "Whether ankle, knee, or above the knee, these can look quite cute and come in a variety of colours and shades."

This view is supported by fashion commentator Miss Woo, who uses the online resource Cheap Skate Chic to praise her lacey ankle socks, which she says are an ideal alternative to tights on warm days.

Meanwhile, it was recently reported by Dress You Up that colourful tights provide a fashionable alternative to black in the summer months.

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Embrace patterned hosiery 'without going overboard'

Embrace patterned hosiery 'without going overboard'
Fashion-conscious females who want to fully embrace bright and patterned hosiery can do so without looking over the top, asserts one expert.

Writing for online resource Propeller, an author known as Cindy notes that savvy fashionistas can take measures to transfer the catwalk-friendly look to the real world.

Firstly, she suggests opting for subtle coloured hosiery, such as plum or khaki tights, for a more "demure" take on the trend or merely revealing a tantalising glimpse of patterned tights by teaming them with knee-length skirts and high boots.

Individuals wanting to do something more unique regarding their legwear can opt to wear brightly coloured or patterned socks with trousers and high heels or peep-toe sandals.

Or, for the very fashion forward, tights can be layered with fishnet stockings in contrasting or matching colours.

Meanwhile, one blogger, Julie, recent used the online resource Shiny Pretty Things to suggest that summer may be the ideal time to embrace new forms of hosiery, such as ankle and knee-high socks.

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Esther Rantzen: Women find fishnet tights exotic

Esther Rantzen: Women find fishnet tights exotic
TV personality Esther Rantzen has stated that older women like fishnet stockings as they remind them of their youth.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, the 68-year-old, who has recently published a guide to "growing old disgracefully", said that women see fishnet hosiery as "exotic and slightly wicked".

Ms Rantzen added that fishnet tights are supposed to disguise a number of figure flaws and flatter pins of any shape or size.

"So even the baggiest knees can be disguised by a latticework of black elastic," she continued.

However, she warned that once a women approaches 50 she should be wary of wearing fishnet stockings, or at least be careful what clothes they are teamed with.

Esther added that she has only recently discarded her own fishnet hosiery.

Meanwhile, it has recently been reported that fishnets teamed with opaque tights is a hot fashion trend.

USA Today remarked that Gossip Girl star Blake Lively is often seen sporting coloured tights with contrasting stockings, while writing for online resource Propeller, an author known as Cindy asserted that the trend is popular among fashion-forward individuals.

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Ankle socks ' a summer staple'

Ankle socks ' a summer staple'
Ankle socks are a "summer staple", according to one fashion enthusiast who claims that they add interest to skirt and sandals combinations.

Writing for My Fashion Life, Katie Smail notes that pretty, lacy ankle socks teamed with summer shoes and "scruffy layering" are an ideal summer look, adding that it is best to avoid looking "too pristine and co-ordinating".

Ms Smail continues to say that while the look is very high-fashion and has been incorporated into designer Zac Posen's resort collection it reminds women of their schooldays and makes them feel carefree.

"They make your most ridiculously pretty shoes look all fresh and summery," she concludes.

Katie's comments follow praise for summer socks from Shiny Little things blogger Julie, who noted that "adorable" ankle or knee-high socks come in a variety of colours and styles and are an ideal alternative to tights for legwear lovers who cannot bear to ditch their hosiery as the weather gets warmer.

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