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Accessory Trends: Patterned Tights

If there is one thing that is oft forgotten when it comes to fashion, it is that fashion is meant to be fun. Thankfully, one of the biggest accessory trends on the circuit right now is lighthearted and totally fun: patterned tights. Although the look has been around for years, it wasn’t until 2009 when labels like Balenciaga (far left) and celebrities like Diane Kruger (second from left) started sporting the look that patterned tights become a full-fledged trend. With plenty of fun and exciting options out there, the time has come for a style maven like you to make the look your own.


If there is one thing that is oft forgotten when it comes to fashion, it is that fashion is meant to be fun. Thankfully, one of the biggest accessory trends on the circuit right now is lighthearted and totally fun: patterned tights. Although the look has been around for years, it wasn’t until 2009 when labels like Balenciaga (far left) and celebrities like Diane Kruger (second from left) started sporting the look that patterned tights become a full-fledged trend. With plenty of fun and exciting options out there, the time has come for a style maven like you to make the look your own.

The simplicity of patterned tights is what makes this trend so special. Donning a pair is a bold and cheeky way to add a hint of puerile fun to your look, and the added bonus is that it is super easy to employ. If you’re ready to incorporate this look into your closet, read on for some fashionable inspiration.

This trend made its first noteworthy appearance on the Balenciaga runway (far left), during their Fall 2009 show. A lush velvet dress was paired with a peek at a lace bra and a pair of Swiss-dot tights. These Polka Dot Sheer Tights ($10.65) from Asos are the perfect pair of tights if you’re interested in the Balenciaga look.

When Diane Kruger (second from left) decided to try this look, she also went for a pair of Swiss-dot tights. For a similar look, try out Topshop’s Spotty Net Tights ($16). Pair them with your favorite printed dress and add a pair of chunky heels for a look that is chic and stylish, while also suggesting that you know how to look on the bright side of life.

Moving over to Leighton Meester (middle) who wore a pair of floral patterned tights. Leighton paired hers with a thatched knit coat and chunky platform heels. For a similar look, why not try a pair of these Large Scale Floral Tights ($14) from Urban Outfitters. The pattern is quite bold, so try to match them with a solid coat and a pair of similarly-hued shoes. For a slightly less brazen look, try this pair of Flora Tights ($55) by Wolford.

If you love a feminine look, but you’re not into floral prints, Peaches Geldof (second from right) has a solution: hearts. Peaches went with a downright playful look; she paired a polka-dot dress with a pair of heart print tights. For a Peaches-inspired look, why not try this pair of Sheer Hearts Tights ($14) from Urban Outfitters or American Apparel’s Sheer Luxe Shapes Pantyhose ($28) in Black Hearts.

For our final source of inspiration, we found another pair of Swiss-dot tights in an editorial by the fashion bible itself, Vogue (far right). Swiss-dot tights are the classic patterned tight and are the perfect way to begin your foray into this trend. Try these Sheer Mini Spot Tights ($10) by Charnos Hosiery or, for a slightly more dramatic look, these Polka Dot Tights ($5.99) by Apt 9. Once you’ve started to enjoy the look and you want to mix things up, try a colorful option like these Metallic Polka Dot Tights ($8.52) by Jonathan Aston.

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2 Comments

  1. Austyn

    February 23, 2010 at 7:40 AM

    I love this trend, it can add detail to a simple outfit or be the main focus of an outfit. I just don’t know if I could pull this look off!

  2. Austyn

    February 23, 2010 at 2:40 AM

    I love this trend, it can add detail to a simple outfit or be the main focus of an outfit. I just don’t know if I could pull this look off!

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