What on earth is happening to the world? We’re suffering a global recession, beloved brands such as Luella are closing their doors forever and tights have been raised from M&S staples to high fashion garments. This year we’ve seen Henry Holland do a gorgeous collaboration for Pretty Polly, bright colours adorn the pins of A-listers such as Lily Allen and Cheryl Cole, and hardened fashionistas invest in hosiery and recycle their LBD’s for the December party season. However the picture isn’t completely rosy, as though many of the brands offer their merchandise for £15 and below, a select few price themselves higher. The Wolford Fringe tights are one such example. Retailing at £199 (with free shipping: bonus!) from Tights Please, they’re 100 denier nylon/elastine blend, and exquisite to look at. Five rows of fringing detail each side of the legs, which would make ankle boots completely obsolete and the overall style is incredibly chic.
Still, £200 freaking pounds? For tights? I realise that if you purchase this, you’re considering the tights as the statement piece, and could look at a purchase akin to buying a dress, but a dress will last you more than a few wears! It may be 100 denier, but all you need is a snaggly nail, and boom, your purchase is consigned to the dustbin.
The carousel tights, £49.95 from Bebaroque, are equally elaborate, but a quarter of the price. What has the world come to when £50 for tights seems cheap by comparison? They’re scattered with an array of jewels down the leg, giving your pins the appearance of a semi-lit Christmas tree. The pinhead scatter design is quite artful abd would be a nice embellishment to an outfit, and they’re 120 denier (20 denier more than Wolford!) so they should be reasonably hard wearing
Alternatively you could invest in some of these Topshop creations, which all cost below £12. True, they may not have the same wow factor as the above designs, but likelihood is that they’ll have the same lifespan.