A tight spot: 5 of the best pairs of tights for spring

While tights can sometimes be a bit of an afterthought, they’re actually one of the hardest working items in our closets. They can make or break an outfit, they can take a summer dress through to winter and they can completely transform your legs, evening out the skintone or making them look slimmer. Here are just a few of my favourites for this season:

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Bootlace tights

Super sexy and sure to prove a talking point with men and women, these tights from Wolford are an alternative to over-the-knee boots. An elastic satin ribbon is hooked through knitted loops from toe to thigh and polka dots give these tights a playful feel. While you’d want to wear a mini skirt to show them off, you’d have to keep the rest of your outfit incredibly conservative, perhaps opting for a roll neck jumper or a prim blouse.

Micronets like Moschino

Italian designer Moschino proved that tights aren’t just for winter, teaming most of its spring/summer 2014 outfits with either sheer black or micronet tights. Shorts, mini and maxi dresses were all worn with tights and heels. Jonathan Aston’s micronets from mytights, which combine the fun of fishnets with more of the subtlety of sheers, are a good way to get the look.

BB cream tights

I’ve never before been a fan of skintone tights. They hark back to bygone days, looking like something I imagine my granny used to wear. But I am a fan of BB cream, which stands for blemish balm. I’ve started wearing it instead of foundation because it evens up skintone without being too heavy. And, these tights from La Redoute promise to do just the same for my legs. I’m hoping they’ll disguise any little veins and do away with the need for fake tan. I can see them being something the Middleton sisters would love, as Kate and Pippa are well known for bringing hosiery back into vogue. Kate is never seen with bare legs under her dresses and skirts. So, I may channel my inner princess and treat myelf to a pair of these.

Pretty in pink

Pink has been the must-have colour for the past two seasons. In winter, it was the coat hue of choice and it’s a shade that is set to continue to be bang on trend for spring. Commes de Garcons showcased some of the most experimental fashion seen on the runways in the big fashion capitals, with cage-style dresses worn over pink tights. But sorbet-hued tights aren’t just for the catwalks. You could opt to wear under a pair of denim shorts, picking up the pink in a logo tee, or you could go with another of this season’s big trends – wearing red with pink – and opt to team them with a red coat or dress. Mary Portas’ and Charnos almost opaque tights come in either bright pink or a darker shade of magenta.

Cutesy white

While some designers opted to offset pretty pastel shades by throwing in a little grown-up black, Miuccia Prada’s spring summer collection for Miu Miu embraced sorbet hues from top to toe. She teamed sixties style swing coats and mini skirts in baby blue with the sort of white knitted tights we might have worn to school when we were little, finishing off the look with shiny shiny Mary Janes. You could get a similar look with Falke’s cable-knit tights, which come in a wool white shade. Or, if you want a more subtle look, you could opt for a soft grey or a nutmeg hue instead.

Whichever pair you choose, these tights just go to show that you can wear something other than black opaques. Rather than being an afterthought, tights can actually be the starting point for a stunning outfit.

Hi I’m Katie and Becky has kindly allowed me to share this featured post with you. I usually put pen to paper, or rather fingers to keyboard over on my blog, to write about everything from the latest high end and high street trends to how to bake my favourite treats.

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