THE FASHION impact of a really good pair of tights is often forgotten.
In the last few years opaque and coloured legwear have really come into their own and can be used to make a warm, comfortable style statement.
When the temperature drops, as is predicted for this weekend, then rack up the denier rating.
The higher the denier number the more insulation it provides. A single strand of silk, for example, is one denier, while a heavy pair of opaque nylon tights will have a rating of 80 or more.
The word denier itself comes from the terms ‘density’ and ‘linear’ and the ratings are calculated by looking at the weight of a fibre over its length.
Really sheer stockings or tights will be 10 or 15 denier and are best kept for evening wear as no-one has yet solved the problem of snagging. Think of them as jewellery for legs.
If you have yet to venture into the territory of coloured tights then start with purple – the colour that style consultants say suits everyone. Team it with black or charcoal grey to be safe.
Adventurous fashionistas, however, may want to opt for tartan, striped or multi-coloured tights. A pair of really striking tights can spruce up an old outfit at minimal cost.