Why Did Everyone Stop Wearing Coloured Tights?

Going to Topshop and picking out a pair of scarlet opaque tights was a treat that's dearly missed

Why Did Everyone Stop Wearing Coloured Tights?

by Lucy Morris |
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Like floppy disks and VHS, coloured tights are a thing of a past. Though Chanel, Gucci and Givenchy have been making the case for statement hosiery this winter, we just can’t imagine a reality where they will be as popular as they were in the mid-Noughties. Try as we might, it just seems unlikely that us lot who lived through the trend the first time will be willing to pick up where we left off. We’ve learnt our lesson: purple legs look like walking aubergines, scarlet pins are reminiscent or a massacre, and don’t get us started on that murky grey colour than made your thighs look dirty and withered. The mid-2000s were a hard time, to which these women can attest…

1. The Saturdays


The band formed during the summer of 2007 AKA the peak era of playful hosiery (think: House of Holland’s fake suspenders and Topshop's patterned thigh highs). However, as writ in girl band law the whole group had to dress alike, which meant a rainbow of legs on stage.

2. Blair Waldorf

This Upper East Sider rolled deep in three things: headbands, Chuck Bass and coloured tights. Rarely seen without all three, her hosiery collection puts Harrods to shame.

3. Sophie Ellis-Bextor

It’s such a shame that her tights weren’t murdered on the dancefloor.

4. Alexa Chung

Not even the Chung-ster, Britain's reigning style queen, was immune to a brightly coloured leg. The indie movement was a dangerous time for us all.

5. Taylor Swift

Rarely one to say no to a natty trend, she of the Princess-y handbags and bad reputation has long shown loyalty to the tokenistic tight.

6. Paloma Faith

Paloma’s personal style is nothing if not kooky and what showcases that more than lime and apricot tights?

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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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