Saturday 19 August 2017

The Fashion Cupboard: Getting tights right

Falke soft merino tights
Falke soft merino tights

Frankie Graddon

This week's hot topic from the fashion cupboard: the success factor of grey wool tights.

Hosiery can make or break an outfit. Get it right and it polishes off your look; get it wrong and it can throw an ensemble into disarray.

While a black opaque is a safe option, its also predictable and a little dull. A coloured tight makes a statement, but unfortunately it can make you look like you're on the way to a fancy dress party. There is however a tight (in the time-honoured tradition of the fashion cupboard, this column will always refer to items of clothing in the singular) that adds va-va-voom to your winter wardrobe with minimum effort…introducing the Grey Wool Tight.

Like a favourite grey marl T-shirt, the GWT slips seamlessly into any wardrobe. It softens a LBD, warms up a tea dress and looks fantastic with this season's wine tones. Not to mention the plethora of footwear it compliments; conker Chelsea boots and navy velvet slippers to name but a few.

There are two points to note when purchasing the GWT. The first is to buy a large size and pull the waist band high. Whilst eradicating midriff draughts, this method also prevents upsetting crotch-sag, which is both uncomfortable and embarrassing.

The second point is to go for a dark grey so as not to look like you are off to your first day of school. A charcoal shade is understated and sophisticated, and a rib, much like vertical stripes, will slim the leg.

We rate Falke's soft merino wool tights, these are the ultimate comfort tight (£29; ); Marks & Spencer's cable stretch knit adds extra cozy winter appeal (£9.50) and Charnos's 60 denier pair (£5.59) are perfect for keeping the winter chill out.

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