Thursday, December 21, 2006

Leg Warmer Craze!

While leg warmers were arguably one of the worst fashion disasters from the 80's, I think their come back with today's fashions is a little more graceful. I've seen girls wear them under their heel with flats and a skirt, layered with tights, under boots, over high heeled shoes, scrunched, stretched out, and all over the leg. It really depends on the outfit, but they can make a really cute touch! Here are some good ideas and where to buy!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Over the Knee Socks, Get Them While They're Hot!

Over the knee socks are super cute, fashionable, and fun. The trend started with the ribbed prada sock, which has taken on many variations. Here are some cute new styles from Stockingirl, including a ribbed gold glitter sock, a herringbone patterned over the knee sock, and a prada-esque ribbed thigh-high sock. The photos give you some great ideas for how to wear them with todays current fashions.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Legwear Tutorial

Tights, Leggings, Pantyhose, Socks, Thighs Highs, Stockings, what's the difference? With legwear being the hot new trend, it's good to know the difference between legwear styles so you can figure out what works best for you, and know your vocabulary!

Tights: Tights cover the whole leg including the feet and typically come up to mid waist. Tights are opaque, meaning that they are dense and you cannot see through them, so they usually keep your legs warm. Tights come in a variety of materials and textures, including microfiber, wool, ribbed, and cable knit. What makes them tights are the fact that they have some lycra in them to make them stretchy and thus cling to the leg. Tights are a fun way spice up your outfit as they will usually draw attention to your legs. Solid colors, textures, and patterns, as well as the chic black tights look, are very in for this season.

Leggings: Leggings, also referred to as footless tights are basically like tights without the feet. They were very popular in the 80's and now they are back in full force. Leggings come in a variety of lengths, including capri (just below the knee), mid-calf, and ankle length. Because leggings are stretchy, they can usually be adjusted to your desired length. A mid-calf look is most approachable and flattering, while a capri length is great in warmer weather and for an edgier look, and a sophisticated ankle length legging provides more wamth. Solid colored leggings are a fabulous way to finish off any outfit. If you're getting bored with the trend and want to take it to another level, printed leggings, lace leggings, and wool leggings are a great way to vary the look.

Pantyhose: Pantyhose have the same sillouette as tights, but are sheer. The amount of sheerness can vary, from a 5 denier (denier refers to the density of hosiery) which is so sheer that you can barely notice they are on, to a 20 denier which gives a subtle color or pattern to the leg. Opaque tights range from 30 denier (most common) to 50 denier (very thick). Pantyhose are great for making the leg look smoother in a nude color, sexy in black, or funky in a bright color. Printed pantyhose are very savvy, and can even give the illusion of tattoos on your leg in certain prints!

Socks: While we all know what socks are, they should be addressed as they are a very important trend this season, and have been taken to a variety of interesting levels. New this season are over the knee socks. While knee high socks (also referred to as trouser socks) are a trend seen last winter, worn under boots, this season socks have reached greater heights coming up above the knee and showing out from under boots. Over the knee socks were made popular by the Prada ad campaigns, with their silk silvery gray long ribbed sock. While very sexy, over the knee socks will keep your legs warm this fall and winter, however you wear them. Wool ribbed socks are the most luxurios, while printed over the knee socks can be fun too. If anyone ever said that socks can't be worn with sandals, maybe they had a point, however socks worn with chunky thick strapped wedges or heels can be very stylish.

Thigh Highs: Thigh Highs, or Stay Ups refers to legwear that reaches the mid thigh and stays up on it's own. They stay up by insertion of silicone bands that stick to the leg or by means of elastic to make them a little tighter at the top. Thigh Highs also commonly have decorative details at the top bands to make them fun and flirty. Some women prefer thigh highs to avoid lines at the waist that can be caused by pantyhose and tights. Others don't like potential lines created at their thighs. The choice between different types of legwear is really up to the wearer.

Stockings: While many people refer to stockings as anything that goes on your feet and legs, a more specific definition of the term is old fashioned hosiery which requires a garter belt to stay up. Stocking were traditionally knit to fit the leg, so they are shaped like a leg, made in a variety of sizes, as they have no lycra in them and need to fit your leg perfectly. They should reach your upper thigh, but have nothing to keep them up at the top so they need a garter belt. Stockings commonly have back seams, fancy heels, and decorative tops. Stockings can be very sheer or opaque, and are traditionally classified as a lingerie item sold in lingerie stores.


Monday, July 24, 2006

Different Ways to Wear Leggings

Have some leggings and not sure what to pair them with? Or wanting to rock the trend and wondering how to match them with your already existing wardrobe? Well, lucky for you, you can wear them in a variety of fabulous and stylish ways with just about anything! Leggings and footless tights are a great way to finish off an outfit, slim the legs, and match your ultra cute short shorts, skirts, and long sweaters without showing too much skin. Leggings also come in a variety of textures, colors, thicknesses and lengths to match your taste. Here are some ideas:

Leggings are great with skirts, of any length and cut:












Leggings worn with shorts make a fashion statement:












Ankle length leggings worn with a long sweater or flats are super chic:












Mini Dresses with black leggings are ultra cute and sexy:












If you're comfortable with your lower half, fun printed and colored leggings look great with tees. When it's cold you can toss your trench coat on and still look fabulous!












Striped and printed leggings mixed with other prints are way to have fun with the fashion:












Images taken from The Satorialist, LabelNetworks.com, Derek Lam, Gen Art, Twinkle, New York Metro, and Face Hunter.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Leopard Prints Back in Style

As recently written about at Style.com, Leopard Prints are back in fashion. Seen used by many designers in various forms down the runway, leopard prints and bold, sexy, and a way to show your wild side.

First is a clever combination of Leopard and Polka Dots (as written about in my previous entry) by Anna Sui. Gotta love those fun polka dot printed pantyhose! Next is a stunning fur jacket my L.A.M.B., made especially cute paired with a black belt and black fishnets. Roberto Cavalli put a stunning leopard print bias cut dress with fur, while Emanuel Ungaro and Gucci matched fun leopard mini dresses with complimenting opaque tights. My last favorite leopard look was a layered mini dress by Anna Molinari, so chic!



Why not let your legs have a little fun in fashion? Stockingirl offers a variety of animal print tights, leggings, pantyhose, thigh highs, knee high socks, and ankle socks! Offering everything from leopard to tiger to pink cheetah, you're sure to find the animal in you.

Polka Dots!

Are the new Simple Life billboards making a statement about Polka Dots? I think so! I love both of the dresses Nicole and Paris are wearing, the polka dots make them so cute and fun!

If you want to add some polka dots into your wardrobe, why not try some black and white polka dot leggings? So cute with a black mini or dress. Also fun are sheer polka dot thigh highs and opaque polka dot tights!

Friday, June 02, 2006

Bold Legwear Ideas

Want to spice up your legs? Here are some unique ideas from Stockingirl, both ultra-cute with a jean mini:

I love printed leggings, and get so many compliments on them every time I wear them. I especially like their tattoo parlor print pictured, with it's heart, butterfly and swirl accents, very femine and fun. I also like the idea of wearing legwarmers stretched out, giving the sexy thigh look and footless leggings look at the same time. It reminds me of something Fergy from the Black Eyed Peas would wear. Worn higher up the thigh or with a longer skirt, they give the illusion of stylish leggings, without having to deal with a waistband!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Behind the Scenes of a Legwear Fashion Photo Shoot

Stockingirl is soon to be releasing a new line of fashion legwear for Spring/Summer. As always, new products are accompanied by new cutting edge fashion photography, a Stockingirl trademark. Taken at the renowned elegant Capitale Building in Lower Manhattan, here is a peek behind the scenes and a preview for what's next in legwear fashion. To stay in tune to what's new at Stockingirl, check out the "New Items" category which is updated regularly.













Lace is a very important trend. Here are some new products that have already been released, lace print thigh highs and lace leggings!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Black Tights, a Wardrobe Necessity

America's two favorite models, Daria Werbowy and Gemma Ward, were consistently put down the runway in black tights and black pantyhose with the most important designer's Fall collections. The statement has been made: black tights are a fashion staple. They look good with almost any outfit, casual or dressy, as seen below. And of course because they're black, they're slimming, which is always a plus! For a completely opaque look, and extra warmth, I would recommend Black Wool Tights from Stockingirl.

Versace:











Stella McCartney:












Pucci:












Chloe:












Fendi:












Bill Blass:












Etro:












Emanuel Ungaro:












Anna Sui:












Burberry Prorsum:












Now for some colored tights!

Gucci: