First Katie Holmes was spotted in a polka dot pair. Then Kylie Minogue wore a similar dotty set for an appearance on The Graham Norton Show. A few weeks later, Sienna Miller mixed it up with a pattered Gucci twist, and before we knew it, it was official: statement tights are back in a big way.
From teeny, tasteful stars and hearts to bold geometric contrasts, a tight with a little extra pizazz is ideal for breaking up the monotony of a boring winter wardrobe, or amping up your party season look. Plus, some of the best styles on the high street cost less than £10, making them an affordable way to make an old dress or piece of tailoring feel fresh again.
If you usually buy your hoisery by denier rather than print or pattern (or have spent the past few seasons going stubbornly bare-legged regardless of the temperature), you can start small – try a subtle seam up the back, or spots à la Katie and Kylie. Or if you want to add some excitement to your existing collection? Look to the graphic shapes of brands like Wolford and Calzedonia, or brave a slogan, if you dare.
No matter your signature style, there’s a statement tight to suit – and we’ve rounded up just some of the best to add to your basket before the 2020 celebrations get started
13 of the best pairs of statement tights for party season
And Sienna’s Guccis (we’re afraid they don’t come cheap!)