Statement tights: bold and colourful or patterned hosiery that instantly lifts any outfit from mundane to magnificent. Come along as I discover 11 patterned and printed plus size statement tights this autumn and winter.
I first moved to the UK in the grip of winter 2008. Piles of slushy snow littered Manchester’s bustling city centre and towering double decker buses and curved hatch back cabs puffed clouds of exhaust into the icy air. Hailing from the Sandhills of North Carolina, just over 60 miles inland from the notoriously hurricane-battered Atlantic coast, dressing for winter wasn’t something I was accustomed to.
Back then, in the American south, winter was more a chilly breeze, with temperatures only occasionally dipping cold enough to snow. I wasn’t prepared for the harsh frosts of an English winter, and certainly not one in one of the rainiest cities in the whole of the country! When you dress for the cold in rural, balmy North Carolina, you ditch skirts and short dresses for long pants and sturdy corduroys or denim. When you dress for the cold in Manchester and the UK, you put on thicker layers and one of those layers, tights, is completely different in the UK than I’d ever seen.
That first winter, I saw women in electric pink tights, girls with bright blue tights beneath demure black frocks or crazy patterned hosiery peeking from under pencil skirts. Tights in the UK is serious business. Of course you’ve got your conventional black, but even these come in daring patterns and bold prints you don’t see across the pond.
At first, I was intimidated. I never thought I could go out in crazy patterned tights, partly because I defaulted to that damning ideology every fat girl faces when she lives in a world where size is everything: I’m too big to wear those, I’d think, passing racks of tights in the shop.
But one day, something clicked and I decided I could wear whatever the hell I wanted.
I bought my first pair of plus size statement tights (black, diamond patterned) and I never looked back. I recently trolled one of my favourite haunts for big girl hosiery and came across these 11 daring (and not-so-daring) printed and patterned plus size tights:
(All tights can be found on the plus size section of the Pamela Mann website.)