11 Plus Size Statement Tights

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.
Plus Size Patterned and Printed Tights for Plus Size Women | Plus Size Life.co.uk

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:

Wrap your plus size legs in sleek diamond patterned tights. Great when paired with a mini skirt. | Plus Size Life.co.uk

Diamond patterned plus size tights like these were my first foray into statement hosiery.

The subtle fishbone pattern on these tights looks ultra sexy with a pair of stilettos. | Plussizelife.co.uk

Make a statement with fun and whimiscal printed tights and jazz up your plus size outfits. | Plus Size Life.co.uk

Printed tights like these and the pair below look great with a short denim skirt and a pair of comfy trainers.

These boombox printed plus size tights are so 90s and so cool! | Plus Size Life.co.ukLook strapping in these plus size tights! | Plus Size Life.co.uk

Perfectly plus size paisley tights add a fun pop of colour to any outfit. | Plus Size Life.co.uk

Go with the flow in diagonal plus size tights! | Plus Size Life.co.uk

These diagonal beauties were my latest purchase!

Ditch the socks with these cheeky printed plus size tights! | Plus Size Life.co.uk

Love the look of these cheeky sock printed tights!

Why faff with actual suspenders, when you can put your pins in these plus size beauties? | Plus Size Life.co.uk

Furry giraffe printed plus size tights can be worn as part of a fancy dress outfit or just on a night on the town! | Plus Size Life.co.uk

Feminine and sexy, these baroque tulle plus size tights can tszuj up any outfit! | Plus Size Life.co.uk

Tszuj up any outfit with these baroque tulle tights. Va-va-voom!

(All tights can be found on the plus size section of the Pamela Mann website.)

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