Luxury & Fashion

Apr 1, 2017

THE WORLD IN COLLANTS

Straight, with laces, balls or lace, torn, net, shiny, opaque or transparent, with or without suspenders, to rest, push up or special for pregnant women, tights today are an indispensable garment that stands out in fashion shows worldwide.

Designers like Balmain, Yves Saint Laurent and Diane von Furstenberg are some of the renowned stylists who have included this piece of clothing in their collections. A fashion icon since the 1920s, the tights have fallen out of favour in recent years, to return now in all their splendour.

Gone are the days when fashionists looked at the tights as a socially unacceptable piece, even under negative temperatures, it was absolutely demodé. Today, tights are a must have, especially in the cold seasons, making women's legs even more sexy. There are, however, aspects to be considered regarding their use.

According with fashionists, «black, straight and thin tights are the most used either by the ladies in general, or by the creators, because they dress well with dresses in bright fabrics. The opaque ones are very sought for the day-to-day, especially during the cold seasons». By curiosity, one way to understand its thickness is through the number of derniers described on the packaging. A thin collant has between 15 and 20 derniers (unit of measure that corresponds to the weight in gram by nine kilometres of wire, and 20 derniers correspond to 20 grams by nine kilometres of wire). Therefore, the smaller number of derniers, the finer and more elegant are the tights, that is the reason why some break more easily.

Already to use them with balls or even torn it takes a certain attitude. This winter, Diane von Furstenberg wore her model's legs with tights and envelope dresses, while Hedi Slimane, for Saint Laurent, combined the torn ones with short tulle skirts and short lurex dresses in a more punk style.

Very sexy and delicate, the tights in thin net and the combinations with net and flowers are conjugated with dresses of cut to right, in matt fabrics. For fashionists, «the more worked the socks are, the simpler the clothes should be, and vice versa».

This piece is so in, that until the British newspaper "The Telegraph" has recently dedicated it an article, in which it is said that there are seven types of tights most requested at the moment: opaque, thus diluting the controversy about the aesthetics of the their use; knitted, very useful in cold weather; skin colour, for those less chubby and more concerned with the aesthetics of the leg; with effects, to dare to dare; semi-transparent black, letting the guess a little of the leg; modellers (anti-cellulite, push up, etc); and colourful, in the same tone of clothing, inspired by the latest collections Gucci and Valentino.

Made from various materials such as nylon, lycra or wool, tights, also called pantyhose, are an accessory associated with the female audience, although many men have returned their use.

Yes, returned... because if we went back 2,200 years to Mesopotamia, they were strictly used by the soldiers, because of the cold.

In the fourteenth century, they became an attractive accessory among the nobility due to the wealth of materials used in garments, including tights. In the reign of Catherine of Russia, for example, it was the men who used them as artifacts of seduction.

Also in Spain, they became famous during the fifteenth century, having added a particularity, could not curl in the legs, because the men's pants covered only the thighs. The kings then adhered to the tights in silk.

It was from the year 1780, when the weavers created socks with finer materials, that the use was generalised among the ladies, especially the garters. These became equally popular in Paris, France, among Can Can dancers, very audacious, for the time.

After the two World Wars and thanks to new manufacturing technologies, the tights were made with more delicate and economically more accessible materials. An aspect that was liked by the ladies since the mini skirt was fashionable and, so, in addition to having their legs protected, they also shaped them.

Who was perhaps born at the wrong time was William Lee, the inventor of this accessory, because he didn´t become rich or famous because of his creation.


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