Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The First Day of Tights; FASHIONIf Cara Delevingne Needs to Reach for the Nylons Then It Must Be Autumn. Phoebe Luckhurst Looks at Your Options as the Hosiery Season Arrives

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The First Day of Tights; FASHIONIf Cara Delevingne Needs to Reach for the Nylons Then It Must Be Autumn. Phoebe Luckhurst Looks at Your Options as the Hosiery Season Arrives

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Byline: Phoebe Luckhurst

IF THE first drizzly whimpers of autumn didn't do it, then Cara D's legs surely did. Out last Tuesday to celebrate her friend Rihanna's new collection for River Island, Cara wore her loud yellow shirt-dress with tights. They were fashionably laddered, but still, the signal was clear: hosiery season had officially begun.

Of course, not every leg is complying. Hosiery rules are tribal; for every woman who breathed a sigh of relief at the sight of Cara's covered pins, there was another who battened down the hatches and continued to flash bare legs in the driving rain. And for some of them, the stubbornness will continue until December or when their extremities go blue (whichever comes first).

But there are those of us who are clamouring for tights by late August, when images of new-season winter coats start to dominate the fashion press. Last Sunday, I slid into tights while my boyfriend went for shorts and flip-flops. I was vindicated by the chilly afternoon downpour and that was all the evidence I needed: on Monday morning I wrapped up. After work, I went to Boots to bulk-buy 70 denier.

Colleagues are braver, or more stubborn. One is carrying an emergency pair -- though so far she hasn't worn them. Another was ashamed when she cracked last Thursday, although she attributes her weak will to wearing a short skirt (another advantage: tights allow you to play faster and looser with hemlines).

For another, things are clearer: "Returning from summer holidays signals the start of autumn -- even if the weather is nice. And it's a perfect excuse to go buy yourself a pair of luxurious winter woollens." However, a bold colleague called for quiet so she could declare her intention for a no-tights winter.

While opting out is definitive, opting in is only the beginning. Like any divisive trend there are rules within rules: woollen or nylon? …

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