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Trend Report: Statement-Making Bold Legwear For Winter
Posted by melanie | October 15, 2010

Leg-lovers alert! You’ll be seeing a lot more exposed stems on wintry city streets this year, as bold, statement-making legwear has become a major fashion trend this season. Snowpants be damned!

During the F/W fashion show runway presentations, models accessorized their outfits with legwear in a myriad of ways.

Bright colors, knee-highs, chunky knit leg-warmers and opaque white tights all made an appearance on the gams of models. Of course, you too can introduce them into your wardrobe and add some pizzazz to your ensemble — even if you don’t have legs-for-days.

Read on below to view some of the season’s top legwear styles and how to wear them:

  • Color: Okay, not a new trend by any means, but the way in which it was incorporated into the fall collections is what’s striking. Girly label Milly (top photos) paired shockingly bright opaque tights (sky blue and chili red), with otherwise classic pieces like a hounds-tooth skirt and peacoat. To pull off this trend is quite simple: pair colored tights of your liking with an unexpected outfit (like, say, a more conservative piece) and voil &#224 , a new take on boldly colored hosiery!
  • Socks (including knee-highs and thigh-highs): To say that I like this trend is a huge understatement — I love it. And part of ‘hearting’ this trend is due to the fact that there are endless ways to wear it. Marc Jacobs (above left) paired thin, heather-grey socks with a very lady-like outfit while Brian Reyes (above right) demonstrated how sexy thigh-highs amp up a basic ensemble. Even Laurel Patton (below left), beauty assistant at Teen Vogue, shows how socks and wedge-booties can look tough-girl chic. Endless options, no?
  • White: Yes, white dominated many of the fall runways including designer extraordinaire Karl Lagerfeld’s F/W collection for Chanel (above right). Lagerfeld’s presentation included models enveloped in faux-fur creations and white hose walking amidst an iceberg. Yep, you read correctly: Lagerfeld imported a 265-ton iceberg from Sweden. Interesting facts aside, I’ll admit that this trend is not the easiest to wear. But if you like to stay ahead of the fashion curve, I would opt to pair the white hosiery with monochromatic pieces like nudes, greys or camels.
  • Chunky Knits: This cozy trend was especially evident at Michael Kors F/W runway presentation (above). Staying within the same color family, Kors paired chunky knits peeking from the tops of closed-toe boots, or with open-toe shoes as leg-warmers. This trend translates extremely well from runway to real-way. Taking a style cue directly from Mr. Kors himself, a chunky-knit leg-warmer paired with a sumptuous leather or suede boot is right on trend this fall.

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