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Tights! What tribe are you in?

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Tights are an integral part of a women’s wardrobe, but that doesn’t usually apply in summer. But this year has seen women everywhere wearing sheers,  nylons and opaques with all manner of outfits. Blame it on the hotpants, blame it on the weather, even blame it on the Middleton’s, it seems that 2011 may be the year that tights joined our summer wardrobe. But do you wear them, and, if the answer is yes, which tribe are you a member of. Here is a guide to the tight tribes.

The bright  brigade – Leader Lady Gaga

To be honest, wearing a suit with shiny metal nipple spikes may draw your attention away from the fact that GAGA is wearing tights. Rather nasty blue sheer tights to be exact. I really love coloured tights, but they need to be opaque, and preferably worn in winter. You can just about get away with this look if you wear them with denim hotpants to  a festival, but I’m afraid Gaga’s look has left me feeling blue!

Look 2 Opaques – Leader Lily Allen

Lily raised a few eyebrows when she went to the Polo wearing opaque tights – in July. I  think she looks  great – it’s obvious from her overall look that it wasn’t a fabulous day weather wise, and the tights compliment her dress and shoes. Other adherents to the opaque tights rule are the always gorgeous  Zooey Deschanel and Kate Moss, who loves the little black dress/black tights combo.

Tribe 3 The Nudes – Leaders – Kate and Pippa

Most of us thought that these had disappeared in the 1990s. But the Middleton girls are leading a nude pantyhose revolution. Shiny, iridescent tights are back.  Because, like everything else touched by Duchess Kate and her equally eye-catching sister, nude tights are turning into fashion gold. Tights please have reported a 90% increase in the sale of nude tights, whilst Selfridges is reporting a 40% increase in their sales. Best sellers include Wolford Naked 8’s and satin touch 20s.

Now of course, the Duchess of Cambridge is  governed by royal protocol, and so wears tights on most occasions. But Pippa, you have no excuse for wearing these relics of the dark ages. These resemble something that you wear to support weak ankles and legs, even if they are now becoming a wardrobe staple.

My tight tribe is definitely the  opaque brigade. 60 dernier. But definitely not in Summer. Now, where’s that Fake Bake…

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