The Bold & the Beautiful - Sharp, high-contrast and attention-seeking patterns like Missoni prints, hounds tooth, and zigzags help balance off the classic look this season. Dots continue to make a statement as they are offered in every size and become the focus of every outfit. This season’s legwear will escalate into rich and unmistakably luscious harvest hues, which exude feminine sophistication. Insignia blue, purple night, coffee bean and dark charcoal become statement colors for tights that add a hint of playfulness to otherwise elegant ensembles.
Glitz & Glamour - The pre-holiday look for this season is ‘80’s inspired glamour’. Metallic will surface early this fall as luster becomes every day. Sheen is key. Formerly seen inside the bedroom only under a cover of darkness, lace has now come into the light. A beautiful crochet lace tight is a sexy and pretty accent to any outfit any day of the week, but especially at holiday parties. Glossy legs will also be important, as they become the new nude, which adds the right hint of sparkle and shine.
Cozy & Casual - Memories of last year’s snowfalls have inspired "let’s-get-cozy" legwear. The overall trend this season shifts to natural, fine gauge yarns and is key for legwear. Luxe natural fibers like cotton and wool blends enhance the casual appeal. Wide, flat ribs and basic cable patterns in a heather or a marble effect will compliment the "sweater-dress" this season, which is a key item for Fall/Winter 2012. As heather and knits become an important part of the legwear category, we update classic patterns like animal prints, hounds tooth and ribs by adding heather yarn and cotton as it amplifies the rustic quality.
Prim & Proper - While hosiery in 2011 was about scantily-clad pop stars like Lady Gaga, 2012 has a new muse - Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge. In her trademark barely-there nudes, Middleton signifies a ladylike direction in dressing and a return-to-classics that looks particularly fresh for legwear. This means that showy patterns and embellishments take a back seat and classic patterns take a front seat this season. Classic patterns like ribs, diamonds, and argyles come back as women look for that great staple pattern in legwear. It isn’t about taking it all off, but putting it all on…concealment of flesh, but not the body, is the key look for Fall/Winter 2012.