Think Twiggy, think Mary Quant, think Peggy Moffit. Think Jean Shrimpton. Think flower power. Think block colour. Think polka dots. The 1960s was a time when tights became more than just tights; they became yet another vessel of communication and expression in the world of fashion and ‘bright colours’ was the leading theme of that decade. Brightly coloured tights were used to clash, contrast or complement an outfit (depending on how rebellious you were feeling) and for #flashbackfriday we take a look at who did it best, past and present.
Here’s a little glimpse back at one of our favourite bold trends of the flower powered sixties, and a look at some of our favourite icons in bright coloured tights.
Coloured Tights in the 60s…
This photo of Jean Shrimpton is iconic. Teaming beautiful purple tights with a contrasting textured top / dress, this outfit really pops. It’s got the fun, flirtatious elements of 60s fashion yet it still remains wonderfully sophisticated.
A favourite model of designer Mary Quant, Twiggy’s outfits were all about contrasts; whether she was rocking monochromatic tones and geometric shapes or bright colours that clashed with one another, Twiggy was always sporting an interesting mix of styles. Twiggy shows us that we can go for seamless colour combinations (matching a green dress with green tights) or soft , feminine combos (pink dress with white tights). The options are endless.
This image of model Peggy Moffitt is one of the most amazing photographs of the 1960s and probably one of the first recorded images of true colour blocking. This look is bright, fun yet still so slick and elegant. A simple black knit is complemented with bright accents of colour; and the pink tights plus clashing red shoes just finish off the outfit perfectly.
Coloured Tights Today…
Sarah Jessica Parker never fails to amaze us with her fashion sense. She’s gone for the alternative look and brightened up a rainy day with some bright 1960s inspired colour popping. This look isn’t for everyone but we just love her retro outfit and she’s certainly got the legs to pull it off.
In these shots for a magazine, Cara Delevingne is styled like one of our favourite 1960s icons, Twiggy. The short hair, the big doll eyes, the stark nude lip, and some bright white tights take us back in time. This image shows us that rocking the coloured tights look from the 60s doesn’t always have to be about colour clashing; white tights make a simple, sophisticated choice and they are very easy to style with just about anything.
Take a walk on the wild side with Paloma Faith and work the clashing colours with confidence. Her look is very ‘out there’ but if you’re not feeling up to it, why not tone it down by styling bright tights (just like Paloma’s) with a simple LBD. It will be a great pop of colour to an evening outfit.
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