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Is it ever okay to wear black opaque tights in July? Kate Moss and Lily Allen seem to think so.
BY Olivia Bergin | 18 July 2011
Hollywood actress and face of Rimmel make-up, Zooey Deschanel, calls black tights her "safety blanket".
"I am a year round tights girl. I will wear tights even if it is 100 degrees outside," revealed the 500 Days of Summer star, who never graces the red carpet bare-legged.
And she's not alone.
At the weekend, 'retired' singer Lily Allen, who is five-and-a-half months' pregnant, attended the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup Polo Final in Midhurst, West Sussex, wearing a pair of black tights so thick they could have been mistaken for leggings.
And bolstering the out-of-season trend is the newly married trendsetter Kate Moss, who, fresh from her sun-soaked Mediterranean honeymoon aboard Sir Philip Green's yacht, shyly covered up the bronzed pins that have made her millions with black opaques to mingle with the art world at London's White Cube gallery.
Resorting to a pair of 100 denier in July - a girl's best friend in the winter months - is an admission of defeat signalling you've given up all hope of a 'Great British Summer'.
Of course, there's no denying that daytime temperatures of 15ºC would bring a shiver down even the hardiest of bare legs, but that's where this season's great trend - the maxi skirt, comes into its own. I'm all for staging a three-month sit-out (June, July and August) of opaques, and dressing around the issue with a plethora of cropped trousers, rolled-up jeans and ankle-length dresses.
Pippa Middleton seems to think she's found a way around the issue choosing sheer 'American Tan' tights to combat the changeable weather, sparking a 40 per cent rise in tan tight sales at Selfridges alone.
But where Pippa goes, doesn't mean you should follow. If fake tan is not for you and you really can't bear to bare, maybe try taking a stylish leaf out of Diane von Furstenberg's book. The ultra-chic designer chooses flesh coloured fishnets to give a smattering of cover, without overheating.