The one accessory that gains importance every other fall (or when you’ve forgotten the occasional waxing sesh) is a pair of stockings. Cut to Circa 2015, regular stockings took a backseat. And the accessory that garnered all the attention on the runway back then was fishnet tights. This rebellious piece made quite a comeback, proving yet again that no matter what the era, all-things-90s will be an obsession forever. Street style stars gave it their nod of approval, labelling it the edgy piece to wear if you were looking to receive double taps on Instagram.
Honestly, if you’re not one whose life revolves around making a living out of stylish pictures and upcoming trends, this can be a daunting accessory to try. Firstly, its history claims an association with burlesque and Moulin Rouge entertainers (and that also lends it the sexy appeal it is now known for). Secondly, designers like Jean Paul Gaultier and Vivienne Westwood used this accessory to pepper some punk into their uber-feminine designs. These mentioned reasons are enough to give fishnet tights an intimidating status. But, here’s where our task begins. Check out our rundown on this trend.
Just that peek-a-boo
You know when people talk about dressing according to your vibe, well we feel that’s very limiting. Think about it… sometimes you can be in love with ruffles and frills, and at the same time want to try something rockstar-esque. But going all out with a trend can be difficult. So we suggest that no matter what the trend, start with it by trying something casual. A pair of fishnet socks with sneakers, frayed jeans and a concert tee and you’re sorted for a chill Saturday. You can also wear a long maxi dress and work fishnet socks with a pair of boots.
Add it to the cutout trend
This one is a legit street style favourite for fall, and we’d love for you to try it if you’re looking for something not-so-basic. Work your fishnet stockings with a pair of cutout denim and boots along with a t-shirt and biker jacket. If you want something more risqué, a great way to add these stockings is by allowing it to show above your denim’s waistband, as you pair it with a cropped sweatshirt.
Work it with shorts or skirt
If you want to go all out with this trend, sport your fishnet stockings with a pair of shorts and a tee. Also, mix punk with boho by working a short fit and flare dress with a pair of boots and fishnet stockings. Want to try three trends in one? Work a short t-shirt dress with over-the-knee boots, and add to the lampshade trend by sporting fishnet stockings.
Dos and don’ts
We think fishnet stockings can be worn with less effort given you keep a few pointers in mind.
1. Work it with a solid coloured ensemble than with pieces that are printed. This only allows the fishnet piece to stand out. Denim goes best with it.
2. Want something more subtle and easy to sport? Go for microsized fishnet patterns with a thinner mesh for a not-so-rugged look.
3. Fishnet looks best with closed-toe shoes. This just gives the piece a neat finish and allows it to be an effortless addition to the ensemble.