REFINERY 29 – Tights Are The Plastic Straws Of Fashion – Here Are 6 Sustainable Options
By Lauren Bravo
Of the many milestones that mark our transition to autumn — the first brown leaves, the first crumble, the first “Shall we turn the heat on?” — there is perhaps none as significant as the first time you give in and pull on a pair of black opaque tights in the morning.
After years of the truly chic shivering their way through winter in bare legs and hiking socks, hosiery’s finally back on the fashion menu too. And it’s making up for those wilderness years; tights were splashed with logos at Fendi, Gucci, and Saks Potts, spotted in Crayola-bright shades on the cobbles of fashion week and in lacy, netted swirls on the pins of influencers not old enough to have worn them during the Great Goth Revival of 2002. Even white tights, once the preserve of unlucky bridesmaids and sexy nurse costumes, suddenly look modishly cool again.
Let’s not get too excited; the fancy-pants tights purveyor has only one sustainable pair in its range so far – but it’s a talking point. The pleasingly irregular Micro Fish Scale tights are woven from ECONYL, a repurposed nylon made from, fittingly, old fishing nets and other plastic waste dumped in the ocean. Seam-free with a smooth waistband and tighter weave on the toe, they won’t pinch your flesh any more than your conscience. Just your purse, then.