Tights are big business this season-coloured, two-tone, and patterned, you name it all the designers are at it. But the most unlikely of champions this season (in the leg department) has to be the trend for ripped/ laddered tights. Women have often carried a spare pair “just in case”, but now it seems the more ripped and knackered the tights, the cooler they and consequently, you are!

Used in SS07 by Anna Sui, the trend only caught on this season when Alexander Wang showed his version of neo-grunge style in his AW08 show. The Rodarte girls following closely and now Mary Kate Olsen, Alice Dellal and countless other fashion savvy girls (or victims, depending on your outlook) have been sporting the look.

It’s easy to do a DIY job on this. Wear them to scruff up a pretty dress or go all out and team with stonewashed denim or fringed leather for the ultimate punk look!

1. Rodarte 2. Alexander Wang 3. Alice Dellal

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