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Crossover Hosiery For Men | Patterned Tights

Updated on October 16, 2009

This one goes out as a reader request I received via email. As the astute reader noted, patterned tights feel great and can pass as socks on occasion. Thus we have the makings of the perfect cross over hosiery for men, hosiery that feels feminine but which is ambiguous enough to throw clothing gender purists off the scent long enough for one to make good their escape through the briar patch. (Okay, not the briar patch, that would totally ruin your stockings. You're no Brer Rabbit.)

Plaid Patterned Tights

These are the perfect example of the cross over stealthiness we were discussing just a few moments ago. These tights not only look great when you're flat on your back peddling a tiny imaginary bicycle in the air, they're also patterned in such a way as to look remarkably like the uncomfortable socks that designers like to foist upon men.

Tartan Patterned Tights

If plaid doesn't do it for you, how about some neon tartan? These are just hideous enough to be fashionable, and if you're a bit of a hipster you can probably totally pull this look off. If you're more of a conservative chap in your every day wear then you might want to tone down the green and go for more neutral colors.

Designer Patterned Tights

Designers find it hard to resist creating items of clothing like patterned tights. Why? Because you can slap a simple design, like black and white dogstooth, onto a pair of tights et viola, you've generated enough revenue to keep you in nose candy during this year's trip to Majorca.

Wool Patterned Tights

If you're starting to see the point here, but still think the above styles are far too edgy, why not try these merino wool patterned tights on for size? To the untrained eye they look precisely like men's socks, but they'll slide all the way up your legs to your hips and allow you to enjoy the thrill of hosiery without the stigma of getting caught in women's clothing. Remember, the range of patterned tights out there is quite stunning, don't give up if you don't see what you want right away.

Your Pattern, Your Choice

Patterned tights were hugely in at the end of 2008, and as the winter months draw into the Northern Hemisphere it seems likely that they'll make a come back this year as well. How could they not? Patterned tights are the perfect way to add warmth, originality and a touch of chic to one's outfit without breaking the bank.


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      8 years ago

      Humm.. I'll have to start with shorts... and then move up to a skort...and ballet flats...

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      8 years ago

      i've worn patterned tights under ripped jeans while shopping out of town, no one gets to focus on u long enough, nice!

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      8 years ago

      I want to wear stockings, with my shorts outside, but im scared to do it

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      9 years ago

      I wear womens trouser sock all the time. They fit much better and look like "mens" sock.

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      David H 

      9 years ago from England

      Patterned tights will only look like socks when worn under trousers.

      What about if you wore them with a skirt?

      It seems a shame not to show off something nice.

      Of the pictures you have shown, I find the plaid ones look good.

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      9 years ago from Central Coast NSW Australia

      i've seen a woman at work in a blue plaid pair and they look stunning.

      Any of these would look beautiful with shorts for Men or Women.

      I wonder if I'll see men wearing it on the Streets of NZ before Australia?


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