FISHNET TIGHTS ARE BACK BABY!

cream chunky knit sweater with black cropped jeans and fishnet socks

Can you tell I’ve been watching Seinfeld re-runs? Hahahaha! How about those Fishnet socks?
You wait long enough in the world of Fashion & everything comes around again right? I mean let’s be frank here, no style is ever truly new is it? Take fishnet tights for example. Or “stockings” as they were originally worn back in the 1920’s – The diamond-shaped netted hosiery have re-emerged many times over the decades, including Punk, Madonna & a little later the Grunge Gen.
So incredibly sexy & alluring, with the advent of pantyhose fishnets became the easy go to accessory for bad girls like me. Oh my how I cringe at the memory of my teeny tiny cut-off denim skirt & those flesh exposing black fishnets! Hard core…Sigh

fishnet tights worn with cropped jeans and chunky knit sweater - fashion over 40

fishnet tights worn with cropped jeans and chunky knit sweater - fashion over 40

How I wear my Fishnet tights now

Of course today Fishnets have become so mainstream they regularly feature in Designer runway shows! Although until recently it had been a while since we’d seen them in a modern fashion context. Todays outfit is clearly more subdued elegance than slutty party girl – She says with a knowingly grin

Inevitably the practical version of this new look is Fishnet socks which I absolutely adore! As a massive fan of wearing socks with all types of shoes in Winter (see here here & here) I’m completely on board. However because I loved wearing my Fishnets so much back in the 1980’s, when they popped up again in early 2000 I decided to invest a little more money in the beautiful quality of Wolford. At this stage of my life I was a well-travelled career-minded Woman in her early 30’s. My tastes had matured so I ditched the black for colour & they became a different kind of statement albeit still a rather sexy one…wink

Additionally I was well & truly shopping consciously making every purchase after careful consideration. I mean doesn’t it make perfect sense that if you loved a look the first time you wore it you’d be back on the band wagon for its next incarnation? Naturally you wouldn’t be able to do this with a cheap pair of Fishnets as those barely last more than a couple of wears. Unfortunately the harm to our environment from manufacturing & disposal lasts much longer. It’s a no brainer really.

Therefore all my Wolford Fishnet tights are still in the cotton dust bag I kept them in 15 years ago! Red, cream, brown & this purple pair. There’s absolutely no need for me to buy the popular sock version when I have ample to choose from already, besides they’re so completely comfortable to wear under jeans I don’t even notice I have them on! Mind you this stunning pair I just spotted in the Wolford sale could persuade me to add just one more to my collection. Darn you Blog post research!

fishnet tights worn with cropped jeans and chunky knit sweater - fashion over 40

fishnet tights worn with cropped jeans and chunky knit sweater - fashion over 40 How I wear my fishnet tights

fishnet tights worn with cropped jeans and chunky knit sweater - fashion over 40

AllSaints chunky knit cream sweater

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If the idea of what is essentially tights made of string leaves you cold (pun intended) you have to take a look at these beauties. Also half price in the Wolford sale are these sheer matt tights with a grid pattern that afford you the look of fishnets yet with the full coverage of regular tights.

AllSaints chunky knit cream sweater

AllSaints chunky knit cream sweater

3.1 Philip Lim sunglasses

Ladies remember to always wear sunscreen even in Winter. Mines in the Maybelline BB cream I’m wearing today so it’s super easy. These fab sunnies are hand-made from 3.1 Philip Lim who is worth checking out for unique pieces.

Happy New Year You Gorgeous Lot!

Sadly Finally the children go back to school on Monday allowing me to get back to regular weekly posts HOO-RAH…
I have a few in the pipeline one of which is a Hair Tutorial for this braided bun I’m wearing today & another is the next Menopost – An update on the effects of HRT on me.
My next outfit idea is to pair Fishnet tights with a floral dress. I love the contradiction of feminism these two pieces represent – Although as you’d expect when I looked on Pinterest it’d already been done!
By for now, Mx
Linking up with the wonderful #iwillwearwhatilike
Linking up with Mums That Slay

  • Comments ( 32 )

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    jessica jannenga (@jessicajannenga)

    I am going to add jess xx
    Thanks for linking with Turning heads tuesday!
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com
    Ill be buy once you have your hair tutorial up 🙂 Looking forward to it.

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      MT

      Thanks for hosting Jess 😉
      xxx

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    Abby@Midlifecrisisnut

    You look so cozy in these! Let me think, when was the last time I wore fishnet stockings? Must be ages ago. Twenty years? I’m sure I looked more like the slutty party girl back then than a classy lady like you, Michelle 😉 Sending you lots of love and hugs in this New Year! xx Abby

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      MT

      Haha yep that was me too way back when….;-)
      Lovely to hear from you Abby, hope your new year is looking good too! lots of love xxx

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    Cheryl Tucker

    I love this look! The stockings are such a fun element to add to an outfit. I love your design blog too, it looks great! So fun and full of great information! Peace! Cheryl

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      MT

      Thanks Cheryl! Do you find the blog layout easy to navigate? I was only wondering about it this morning actually xx

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    kittyandb

    Ooh, I do like a pair of fancy tights, so I’ll have to see if I can work the fishnets look! I like the subtle way you’ve styled these fishnets. Chic, as always! x #mumsthatslay

    Kat x

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      MT

      Aw thanks Kat that’s so lovely of you xxx

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    Yvadney @ Mums That Slay

    It’s funny, just this week I started noticing fishnet socks popping up again and I was like “wow again?!” I like! Great outfit post, a classic combination with a touch of ooh la la. Thanks so much for linking up on #MumsThatSlay Yvadney xx

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    Porcelina

    I really LOVE this look, I have some black capri pants that I’ll try this with. I wear fishnets, but only with midi length skirts, or in 1920s looks, as I do think 90s when I see them with minis or lingerie dresses. Very Courtney Love. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      MT

      Omg you’re right Porcelina, I totally forgot about Courtney Love & her slip dresses! Nooo we definitely don’t want to try that 😉 Hahahaha xx

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    laurasidestreet

    I really love how you have styled the fishnets – everything goes so well together and makes for such a chic outfit!

    Just popping over from #MumsThatSlay

    Laura x
    http://www.sidestreetstyle.com

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      MT

      Hi Laura! Thanks for popping by xxx

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    niapattenlooks

    I love fishnet socks, heels and a skirt. So much chicer than tights I think. I got some from H&M ages ago and miraculously not lost them yet! X #mumsthatslay

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      MT

      Yes that is a fabulous look Nia although I’m happy to wear the tights I already have rather than buy more xxx

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    Sheela Goh

    I purchased my first pair of Fishnets last October BUT have yet to put them on 🙂 perhaps this is a gentle nudge in that direction. I hope you’ve had nothing short of a wondrous start to 2017, Michelle.

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      MT

      That doesn’t sound like you Sheela! Get those lovely legs netted woman 😉
      Happy New Year to you too my friend xxx

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    Emma Peach

    I had a bag full of tights, all different patterns and colours, but they’ve been MIA since we moved house three and half years ago. So far I’ve only bought black and brown opaques to replace them. I’ll have to invest in some Wolfords. I love your gorgeous jumper.

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

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      MT

      Oh bummer that’s annoying Emma. The best time to buy is during the sales 😉 xxx

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    No Fear of Fashion

    Oh gosh, those Wolford ones you link to… they are even in the sale! But not in size L. And I love them. (Little cry.)
    I like this look a lot, even though I do get the shivers looking at the fishnets. The alternative you gave is just not right.
    Greetje

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      MT

      Oh damn it Greetje I did notice they were sold out of Large. I take an M in Wolford but I know you’re very tall so I can see why you’d need an L even though you’re very slim. Were there no others you liked? Although you are supposed to be on a break rom shoping aren’t you? 😉 xxx

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      MT

      Have you seen these Greetje? I can see those long legs of yours strutting in a pair of fishnets with seam! Look fab with your ankle boots 😉

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    Tianna

    you look lovely! what a cozy sweater! Fishnets never left me haha.

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      MT

      Thanks Tianna! How do you wear your fishnets?

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    Jessica

    I’m all about sexy legs wear or stockings/socks and loveyour jumper with this look and really love that you’ve had them for 15 years! I would have poked a hole in them before then! Fab.
    Jess xx
    http://www.eleganydressedandstylish.com

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      MT

      You do have terrific legs Jess I’m not surpised you like to show them off! I think you’d be surprised by the amazing quality of Wolford tights. I haven’t exactly been careful taking them off after a big night out & they are all still in tact. xx

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    sequinist

    I love fishnet tights! I even used to wear some black ones that looked like either large tulle or tiny fishnets, back in my days as a banker. I liked that I was wearing fishnets to meetings with boring finance men 🙂 Lucky you snapping up that cream jumper; I had my eye on it too but it sold out in my size before I could get my claws into it. You look gorgeous here; I’m waiting (tap tap tap) for the hair tutorial. xx

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      MT

      Oh I know the fine fishnets you means Lisa! So chic & sexy I bet you got some looks in the boardroom girl. xx

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    nancy

    Oh yes! Back to the eighties! I love them!

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      MT

      I just can’t seem to cut the cord Nancy Hahahaha I keep being pulled back to the 80’s! 😉

  • avatar
    varya

    I’ve always loved fishnets,too. You are so right,the better quality ones last and last which suits my parsimonious soul.Thanks for another reminder re: shopping consciously.The more I do so the better I look (and feel).

    • avatar
      MT

      That’s a good point you make about the more you do it the better you feel. After a short time it becomes automatic & to do otherwise really does feel so wrong. I suppose it’s just training ourselves out of the habit?

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