Don't Kill the Messenger: Blair Waldorf's Favorite Trend Is Back


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As someone who wore a school uniform for twelve years of her life, the early seasons of Gossip Girl held some of the show's most compelling and confounding fashion moments.

In Gossip Girl's version of high school, Serena could get away with wearing heels to first period and a tie that looked like she'd stolen it from some guy's bedpost, while Blair rolled up in ever-more-elaborate headbands, pencil skirts, and, of course, her signature colorful tights. The character (along with her similarly clad minions) ushered in a moment for rainbow-hued hosiery—and I, for one, amassed a sizable collection that has since been languishing at the back of my sock drawer.

I'm tempted to break them out again, however, because fashion appears to be on the cusp of a colored-tights renaissance—but this time around, the look is far from Upper East Side prep. Balenciaga, Gucci, and Céline have all endorsed the trend for 2017, sheathing models' legs in pink, purple, and red on the runway. Demna Gvasalia's '80s-inspired legging-boots, in particular, seem to be inspiring fashion types to match their footwear to their hosiery—a leg-lengthening trick we suspect many will try this fall.

For those loathing to put on tights this close to summer, consider a warm-weather alternative: colorful socks and coordinating shoes, whether block-heel mules, strappy sandals, or even sneakers à la Céline.

Below, see how designers styled the trend on the runway, a few inspiring IRL interpretations from Instagram, and seven shoe and sock/tight pairings to shop today.

Want more of the monochrome trend? Here's how five celebs are wearing the look right now.