Sheer Tights

Before we discuss the latest in legwear trends, we'd like to take a brief moment to remind you that the second installment of the Who What Wear TV Fashion Week Series is available for viewing. In this episode, we have the true pleasure of meeting Kenneth Jay Lane, the costume jeweler extraordinaire, and tour his treasure trove of a showroom. Lane is gracious, droll, and compelling to boot-don't miss it! And now on to today's story...

Pity the poor sheer stocking! Once an essential glamour girl accessory, this semi-transparent style of hosiery fell out of favor in recent years, as everyone (ourselves included) favored dense, high denier, opaque tights. After many seasons of being pushed aside and shoved back into the proverbial sock drawer, this spring we're welcoming back our fragile friends, as sheer tights have officially returned.

The runways of Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Karl Lagerfeld, and Derek Lam were a study in gauzy gams, as designers sent out their models in see-though stockings galore. We've also seen several celebrities embrace the translucent trend; Kate Hudson wore gossamer gray tights to a Dolce & Gabbana party in December, Lily Allen went for a delicate dark version a few weeks ago at the Luella F/W 08 show in London, and Rihanna sported a sheer style last week at the Galliano show in Paris.

Many companies make sheer tights, but the ones worth saving for are from Fogal. Of the scads of styles available from the luxury hosiery maker, there are three we're specifically fond of: Cordoba, Finesse, and Catwalk. The Cordoba style have a skinny seam up the back (subtle and sexy, our favorite) and are made from an ultra fine mesh that, in some small way, reminds us of ballet tights. The Finesse stockings are another excellent choice. They have exactly the right amount of sheerness, but are still strong and keep your legs firmly sheathed. The Finesse also come in a tremendous array of colors including dove gray, indigo blue, grass green, hot pink, and a pretty prune shade. Fogal's Catwalk hosiery are our final fantastic find. We're aspiring collectors of the 10 denier sheer tights, particularly the seamed version!

Fogal Cordoba, Finesse, and Catwalk ($37-$71), available at Fogal boutiques (212.355.3254) and Shapings.

1. Karl Lagerfeld
2. Miu Miu
3. Louis Vuitton
4. Derek Lam