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Gray stockings hide winter clothing trend

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Clothes by Yves Saint Laurent. [JoongAng Ilbo]

It’s generally accepted that what’s hidden is sexier than what’s shown. To prove the point, this season’s winter skirts have a new partner: gray stockings.
They’re everywhere. Black and gray are the leading items, but the colors have gotten more vivid: blues, purples and pinks, which go well with thick winter clothes, are in vogue this winter.
As the look gets simpler, stockings get radical. Some designers are incorporating futuristic trends by using shimmering metallic textures. Others are opting for decorated stockings with butterfly or floral patterns.
These patterns match A-line skirts or black dresses. They also complement ankle boots, which are another hot item this season.
The trend for leggings is expected to continue. The problem with leggings is that they are usually a lot thicker than stockings.
To compensate, there are leggings on the market this season that use extra elastic in the material to help to maintain the line of the leg and present a slim appearance.
Natural-styled stockings are also a hit, made with knitted textiles to match with satin or silk fabrics. The lack of balance adds to a seasonal trend for mix-and-match styles.
Colors, too, have become more varied. Darker tones like gray, navy and purple are popular. Gray, especially, has become a the color of the season, whether in leggings, tights or stockings.
Gray stockings also go nicely with heavy jackets, turtleneck sweaters and shorts.
Performance stockings are also worth watching. Vivian, which specializes in women’s underwear, is promoting items aimed at desk-bound female office workers whose legs swell if they sit too long.
The design of the stocking helps massage the feet and calves.
If your teen spirit still thrives, there are always legwarmers. When worn over black stockings, these legwarmers create a girlish look, which is currently flavor of the month.
The stocking look is not only fashionable; it’s practical, too, if it’s a cold winter.


By Kim Ka-na Contributing Writer [myfeast@joongang.co.kr]
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