Trends I Don’t Get: Suspender Tights

You all know about my hunt for a decent pair of tights that won’t cause public nudity, and while I’ve been looking for the perfect pair of black opaques, I’ve also been drawn to the patterned tights available. Generally, they’re pretty cute, but there’s one trend I just can not get behind.

Yeah, you guessed it – suspender tights. I think it all began when Henry Holland did a pair (probably costing about £15 – who can justify that cost when if you’re clumsy like me, you’ll ladder them when you’re putting them on) and of course, the high street has jumped on that bandwagon and made all the different types.

To the right, we have the original pair, the House of Holland for Pretty Polly suspender tights* which don’t really offend too much, but at a price of £12, out of my price range.

To the left, these “Gipsy Mock Bow“* tights (£7) are the extreme end – overly fussy, unlikely to be mistaken for suspenders (isn’t that the point of them?)

Next, these bow styles – the 3 bow suspenders* (£6) and the tiny bow suspenders with scalloped edges* (also £6) show the variation. But again, you wouldn’t mistake these for the real thing.

Finally, the hearts – both styles are made of tiny hearts making the “straps”, but where the “Gipsy Mock Heart Suspenders” (£8) (no, I don’t quite know why they’ve included the word mock in this and none of the others) are a bit cheap looking, for the same price, the own brand heart suspender* ones at least look like they’ve had a bit more effort put into the design.

Personally, if I wanted the look of suspenders, I would go and wear actual suspenders. Can anyone explain this trend to me?

(Oh, and to finish – the other end of the scale – House of Holland for Pretty Polly’s pearl studded tights* are a “mere” £25. I just don’t. get. it.)


  1. laura says

    I have a fair few pairs. for me it is less fuss than wearing the real thing – the suspender belt etc
    Also the top is covered – so not as chilly?!

  2. Laura says

    I quite like the original ones, they just add a bit of interest to plain outfits although not sure they’d suit me/my thighs. I don’t think £25 is a reasonable price for tights at all!
    I think the suspender detail on some of them is too low, I feel like they should be higher and only visible when your skirt moves? Having them too low could possibly result in stumpy looking legs!


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