What can we expect to see in Hosiery for this year - What's Hot and What's Not in 2012

There seems to be some conflicting reports on what legwear is going to be fashionable this year, will it be polka dots and textures, or understated nudes and natural colours?

Textured hosiery in bold stripes, funky patterns or lace detail gives legs a chance to be fashionable.
"We will see lots of polka dots for spring, from small dots to large dots," says Nina El-Tobgy, owner of the Soxx Shop.

Hosiery sales are on the increase, says Sally Kay, president and CEO of The Hosiery Association. Kay says. "There is more of a tendency to go back to more ladylike, traditional dressing. 'Mad Men' has had an influence on this. Hosiery is coming back in vogue.”

"Textured hosiery right now is perfect for the cool weather months," says Gregg Andrews, Nordstrom fashion director.
Read more: Textured hosiery steps in as bold accessory - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Although the initial trend started by Kate Middleton has died down, we do have her to thank for the return of natural coloured tights which turned nude legs from old-fashioned and frumpy to high fashion must have.

According to Color Combos: Neon refuses to leave the scene yet. With more than 21 shades of bright fluorescents to choose from, women will be adding pops of color in their swimwear, footwear, intimates, athletic clothing, hosiery and accessories. Every season needs neutrals to balance the palette of favorite colors, and the choices this year are reminders of smooth Honey and clean Sandstone.

Interfilière, another fashion color leader, has a totally different approach to women’s clothing trends for 2012. Its Fashion and Color Trends Report identifies three “moods” for this year:

1. Tender —Delicate, clear and pale pastels are sexy and alluring.
2. Earthy —Especially in beachwear, ochre, orange and copper will be popular. Hand-dyed fabrics will be enjoying renewed attention, and leopard prints will lean to the exotic side.
3. Florals —Never far away, this summer’s florals will be charming prints with splashes of bold color and subtle underlying shades.

Other predictions are for black, white, and animal prints. In essence, it seems that in the world of hosiery for 2012 – just about anything goes!

You can update any outfit by accessorising with the latest hosiery fashions and as for colour - well, the world is your oyster as far as that goes.

Textured tights with roses pattern
Contrasting tights with backseam, nude/tan & black
Net Tights with a Floral Pattern