Close up of girls legs in orange lace footless tights against white rose background.

As a mother of two teenage girls, I can attest that the most popular leg wear for this age group is footless tights!  Footless tights, not to be confused with leggings which are technically pants (think ‘sewn’ rather than woven) are essentially tights without feet. As such, when stretched they become somewhat sheer, which is why they should never be worn without a long tunic, dress or skirt to cover the nether regions.

Woman with long blond hair reclining in black top and black damask footless tights.

So what are the advantages of wearing footless tights over leggings? Firstly, you may have a daughter like mine who detests the feel of a seam, especially close to her skin. There are no irritating seams, and no issue where the feet pull the top down, resulting in an annoying suspended crotch. Another brilliant benefit with this leg wear is that children tend to get longer wear from them, both because they outlive small growth spurts and because they’re easier to pull on.


Girl's legs in pale pink lace Franzoni Aralia footless tightsA great choice for young girls from our range of footless tights is Franzoni’s, Aralia. Patterned with pretty butterflies and available in soft pastels, they’re both charming and dressy.  For teens, Oroblu’s  funky denim-style Underground, with its glittery guitar motif and British flag, or the capri-length Fable, scattered with colourful flowers down each leg, offer two very different looks. For a teen after more sophisticated legwear for a social event, Franzoni’s Charms will captivate with their glamorous yet edgy diamante cross and heart motifs.

 

Adolescent girl in bright clothes and sunglasses with skateboard over shoulder.  

 

Of course, footless tights are not just for girls and teenagers! Women of all ages are enjoying the comfort of footless tights and are embracing their versatility, which are particularly popular for layering, especially under tunics and longer tops.

Our most versatile footless tight is the Duvet by Franzoni. Guaranteed to become a wardrobe staple, it comes in two lengths, a capri (a ¾ length that sits just below the knee) and an ankle length, ideal for cooler days or if you prefer more leg coverage. The Duvet is versatile, including suitable legwear for exercise with its super stretch and 3D weave which  provides a totally opaque appearance. The Duvet looks fabulous on, suiting both casual and stylish events.


From casual and opaque to our beautiful lace footless tights, Armenia and Rete Sake give a delicate finish to the prettiest of summery dresses in fresh-look white. If you’re after a splash of colour, then Arielle in its majestic purple or Provenza in soft lilac are both great options. 

Woman sitting in black dressy leggings with lace edging and close-up of purple lace footless tights.

Earthy green tones are currently trending in fashion, and right on trend at Italian tights is Stenofila in a soft aloe green which makes for a surprising neutral. Particularly striking with its intricate net and attractive lace band, take advantage of the extensive colour range in shoes this year and accessorize Stenofila’s aloe green with inexpensive shoes from Zara such as the ruffled high heeled sandals, or the divine floral high heeled shoes also from Zara. For a more stylish casual look you can’t go past the Aila dress sandal by Jo Mercer. To add colour to your day contrast our footless Stenofila  it with a red orange outfit, another 2017 fashion colour favoured by designers such as Pucci, Siriano and Sportmax.

Women's legs in sheer black hosiery with two sandal options in green.


Three shoe options that look good with leggings:  ballet slipper, low-heeled pump and high sandal.
Not to be forgotten, and always timeless, are the indispensable black lace footless tights which can be worn during the day or to a more formal evening event. Floriana, Anais, Sherry and Seline, are all  ideal selections and look occasion fabulous with both flats and high heels. You could team these with the black glitter high heeled sandal by Naturalizer - which we love! Not only is it on trend, but it’s super comfortable.


If you’re looking for a good basic summer legging, you’ll find our Donna Summer Cotton  is indispensable to your wardrobe. As the name suggests, a cotton legging that will allow your skin to breathe and is also available in white -  a great cooling colour for hot summery days!


Whatever your preference - footless tights or leggings - we’ve sourced a wide selection of styles and colours to keep your legs covered through the seasons.