This post I will focus solely on tights in floral, paisley, cherub and other dolly kei type designs. (See also my post on Dolly Kei ebay finds)
Here are some of those quintessential looks as worn by Heri (Grimoire):
and some less obvious choices; the last one I took at the Virgin Mary store (she’s wearing Vivienne Westwood thigh highs)
I discovered a US company that has an amazing variety of designs, and in a great range of specifications as well. If you can’t find something you want here, there’s no hope for you. Many of them I find will work well into a dolly kei wardrobe, depending on how you co-ordinate, of course.
To start, you can choose to have your fave design printed on tights, leggings, thigh highs, trouser socks, or even scarves or car mats! Even just within one category, such as tights, you can choose from sheer tight, lycra tight, nylon tight, lurex tight, fishnet tight, or solid nylon/spandex tight. Phew!
But where they really come into their own is the huuuuuuuuuge range of designs offered. You can choose from categories, such as floral, paisleys, angels, or by colour…or just go exploring. While many of the ones I’ve chosen are quite “busy”, remember in sheerer stockings and fishnets, the impact will be reduced for a more subtle effect.
Angel Tapestry Natural Angel First Kiss Heaven
Renaissance or medieval themes:
Spring the Creation of Adam Mideval (sic)
white butterflies yellow bugs pink sandy
Blue Bonnet Granny Wall Sonjia
These are lace florals in colours Bashe, Yellow & Lilac (there are other colours too)
Lace & Rose design in tan, pink & white (more colours available)
Lace design tights in rouge, red and midnight tones
One of my favourite designs is the Stained Glass Lace series, which is like battenburg lace
Floral medallions in blue, pink and white
Rose Paisleys in cream, peach and blue
There are also more traditional paisleys and psychedelic ones.
And finally, some miscellaneous ones I liked:
There are also animal print designs, orientals, modern abstract, pin-up/Vintage looks, spots, stripes, psychedelic designs….you’re just gonna have to have a peek yourself. Oh, and check out her couture designs too.
Do you like any of the above? Do you know of any good sources for floral, lace and dolly kei patterned tights?