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Beserk Tights!

I just discovered another of my fave aussie alternative labels, Beserk Clothing, has now started a range of very creative tights!

I know you love tights and leggings as much as me, so here’s a peek.

1. Tera Angel

In this, Fleur’s first design, the wing of the Angel wraps around the back of the leg:

 

2. Dreaming Desire

These tights have a very Japanese-inspired manga girl with her hair flowing around the legs:

 

3. Diamond Heist

These tights have an all over diamond pattern – not just a diamond pattern, but a 3 dimensional rendering of a diamond gem:

 

In classic black and white with a touch of red, these are sure to go with so many rockin’ outfits you might be planning. (Oh, and Beserk also stocks some Black Milk tights! James is a fellow Brisbane designer)

Beserk has a great range of clothing in graphic designs, from dresses to singlets to shorts to skirts to armwarmers…really, you must check out the Beserk store!

 

 

There are even armwarmers to co-ordinate your outfit, in Sakura/Cherry Blossom print, skull print, and military chevrons.

 

If you like what you see, I’ll leave it to you to peruse further.  For more reading, I’ve previously mentioned Beserk in my Under the Blue Moon Festival post, and my Sunday Links post here.

Printed leggings

Dolly Kei style printed tights by Celeste Stein

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.

Celeste Stein

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/Cherub Designs

                   Angel Tapestry                            Natural Angel                           First Kiss                  Heaven

     

Renaissance or medieval themes:

                           Spring                                   the Creation of Adam                    Mideval (sic)

   

Tapestry designs

   

Insects

                  white butterflies                                yellow bugs                                 pink sandy

   

Florals

                      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

   

Paisleys

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?

Black Milk mcqueen-style

Let’s talk about tights

So today the sun has finally come out in earnest, rendering today’s subject a little moot, but nonetheless, today I want to talk about tights.

I am a tight fanatic! I have multiple tights/stockings/leggings in skeleton designs, leopard print, stripe, harlequin-type diamond….but I don’t have any floral ones!! As any dolly kei girl will tell you, you need floral tights (or ones with angelly cherubs on them) to complete the look…and so I’ve gone searching. Of course, along the way I’ve just found some that are plain stunning, even if not floral.

Sister is an amazing rock-chick store in Shibuya, and they have a very cool range of tights here.

They don’t just come in blue, these; there’s reddish and khaki “Fall Victim” tights as well:

 

There are some spirally optical illusion tights called “She has 2 Sisters”, in pink & black:

 

as well as fantastic lace print ones called “Femme Fatale” – WANT these!

 

Oh and BTW, these are the tights being worn by the dolly kei girl in the grey fur in these pics:

 

The store is having a 70% of sale on 4th January too…if I have any money left after buying Fukubukuro on the 2nd & 3rd…I’m there!!
(Read the Sister blog here for more info on the brands and new releases)

Hands down my fave Australian tights designer is James from Black Milk. See my Black Milk posts here, here and here, for starters.  I have a couple of his skeleton tights, and though they’re now sold out, for the goths here’s the leg bone and little skulls tights:

   

And how fab are these Escher leggings (available on pre-order only – so order ‘em fast!), and Great Wave leggings:

   

The houndstooth and tribute-to-Mcqueen abstract tights are also incredibly striking:

 

I wanna share his whole collection with you, it is that great, but will leave you with some of his flares, here in lace and velvet.

 

Seriously, check out the Black Milk range (he also does bodysuits and jackets), or see his blog Too Many Tights, for up and coming styles.

I have to confess that this next one comes to me from Susie of Style Bubble, who recently posted an outfit featuring the amazing “Cyclops” tights.

Les Queues de Sardines have quirky, fun tights in various colours & “out there” patterns, like human organs/entrails…

 

 

 

Heck, I haven’t even got to the floral dolly-kei tights I was originally gonna post, and this is getting a bit long  - so part 2 will be coming up soon!

What are your fave tights/leggings?