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Hop on the balletcore trend

Are you ready for the next big thing in hosiery?

We recently declared the reign of red tights, but now it’s time for you to hit “Add to Cart” for another pair of trendy stockings.

We’ll give you a hint: Just like red tights, this trend also owes accessories to “Gossip Girl” queen bee Blair Waldorf, who was one of the first adopters. If you’re thinking of white tights, you’re absolutely right.

Leighton Meester’s iconic character, Blair Waldorf, in the CW series “Gossip Girl”, wore white tights as early as 2008. Images: Getty

This hot trend probably comes as no surprise to avid followers of the online aesthetic: hosiery is a staple of flirtatious and balletcore styles, which have dominated in recent months. Brands whose influence is evident in these trends, like Miu Miu, Simone Rocha and Sandy Liang, use tights and stockings to add a playful touch to feminine silhouettes.

This trend has been a slow (but hot) burn. In 2020, white tights dominated Chanel’s spring couture show, appearing in dozens of looks. Even though they didn’t take off right away, they’re now in the spotlight, including our Alexa cover star, Sarah Paulson.

Chanel has once again adopted the accessory as a mainstay of its Spring 2024 couture collection – featured in most of the runway looks, including the one worn by show opener Margaret Qualley.

From left: Vittoria Ceretti, Gigi Hadid and Kaia Gerber all walked the Chanel Spring 2020 couture show, when white tights first dominated the runway. Images: Getty
More recent runway versions of the white tights look include balletcore queen Simone Rocha’s fall 2022 show (left) and Chanel’s spring 2024 couture show (right). Images: Getty

Last year, Gigi Hadid showed herself ahead of the curve by wearing Malaikaraiss in New York, after wearing the tights for Chanel in 2020. Recent A-List Users – From ‘Mean Girls’ Star Angourie Rice wearing Theory and Kristen Stewart in Chanel to the streets Style mavericks at New York Fashion Week proved the trend is ready to strut its stuff in 2024.

There are two main schools of thought among fashionistas who embrace the tight white look. The first opts for a monochrome or near-monochrome look, where white tights – generally opaque – soften the transition when the eye moves from the outfit to the shoes. Hadid, Rice, Stewart and influencer Saskia Teje are all fans of this head-to-head white look, which is a sleek and stylish way to elevate an outfit.

Celebrities in white tights (left to right): Angourie Rice wears Theory in New York, influencer Jihoon Kim wears Burberry Resort 2024 to the brand’s show at London Fashion Week, Kristen Stewart at the 74th Berlinale wearing Chanel and Saskia Teje attends the David Koma. London Fashion Week show in February.
Street style: Attendees (from left) of Sandy Liang and Coach NYFW show off the two rock white tights.

The second option favors maximalism, where white tights are used as a fun and feminine accessory to highlight a short hemline or playful shoes.

The unexpected pop of color gives an outfit an air of polished freshness.

New York Post

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