Industry experts outline key hosiery trends for 2016

Fishnets, support tights and luxury socks are just some of the hosiery trend predictions from our panel of experts for 2016.

As we look to the next season, we asked leading legwear brands for their big trends of SS16 and beyond. Here’s what they came up with:

Beth Somi, marketing manager, Courtaulds Brands
We have spotted fishnets as a new trend. ASOS recently ran a fashion spread featuring fishnets and Grazia and Look magazines both took a different take on whether they were a good look or not. We will be offering large fishnets in black and nude for SS16 and we have already been asked by stylists to use them in fashion pages, so we will start to see those come through in the magazines by the end of the year, ready for the launch of spring.

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Sportwear is now very much worn as everyday wear and that will extend into legwear, with interesting shapes and meshes. Our mesh panel tight is a mock hold-up with sporty lines at the top of the leg. We’re also seeing support and compression tights as a big trend. It’s always been seen as a type of product that your grandma would wear, but brands like Under Armour and Skins are educating younger people to understand that compression and support is a really positive thing.

Laura Vacchelli, marketing manager, Oroblù
Stockings and socks are the stars of spring/summer. Oroblù will offer a diverse choice of styles: lightweight, elegant, fun and simple. Stockings are no longer a simple accessory, but a base to build around an entire outfit. It’s the same with socks: they’ve gone from a hidden item to a key element of apparel that can be worn with sneakers or sandals.

Mathias Schulz, head of international sales, ITEM m6
Sheers returned in 2015, but will have their peak in SS16. There will be an increase in a variety of skin tones, and more options like open-toe tights will hit the stores in 2016. A new trend we have noticed is combining super sheer materials with compression techniques. This is set to be a new beauty essential as they offer a smooth and flawless finish to legs. Compression is now a technology that represents its own segment in the legwear department. What shapewear did in the lingerie department, compression now does for legwear.

Alison Baines, brands manager, Melas Group
Fishnet tights are definitely having a revival, with delicate twists on fishnets and laces starting to be seen on the catwalk for next spring. In previous hosiery fashion cycles, fishnets were always the start of a fashion hosiery revival. Coloured nets are also important in 2016.

Sheers have always been the core business of the hosiery market, but they have been much more fashionable this year. Our bare range continues to grow season on season. Spring 2016 is all about anklets and socks, which are expected to be even bigger next year. Also, new knitting technologies are constantly being improved and explored. In our Charnos brand this season, we are launching three brand new premium products in a 60 Opaque, 15 Gloss and 10 Matt.



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