Playing With Patterns

Playing With Patterns

"Dear VienneMilano,

This summer, it seems like I'm seeing patterned stockings everywhere. While I'd love to get in on this trend, I haven't the slightest idea on how to style them. What does one wear with patterned hosiery?"

- Jackie N.

We at VienneMilano cannot stress enough that legs are a canvas for both your style and creativity (since legs take up 1/2 of your body). Therefore, you'll want to take advantage of all of that space to show the world how fabulous you are (and your sense of style) all year 'round. Admittedly, the warmer climate in the beginning of Fall brings with it a new wardrobe of breezier dresses and shorts, but the current trend of patterned stockings clearly indicates that warmer temperatures should not stop you from reaching for your thigh highs to top off your perfect outfit. There's actually no better way to embrace hosiery and stay cool at the same time than to don a pair of patterned fishnet hold ups. Patterns, when paired with the right outfit, can be the perfect garnish for a monochromatic ensemble or even a pair of shorts and a t-shirt. The best combination of patterns and ventilation can always be found in fishnet stockings, which can add a touch of glamor without adding a suffocating layer and can even keep more autumnal garb looking summery on a cooler day. VienneMilano has plenty of patterned fishnet styles to choose from in our ALESSIA, ROSARIA, and OTTAVIA lines, plus several suggestions on how to style them.

Stick With a Monochromatic Color Palette

By assembling your outfit in a single color or simply matching your top and bottom colors, you allow your stockings to be the center of attention –and embellish an otherwise plain ensemble.

OTTAVIA Fishnet Thigh High Stockings Monochromatic Summer LookOTTAVIA Fishnet Thigh High Stockings Summer Look 2

Don't Overdo It

While nothing should stop you from partnering patterned stockings with other patterned pieces, be mindful of the number of patterns competing on your body. Try to cap your patterns at a maximum of two.

ALESSIA Stripe Fishnet Thigh High Stockings Summer Look

Choose Your Shoes Wisely

As we mentioned in a previous post, fishnets can quickly turn from class to crass if you wear the wrong shoes. A nice heel or sleek flat is best when donning your patterned fishnet thigh high hosiery.

ROSARIA Rose Fishnet Thigh High Stockings Summer Look

Fishing for less fishnet? GIADA offers a more modern pattern, while ALBA features a minimalist back seam.

GIADA Thigh High Stockings Summer LookALBA Back Seam Thigh High Stockings Summer Look

Are patterns not your thing? Try GIORGIA for a sleeker fishnet look.

GIORGIA Fishnet Thigh High Stockings Summer Look

Ready to style your patterned fishnet stay ups? As long as you keep a simple color palette, limit the number of competing patterns, and wear the right shoes, you will be able to wear your favorite patterned thigh highs with style! We hope you continue to feature your VienneMilano patterned thigh highs as Summer comes to an end — and be sure to check out our new collection when it debuts in the Fall!

Got a fashion question? Feel free to write to us at with the subject line: "Dear VienneMilano." If you have any other suggestions on styling patterned hosiery please comment them below. Stay fabulous!

Posted on 08/04/2017 by Erica Boyd Home, Tutorials, Style Guide 0 12

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