Footless tights are rife in the streets of London. They’re selling them by the truckload everyday at Topshop, New Look. People are cutting up their tights in a frenzy. I don’t want to start claiming trends but I swear to god, when I wore leggings and footless tights (actually tights that were cut up because back in 2002 – you couldn’t buy them pre-cut!) under skirts and dresses, people looked at me like crazy. In fact, I distinctly remember seeing it on a girl in Hong Kong (in Japan and HK, this "trend" is actually a staple look) back in 2001 which is what inspired me. At present, I wouldn’t say I’m ‘over’ it because I see it as more of a staple look too. But nowadays, I like to pull the tights down a bit so that it covers half the foot. I know it’s a very subtle change but somehow it makes more sense to me. It a) makes your legs look longer (footless tights unfortunately don’t really do stumpy legs any favours…) and b) gels with whatever shoes you’re wearing. It’s the same principle with leggings with stirups (remember those?). I think it’s a very simple and effective variation on the usual mid-calf look.