"Steady on Susie, it's a Monday morning!" says the imaginary appropriate blog post title barometer. Just to reassure you, it's not my legs I'm referring to in the title but the long and lithe gams featured in new hoisery designer Erica M's lookbook. I've not really investigated interesting hoisery for a while, preferring to leave my legs bare to the elements or to wear an assortment of dorky looking Ayame or Tabio socks ruched up around my ankles. I've even lost the knack of the scrunch n' roll action that you're supposed to do with tights in order to prevent snagging. Thanks to Samia of High Snobette though, she tipped me off to Erica M., who has just launched her collection of legwear for A/W 12-3 with a succinct four styles. It may be a compact collection but every style packs a punch as they feature intricate knitted-in patterns and trompe l'oeil details, often playing off of the tricky garter belt and all those other fiddly accoutrements that I think, barely feature in day-to-day lingerie routines. Erica M's concept was simple – the incorporate the look of the garter belt, stockings, suspenders and garter and and all of that faff into one style. The brand may be based in New York but all the legwear is all made in Italy and without intending to go all Mills & Boons (or indeed… Fifty Shades) on you, they do go on like a dream and feel great on skin.
Of course, me being me, I can't quite leave sexy as the gods intended. I have to unsexify it whilst attempting to showcase the best parts of the hoisery, namely the beautiful detailing at the tops of the thighs. That's where items like wrapover skirts and knitted shorts come in handy. I haven't quite figured out a way to wear the full-on garter belt suspender belt style featuring two bows that sit at either sides of your lady bits without revealing a little bit too much but perhaps Erica M. intended these design features to be little secrets that you keep to yourself.
(Worn with Chloe shirt, vintage sheer top, Tao knitted shorts, Christopher Kane sandals)