Holey Moly Tights

Holey Moly Tights

Holeyt1 Ah…the wonders of visual merchandising aka shop display… whoever had the wonderful idea of customising the tights on the shop dummies in the womenswear department of Selfridges in Manchester is a clever one seeing as I was transfixed by the mannequin and spent a good five minutes studying it intently, during which I might have also picked up what the mannequin was also wearing and promptly went to seek it out. 

Holeyt2 Except, for me, the fascination ended at the tights, the way they had managed to cut up a pair of black tights so expertly so that they achieved a ‘web’ effect, with the strands of yarn/thread in the tights making a wonderful distressed effect, similar to the tights seen at Rodarte AW08-9 but with more opaque parts of the tight interspersed between the ‘web’ sections.  Hard to explain and it does make it even harder to demonstrate visually when my own botched attempts with a pair of black cotton tights didn’t really pan out with the right effects.  Cutting little slits in the tights made quite substantial strongly round holes in the tights and then it was a case of getting a pair of closed scissors and swiping the tights in a downward motion with the point of the scissors until a ladder appeared.  Of course, I had to do all of this tights-jabbing whilst I was wearing the tights so I’ve also got a bit of a gash on my calf to add to my myriad of mosquito bite bruises etc.  Oh well… deliberate holey tights it is then… better luck next time… or better yet, Rodarte tights anywhere? 



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  1. Shen-Shen

    2008-06-29 at 10:40 PM

    This is so simple & chic.. It’s definitely a DIY I can finally DIY!
    I love the tights, although that gash on your calf doesn’t sound so great…

  2. Anonymous

    2008-06-29 at 10:52 PM

    You suck

  3. ivoreece

    2008-06-29 at 10:56 PM

    It looks so funny ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. selina

    2008-06-29 at 11:47 PM

    i love laddered tights with body fitting stuff like you, and then with a huge, over-sized coat on tip, it’s quite covered and guarded with the coat yet the holes give exposure. maybe the rodarte-esque tights would work with ribbed woollen ones as i find that if they ladder, it travels down the rib pannel rather than making a circular hole.
    i wish i was back in manchester to check out the display, and the comment above is mental, some people have some serious issues. i hope you take zero notice!

  5. Secretista

    2008-06-29 at 11:56 PM


  6. shesdressingup

    2008-06-30 at 12:44 AM

    I really like how this has turned out! Have the holes ripped any bigger over the day whilst you’ve worn them though?

  7. Pamcasso

    2008-06-30 at 1:27 AM

    I have coveted those rodarte tights since the show! I really like how yours turned out, even though it is really different.

  8. Stevie

    2008-06-30 at 1:46 AM

    hi! love the attempt. I would think you could try it higher up the leg with your body NOT being in them and use nail scissors or small scissors and not cut into them but make a small hole and pull
    *gently* on them
    I do like the dip dye tights better but this would be viciously cool over a pair of solid colored tights with your extra holes.
    think about the layered effect. Not good during the summer because it’s so hot.. but this would be spot on in winter

  9. enc

    2008-06-30 at 1:51 AM

    Nice job on the DIY!


    2008-06-30 at 1:58 AM

    Hi from Paris Susie
    I am right now covering the Paris fashion week that began last week and still for few days,
    I try to forget nobody interested in fashion and style like you because I know that it could help you to find some inspiration for your coming styles.
    Dior, Hermโˆšยฎs, Agnโˆšยฎs B… I hope you’ll like my photo coverage.
    have a great evening and keep on being stylish

  11. a dreamer

    2008-06-30 at 2:21 AM

    um that hate comment is seriously scary. That person has anger problems. anyhoo, your little DIY job is quite successful. It looks like the dots have been printed on. Quite a cool effect. did you use scissors or a seam ripper? Coz i’m thinking that a seam ripper might have made smaller holes.

  12. Austere

    2008-06-30 at 2:22 AM

    I actually quite like the holey tights. Yay for a botched job! haha. I really like the way you layered them over the other pair.

  13. jo

    2008-06-30 at 2:56 AM

    i can’t decide if they look angsty cos they’re ripped, or cute cos they resemble bubbles hahaha. it’s cool anyway! all the better to put old tights to use

  14. Sister Wolf

    2008-06-30 at 3:41 AM

    Make sure you put some antibiotic stuff on your wound! (speaking to you as a mother)

  15. Cammila

    2008-06-30 at 4:17 AM

    lol Is that angry person real, or a friend who’s joking around? Because if it’s the former, it HAS to be one of those poorly dressed women with bad legs and FAKE BAGS you snapped on the tube after they gave you a dirty look! Haha, the trashy and uneducated are bitter people. We’re on to you, anonymous commenter, go back to your tanning bed and wait for Vogue to announce “having no style is the new having style!”

  16. pretty face

    2008-06-30 at 8:48 AM

    Oh well your DIY version is still very cute. I have orange tights with sheer circley holes but I’ve never worn them because I can’t get the circles to align (they’re in a griddy pattern).
    But argh how can you bear to wear two tights in this weather?

  17. Laurenn

    2008-06-30 at 9:01 AM

    I like the attempt! Alexander Wang did that on his fall runway, too, and it looked amazing. Good for you for going for it. I’m not as brave as you and always assumed that if I tried to do that people would just think I’m a crazy with holes in my tights. But now I think I might try it with an old pair of ruined tights.

  18. Mer

    2008-06-30 at 9:23 AM

    I know is about the tights, but I love your mini skirt, ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Drusilla

    2008-06-30 at 9:31 AM

    It’s quite a cool effect, your DIY makes the tights look almost graphic (as opposed to spidery). I suppose a lower denier might work for that webby effect, but I also suspect they’d ladder like no one’s business before you’d even had one wear out of them!
    PS: What’s with the hater? They should go bother someone else, seriously.

  20. Francis Girard

    2008-06-30 at 9:59 AM

    I love how brave you are. Considering I have 100’s of pairs of black tights DIYing a couple could help with the cull – thanks for the idea. lots of love. xf

  21. vintage clothes

    2008-06-30 at 10:09 AM

    nice i like your attempt! im going to check them out in selfridges today!

  22. lady coveted

    2008-06-30 at 10:26 AM

    oh my god…i hope you ignore that senseless negative comment.
    anyway… i love the holey tights thing. i wore that a lot back in high school, particularly since i had a lot of stripey tights that tended to get holes in them in like two seconds.
    i personally would like to see naik fur do a rendition of the rodarte tights… i think she could come up with something beautiful. either that, or wish i could knit, but my knitting really sucks.

  23. rollergirl

    2008-06-30 at 11:12 AM

    But I like it! A good solution to the moths problem that is affecting to many of us (me included) too, no?

  24. mica

    2008-06-30 at 12:48 PM

    Sounds like painful DIY, but it turned out rather beautifully! I wasn’t sure at first but seeing the outfit as a whole, it really works! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Poochie

    2008-06-30 at 1:02 PM

    I don’t think I’ve seen those Rodarte tights in yet but when I saw them in the latest US Vogue they were listed at being somewhere in the tune of $800.
    Kind of pricey for tights although I’m sure they’re hand knitted. Makes your DIY version all the more appealing.
    All cowardly ANONYMOUS haters need to buzz off!

  26. Anna-Maria

    2008-06-30 at 1:12 PM

    I’ve seen this trend in Stockholm since last fall and I really like it. You did a really nice job on your tights. I might try this trend myself sometime. ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. anna

    2008-06-30 at 3:11 PM

    lol the holes look like polka dots. I like how your version turned out.

  28. The Clothes Horse

    2008-06-30 at 3:36 PM

    Mmmm…Rodarte tights. I’d like to see this display–the effect sounds intriguing.

  29. andrea

    2008-06-30 at 4:08 PM

    Hi Susie, I just love what you have done! Perfectly imperfect! FYI, I want the Rodarte tights but I found out that they are $850 US dollars!! Those Rodarte girls are so creative, but they are really out of control. Or, they want to keep their creations available to only those who can afford them? Or maybe people who have access to a fashion closet?

  30. miss woo

    2008-06-30 at 4:44 PM

    Must take you ages! I love your attempt though as it really takes the torn tights out of the trashy category and into a realm of its own.
    and I just saw andrea’s comment and for a second I thought 85 dollars for Rodarte tights is quite reasonable, then I saw the 0 at the end.. Damn!

  31. fashionherald

    2008-06-30 at 5:46 PM

    I really like your end result, it’s very pop punk looking! and the nail clipper or seam ripper is good advice, may create the effect you were going for.

  32. fashionherald

    2008-06-30 at 5:47 PM

    I really like your end result, it’s very pop punk! and the nail clipper or seam ripper is good advice, may create the effect you were going for.

  33. fashion chalet

    2008-06-30 at 6:39 PM

    I really want your shoes!! <3
    Lovely hair, by the way, it's so perfectly straight and ever-so-shiny!

  34. catherine

    2008-06-30 at 6:49 PM

    Ooooh! They came out so nicely. All the hard work and scars were worth it!

  35. flatbrokefab Ashleigh

    2008-06-30 at 8:48 PM

    I think they look excellent!

  36. andrea

    2008-06-30 at 9:50 PM

    Oh and I love your boots! What kind are they?

  37. Maddy

    2008-07-01 at 3:54 AM

    I tried making similar looking tights with scissors at first, too, but I’ve had much better success with seam-rippers. Hard to explain without a visual, but seam-rippers give you much more of that “run-in-your-tights”/Alexander Wang Fall 08 look and more of an actual web than just holes.

  38. bestie

    2008-07-01 at 8:40 AM

    i don’t know, i actually really like how you did them…

  39. vanessa

    2008-07-01 at 9:56 AM

    hear hear! “having no style is the new having style!” i agree!
    i’m sick of all generic looking people and its so refreshing to see people like susie bubble and fopsanddandies

  40. diana

    2008-07-02 at 8:01 AM

    OMG I just wanted to wear a pair of tights like this recently, just because I accidentally made a hole in them, and when my boyfriend saw me he said he wouldn’t go out with me wearing those tights, because they were over the top and horrible. So I changed. But if I would have seen you earlier I believe I would have dared! ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Lolita

    2008-07-07 at 8:05 PM


  42. charlotte

    2008-07-07 at 11:53 PM

    DIY suggestion:
    Put the tights on a wine bottle. then you can position the blade of the exacto knife/ utility knife or scissor as to get a long strip. Hold the tights with on hand and fix the blade with the other . pull the tights rather than pulling the knife. that should give you more control on the depth of the cut and thus not heavily nick the fibers of the cross-way on the tights. Yeah. used to do this when I was still a bit of a punk-er.

  43. susie_bubble

    2008-07-08 at 9:18 AM

    That’s really great advice Charlotte – thanks!

  44. edna

    2008-07-08 at 3:35 PM

    as any one got any “BLACK OPAQUE” Tights they can sell me…Drusilla.. you say you have hundreds..how about selling a few pairs cheaply ..i would like to make a lot of these tights if possible ..so im looking for 20/ 40 pairs of at least 60 denier…

  45. nutMEG

    2008-08-24 at 5:22 PM

    so, i was reading this post a while back, but i found some rodarte tights up on ebay!
    if anyone finds out about those louboutin shoes, let me know!

  46. Anon

    2008-10-17 at 12:25 PM
  47. Carlo

    2009-02-20 at 8:34 AM
  48. blaf

    2010-06-12 at 2:15 PM

    the tights look good, but it definately doesnt go with the look you are trying to make. Tights like that go with punk/goth outfits….not preppy asian outfits

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