Bold? Yes. Easy to wear? No. Alluring? Quite possibly.
It's been happening for a while actually: Danish Instagram label Saks Potts has been blowing that horn for some time. However, this is the first moment I've seen it overtake the ranks of solely Scandinavian It girls and Instagram-famous models.
Now, it seems, the trend is everywhere.
At Christmas, you may have noticed an influencer (or ten) donning the Gucci interlocking GG tights – an (ahem) snip at €90 – whilst decking the halls or ringing in the new year.
No judgement if hosiery is your big mood splurge, however – one woman's lace tights is another's designer scrunchie. (And at lease these will keep you marginally warmer.)
So, in a flurry of pre-Christmas, going-out gusto I wore a pair for my hen party. Not as daring as some of my inspo pics, I went for a black fishnet base with an (ever so slightly) more subtle diamonté embellishment.
How did it go? I loved it. Perhaps it was the prosecco buzz, the Christmas cheer, or the fact that I kept the rest of the tones in my outfit (pictured, above) fairly muted (I opted for a Topshop cream satin dress and Warehouse biscuit teddy bear coat) that it didn't jar with me too much.
That being said, I don't think I'll be committing to flying the flag for OTT tights just yet.
If you're looking for some high octane, legs 11 inspiration, Copenhagen-based stylist Emili Sindley, has fully embraced the trend, ranging from the Gucci patterned variety to full on colour block. My verdict? Only she could pull it off, but like so many fashion trends, it's oft true that first we scoff, then we follow. Check back in again in a few months time and I may be a full on convert.