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Yea or Nay: Ripped Tights

Darlings, let's look at a trend that was old when the Olsen twins were forming eyelids.

Yes, it's the ripped-tight look that's come and gone so many times in the past 30 years, it's almost silly to call it a trend. Among the latest celebrity purveyors are Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears and Ashley Olsen.

It's also been making appearances on the runway. Alexander Wang brought it to his fall 2008 collection, and now Monique Lhuillier is suggesting it for a more sophisticated, mainstream type of look for Fall 2009.


Alexander Wang Fall 2008 Collection








Monique Lhuillier Fall 2009 Collection


We think it looks interesting with high-end clothes, but only as a styling choice for the runway. It brings some visual interest and offers a contrast when displaying the clothes, but we can't say we'd want to see them worn like this in the real world. We do love the tops worn under the dresses, though. That's at least something new.

And you, little minion? What do you think?


(Mad Men post is coming. Be Patient.)



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I kind of like the look of the ones used as tops, but that's not something most women should try. The regular ripped tights look trashy, so I say NAY.


I say nay. Looks sloppy and unkempt.


Oh gag. NAY!

Why would we go from wearing NO stockings to wearing them, especially ripped ones?!


NUHAY!

If you are 14 YO and are a goth punk rock girl, then go for it...otherwise, buy a pair and a spare!


It's a ridiculous and silly trend that should have died a sudden and final death a long time ago.


Oh how proud Kurt Cobain would be that grundge is making its resurgance!

I think it is interesting on the top, but I really hope this is something that stays on the runway.


agreed that the ripped tops under those lovely frocks are visually interesting and rather elegant in a smoky pseudo-Victorian way.

however, i can't pull off the tops, and refuse to wear the leg version. also have no interest in seeing everyone wearing these.


I say nay, but I think it looks trashy.

I came on hoping for Mad Men discussion - Let's go already :)


Ripped-tights tops under dresses are interesting. Not sure how that would translate in "real life," but I think that it is for the young-ish crowd. The tops should emphasize & reveal yummy skin, not semi-conceal aging skin.

Ripped tights on legs should stay where they look at home - with rough-edged downtown looks. Nothing looks sillier to me than ripped tights with perky, band-box new-looking clothes on sleek, professionally groomed women. And it's an under-30 look in my book.


Going to say no. Some of those pictures make me itch for a bottle of clear nail polish.


I like how Monique created a through-line to her collection with the ripped body stocking and I appreciated how the tattered stocking highlighted the amazing couture work on her dresses. With that said, I don't think this look can be translated to the 'real' world. Where in the world would ripped stockings be appropriate? My vote is NAY.

Thanks dolls,
The Glamorous Housewife


I'll admit that I sort of like the striated effect (not the holey effect--ugh!).
But of course, stockings don't really rip that way.
I think it would be neat if they started manufacturing tights and especially those "tight-tops" to have striated patterns on them.

So YAY to a potential inspiration,
Big NAY on actually ripping tights.


Who knew that I didn't have to throw out my favorite pair of tights, just because I got a hole in them? I would have been in style.


I do like the tops, think they'd be great on the young, hip crowd.

But when I see a girl with ripped tights all that pops into my head is "poor dear, I've got some clear nail polish that will stop that getting worse 'til she can get on her new pair..."


Is the economy so bad that
the designers are trying to be kind
by saying OK - you can recycle your old ripped panty hose - holes and runs are now in fashion....
ick ick ick....

As for the tops - for heaven sake
I'm at an age where things need to be covered. But youth is a time for skin and should be celebrated.
Those tops look like a designer trying way too hard to come up with something new.


*Love*
Always have loved, since the late 70's anyway. It's certainly not something I would pay for, more of a DIY kind of thing.
I love the way the ladders in the dark stockings take the stuffy suits down a notch and especially the way they look with the frilly party dresses. Pretty but dark. I can't help it, that really appeals to me.


Well at least now when I rip my stockings at work I can call myself trendy instead of freaking out because I left my spare at home like I do now.


I do like the ones used as tops.


Ahhh Nay. Too silly for anyone with taste when wearing something presentable. Let the tweens have their look without the grownups 'ripping' them off.


I do enjoy the tops. I would certainly wear that, but my style runs towards the eccentric.

I'm not sure how I feel about the tights with upscale clothing outside of the runway. I mean, I can't keep my stockings run-free to save my soul, so maybe I can finally be effortlessly stylish, but still...I think nay for anything but bar-wear on a very select set of the population.


LOVE the tops. But if you're going to wear ripped tights, then they should be ripped in an interesting way. A couple of big holes in the leg is not interesting; it looks like an accident.


Oh great fashion "masters":

It's more than a little demeaning to be referred to as "little minions." This is not a cult, and we are not your blind followers. I think this blog has gone way to your head.


Nope. A ripped tight only looks intentional on an 18-year-old.


This little minion says nay. And yuck.


I'm torn...


MostProudLittleMinion

Anonymous said...
Oh great fashion "masters":

It's more than a little demeaning to be referred to as "little minions." This is not a cult, and we are not your blind followers. I think this blog has gone way to your head.



Jealousy is a splendorous thing, isn't it?


I'll say NO. It's cheapens the look in a chip way.



Another Little Minion


I think it's fabulous!!


Big nay. It looks like someone put their delicates through the heavy duty wash cycle and then got dressed in the dark.


Not only no, but HELL no.


Nay. Just ridiculous. And uncomfortable. The effort appears to "downscale" luxury for the recession by making it look tawdry. Bleck.


I'm with Sewingsiren, Je l'adore. It's the little minion in me.

Of course when you're "of a certain age" it may start to look bag lady-esque.


" Anonymous said...

Oh great fashion "masters":

It's more than a little demeaning to be referred to as "little minions." This is not a cult, and we are not your blind followers. I think this blog has gone way to your head."

In the future we'll be sure to say "Little Minions Who Have a Sense of Humor."


nope. and how do you maintain the artfully shredded look without the shreds getting worse as the day wears on?

looks good as the tops for the runway models, but I don't think so for the real world. I know I'd think "Oh my gosh, she's wearing TIGHTS as a TOP! wtf?" if I actually saw someone wearing this.

happy to be referred to as a little minion (what about mignonette?)


I like them as Monique Lhuillier uses them - well at least on top, then it's kinda interesting. But as just regular ripped stockings, it kinda just looks like you fell..


They do look better on the runway, but I wouldn't bat an eyelash if someone was wearing them on the street.


Tops under dresses: yay.

With those darling little suits? Hell to the nay.


PS- I'm proud to be a little minion.


Why do you take them so seriously when they refer to regular readers as minions? Insecure much?

I like them in the tops as visual interest, but not the leggings on their own. And like TLo, only on the runway.


P.S. I'm proud to be a little minion.


I LIKE being a little minion!!

I DO NOT like in any way, shape or form the ripped look. That's a big NAY!!!


pro-minion, also pro-mignonette.

carry on!


Torn clothes bother me. No matter what, they make me uncomfortable to look at them.


To think of all the ripped tights I've tossed out over the years. If I'd only saved them I could have made a fortune on eBay.

As for ripped tights as a trend, I'm thinking it's just a part of the progression: With high-end hookerwear going mainstream, it's only natural that designers would eventually go all the way there and trade 'Pretty Woman' for 'Hookers At The Point'.

--GothamTomato


YAY for being a little minion.

NAY for those horrid tights. Why would ruin such a fabulous and elegant look?


And you don't stop with the punk rock...

It's been nearly 30 years and ripped tights are still going strong. It was a cheap and convenient way to look cool for clubs in college: rip your tights and buy a cheap, thrift-store dress.

In this recession era, there is no better advice for street chic.


I love it!


NOOOOOOOOO!


Piobaire (A Happy Minion)

"We think it looks interesting with high-end clothes, but only as a styling choice for the runway."

I agree, I just can't picture someone attending any glamorous event wearing a Marchesa dress and ripped stockings.


I'm beyond thrilled to be a "little minion"! And I say the tops under the dresses look great on those young and fit enough (and hip enough) to pull it off. The rips on the legwear, though - ugh, no. As others have said, makes me want to reach for the clear nail polish!


unless you are performing in the rocky horror picture show, ripped tights are ALWAYS a no.


I say yay. I like 'em, more the Alexander Wang than the Lhullier, but I think I might be in the minority there. Though I do like the looks of the ripped tight as tops in the Lhullier


Nice on the dresses.

That is all.


In the future we'll be sure to say "Little Minions Who Have a Sense of Humor."

LOL. I love you guys, and I'm happy to be a little minion... une petite mignonne?

As most of the other LMs are saying, the tops are interesting, the legwear is OUT, and I hope this trend dies on the runway.


Nay. Not for grownups, anyway.


I get it but I don't like it. Reminds me of some morning-after walks of shame, desperately wanting to remove the torn hosiery but utterly unable to commit to going commando under the short skirt, knickers having been tossed to oblivion the night before.

In other words, they look like slutty slutty frat skanks.


Yet Another Minion

I wish the tights were normal. I wish everything was normal. I love fashion, but do not like anything unwearable, not for REAL women, or varying from the norm, all of which I think are FABULOUS.


Fine for my 18-year-old daughter, NOT for me.


I actually like the visual texture in these photos, and if they were merely "striped" and not holey, I could see it working for some folks.


winninghamster

Ripped tights can be lovely, but, just like jeans, only tacky posers should buy them pre-ripped. At least be a little authentic; they're sure to rip soon enough anyway.

On a side note love the pretty, pretty dresses.


Hmmm. It's all so Miss Havisham. Wonder what the sweethearts of Mad Men would say?


I like the graphic look to the tops under the pretty dresses. But as complicated as those are, how do you get them on and off without doing unwanted damage? Were the rips done on the model and it's a one time only thing?

As for the others, forget it.
Your most adoring Kansas minion. (My forehead just touched the floor in deference.)


I was going to say absolutely not when it was just the legs. But I actually find myself liking the look on the tops. But it would have to be a patterned look.


Oy. I mean NAY. When I was in junior high school we used to deliberately rip our pantihose so that people would know we were wearing them. And patch them with fingernail polish. We were 13. We had that as an excuse. There is no excuse here.


And ignore the trolls. I guess they're coming back now that PR is coming back this week. THIS WEEK, kittens!!!!! woo hooooooo!!


Trashy, trashy, trashy...

a big ol' nay!


Oh, yes please! I have a whole drawer full and can't afford new ones this winter.


Yay, it's very punk rock.


Sharon T said...

I was going to say absolutely not when it was just the legs. But I actually find myself liking the look on the tops. But it would have to be a patterned look.


Same here. I agree,


Hobo chic, to the extreme. It's a big, big NAY in my book. Horrible.


We have seen all kinds of weirdness walking down runways, so why not shredded tights with high end clothing?

In the real world, however, I think it's a strictly casual look that only works for the under 25 set. I did this back when I was a teenager (when you can get away with just about anything), but I can't imagine trying to pull it off now!


It looks dumb.


I understand that the minion thing in the last couple posts is a joke and a harmless, delighted expression of joy in popularity and a warm bonding thing with longtime regulars and devoted fans,

but it sort of rubs me the wrong way anywy. Being popular on a blog can be such a heady feeling and if you're not in touch with a community of even more popular bloggers (as it seems from a previous post that T&Lo aren't) to make you see you're not all that, it seems like you could start buying your own hype pretty easily. So this feels like a joke that could easily slide over into real ego, and so it's off-putting.


If this is what fashion has become then I'm opting out. A big Hell NO to this trend.


WTF. This again?!? NO.


I don't like them as any bottoms, but the way they're used as tops in the Lhuillier is gorgeous to me. Because they aren't paired with overly bleak, gothy looking dresses or styling, the rips twist around and glide over the body. Pretty cool.


Ouizee the Minion

As a blind follower, I have to say that pairing the ripped tights with the dresses and all the tulle, top and bottom, is pretty interesting. But with the tailored suits, it looks chip in a chip way.


Tami S. Longtime Happy Little Minion

The ripped tights are cute as tops on the young and fit, however, I like many of the other blindly following minions (LOL!), want to hand the poor girl some clear nail polish for her stockings. Most of us have been caught at one time or another without a spare pair and without our clear nail polish...no thanks!


Even though I have had the same fashion statement on my own legs way too many times (although NEVER on purpose), I have to say NO...looks cruddy and cheap.

~From a happy little minion :)


Anon12:49, are you sure you're not overthinking the minion thing? Seriously.


Deathrockers / goths have been pulling off the torn-tights-as-top look since before the Zombie Zoo days. This look is older than Bauhaus.


honesty.not.pc

always a NAY right up there with Meggings.


I actually like the ripped tight for sleeve.


If you do it yourself, yeah, but I just can't imagine myself buying ripped tights.


This was seriously a DIY project I remeber from Sassy magazine c. 1994! Cut the crotch out of a pair of ripped tights, put your head through and, voila! The perfect grunge layering piece.


As a top? Fab!


I hate anything ripped, destroyed...why would you want to wear something falling apart?


I like the lined tops worn under the Lhullier dresses but other than that it just looks like these women got a snag. feh


a run in your hose is a run in your hose............. don't wear um


"aanon said: Being popular on a blog can be such a heady feeling and if you're not in touch with a community of even more popular bloggers (as it seems from a previous post that T&Lo aren't) to make you see you're not all that, it seems like you could start buying your own hype pretty easily."





There are no more popular PR bloggers, and your posts are transparent. But nice try.

Can't rain on this parade though, no matter how hard you jealously try.

--GothamTomato


I thought minion was a term of endearment.
2: one highly favored
Am I wrong? Maybe that's just my egocentric interpretation.


I guess one consensus is that if you're young you can get away with it... so yay for being 19. on the other hand, I wouldn't wear ripped tights for the sake of wearing ripped tights, but i'm one of those fine young ladies in the "if this shit rips I don'.t give a fuck" camp. Mind you I'm not a big fan of gaping holes (i'll usually toss them if my knee is falling out) but I'll wear leggings with runs in them. Not to work though.


The tops are good, everything else is nay.


NAY.

No matter how thin the models are, no matter how stunning the dress...they still look like they were assaulted or fell down the subway steps.


American Heritage says:

minion--

n.
1. An obsequious follower or dependent; a sycophant.
2. A subordinate official, especially a servile one.
3. One who is highly esteemed or favored; a darling.

[French mignon, darling, from Old French mignot, mignon.]

TLo, I highly object to you calling us some weird French word for "darling." C'mon. Who do you think you are? Isaac Mizrahi?


Yeesh, why is everyone so conservative and school-marmish today? Yeah, ripped tights are trendy, but there's potential for creativity in destruction. Tights rip. It's annoying. Let's do something fun with that, turn it into something exciting.


Creativity Chick

No thanks. I say do away with hose all together. I think a good rule would be, anything Britney and Miley are doing, we should avoid.
And the shirts- if you are in less need of a sandwich than those models, (read: normal sized ladies) then your ripped shirt is going to look like flesh caught in a sausage casing. And that is a definite no.


S0 - let's get 10 little minions together to say a prayer for those who cannot laugh today.


I feel like my Grandmother when I say this but (with a thick, Italian accent if you please) "such-a pretty girls! Why dey wanna dress-a datta way? Huh?".


suzq said...

American Heritage says:

minion--

n.
1. An obsequious follower or dependent; a sycophant.
2. A subordinate official, especially a servile one.
3. One who is highly esteemed or favored; a darling.

[French mignon, darling, from Old French mignot, mignon.]

TLo, I highly object to you calling us some weird French word for "darling." C'mon. Who do you think you are? Isaac Mizrahi
?

Fail, suzq. Way to pick the least-used definition because it's the most positive. Most (read: all) native American English speakers are not going to define minion as "darling."


I liked how the ripped stockings added to the feel of the Alexander Wang collection: it was a styling choice that picked up the grungy feel to the clothes.

The tights at the Monique Lhullier show didn't seem to do much for the clothes: they made it look a little too crazy and antiquated. I did like, though, the strapless embroidered black dress with the ripped bodystocking, as well as the very choppy-seeming burgundy dress: the burgundy felt more distressed for it, in a John Galliano sorta way, while the texture on the black strapless looked very cool next to the striped runs in the stocking.

For real life, I'd put it with the grungier street clothes.


Have you ever actually worn ripped tights? I have beneath pants. They are so uncomfortable. I constantly itched. It's sooo not worth it, even if it was stylish - which it isn't!


"Sewing Siren said: I thought minion was a term of endearment.
2: one highly favored
Am I wrong? Maybe that's just my egocentric interpretation."




No, you're not wrong.

But like the swallows return to San Juan Capistrano, a new PR season finds anonymous trolls migrating back here; jealous that this is where the action is.

--GothamTomato


Minou Mechant

Ripped tights: OUT

Little minions: IN

Humorless twats: PISS OFF


Most people will probably go toward follower as a definition for minion and is that so bad? Speaking only on behalf of myself I do depend and follow this website. I depend on it to give me a laugh or introduce me to fashion that I never would have seen otherwise or introduce me to silly trends.

And while maybe darling isn't the first definition people might use for minion is it really so hard to believe that maybe TLo does mean it that way?


When I see Britney Spears with this look I hate it because I know she could do better. If I saw someone like Ivanka Trump wearing it I would think, how interesting, because it would be a statement. And that's what I think here, especially with the Lhuillier dresses.


HAHAHAHA!!!!


Anonymous 11:23 am said...

"... slutty slutty frat skanks."


HAHAHAHA!!!!

I needed a good laugh today. Since TLO didn't post how many hundreds of dollars Wolford is charging for shredded stockings, "slutty, slutty frat skanks" is going to be the humor high point of the day.

That and the 'touchy, touchy humorless ones' who are 'trolling' here now, hahaha !!

I would gladly be a minionette, but it sounds like something that dresses an oyster, or comes on a baguette with a poached chicken breast and arugula.

Definitions: MINIONETTE
MINIONETTE
Adjective
1. Small; delicate.

Noun
1. A size of type between nonpareil and minion; -- used in ornamental borders, etc.

Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

As they said in the movie "Stripes", "Lighten up Frances" !!


This minion thinks the tops look great but I'd be 16 kinds of pissed off when runs & holes do what they do - grow larger. Looks great with those dresses but I hope the look doesn't move to every days.

One of your long-time minions, but never a minionette - I am neither small nor delicate. I even harken back to the fruit fly days days around here - as many others do...


A minyan of minions! (Thank you, Gloria!)

I miss "poodles" though.

As for this look, ugh -- for so many reasons.

If I get a hole in my pantyhose, I can't WAIT to get rid them off me. A little Princess-and-the-pea of me, probably.


Love the tops...not sure about the stockings...with the right outfit, sure. But what is that?


i'm not dorothy gale

Yay when worn as a top! I like the textural, tribal-tattoo look even though I am personally WAAAAAY past the age to wear something like this. Maybe.


Nay all the way!!! I find them distracting. I don't even remember what the dresses looked like.


Can we please have a rule that says when behaving douchy one must give a name and not rely on Anon?


I like them because it means I no longer have to throw away my tights with runs in them. I can justify with the fact that I'm being trendy.


Old-fashioned open-work stockings that create a lacy pattern up the leg, now that's pure vintage elegance. But I just don't see how those tops can be worn more than once.

NAY

PS - WTH is up with Model #3 in Monique's crew? She looks like a teenager determined to spoil her sister's wedding.


Thank you, no.

Brief visual interest does not a trend make.


"... slutty slutty frat skanks." Best Comment Ever. And sums up exactly how the ripped tights look to me.

The tops are interesting, though.

-Minion with a sense of humor


you're all prudes! i love that dirty sexy vibe.


Anonymous on 8/17/09 at 12:49 PM said..."I understand that the minion thing in the last couple posts is a joke and a harmless, delighted expression of joy in popularity and a warm bonding thing with longtime regulars and devoted fans, but it sort of rubs me the wrong way anywy."

Everyone needs to remember we are GUESTS here. The first rule of being a GUEST is to not insult your hosts or fellow party guests.

TampaBay


I say nay, but hurrah for the model who vaguely resembles Cate Blanchett...


When I danced, a typical costume was to cut off the waist part of a pair of fishnet tights, then wear it as a top with a dance top over it. We thought it made it look edgy.

Apparently, now it's high fashion. Who knew!


Lily said: "Deathrockers / goths have been pulling off the torn-tights-as-top look since before the Zombie Zoo days. This look is older than Bauhaus.

right?? this look is nothing new and i think it detracts from what should be the focus.

we did this way way WAY back in the day (i'm talking 20-25 years ago) and the tops are just the tights with the crotch cut out and the feet cut off. we'd also cut a 'thumb hole' to do that cut off glove look too, which became the arm-warmer look of a few years ago.

i don't particularly find it exciting or novel and as others said, it should stay with the teen set. i don't think it will ever stop being a punk/goth look and while i'm still that kid at heart, i now keep it on the inside (mostly).


Looks stupid with those cute suits. And its very rarely pulled off in a way that doesn't make the person look like an idiot. But I guess fashion is subjective.


Actually, I like it all on the higher-end clothes. The more casual stuff is done to death, sure, but I think it adds an interesting element--on OR off the runway.


YAY!!! i love ripped tights, you others dont know what the fuck you are talking about...fools


EEEWWW. Don't like it. My Grandmother would call that looking like an unmade bed - except she would say it in Italian. I'd have to agree with her on this look.





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