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HOT WINTER FASHION:
Resurgence of Tights Takes Japan by Storm
February 6, 2001
Fishnet Tights Lead the Way
Adding to this trend, which spans the fashion world from casual to elegant, is the resurgence of "new traditional," a back-to-basics style popular with young women in the 1980s. As for the tights, variety is the word of the day. Fishnet mesh ranges from fine to coarse. A number of patterns are popular for color tights, including argyle, zigzag, and paisley; there are even tights with glitter on them.
Sales Brisk as Variety Increases
Since autumn 2000, even Moschino, Celine, and other famous brands have been selling wave after wave of color tights with patterns and glitter. They have easily been able to increase their sales as they produce more colors and patterns. In normal times, tights with patterns generally account for less than 10% of total sales of all stockings and tights. In winter 2000-2001, however, they are selling at more than twice the usual pace. Even with increased production, makers are finding that sales continue to exceed their expectations, leading many to run short of stock. As some store clerks are saying, matching last year's clothes with new fishnet tights gives the clothes a fresh look. With no end in sight to the economic hard times, new tights that cost between several hundred and a few thousand yen are an affordable way for women to spice up their wardrobe without buying new clothes.
The hottest look this winter is boots with fishnet tights. Clothes, particularly outerwear, should be casual, but not overly cute. Balance is the key.
Copyright (c) 2001 Japan Information Network. Edited by Japan Echo Inc. based on domestic Japanese news sources. Articles presented here are offered for reference purposes and do not necessarily represent the policy or views of the Japanese Government.