This season it seems surface decoration is the key. Plain, well, is just plain boring. So why not splash out on these black opaque tights (far right) with white floral embroidery, pounds 370, and wear them with a beaded, sequin dress. The tights are by Dolce & Gabbana, 175 Sloane Street, London SW1, 0171-235 0335.

Not quite as daring to look at as those from D&G, but these cashmere and silk-mix tights (right), pounds 105, by Wolford feel sensational against the skin ... and they sure are warm. Available in ecru, camel and dark grey from the Wolford Shop, South Molton Street, London W1; 10 Margan Arcade, Cardiff; 11 Eldon Gardens, Newcastle; 28 Gordon Street, Glasgow, 1 Great Western Arcade, Birmingham. Enquiries: 0171-935 9202.

Black spider web tights (left) for women who can trap men with one glance, pounds 50 by Fogal, 36 New Bond Street, London W1. Enquiries: 0171-493 0900.