I wonder why there are so many awe-inspiring tights out there at the moment. Is it perhaps a reaction to how plain and businesslike our clothes seem to have become this season?

Whatever the reason I'm not complaining, as patterned tights are a joy to behold, and it's nice to have the plainer clothes to wear them without fear of clashing. My favourite from this week's crop has to be Jonathan Aston's black and gold brocade tights, which would be the centrepiece to a monochrome outfit and make your legs look dazzling. They're also a fair bit cheaper than many other hosiery items I've seen with gold bits, at £15 from My-Wardrobe.