Debenhams make “nude” tights for more than one skin tone

Bare legs in high heel shoes

Legs: they come in more than one colour.

Buy “nude” tights: they… don’t. Ever noticed how so-called “flesh toned” hosiery is only ever available in ONE shade: and how it’s a shade that’s only really “flesh toned” or “nude” on people who have mid-toned Caucasian skin? The models above in the image above, for instance, are not wearing tights.

Now they ARE:

Nude hosiery on different skin tonesIt’s not great, is it? Sure the two women on the far right ended up with legs which look more or less like their own skin, only smoother. It’s a different story for the two on the left, however, who now look like they’re wearing someone else’s legs. (The girl second from left is wearing someone else’s shoes, too. She clearly drew the short straw on this assignment.) This is a bummer, especially now that Kate Middleton has single-handedly (or should that be single-leggedly?) made nude hosiery fashionable again.

Don’t worry, though, for help is at hand, in the shape of Debenhams new “invisible” skin tone hosiery, which they’re claiming is “a first for the high street” in that the tights are available in a range of different shades, including “bronze” and “coffee” along with lighter tones such as “beige” and “honey”.

Here are the same four models wearing tights from the new range:

Models wearing skin toned tights from DebenhamsMuch better.

Now we just need the same thing to happen with the “nude” shoe: sure, there are some ranges which include “nudes” for different skin tones (Christian Louboutin does this, but not everyone can afford his prices), but when it comes to high street shoes, if it’s “nude” it’s normally a pale beige. But that’s another story for another day. For now, Debenhams’ new tights range is priced at £3.50 per pair: they don’t seem to be available online yet, but you’ll be able to find them in store, and hopefully online soon.


  • October 13, 2011


    Finally!! I wonder why it took so long!

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  • October 13, 2011


    Whaaat? In Poland you can buy like 20 different colours of nude tights in every tiny lingerie shop over the corner. And people say we’re an undeveloped country ;d

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    • October 13, 2011


      Yeah, we have them too. We’ve had them for ages!

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    • October 19, 2011


      Croatia too. Been around for decades. But It is nice to seem them all over the world 🙂

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  • October 13, 2011


    This is good news! I am Indian and I find it a nightmare to find tights for my skin tone. There is a department store where I live that does different tones of “nude” tights but they charge a steep price for them (£25 and above!). I will have to make a trip to Debenhams soon!

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