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5 Instagram-Famous Leg Poses Your Tights Will Appreciate
09.07.17

In partnership with HUE

I bet legs were kinda mad during peak selfie days. When phones got flip-around cameras and society deemed it acceptable to post self poretraits (and I do mean pore-traits) featuring zoom-shots of our faces, right before innocent duck beaks got a bad rap because we couldn’t stop saying “prune” and pursing, everything below the clavicle bone was forgotten. Faces are great. I like yours, especially. But I am glad we are posting pictures with our limbs again. In fact, I’m so glad about it that we partnered with HUE to showcase five important leg poses of Instagram, each one styled in a pair of leggings or tights.


1. The Floor Fanatic

HUE Super Opaque Tights in Deep Burgundy, available at Bloomingdales
Styled with Vilshenko blazer and VereVerto belt bag

If you have this thing with floors, it’s important to be prepared from the legs down all times. The design world’s favorite tile-centric shot is made all the more dynamic by decor-complementing legwear and footwear. It’s a lot to ask of your daily outfits, I know, because how are you supposed to foresee what floors you may come across? Allow me to let you in on a trick that seasoned ceramic fanatics may not even know: If you carry a few different colored pairs of tights in your bag at all times, you can take your shoes off and slip on coordinating tights. Take it an editorial step further and make like Balenciaga’s SS17 runway by running your tights right over pointed pumps, like we did with these HUE ones. Anything for the shot, right?

HUE Super Opaque Tights in Deep Burgundy, available at Bloomingdales
Styled with Vilshenko blazer and VereVerto belt bag

2. No Regrets!

HUE Fishnet Tights in Black, available at Bloomingdales
Styled with Walk of Shame shirt, Mira Mikati x Roxanne Assoulin necklace as belt, Christian Louboutin shoes, Gentle Monster glasses

There is nothing more irresistible to the human heart than a Pinterest-style “No Regrets!” jumping photo with high altitude and a can-do attitude. It’s the feel-good flick of the season and you’re the star. Because this one can get a bit too saccharine (and we need your upper body plus mind in a fully-committed position) give your legs some textured edge with fishnet stockings. They might even make you more aerodynamic or something.

HUE Fishnet Tights in Black, available at Bloomingdales
Styled with Walk of Shame shirt, Mira Mikati x Roxanne Assoulin necklace as belt, Christian Louboutin shoes, Gentle Monster glasses

3. The Leg Up

HUE Super Opaque Tights in Deep Forest, available at Bloomingdales
Styled with Ganni skirt, Attico shoes, Shrimps bag

Made famous by fashion savvy social media pro Eva Chen, The Leg Up promotes finding moments of relaxation where you can. And why not give your legs, shoes, bag or snack a well-deserved moment in the sun? Add green tights to accessorize your accessories. (HUE’s are a subtle hunter green color — way more wearable than one might think in person.) Don’t forget to buckle up if you’re in a moving vehicle but remember: you don’t have to be. This pose works anywhere you can stretch your legs and be the Instagram star of which you’ve always dreamed.

HUE Super Opaque Tights in Deep Forest, available at Bloomingdales
Styled with Ganni skirt, Attico shoes, Shrimps bag

4. The Traffic Stopper

HUE Opaque Tights in Vineyard, available at Bloomingdales
Styled with Michael Lo Sordo robe, Les Coyotes Des Paris victorian top, Morgan Lane shorts, Nicole Saldana shoes, Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses

All good Instagram posers know nothing shows off a leg extension quite like dramatic street-crossing in super bright colors. Done safely at a red light (with a head swivel to check both ways just in case), the effect is such that she who walks appears to be stopping traffic by mere virtue of her outfit. In this case, the bolder, the more colorful, the more believable. The more flow-y the clothes, the more dynamic the photo. A long coat works great. A skirt or billowy pants could, too. Raspberry tights are one of those why not additions, although I’d go so far as to say that when it comes to matching your trench and striped pantaloons, they might be mandatory.

HUE Opaque Tights in Vineyard, available at Bloomingdales
Styled with Michael Lo Sordo robe, Les Coyotes Des Paris victorian top, Morgan Lane shorts, Nicole Saldana shoes, Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses

5. The Decorated Tree Frog

HUE Jeweled Cotton Leggings, available at Bloomingdales
Styled with Everlane shirt, Vince shoes, Derek Lam sunglasses, Mounser earrings

Whether you’re a true yogi or not hardly matters when it comes to this fashion take on the classic tree pose. In one fell swoop, the Decorated Tree Frog allows you to show off leggings, jewelry, clothes and shoe with a fun angle that can, if you’re still a bit plandid-shy, eliminate the “I’m taking this outfit of the day thing really seriously” fear. Once you loosen up a bit, explore your range. Move your arms around. Throw your leg up in the air! Leggings really help here. The embellishments on these HUE leggings make the whole look something to celebrate.

HUE Jeweled Cotton Leggings, available at Bloomingdales
Styled with Everlane shirt, Vince shoes, Derek Lam sunglasses, Mounser earrings

Speaking of celebrating, do you feel like high-fiving with our nylon feet in the name of legs or what? Tights on — let’s dance!

HUE tights available at Bloomingdales.
Photos by Edith Young. Modeled by Melissa Martinez at Muse Model Management. 

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  • NikNak

    Are the purple HUE tights put over a pair of heels with a hole cut out? I need to know!

    • Amelia Diamond

      WITHOUT a hole. It created a kind of wedge effect. If you cut a hole, that works too (we tried it after) you just have to cut a nice hole so it doesn’t tear and make sure you like the hell color

  • I think the real question is whether the beautiful Melissa Martinez landed that jump without breaking an ankle.

    • Amelia Diamond

      I DO NOT KNOW HOW SHE DID THAT

    • B4B

      I was wondering the exact same thing ^^

      • Amelia Diamond

        she landed without even a thud!

  • Haley Nahman

    I want 2 wear all these outfits and I thought I wasn’t a tights person

    • Amelia Diamond

      do it do it

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  • Harling Ross

    i lurve this shoot

    • Harling Ross

      LURVE

  • Haywood Jablowme

    I need to beat off.

  • Best ad ever. (No sarcasm, I’m into EVERYTHING in this post)

  • Where are those big beautiful orange sunglasses from ? Pic 11/11

  • Abby Colby

    One of my favorites!!! There is nothing more aesthetically satisfying than opaque tights. (Except whimsically decorated confectionaries, but, #DifferentCategory.)

  • This is seriously the coolest ad ever. Can’t wait to try all these looks on the gram 😉 those last jeweled leggings are SO GOOD! x Shannon