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I Can’t Stop Buying Pois Tights

My favorite pois tights, from Fogal. Photo: Courtesy of the retailer

Somewhere around the age of 21, I stopped wearing stockings. I had left college early to work in New York City in late October. There, closing in on winter, some of the women around me were still walking around with bare legs. Despite inclement weather, they even wore sandals. I now see that this may have been a way to tacitly broadcast their privilege.

Still, I held onto this, but also circumvented the strange rule by starting to collect a kind of hosiery that was neither an opaque tight nor a shiny nylon. I’d seen these black stockings laced with embroidered dots worn by French women throughout my childhood — I moved back to the U.S. in my freshman year of high school. They also appear, for example, in François Truffaut’s Mississippi Mermaid. There’s Catherine Deneuve smoking in a black bodysuit with said stockings. These pois — French for “little pea” — tights became my go-to, and I’ve been stockpiling them ever since. Funnily enough, I like wearing them most in spring, when the weather turns. With these and a pair of shorts, you can achieve the reverse of the old bare-leg rule.

Pois tights I have bought

Fogal 192 Pois Dot Tights

These have a subtle grid in between the dots — almost like a web. These are my favorites, although the price might seem prohibitive. It is justified by how good they look even with a tear.

Calzedonia Womens Polka Dot Tights

These are more reasonable, and the dots are the perfect size and well-placed. Classic French Vogue staple.

Falke Dot 15

These are well-made and come in a selection of colors, including a cream hue. The black is still the best.

Wolford Dots

Another classic house’s take on the dot. There is a grid, though less refined than that on the Fogal pair.

Pois tights I would like to buy

Gipsy Nouvelle Dot Tights

Sweet, tiny dots and very well-priced.

Wolford Nola Tights

These feature square spots, which, in one style, are arranged in alternating strands of cream-colored and black. On the verge of kitsch.

Asos All Over Heart Tights

I love the hearts on these. They seem somehow better than polka dots of the wrong size.

Agent Provocateur Onix Stocking

I would love to have these, they require garters but that only makes them more fun.

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I Can’t Stop Buying Pois Tights