Winter is a perfect time to show off your legs thanks to the new range of stockings and tights that become available every autumn. Wonderfully warm opaque black tights or shimmering sheer stockings make it so much easier than in summer when bare legs give you no room to hide. Tights? We love them in all their spotty, fishnetty, stripy glory. Tights and stockings, usually 10 to 20 denier, are the easiest way to give your favourite outfits from last winter new legs. With a variety of bright and bold as well as patterned and basic opaque tights of 40 denier or higher you can keep wearing denim minis and black shift dresses well into winter. Thick, wool tights or heavy opaque tights are as versatile as leggings – they look great with ankle boots and moto boots. Wear a black pair with smart court shoes and a pencil skirt to slim down your legs and further increase your style authority. Or add flats or sneakers and relive your student days with a preppy skirt and belted cardigan. A thick pair of tights are like a chunky knit for your legs – snug, warm and indispensable. It's important to buy the right size for you; if you fall at the top end of a sizing range, it will be better to buy one size up to make sure that your new stockings don't ladder or rip the first time you wear them. Don't fret about whether it's too early to break them out. If you're cold, it's time for tights. It's true that international fashion magazine editors and other fashion week front row stars are seemingly able to get through an entire winter with bare legs – and we applaud them for that, but each to his own. If you'd rather be warm as well as on trend and stylish, stock up on this season's tights and stockings from Spree.