Lycra Releases A/W 19/20 Legwear Trends


Invista, an industry leader, an innovation driver in the legwear segment and owner of the Lycra, Thermolite and Coolmax brands, has released its forecast of legwear trends for Autumn/Winter 2019-2020. Prepared in conjunction with experts on fashion directions from Stijlinstituut in Amsterdam, the latest trends feature the latest advances in fibre technology and offer a valuable source of inspiration for coverers, knitters, brands and retailers planning their legwear collections.

“Each of the looks in our exclusive capsule collection showcases a different fibre innovation that has been carefully selected for its ability to bring each trend to life, satisfy an unmet consumer need, and add value to legwear collections,” said Jane Gwyther, EMEA Marketing Manager, Legwear – Invista. “Whether it’s warming or cooling technology, enhanced comfort or compression to energize tired legs, consumers can depend on our innovations to deliver lasting performance wear after wear and wash after wash.”

Dance Hall

“Showy, sensual and sensational legwear designs are on offer that feature rocksteady styling and dramatic “don’t mess with me” attitude fit for the dance floor.” In the first look, day meets night in these playful thigh-highs/hold-ups featuring a sheer lace-up front. Made with Lycra Made To Fit You technology, which is being offered for stay-ups for the first time, this technology fits a variety of leg shapes and stay in place without digging in or leaving red marks.

Dance Hall. © Invista

In the second look, denim is reimagined as knitted leggings featuring trompe l’oeil denim “shorts” and high-tech performance benefits all in one eye-catching garment. Lycra Hybrid technology provides high opacity and form-fitting shape, while Thermolite Far Infrared technology gently warms legs and keeps them dry.

Sports Arena

“Whether exercise takes place in the gym or around the town, staying fit and self-care are more popular than ever, and the market for activewear engineered to optimize athletic performance is still growing,” the company reports. “And when it comes to athletic socks, it’s all about performance, or more accurately, performance benefits.”

Sports Arena. © Invista

The next look features blocks of stripes that highlight ribbed areas of graduated compression provided by Lycra Energize technology. In order to keep the wearer cool, dry and comfortable, Coolmax technology is also included. This fibre transports moisture away from the body to the surface of the fabric where it evaporates. The following look features socks with bold 3D patterns that will deliver optimal fit, compression and freedom of movement – without sacrificing all-important comfort – thanks to Lycra Sport technology.

Business Lounge

“Rooted in traditional dress codes that are nostalgic and bursting with provenance, these inspired classics are made distinctively modern by Lycra fibre technologies.” The first look in this selection shows socks with high heel sandals. These toeless college striped cuffs are good looking, comfy, fluffy, and feature relaxed stretch and durable good looks thanks to Lycra T400 fibre.

Business Lounge. © Invista

In the next look, premium aesthetics are guaranteed in this bold hosiery featuring an opaque diamond pattern enhanced by the garment’s subtle and sheer contrast. This hosiery is visually appealing even in layout thanks to Lycra Steam Settable technology, while Lycra 3D technology provides greater comfort and movement thanks to Lycra fibre being knitted into every course.


This trend showcases vibrant, energetic leg fashions with a happy colour palette, bold patterns, and fun designs that play off each other and burst with originality. The first of the two looks stands out with the colourful palette, featuring a precisely engineered oversized flower on one leg and a contrasting striped waistband. The garment is ultra-smooth and comfortable, offering a superb fit and perfect form thanks to Lycra FreeF!t technology. The comfort level is amped up even more by Thermolite technology, which provides lightweight warmth.

Playground. © Invista

The second look demonstrates that fun can also be functional in these colourful striped knee-highs featuring Lycra Energize technology. Coolmax EcoMade technology, which is made from recycled plastics, helps keep feet cool and dry while helping the planet.

Quiet Room

These looks are devoid of ostentatious decoration and offer pure, understated luxury. They will appeal to people who value minimalist comfort and a serene, feminine palette. These super sheer knee-highs are pure and simple in white and truly stylish thanks to a subtle draping effect. Made with Lycra Super Summer Sheer technology for lasting comfort and fit, this garment offers exceptional durability despite being very transparent.

Quiet Room. © Invista

In the final look, a cottony soft stripe appears front and centre to deliver a spectacular contrast in texture and colour in these knee-highs made with Lycra Made To Fit You technology. This fibre fits a variety of leg shapes to offer comfortable stay-up power with less dig in and red marks, as well as run/ladder resistance provided by Lycra Fusion technology.

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