Stockings, like most things, started out for men! They were also quite drab and when women started wearing them, it was purely for warmth. Luckily these days stockings are made from a variety of materials, in a variety of colours and with numerous patterns. I personally love all sorts of stockings and tights and wear them for a combination of fashion and warmth. Given that stockings are both practical and aesthetically pleasing they are definitely trending up. Possibly the only downside is it does somewhat limit your choice of shoes!
Textured yellow tights from Jonathon Aston Tights, White lace stockings (cannot find source, if you know please comment), Harlequin costume from Leg Avenue, Under my wedding dress – photo by CJ Williams Photography, White tights from Online Live, Red latex tights found at Style High Club.