'Tis the season for gusty weather which means its time to pick up a cool new pair of patterned tights.

Fortunately designers were hip to the trend and covered model gams in an array of creative (and covetable) hosiery for the fall. Rodarte featured cozy knits, Anna Sui went for bold florals by Leg Resource, and even Whitney Port opted for a sparkly sheen for her Whitney Eve collection.

Our point? Give your basic black hose a rest and opt for unexpected hues instead. These 12 pairs of tights will punch up a minimalist look or add an extra bit of umph to an already bold wardrobe. A dash of cool color on the legs is also an easy way to transition those warm-weather frocks into fall, without breaking the bank.

For more on how to mix and match accessories for fall 2010, click here.

And check out these 8 legwear trends for fall.