In Fashion: Get Tight with Tights

Posted at 5:00 AM Nov 27, 2009

By Kathleen Willcox

What is with New York ladies this year? Is it the somewhat unseasonably warm weather? A general state of denial?

Whatever the case may be, no one's covering their stems. Or they are--just not with the bulky pants and dull, pilly, stale-looking (and smelling) overcoats I normally see cropping up like weeds  all over the subways and streets of Manhattan.

Instead, I'm seeing a legs garnished in wildflowers, lace, berries, insects, zebra stripes, leopard spots and colors that mother nature never intended, but totally should have thought of. It really is a jungle out there.

I've decided to join in the fun! I'm pulling out all of the boring suit skirts I wore a few times to interviews, I bought on impulse for dull corporate event, or my Mom purchased for me for Christmas from Anne Taylor over the years, then zipping them up with vaguely insane looking tights, kicky heels, over-the-top costume jewelry and a plain-jane shirt (also from my under-the-bed pile of rejects that I fear throwing away because they're so damn practical).

Not only am I excited to play dress-up again, er, get ready for work, I've actually found ways to wear a bunch of old crap thereby eliminating the need/desire to buy a bunch of new crap! Yay.

Below, my faves:

Candy striper:

Your legs will look deliciously lickable in these sheer(ish) pink and white vertically striped tights from Topshop. $16.

Snake charmer:

Nothing like reptile print (fake!) to spice up a brown corduroy skirt. Check out the gorgeous garters from (pictured above). Neon pink anaconda? Yesssssss please! $23.99.


Knock their socks off with preppy chic full-length burgundy argyle tights from Forever 21 for $6.80. Yowza.

Or just buy them from one of the nice men selling them for $5 for 3 a zany pack on the side of the road in SoHo. And kick up your bad-ass heels!


Wendy said:

I LOVE the stockings on the model in the pic. Problem is every time I give into a paisley (can't do zebra or animal) pair, it becomes all about my stockings and less about whatever else I'm wearing. Prints depend on the wearer.

Purchasing a cute pair of these stockings requires some thought, as to how the girl is going to pair them up.

I have done it successfully though, even if it's just a couple of inches of art peeking out between sexy pants and shoe tops. I've never been able to pull it off with a skirt, unless it's a mini or rolled up cut off jeans. Others have, but it takes some thought.

It's a project not to be taken lightly. These stockings can make or break a look.

heather said:

I've done the argyle tights. I went with the charcoal color out of cowardice. I paired them with a jean skirt, a simple sweater, a jersey scarf, and my highest black pumps. I think it worked out pretty well. The tights are definitely fun.

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