I bought these electric blue tights a few weeks ago during my two-days-off-let’s-start-a-blog-and-go-shopping mania. Actually what I wanted was jewel tones–teal or purple–but Meijer didn’t have those.
I guess this is what you get for buying your hosiery at the grocery store instead of at, I don’t know, American Apparel, where the tights palette (42 colors!?) makes me think of David’s Bridal’s. (Oooh, there’s a crossover marketing opportunity that seems underexplored. Can you imagine the hipsters in coordinated chiffon and complementary tights? Maybe they could take the lining out of all the dresses to make them more transparent.)
Next time I want bright tights maybe I’ll venture into American Apparel. But for now, I have to figure out how to wear the ones I got. Sam loves them (or at least I assume that’s what it means that he bursts out laughing every time I wear them), but so far I’m a little ambivalent.
- Dark gray Calvin Klein sweaterdress, gift from my mother-in-law, winter 2011 (there was a period in our lives where every time I saw my mother-in-law she presented me with a gray sweaterdress. Not that there’s anything wrong with that)
- Ombre blue beaded choker (slightly better picture below), The GetUp Vintage, Ann Arbor, fall 2012.
- Wide black braided fake leather belt, Meijer ca. 2012. Another example of my ongoing struggle with belts. Maybe I need to invest in better ones…?
- The blue tights, 2013.
- Super fluffy and soft chenille black socks, stocking stuffer ca. 2007. The tights are footless, so I have to wear socks with them. This is a new thing for me, and I kind of like it. I can wear tights and have warm, cozy feet? Whoulda thunkit?
- Black Bare Traps ankle boots, DSW, fall 2012, as described elsewhere in this blog.
Here’s a better picture of the choker. I actually really liked how this worked: the blue of the choker went with the tights, and all of the beads fit right into the v-neck of the dress:
This look worked, I think, although every time I went by a mirror or window I was startled by my legs.
This past week, I tried something a bit different:
- Bright green turtleneck, Old Navy ca. 2009
- Plaid wool dress/jumper, American Eagle, purchased vintage from The Mix, spring 2012.
- Skinny reversible belt (black on one side, brown on the other), Target ca. 2010
- The blue tights
- The black socks and Bare Traps again.
This whole outfit was built around the jumper. Usually when I wear it, I go with black tights and a red turtleneck. The red totally contrasts with the green, blue, and black in the pattern. It works, but I basically look like a Christmas present–so much so that when I wore it for Thanksgiving dinner (seemed festive and seasonal to me!) people actually told me I was dressed for the wrong holiday. There is a tiny bit of bright blue running through the pattern that would tie the plaid to the tights, and I was trying to take advantage of that.
I think the mistake here was the turtleneck. The two bright blocks of color sort of compete with each other and with the plaid, and I feel a little like a box of crayons. It would have been better, maybe, if I’d gone with a neutral on top. But what? Black? Gray? White? Should I have worn a white button-down instead of a turtleneck? I have a more olive green turtleneck that would blend with the plaid more subtly, but it would totally clash with the tights.
I can see in theory how I could make this outfit better, but I can’t actually pin down how I would do it in real life.
What do you think I should do? What’s your favorite color of tights? And where do you get them? (Do I really have to go to American Apparel?)