Tights. A winter essential in my part of the world, and yet I’ve never really been able to get on board with them…
Black opaques that actually look blue; thick, ribbed, woolly ones that you envision all gamine and sweet but actually just make you look double the size; expensive spotty, sheer ones that last one wear before my array of rings inevitably ladder them. I have nothing against tights on others, they just never seem to look right on me. Plus, let’s be honest, skirts and shorts will always look so much better against bare skin than they do against black polyester. For the most part, I give up skirts altogether in the winter, resigning myself to jeans, leather trousers and thermal leggings (yes really) which is A-Ok by me.
But sometimes, a really, really good skirt crosses your path and that inevitable question rears its ugly head once more; tights or no tights? There’s nothing worse than feeling under-dressed and cold in the winter – you always tend to feel more self-conscious and thus look more conspicuous as a result. But one solution I’ve come to rely on from time to time is wrapping the whole thing up in an ankle-sweeping coat en route from A to B. I wouldn’t suggest doing a mini-skirt without tights for your 9-5 in January unless you want a lot of ‘aren’t you cold’ questions, but for a dinner, drinks party or if there’s a taxi involved, you can just about bypass the T-word all winter long. A massive roll neck and black accents keep the whole thing of the season so you can bare the legs without screaming ‘I have no idea what time of year it is’.
Just make sure you scrub, shave and slap on some tinted moisturiser or tanner before you go to save from scaring anybody.
Ph. by Frances Davison