I’d wear black tights all year round if I could – how about you? I think they make legs look great, and are warm and cosy to wear. I didn’t think wearing tights was an issue. But last week Jess Cartner-Morley (a fashion journo) nearly surpassed herself with a ridiculous article on when is it socially acceptable to wear black tights? It nearly broke the internet and got loads of below-the-line comments – most a tad sarky, as really, Jess, we readers, we’re not that daft.
Apparently it’s about class and money as in certain fashion circles the thing to do is go bare-legged no matter what the weather (she cites a New York type who wears Alexander McQueen ankle boots and bare brown legs in the winter). You’re signalling that you’re young and pulling rank, you see, or totally insane as far as I’m concerned, but I suppose I do feel the cold more now I’m older.
She does say that perhaps the debate (nope, wasn’t aware that there was one) around wearing black tights separates fashion as it is actually lived by real women from fashion on models. But she spoils it all by ending with a sentence about how proud she is that she hasn’t worn black tights yet.
Gosh, ok, well then the next day the wonderful Lucy Mangan spoke up in defence of wearing black tights and made a great little list, which I’ve half copied (have a look at the article). But seriously,
- If it’s not the middle of summer (but note that in the UK, that doesn’t mean much) and you’re going to wear a skirt or a dress, then,
- Look at your legs – are they shaved and/or faked tanned? No, then wear the black tights, and if yes, the next question is,
- Is it a bit cold?
That’s all you have to do. Because, as we age we don’t care, and we don’t listen to, what fashion journalists say or write, especially if the piece is as daffy as this one. Anyway, you know what I think – we, wear, what, we, want!
Penny, the frugalfashionshopper
P.S. No photos today as I’ve had a poorly tooth which was extracted a couple of days ago – face still a bit swollen – meh – but it’ll pass, no worries!