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,

  1. 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,
  2. Look at your legs – are they shaved and/or faked tanned? No, then wear the black tights, and if yes, the next question is,
  3. 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!

With love

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!



10 thoughts on “Wearing black tights – is it a thing?

  • 26th October 2015 at 12:44 pm

    I love black tights and year round. I also wear black year round. And, I also wear black leggings year round. IMO, they are chic and stylish. I live in the Atlanta, Ga metro area.

    • 26th October 2015 at 1:49 pm

      Great to meet someone with similar views on black tights – yes, I think they’re really stylish. And also is it a New York thing – to not wear black tights? Actually, a certain tribe in London, the Sloanes (who are wealthy and of a certain class) I’m pretty sure they don’t wear black tights either.

  • 26th October 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Totally agree I love black tights & leggings. Black tights are forgiving and enable us to push boundaries with confidence regards shorter skirt lengths! They make an outfit look smart or casual. I remember a time when only prostitutes went bare-legged!! Sorry to anyone who endorses this look for winter but you’re on your own in my opinion.

    • 27th October 2015 at 8:01 am

      To be bare legged in winter – brrrrr! Yes, I agree with you – black tights are so versatile, go with everything and make an outfit. Thanks so much for your comment.

  • 26th October 2015 at 1:35 pm

    I LOVE my Black tights, in fact I love wearing all colours of opaque tights, depends what I’m wearing I try and match up the thick tights especially at this time of year and living in the north of Scotland!!!!! Plus probably my age has something to do with it and feeling the cold lots more!! But I love to wear with a mini skirt my opaque tights, as you say they make the legs look great, and you’re right we can at our age please our blooming selves what we wear, I still like to be stylish even at 66, it’s only a number!!!! P.S. I enjoy your articles and photos, I do think you have the better second hand shops in England, as here in Scotland they can be quite awful, but we do have a shop called the Dress Agency where I have managed to buy some good quality second hand things!!!! Best wishes

    • 26th October 2015 at 1:54 pm

      Yes, tights would be good to wear in the north of Scotland but funnily enough I found quite a few charity shops in Kirkwall, and bought an M&S top in one of them. And very glad to hear you wear a mini skirt!
      Best wishes to you

  • 26th October 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Hi Penny, I love your articles and photos – you encouraged me to get out all my hats the other day and I had such fun! I think these fashion journalists have to find something, usually silly, to write about and give their opinions on. When they say bare legs are the thing it often leads to us seeing a lot that would actually be better covered up! I also love my black tights and will carry on wearing them when I think the weather and the occasion is appropriate. Hope your face is better soon and please keep up the good work, Jan

    • 27th October 2015 at 8:04 am

      So glad you got those hats out – it’s great to meet another hat lover! And yes, I know Jess Cartner-Morley has to keep finding something to write about but this really was a silly article! And thanks face/jaw slowly recovering!

  • 26th October 2015 at 5:08 pm

    I’m not a lover of black tights but only because I don’t wear black very often but I LOVE my tights, I have every colour under the sun! My married son has made the odd comment about my scary legs, just makes me want to go out and buy jazzy patterned ones! X

    • 27th October 2015 at 8:06 am

      I’ve got a drawer full of black tights plus a few natural coloured pairs of tights and one grey pair of tights – but I don’t wear patterned tights – maybe this winter I’ll give them a try!

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