Ask Belle: The Skinny on Tights
Oct 18, 2011
With Fall here I’ve seen a lot of people pull out tights and I had a few questions regarding appropriate tight wearing:
-Are colored tights allowed in the office or is that a no go?-Also I heard once that your tights should never be a darker color then your shoes, is that true? Or can I wear black tights with red heels?
A lot of readers send in questions about how to wear tights. So, I thought, let’s nip this problem in the bud, once and for all, with the help of some visual aids.
It’s true, I’m not a big fan of women who wear tall boots without tights. First off, I don’t want to see your pale, I-didn’t-shave-my-legs this morning gams. Secondly, it can make an otherwise professional pencil skirt and boot combo look a little low class. But sometimes, with casual attire, there’s no other choice.
Take this paisley dress for example. If you want to wear boots with this, you probably won’t want to wear tights. So choose a lighter brown boot. If you do want to wear tights, and keep with Belle’s Two-Out-Of-Three Rule (more on this in a moment), you could do medium grey boots with medium grey tights. But even I probably wouldn’t wear tights with this dress.
The Two-Out-of-Three Rule is exactly what it sounds like. If you are wearing tights, they must either be a) the same color as your skirt/dress or b) the same color as your shoes. There are very few, if any exceptions when you work in a professional office.
So you want to wear colored tights? Not my favorite thing, but it’s a personal choice. And if you want to be bold and fun with your legwear, who am I to judge?
Even when wearing colored tights, you need to observe the two out of three rule. Here, I paired a purple dress with purple tights and chocolate brown boots.
If you want to wear colored pencil skirt this fall, the easiest way is to wear neutral tights (grey, black, navy, chocolate brown) with boots or shoes of a matching color. However, if you want to, you could in theory, wear a teal pencil with teal tights and grey or black boots. But you CANNOT wear it to work if you work in a professional environment.
Teacher, casual office, etc., wear teal tights. Capitol Hill, I advise strongly against colored or patterned tights at the office.
With Lighter Shoes
As for the question about lighter shoes, I’ve never heard that. I routinely wear the combo above, navy with grey, and I’ve never had a problem. I think as long as your tights match your skirt/dress, the lighter shoes aren’t a problem. But I can see how it might be if you had say, grey shoes with black tights and a grey skirt. That would just look odd.
Two-Out-Of-Three, ladies, it’s sweeping the nation.