Ask Belle: Good Tights and How to Wear Them
Aug 25, 2014
I have a relatively high-level job and find pants my go-to staple in the autumn and winter primarily because I abhor shaving my legs when the weather gets too dry. However, I have recently come to accept that 1) pants, no matter how nice, always feel rather “Friday casual” to me. Do you have any tricks for incorporating tights into a professional ensemble? How does one wear booties (no severe heels for me) without feeling like they’re harkening back to the 80s? Basically, what types of dress shoes/tights/dresses go well for autumn and winter?
To quote Wesley Snipes in Passenger 57, “Always bet on black.” If you want to incorporate tights into a professional wardrobe, an opaque, black tight is the only way to go.
I can recommend three different brands. The first are Spanx. The weave is thick, the fit is good and they wear well even with repeated washing. The second are Donna Karan 70 denier tights. They’re super thick and wear like iron. For an inexpensive option, Dorothy Perkins sells two pairs of 60 denier tights for $11 and a pair of 100 denier tights for $14.
Once you choose a pair of dark tights, I believe in something that I call the two out of three rule. Your tights should either be the same color as your shoes and/or the same color as your dress. It’s just a cleaner, sleeker, more professional look.
I wear my tights with pencil skirts (this Halogen skirt is a favorite). I also like them with sleek sheath dress. This Cynthia Steffe half-sleeve sheath is my current obsession. And if you want something a little flirtier, try a fit and flare style skirt.
I think the best thing you can do is keep it simple. The sleeker the better.