Internet Friend Brittany writes:
I’ve never been a tights girl. I’m from Texas, it’s just unnecessary. But now I live in place with an actual winter so I’m intrigued by this whole tights thing. I understand that a good way to wear them is with tall boots. I do not own tall boots because I have big thick tree-trunk legs and as much as people insist that boots exist for me, I am also without the budget for such a purchase as we approach the holiday season. So, what are the other shoe options for tights? Black pumps seem boring and pumps of another color seem too Minnie Mouse. Flats perhaps? See, I need help!
Brittany. Do not panic. We know you’ve been kidnapped. If you’re reading this, you have access to the internet, so let’s walk through this together. I want you to open a new window and type in www.mapquest.com. Are you there? Good. Now click on that button that says “Directions” it’s got a little blue car underneath. Excellent. Now click that and when the next screen comes up, I want you to type in where you currently are being held. No, you don’t need to know the zip code. Okay, now where it says destination, you just type in TX. Don’t worry about where, the important thing is we get you back into the state and away from those godforsaken places where people need things like “coats” and “heaters” and “toboggans” (which is TOTALLY a made up word and does not fool anybody)
There are a few keys to mixing tights and shoes. If you’re going with a statement shoe, keep the skirt on the short side to give the eye enough space to rest between objects of interest.
The shoe itself ought to be substantial –no frippy little sandals- and closed-toed. If you want to get really “editorial” I suppose technically you could wear a peep-toe, but I’ve rarely seen it pulled off with much success, so unless you’re positive it works, I’d avoid it.
Flats are an option if you’re not worried about the enstumpening (I love the idea of a prosh tartan skimmer with poms on the toe!) t-straps are great because they lend an architectural element and if you must wear ankle boots, pairing them with a contrasting tight shows makes a definite statement. For my money though, you cannot beat a nice suede maryjane. My current faves, by Charles Nolan, can be purchased for 40% off, perfect for the girl on the budget. Let’s see them again, shall we?
Here’s the green:
Here are some more helpful visuals, courtesy of
Above is a t-strap by Alberta Ferretti, I love the way the strap lengthens the leg, a great way to wear metallics for day.
A green pump from Chloe. I particularly like the platform. It anchors the line and balances out the skirt.