So, in keeping with what I preach, I no longer read fashion magazines and thus have no real idea what’s in style at any given moment. But I read enough Go Fug Yourself and Jezebel to know that people who do have some idea are wearing black tights with everything up to and including some pretty fancy dresses.
Which leaves me with a dilemma. See, in my heart, I still think tights with formal or even semi-formal wear are kinda tacky. (Keep in mind, about 75% of my ideas about appropriate dress are dictated by my late mother, whose ideas about appropriate dress stopped evolving in 1959.) And yet, during a midwestern winter, this would be a damned practical trend for me to adopt.
I have to go to Al’s office holiday party on Friday, which is a roughly semi-formal affair. (Last year, I saw everything from business casual to a floor-length velvet gown.) So my plan is to winterize what I wore to Fillyjonk’s wedding, which is this dress in the red jasmine print, and a pair of high-heeled mary janes. I was fantasizing about knee-high boots with it in the winter, but the only ones I have are too casual, and I have so far been too cheap to bother getting dressier ones. So I need something on my legs.
Ordinarily, I’d do nude or black pantyhose with this ensemble (which might also include a cropped black cardigan, depending on how the heat is inside), but I find myself debating wearing black tights now, since they’re warmer and more comfortable, and I can claim they look fashionable instead of tacky. Also, I wouldn’t have to shave my legs. Bonus.
So, what do we think, crew? Are we in favor of the formal black tights trend? Specifically, how does this look? (I mean, apart from it being taken in bad light with a shitty webcam on a self-timer that required me to run backwards as fast as possible to get my whole body in?)
Tacky? Not fancy enough? Or just right?
Oh, and while we’re at it, please feel free to share what you’re wearing to holiday parties this year, if you’re going to any.