Good morning lovely people.
While some of us are gearing up for the warm weather of summer and itching to stuff their winter clothing in the cedar chest for another year, many of us are still bundling up in sweaters for a few more weeks.
Here in Los Angeles it can be a bit of both. I'm a sweater wearer. I''l most likely be wearing them when its 90 out because that's how I roll. But I do so love my light cotton dresses, and find that even in an LA winter, wearing a wool outfit can be a bit much.
There are also those days that going bare legged is just not happening. One reason for me, and let's face it, I'm lazy, is that I don't want to shave my legs every day. But that isn't the main reason. Why go through all that trouble, wear your vintage nylons that you save for a special occasion, when you can get some great colored tights for only a few dollars.
Here are some of the tights I've worn in the colder months.
And here is my yesterday, partaking in my cool blue tights.
They worked well with the matching shoes.
Most gals don't think that colored leggings/tights are vintage.
Granted, the vintage leggings were wool and cotton and most likely seamed, but color is the goal here. I decided to stock up a few weeks ago and found this great site online that sells plus size tights. Not just tights for gals that are over 150 lbs, but twice that, and they fit! These tights have a 3 seam crotch instead of normal tights were the two legs re stitched up the center crotch. This makes them very roomy and comfortable.
I tend to buy my tights a size up from the suggested package sizing. I don't necessarily want my tights to act as my foundation garments, because I nearly always wear a shaper over them. I want them most of all to be comfortable and breathable and if they are a bit big, then that is fine.
I also look and hold out for sales. Torrid was having a big sale, buy one get one half off. I stocked up on the more elaborate styles with which I could wear the solid colored tights beneath. I try to pick patterns that seemed classic, but fun. I also have an aversion to wearing tights lighter than my skin tone but that might just be my own hangup.
These I picked up from a closing Avenue plus size store. They are not very good and their fit is on the small side.
I also picked up a few textured pair from Lane Bryant (below). The fit is good, but for $18 a pair I expect a bit more durability. I had a pair run after one wear. I won't be buying anymore from them unless I get them on sale.
These Lane Bryants look good, but these brown ones already have a run. Boo.
I love wearing tights instead of stockings. I have less worry, and can rock some funky colors.
So if you are pondering being cold to look the vintage part because you don't have any stockings, but you have a pair of wicked tights, go for it! Just don't forget to wash them correctly to keep them lasting their longest.
How about you? Do you all experiment with funky hosiery to add flair to your vintage styles?
Have a great warm day!