A short while ago, I commented on Arash's blog. He’s a UK-based image consultant that I stumbled upon while browsing IFB. They were showcasing his article on statement tights. He really broke it down to the basics of how to wear tights, specially ones with print, and how they bring an entirely new spin to the outfit.
I, for one, adore tights. I had to take them out of my bureau and buy one of those closet organization drawers (the large ones). They command an entire drawer, but honestly, they are escaping out because they are just too many. I don’t mind. Tights are one of life’s simple pleasures. They’re relatively inexpensive and can make a spring/summer outfit wearable in fall/winter.
On Arash’s blog, he mentioned that to wear busy tights, you have to tone it down on the rest of the body. Reading his post encouraged me to bust out of my fashion slump, even if just a little, to wear one of my recent tights purchases. I may or may not have mentioned it on the blog, but I have a soft spot for argyle print, so when I saw a pair of argyle tights on the Forever 21 website, I rushed out to get them instore. Alas, they had either not arrived or already sold out. But all was not lost. I wandered into Payless and spotted this pair and we’re in love. They’re warm and yummy and they’re argyle. Damián doesn’t know yet.
They key to wearing busy tights is to keep it neutral on the rest of the body. That’s not to say you can’t make it interesting. I’m wearing different neutrals (black, navy, and gray), but they’re also different textures, so they add more tactile and visual interest in the outfit. And, very important, they keep me warm!
I know some people say that you shouldn’t mix brown and black/blue and black, but I don’t care. Some people also say that I shouldn’t wear a belt! But I say wear what you want. As long as you’re happy with your outfit, that’s all that matters.