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It’s party time, which means that most of us are standing in the closet wondering what the hell to wear to the next gathering. Sometimes, we’ve got the big picture down but are lost when it comes to the details. Specifically, what to wear on our legs.
“I’m going to a holiday party in a few weeks,” writes Laura, “and have a great sleeveless, knee length black wrap dress that I’m going to wear. What kind of hosiery and shoe style would be appropriate this season–not crazy about the vibrant colored tight look. As an additional note, we live near Chicago so it’s quite cold already. Any advice is appreciated.”
Let’s start with hosiery: I would recommend an opaque black tight with Laura’s dress; it’s hipper than a sheer black stocking and will create a nice long leg line. DKNY has super opaque control top tights (also available without the control top, if you prefer). I’m also intrigued by the metal luxe opaque tights, which have just a hint of shimmer — but this is a look for toned, slim legs. Trust me.
What shoes should Laura pair with her tights? She has a variety of options. A basic black pump is classic, while a bootie or peep toe is a little edgy. A colored pump can be tricky with black tights, but a colored peep toe will work (yes, even with tights). And a patterned pump — in a snakeskin or leopard print — is great with black tights.
If black tights aren’t Laura’s thing, she can do a Kate Middleton and opt for sheer stockings. She needs to choose carefully, though, because cheap stockings will look — well, cheap. Find a pair with a high denier count; they will look more natural and be less likely to run. And choose a pair that matches the color of the skin on your arms, especially if you’re pairing them with a sleeveless dress. You want your legs to look flawless, not like you’re wearing panty hose.
Donna Karan’s The Nudes collection is hands-down the best sheer stocking you can buy; my one complaint is that the shades are limited, so these are best for girls with lighter skin. But these are the most natural look you’ll find anywhere — if you want a nude leg without freezing or exposing any flaws, this is the way to go.
Do not wear nude hose with open-toed shoes or slingbacks, ever; pair your sheer stockings with a classic pump or court shoe, in either a basic neutral or a fun color. Nude hose and skin-toned shoes will make your legs look super long.
What’s your plan for hose and shoes this holiday season? Are you baring your legs or covering up? And let’s hear about your shoes! They’re the best part of party dressing, of course.
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