I’m Gonna Rouge My Knees and Roll My Stockings Down

February 10, 2010


I’ve been a big fan of stockings, tights whatever you want to call them for forever. I still remember my mom dressing me in white cable knit ones to match my outfits. Also, there’s a picture of me not even two years old in a blue dress with a white pinafore, a blue barrette in my hair, white lace-up shoes and blue tights. Because my mom is so gangsta at color-coordination.

This love of tights has stayed with me all through high school, where I rocked green opaque tights and brown oxford shoes when everyone else was wearing jeans and sneakers. My love for thigh-highs stems from my adoration of both Cher and Dionne from the movie Clueless. I’ve  found myself wandering through the hosiery aisle in drugstores comparing off-black to carbon black; the benefits of sheer and semi-sheer. My mom used to send me out to buy her pantyhose (as she likes to call it), so I’ve become proficient at matching them to your skin tone.

Overtime, I’ve found a few specialty stores that sell all kinds of colors, textures, etc. Back-seamed stockings with a cuban heel, glittery fishnets, patterns, patterns and more patterns. This obsession slinks into other types of legwear like socks. I’m a sucker for anything argyle, knee-high, patterned, with or without garters, you name it. My heart races when I see a patterned tight because most likely I will find some way to wear it. Some great places to find tights, stockings and socks:

Plus, there are tons and tons of places to get interesting legwear these days in your own neighborhood.





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