My last trip to New York was for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, during which I took one day off of watching fashion and skidaddled to Brooklyn with a girlfriend to shop for fashion. My goal: find as many funky tights as I possibly could. One of my favorite ways to pop a work outfit (considering I love layering gray on black and black on gray) is to showcase a bit of fun, pattern and color with my legwear underneath some knee-high boots and an A-line skirt or shift dress. I indeed found many fun tights, however I’m still not satisfied. I am seeing leopard-covered, polka-dotted and pure artwork on legs everywhere I strut! So for you working ladies, let’s try to pump up our business casual looks with a punch of fun legwear!
Above we have a pair of Betsey Johnson Fingerpaint printed tights (and what better designer to give us a pair of fun tights than the fun and peppy Betsey Johnson?!), and some gorgeous D&G Peony Print tights. If you dare don these gorgeous leg-coverings at the office, make sure they are pretty much the only accents you have to the outfit. Wear the Betsey Johnsons with a gray wool cowl-neck dress with a black belt and knee-high black flat riding boots. Don the D&Gs with a deep purple shift dress with a long-sleeved white silk cashmere turtleneck underneath with knee-high leather bone boots.
The bottom line – when it comes to funky tights, keep the rest simple. For example, no pointy-toed boots with sequined tights such as with the Be Baroque Luna tights shown above. Opt for round-toed and low to no heel. Keep pattern to a minimum or keep it classic. For example, the tights above can make a great working statement with a black and pink tweed skirt with a tucked-in boat-neck black and white horizontal top with very simple knee-high black leather boots. I keep saying knee-high because these tights make such a statement, that only a few inches of them need to be seen to make a statement – and noted, an appropriate statement - at the workplace.