Illustration by Marilyn Pollack Naron
I have two pair of Wolford tights in my top right-hand dresser drawer. This is not enough.
Having retired after a late-career earnings spurt, I find my closet to be quite full enough of high-end goods. My budget does not allow me to own new Dries van Noten every year, nor do I want to. This Christmas, for example, I’ll be wearing my roof replacement, and looking quite fetching.
But, and it’s an important but, when one moves to a Wear What One Has Mode, one has to make sure one has all the required accessories. Good dresses need good tights. And High WASP language uses “one” to discuss undergarments, apparently.
There is a Rule of Tights, by the way. What? You think that’s silly? But no. Here it is:
Never wear tights thicker than your dress or fuzzier than your shoes
I broke my own rule last week when I attended Tish Jett’s book signing. Determined to wear the afore-mentioned Dries van Noten I yanked out my black tights morning of the event only to find that I had one pair, very dark and opaque, and one in wild lace. The dress is a very light, fine, cotton. Oops.
This rule felt more onerous than the one about opacity:
Thou shalt not wear violently-patterned lace in daylight
These are the ones I have.
Great tights for a wool or cotton ponte dress.
Learn from my mistake. Right now, before the season of satins and night sequins erupts in all its headlit glory, you teeter off in your beautiful strappy sandals, make sure you’ve got the right night tights. Did you see that middle rhyme coming? Good for you. I didn’t.
Wolford goes even warmer, by the way. Less formal. Here’s a merino wool blend.
These tights are pricey but worth it. They wear like IRON. Had I stored tights from another in my dresser, they’d have emerged ripped as well as wrong. In which case I would have had to change plans entirely and show up in navy linen pants with a white shirt. Appropriate, but far less fun.
It’s the season of fun. I recommend, although you are as always free to ignore me, an investment in good tights. Oh, and if you want sheer panty hose, I’ve never found anything lovelier than these.
Affiliate links may generate commissions. Illustration by Marilyn Pollack Naron. By sweet coincidence, Marilyn posted this illustration as I was preparing this post. By even sweeter graciousness, she gave me permission to share.