Answer: YES! Hosiery
is a great way to bring in color and texture to an ensemble. AND you
get to convert some of your favorite spring/summer to year-round styles.
But (there is always a but)– you have to keep in mind a few simple tips….
There are, of course, a few things to keep in mind if you want to wear your open-toed shoes
Choose shoes that have enough substance to transition from season to season. Suede
and silk are fine in summer and winter; leather -- particularly patent,
which is HUGE just now -- is also essentially seasonless. Very
lightweight strappy shoes, however, are for summer only. Pack them away
for warmer weather.
Pair peep toes with tights.. Sheer
stockings are perfect with closed-toe shoes, but with an open toe, you
need something with more substance. This is a look that HAS to be
intentional, not accidental; pairing stockings with open toed shoes will
look like you just made a mistake. But go with tights -- opaque tights,
with a minimal toe seam -- for a thoughtful look.
Watch your hemline. Peep
toes with a mini skirt are not a good look on an adult woman; wear
shorter skirts with flat shoes. Keep your hemline at the kknee, either
slightly above or slightly below, depending on your height and shape.
Tights and peep toes are best with skirts or dresses, but you can make
it work with pants as well; match tights to your trousers, not your
shoes, to elongate the leg.
Play with color and texture. Matching
your tights to your skirt or your shoes will create a long leg line;
matching tights and shoes also makes the shoe's peep toe a little more
subtle. But what if your shoes aren't black or brown? What if they are
green? Or orange? Or RED? Match tights to your skirt -- black skirt,
black tights, red shoes -- and let the shoes be the pop of color in your
outfit. If the shoes have a pattern, you can use your tights to call
attention to one color in the shoe -- say, navy tights with a navy and
pink print shoe.
Your size and shape make a difference. As
with any other fashion choice, your body's size and shape will impact
the choice you make. On a woman with long legs, or a slim figure,
colored tights with neutral peep toes are a good option. But this is a
very dramatic look, and a very young look; a colored tight will draw
attention to your legs, so do this intentionally. For shorter legs, or a
slightly curvier figure, stick with dark tights and make the shoes your
pop of color.
Be daring. Wear
textured tights with your peep toes for a fun casual look; wear tights
with a seam in the back for a sexy evening out. For the office, stick
with solid tights, or with a tonal pattern.
Match like colors. Black with black, brown with brown, navy with navy.
However, if you're a little more adventurous with your style feel free
to mix and match. I love to wear my navy tights with a bright red pump!
2. Speaking of color–stick to heels in dark neutrals (black, brown, navy, grey, etc). Light colors don't look as chic.
3. Go ahead and try with flat sandals but stick with nude or skin matched tights.