I remember I used to hate tights as a kid. Getting ready for Christmas musicals was not a fun time for me or my mom who had to I had to pull and scrunch, pull and scrunch the tights up my chubby legs. Plus, I couldn't scratch where I wanted, if you catch my drift. Now as I look back at my horrid experience with tights, I wonder what the heck I am doing now wearing them all the time. I suppose I was in part influenced by all the wonderful street style photographs I began seeing as I started college. While the idea of wearing tights is nothing new, it has certainly become a lot more "trendy". I began wearing tights as a way to conceal my legs. Yes. I have used to have self image problems. Don't we all? I hated my legs. My parents called them "turnip" legs because well, they looked like turnips. These comments no doubt, scarred me for the rest of my life. Thanks parents. (I'm just kidding....my parents actually read my blog, so please don't get offended). I thought I could hide them under tights. Last year, I never revealed my legs in all its naked glory during college. I was always covered in something be it pants, tights, or leggings. But then I had an epiphany. I can't change my legs. Unless I fly over to Korea and get surgery, which would leave me a semi-cripple for the rest of my life, I chose my legs. Sure they may be a little more on the muscular side, but without them I wouldn't be able to walk or run or do all the activities I love to do! Slowly, I've started to appreciate them. I don't care anymore about caring how other people view my body because those people can stick a pencil up their butts. I was a fool to think that tights would somehow cover what I didn't like about my body. After all, tights were like a second skin which showed off the shape of my calves as if I didn't wear anything at all. It is a good feeling to accept ourselves, our bodies and how we look. It feels really good. Better than losing those 10 pounds after three months of dieting I tell you. It feels good. It may take a while for you to completely accept who you are, but boy, it feels good when you finally do.
Okay, enough of that personal rant. But yes, I love tights and my love for color greatly benefited from my love of leg accessories. I can now have red legs, blue legs, yellow legs every day of the week. When it comes to my favorite color, mine is the rainbow. Pessimistic Bacne says that's cheating because you technically cannot pick "rainbow" as your favorite color, but is it really? I like every color of the electromagnetic spectrum. That was inner nerd speaking right there folks. I can find beauty and inspiration in every shade and hue so really it's the people who stick with one color who are losing out in the end. It was only a matter of time that I found out that I could change the color of my legs with colored hosiery! Opaque, sheer, textured, or patterned, give it to me and I will wear. Not only are tights a great way to brighten up (or brighten down) an outfit, they also serve quite well for those who are sick of pants during the winter time. At least for me here in Southern California where having a winter is foreign to many of natives, tights can be a nice alternative for when the thermometer drops below 70 degrees.
I began thinking that I should gather around all the people who share the same love of hosiery with me and host a HOSIERY PARTY!! I would seriously want these fabulous gals to attend my party.
I seriously want to snatch those tights from the girlies on my VIP list!!
Now comes the part of where to buy such wonderful hosiery and I will give you tips on how to do it cheap, because yes I am a cheapskate. I just can't justify shelving out more than $10 for a pair of tights, although I am sure that some companies do make wonderful high quality tights.For me, many of my tights have come from thrift stores. Don't worry they were "new" and still in the packaging. Thrift stores often have wonderful selection of old lady-esque hosiery that are quite cheap with some of the most interesting patterns and colors that you probably wouldn't be able to find at your local Target. On my last thrift trip, I bought four packs of what I thought were tights, but turned out to be sheer hosiery which is good because I like change and it's always good to experiment up a bit. I also bought some tights from the 99 cent store. They were these "control top" tights in neutral colors. When I first wore them, I understood what "control top" meant because boy do they control your flabby tummy.
I also love looking at online stores such as We Love Colors and Sock Dreams for their tights and socks but too bad their prices are just a little too much for me. Costume shops and costume tights on ebay are another wonderful idea. I can imagine getting those two red and green jester tights inspired by my VIP guest's two toned tights.
As I go to sleep, I will dream about tights and my lovely "turnip" legs.