Saturday, June 14, 2008

An Essay on Tights.



I have unusual legs. Although I prefer to call them interesting or special, most students that I walk past during my 10 minute breaks between a management class and another management class might just so happen to categorize my legs under “unusual”. While other people daringly bare their nice flesh colored appendages, my legs are lemony yellow or hot Barbie pink. Some days they even have stripes or polka dots. Like a mood ring, my legs change colors on an almost daily basis making them a truly unusual aspect about me.


See, I have a strange love for tights. Red tights, blue tights, turquoise cable tights, metallic patterned tights, Tylenol colored sheer purple tights, or classic black opaque tights – name any color, style, texture or pattern and a very similar pair probably dwells in the bottomless pits of my dorm wardrobe. Tights have become such an integrated part of my personal style that my friends can automatically tell me apart from the rest of the student body based on my colorful legs. The magical aspect about wearing tights is not only their ability to keep my legs warm on a chilly LA day, but their ability to display my personality, my life, and my dreams with a simple stroke of color on my legs.


My love of color and passion for art are definitely two catalysts in the evolution of my unusual legs. Whenever I am asked my favorite color, I always respond with the color “rainbow”. While some may say my answer is not a real color, I beg to differ. I appreciate all colors equally and fully. Colors have been my lifelong friends ever since I learned to color in a coloring book. Picking one over all others would surely be betrayal at its worst. Wearing tights gives me the ability to display the rainbow on my legs. They quietly scream to the world, or on a microcosmic scale, to UCLA, that I love color, that I am an artist, that I am a fashion renegade and that I am one creative force you don’t want to mess with. I don’t think of the world in black and white, or even grey - I think of the world in rainbow.



Whenever I enter a classroom, I always find myself as the only one with unusual colorful legs. Initially, I always feel out of place, but as I sit down on the cushy seats with my legs in front, my awkwardness fades. I display a sense of pride in my difference and uniqueness from others. While a majority of my classmates in economics or management classes have big dreams of succeeding in the financial world, my big dream has always been to succeed in the fashion world. I dream of someday starting my own line and my own business. Although my career goals may be different from the rest of my classmates, like them, I will nonetheless always retain the valuable knowledge from my academic classes.


In the end, I am okay with having by legs being labeled as unusual. Honestly, I would even prefer being labeled as unusual because that is what I am. I am the quiet girl with the loud legs who sits in the corner of her Intermediate Accounting class that has a brain blossoming with imagination and innovative ideas. When the professor is covering operating and capital leases on machinery and buildings, I am the one thinking of whether my future fleet of industrial sewing machines and seventh story atelier studio would fall under an operating or capital lease.

This was my essay for an accounting related scholarship hence all the little accounting plugs.

This is also a post to distract readers while I finish writing another post and cleaning up my junk room.

28 comments:

a cat of impossible colour said...

I loved this post! Did you get the scholarship? I'd be very surprised if you didn't. :)

missie.eng said...

WOW. That was kind of amazing.

Lucy California said...

You kind of rock at writing

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Isabel said...

Oooh, fantastic essay. You so deserved to win!!!!

Also, Hipster Musings has a new blog url. It is www.riotgrrrlstuff.blogspot.com. Will you update the link in your list, please?

leslie & pam said...

ahh i loved it! a couple years ago a friend of mine got made fun of for wearing every color tights, but now everyones asking where she got them!

CoutureCarrie said...

Bright and patterned tights rock! My favorite places to buy them are American Apparel, welovecolors.com & stockingirl.com. Great post!

Diana Rikasari said...

a very creative essay...congrats!! :D

jess said...

i like your essay. tights are awesome

Margherita. said...

I love tights. But mine always rip.
Nice header btw!

dried porkears said...

freaking inspirational !

Poster Girl said...

You always make me smile. Tights are great! I hope you get the scholarship!

Vintage Vinyl said...

Awesome! I have an obsession with tights also. Are they from We Love Colours?
Want to trade links?

Soul Tanggg said...

i wish I got to write an essay on tights!

Lauren said...

You are a very talented writer! I always admire poeple who can write about a somewhat humorous topic but still be convincing. Very entertaining, and I hope you win!

Claire said...

great writing. haha, I'm a bit tights obsessed to. I've been told they're "blinding" and "seizure inducing" before, but I love them.

WendyB said...

Good essay!

L. said...

It's a great essay! I have to say that I agree on so many points. I'm an Accounting student too, that is to say that I just finished my degree. But accounting is not really what I want to do... I would like to parlay more into the fashion business area as well.

I was also the girl who wore bright tights to class and encountered others stares. After reading your essay, I think I may have found a soul sister.

fashionpuppy said...

just one word: hot!!!

NewYorkChique said...

that was amazing!
I;m sure you'll get the scholarship.
I really love your blog, would you like to link?

Paper Girl Productions said...

hi! I love your blog! Loved the post! I ♥ colorful tights! In fact I wear super long 'socks' that are brightly colored with mostly pink. In fact i remember one time this guy I was dating went hysterical after he saw me in my dress and super looong socks. true story...i must blog on it.

aizat.cinta.goddess said...

the true fashoinista!!

u are the trendiest girl in your school with those edgy lenggings

katie-lilga said...

i love that you twisted an accounting essay around to suit yourself and your tights obsession.

we have the first of our monthly clothes swop shop on at the moment if you'd like to check it out!

Becky said...

That was an essay and a half! Tights really are amazing and are definitely worthy of their own little essay :)
xx

SHE♥FAHSHUN said...

i love those tights..
sadly they are sold out at welovecolors.com :( ..
i still am lusting after them !

IRIS and PIETER said...

really enjoyed your writing!
hihi i love rainbowy legs.
tights are just amazing! but i always manage to get a hole in it! not funny haha. i like your blog!

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