Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Running a tight ship

The cold snap over the last few days has left us all a little confused about how to dress – are Ugg boots acceptable outerwear? Survey says yes, although if you can change into, you know, normal shoes once you …

Tue, Nov 30, 2010, 10:30

   

The cold snap over the last few days has left us all a little confused about how to dress – are Ugg boots acceptable outerwear? Survey says yes, although if you can change into, you know, normal shoes once you get indoors, all the better. Are leggings the same as trousers? No. A firm, but kind, no. How many pairs of tights is too many? Three. Two pairs of tights = warm and cosy. Three pairs = one-way street to IBS.

I’m a fan of 120 denier tights, newly purchased from Penneys, although they don’t last quite as long as I’d like them to. Still, they’re bargainous, so there aren’t too many complaints. Marks & Spencer also does a great line in opaques, though the 80 denier are often sold out, and they last really well even when machine washed (who has time for handwashing?!). And Wolford is your only man for long-lasting, luxurious tights, although expect to pay €30-plus for a pair, and expect to handwash them – the machine is not their friend.

Coloured tights are another joy, one that’s explored brilliantly by Jessica Schroeder of What I Wore. I wish I could wear them like her, as in, normally – whenever I try I end up looking terribly like an art teacher from the 1980s which, understandably, is not the look I’m going for.

These tights (above) are from We Love Colors, a US-based hosiery firm that does an array of colours, deniers, fabrics and finishes and delivers to Ireland for a small fee. Last year I ordered three pairs from them (at $10 a pair, they won’t break the bank) and they arrived in a timely fashion to my door. (That said, I did end up paying for two deliveries as I didn’t get to the Post Office on time to collect; from then on I’ve had everything delivered to the office.)

The tights themselves are soft, cosy and really thick – thicker than their 70 denier label would suggest. I would highly recommend. For my part, I ordered some wacky colours so have ended up wearing them under leggings (mmmm, cosy) rather than on their own, due to aforementioned art teacher similarities.

How about you? Where do you get your tights? And do you experiment with colours or, better yet, patterns?

P.S. Am I the only one terrified by today’s date? When did it get to November 30th? And how am I supposed to get together the cash to purchase the requisite number of Christmas presents in, oh, 26 days?