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Thursday, 9 August 2012
Legs eleven - tights in the summer.
Recently I have noticed a few
comments wondering why on earth, in the heat, some women insist on wearing
opaque or woolly tights and stockings, often with proper shoes, on hot sunny days? Some merely wonder, some are critical. I am however one of
those women who stockings in the sunshine. And I have good reasons for doing so, some of which stem from
living for several years in a country whose summers in terms of humidity and
heat are never equalled here in London:
Vanity. Legs unless long, slim and brown look a bit rubbish. And toes are ugly. Pasty legs and knees and
toes sticking out from shorts and cotton skirts are not my cup of tea. In fact
I don’t think even beautiful bare legs ever look as good as they would in
seams, just don’t like them. It’s a taste thing.
Comfort.I find my feet
blister easily in sandals and shoes in the heat if I do not wear socks or
Hygiene. Without socks or tights you sweat directly into your
sandals and shoes. I feel drier and less damp in opaques. I hate sticky skin
and I don’t want London dirt over my feet. I found in Asia that like the locals
being covered up was sometimes more effective than light clothing in keeping
Health. Tights and socks keep the sun off and mosquitoes away. Also
if I am doing anything active I want to be able to move around and I find
sandals impractical, apart from the blisters they feel flimsy. And men do have
a habit of standing on one’s feet in tube trains.
Aesthetics. The sun n’ surf, wear a kaftan, look like a festival
goer or a sweet forties land girl in a field look is never, as anyone who knows
me will testify, the way I am going to choose to look. I like hard edges, good
heels and dark colours. These don't work with bare legs and painted toesies.
I’m not saying that this is the
fact for everyone or that I hate the sun but just that when you see a girl in
opaques wandering the city, like me it might be what is comfortable, cool and clean feeling for
her not sheer eccentricity or stupidity. xx