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:

Summer legs!

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 tights.

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 cool.

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

Fine for the beach but....


Perdita Tinsel said...

Yep- I'm with you! My main reasons are that they are flattering and warm shoes = blisters.

I do wear sandals with wide/loose trousers, but with skirts, it's tights or stockings even in summer. And it's very rare it gets too hot for it here. If it did I might have lithe tanned legs for once!

Porcelina said...

I wore tights yesterday - it was a cold start to the day and I hadn't shaved my legs! I felt bad for wearing tights in August, but in Britain it's all about dressing for the weather not the season.

Tights cover a multitude of sins, I'm with you on that one!

Miss P xx

India Harlow said...

I'm definitley with you there. People at work always go on at me asking 'how can you wear tights in this weather'. I think especially in the work place not everyone wants to see yards of flesh hanging out.

Next time someone bothers me with a such a comment I might just show them this post :p

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Stockings will be mandatory; on women.
Also, men wearing shorts will be outlawed. Especially those preposterous three-quarter length abominations.

LollyWillowes said...

I'm in agreement. I tend to revert to hippydom in the heat and wear those velvet Chinese Mary Janes, they are the only things that don't blister bare feet and I just don't cope well with heat. I have an auto immune condition which sometimes makes me swell up a bit and shoes can become rather painful. Spend all my time in and around the house barefoot. If I have a reason to get more dressed up it's tights...I rarely wear stockings, find them uncomfortable....I loathe bare legs and high heels, to me it's the height of tack and it just can't be comfortable either.
It's not that I dislike the sun, more that it dislikes me. I also prefer darker colours and heavier fabrics so Autumn and Winter...please let it be dry and frosty!...suits me better.

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I like my legs covered but I absolutely hate tights because they make my crotch feel all suffocated..I've been using garter belts and thigh highs and I've been quite the happy camper. Though I don't like being asked if I'm hot in them because I feel inclined to say, "Nope, my thighs can breathe just fine in garters" while winking at them.

Anonymous said...

I have no problem with tights worn anytime ! My problem is women who wear tights as their pants !
Sorry, ladies, but some bodies look best when covered in more than just tights ! said...

Wearing tights in summer is not a big deal....There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, a pair of tights with a summery dress and sandals can look great. said...

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