This week I received this question on Formspring:
What do you think of people wearing peeptoes with tights (in winter)?
This is a really good question, and it’s one I get asked fairly often (espeically at this time of year, when the weather is getting cooler, but the peep toes aren’t getting any less cute), so I thought it might be interesting to open it up to the floor, so to speak, and find out what everyone else’s take is on the growing trend for hosiery with open-toed shoes.
Now, it used to be the case that tights and open-toes were one of those big style “don’ts”. Interestingly, though, this hasn’t always been the case: I grew up with the idea that wearing any kind of hosiery with sandals or peep toes was a huge fashion faux-pas, for instance, but I often find that women who’re a generation or so older than me were taught the exact opposite: that bare legs are unladylike, and that, other than in the most causal of situations, you should always wear hose.
These days, of course, the tide seems to have turned yet again, and we’re starting to see more and more people pair peep toes, or other kinds of sandals, with tights and socks of all descriptions. The fashion world is in flux again, and it seems to me that while some people are happy to embrace the trend, others still have that instinctive, “But tights and sandals are just so wrong!” reaction that many of us grew up with.
So, who’s right? Well, no one is, really. This one depends totally on your own personal taste and comfort level, which means you should wear whatever you like (common decency permitting), regardless of the “rules” or what anyone else thinks. For myself, I’ve found my opinion on tights and peep toes changing over the years, and while I used to feel that ANY kind of hosiery with ANY kind of open shoe was just plain wrong I’ve actually come to really like the look of tights and peep toes, particularly when the tights are an interesting pattern or a contrasting colour. I think it’s a great way to make peep toes work in cooler weather, and I it’s a look that’s very fresh and modern, too.
This applies, however, only when the tights are opaque, and reasonably thick, and when the shoes are peep toes, not strappy sandals. I also think tights look better when worn with shoes which have a reasonably thick heel. What I don’t like, and probably never will like, is sheer tights – particularly flesh coloured ones – worn with sandals, but I know many people who disagree with me on that, so I will say again: it all comes down to personal taste.
(Oh, and to answer the “in winter” part of the question above, where I live, this is a look that would only really work in Autumn, or early Spring, for purely practical reasons. In winter the cold would probably be too much for a pair of tights to handle alone!)
What does everyone else think of this look? Yay or Nay to tights with peep toes?