I am such a chicken when it comes to hosiery. I stick to what I know – opaque black tights. I have a pair of dark gray ones, but I usually last-minute switch them out for black because I think black looks better on me. I like to accentuate the positive, minimize the negative and I know I have very large legs and ankles and feel that creative hosiery accentuates that. However Coccolare Boutique, DWJ from The Art of Accessories, and Wendy Brandes forced me out of my hosiery box.
Coccolare Boutique contacted me, asking me if I would like to check out some of their luxury Italian hosiery. I visited their site, saw some gorgeous legwear, but was terrified to try anything other than black tights. I took a deep breath and decided to try a couple styles, including the Sebille Crochet Sweater Tights. They arrived and looked more amazing than on the site – so soft, well-made, fit like a dream. I tried them on with a few things in my wardrobe and everything felt wrong to me. I felt as though it looked like HELLO LEGS!
Wendy Brandes has been showcasing fashion bloggers who rock the red leg – red tights or trousers. I was chatting with Wendy and DWJ on Twitter this week about how I love the look of a red leg, but personally don't think I can rock it. Last night leaving work, I bumped into DWJ. She admitted she stopped by Ann Taylor because of my recent posts about my great scores there. We got to discussing my fear of creative hosiery and she really encouraged me to take the leap. I hopped on the train, thinking about how I could really get a great look with my newly acquired crocheted tights from Coccolare.
Got home and found these shoes waiting for me. I had seen them online in red and loved them; I know Jessica Simpson shoes fit me pretty well and are consistent with sizing so I decided to check on eBay and see if I could find the same pair for less. I couldn't find red but was excited to find them in this amazingly bright cobalt suede. They were retailing online for up to $100, I got them for over 60% off, new and in original box (still wrapped up in original tissue and such). Gotta love eBay (also yesterday got new, still wrapped bottle of Burberry London from an eBay seller at 1/3 the retail price)!
These shoes were BEGGING to be worn ASAP. I tried them on with yesterday's tights and liked the look of them with hosiery. As that I am down to only one pair of black tights, it meant that to wear the new shoes, I would have to wear them with my Sebille Crochet Sweater Tights. I decided with such an intense shoe and attention-grabbing tights, I had to keep it uber-simple on top. I swear, I think this is the first time in the 21st Century that I have worn any hosiery that wasn't opaque and black (or nearly black). So what do you think of my first foray into creative hosiery?
And if you too would like a pair of luxe Italian hosiery at lovely prices, check out Coccolare Boutique. If you join their fan club, you can get 20% off your purchase with the code “WARDROBE.”