German women love to wear jeans. Skinny jeans, ankle jeans, boyfriend, etc. in blue, black or white. Skirts, dresses and heels almost seem forgotten in the city of Cologne, and I assumed it was a “European thing”…until I visited Paris last November.
Not only did I see more women in mini skirts, dresses and heels, but they also wore nude pantyhose! I abandoned sheer nude hosiery in my early teenage years after reading diss after diss about them in Teen Vogue and Seventeen Magazine. I certainly didn’t want to be associated with anything deemed “dowdy” and “outdated.”
BUT THEN PARIS HAPPENED.
Gah, bare legs in February? Nah brah, nude pantyhose! I like black tights, but I don’t like how they look with light-colored shoes. I couldn’t wait to wear these boots with bare legs, so I bought a few cheap pairs of nude pantyhose at Primark to try the look.
First off, my legs were warm. I am wearing a 20 denier pair in these photos, which is thinner than my typical black pairs, but in 46 degrees Fahrenheit, 8 degrees Celsius weather, I felt fine. I received some confused looks from passersby, but that may have also been because I was on a giant metal dock taking photos of myself.
This pair was especially tight, which I’ve read is ideal to avoid sagging. No one wants to look like they have wrinkly ankles. I had to be especially careful when putting them on because the last pair I bought to try this little “experiment” ripped as soon as I tried to fit the control top over my beer gut. My finger went straight through it, resulting in a run reaching all the way to my knee. Not cute.
This isn’t the last time you’ll see me in nude tights this winter and spring. I already know I will integrate this Parisian trick into my wardrobe. I think as long as I stay away from tweed suits and pearls, I should be fine?
If you would like to see this outfit in motion, check out my latest style video featuring three neutral outfits: