I am insanely guilty of being that guy who has a shit ton of “basics” and just rocks the t-shirt and tank top and jeans style 24/7. Get me into a work environment? Black/grey slacks, flats, white vneck under a snazzy Ann Taylor Loft Jacket. I like bright colors, and I know what fashion looks like, so I’m not a total boring dresser, but I often play it safe. Well I don’t FEEL safe on the inside! I feel like a renegade (a subtle renegade)! I feel like a dynamo! I feel like maybe I could own a few signature looks that people go “Ooo” and “wow!” when they see me. And in order to do that, I need to take more fashion risks. And last night, I took a baby step with Tights.
They were having a buy 2 for 20 bucks thing at The Gap. And I kind of needed some tights for a short dress I’m wearing to Kamel’s Holiday Party. I was thinking black. Because of course I was. But when I got to the tights area I saw patterns! and sparkles! and holy shit it’s the holidays let’s go big or go home!
And then I reached for another black pair, this time with a herringbone pattern. See? I’m BRANCHING OUT. Except Kamel did not agree and he wanted me to get a matte purple pair. That kid is gaga for purple. I’m not such a fan… although most of my formal dresses in high school were purple, and the cocktail I just bought is a bright lavender-esque, go figure.
So I opted for the purple herringbone instead. Ba-Bam! A pattern AND a color. When will I wear these tights? I’m not sure. Probably with a dress? Because that’s how most tights are worn? Yes? I don’t think I can totally get down with the whole baggy shorts + tights thing because I think I’d look stupid. But maybe a grey dress? or a black dress? or something?
The point is, I’m going there. I’m buying the purple, sparkly, herringbone tights. And buying them with purpose! And it’s up to you – faithful readers – to help me not forget about them in my sock drawer, to find outfits for them, and shoes (don’t forget about the shoes). I have a feeling this is just the fashion risk beginning.