Q. Jordan! I’m wearing this dress to my husband’s work cocktail party (I wouldn’t normally pick such a tight dress for a holiday party, but the husband insisted on “sexy” instead of my usual flowy dress style). Will it look dumb with stockings (because girl, it’s cold out)? Still undecided if I should go with these booties – should I, shouldn’t I?
Thanks so much,
A. Oh my goodness, definitely wear tights! Because yeah, it’s cold out…but also because if you don’t, you’ll spend all night with people coming up to you and saying, “Bare legs?! Aren’t you cold?!” And that’s annoying. I know because I constantly go out in the winter with bare legs (sorry, Mom), and people constantly lecture me about it, and it’s annoying. If it was a very fancy affair, I’d say maybe suffer through the chill, but if you’re looking to wear that dress and those boots, it sounds like a pretty fun, relaxed kinda event. So: tights, yes.
Stockings, I don’t know about. Nude stockings are theoretically making a bit of a comeback thanks to the royals, but…ehhhh. They still feel kind of weird to me. And black sheer stockings run the risk of taking a look into Pretty Woman territory, I think (I’m generally only a fan of sheer black stockings if they’re patterned and come packaged with an ironic wink). So my advice would be to go for opaque black tights, which will actually go quite nicely with the rocker chick feel of the booties, so long as you balance out the darkness on your lower half by adding some key accessories to your top.
The fact that the black booties are a little rocker-girl sexy actually gives you lots of options for adding balance to the outfit – anything from a dark wrap to a glittery bolero jacket can work. Or you could just throw on some heavy jewelry, like a statement necklace or black resin bangle, to streamline the look – just keep your makeup fairly neutral and pretty (think sheer lips, not red).
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