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Coloured Tights: An Ode to L-A

August 31, 2011
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L-A: As mentioned last week, we have guest posts from Jo. You can see why I think she’s the cat’s pajamas – she’s got an entire post on coloured tights, which are my favourite thing to wear, after nautical stripes (obvs).

Jo:  Thinking about September VOGUE has me wondering what fall fashion will bring. And then I saw this…and this will be my Ode to L-A, a symphony of coloured tights.

You may recall a great debate about the topic of the place of coloured tights in a professional gal’s work wardrobe. Consensus was essentially “wear what you want”… I didn’t weigh in on the issue, but I respectfully disagree. I love coloured tights and sometimes wear them to work myself. But you’re kidding yourself if you think that what you wear in a professional, corporate environment doesn’t matter. I think it’s a bit naïve to have a “screw you, I will wear what I want” attitude.” It really depends on where you work. One reader’s excellent point was that your message might get diluted. Worse, I think, would be for people not to take you seriously. My notorious middle-of-the road approach is coloured tights, but in muted, gloriously saturated colours. If you work in a corporate or otherwise conservative environment, save the Lite-Brite tights for fun.

BUT this doesn’t stop me from loving coloured tights. And now, without further ado, my Ode to L-A … I don’t even know how I stumbled upon Bonnie and Buttermilk. And the website is entirely in German. All I know is, Sprechen sie awesome

No, I don’t know why the word “milk” is in every shot. Does it mean something in German? “I’m cute” possibly?

Now, let’s be clear. I probably could not pull off half of these looks, but they fill my heart with joy. How joyful would you feel wearing something like this on a craptastic fall Halifax day??

And with sightings at fall 2011 shows, namely Fendi…


….and H&M’s fall/winter 2011 campaign…


…I think coloured tights are around for a while. Just wield their power wisely.

Well, I’m off to watch a Claire Danes marathon, which means I will watch three movies. Why doesn’t she make more movies???

I love you, coloured tights, but I will always be a sucker for black opaques.

Burberry Prorsum, Fall 2011


L-A: I know Jo will disagree with me on this one, but this is my feelings on coloured tights at work: y’all will have to rip the brightly coloured tights out of my cold dead hands. It’s probably a good thing that the Real Job isn’t in a corporate office.

I’m also pretty sure I need just about everything by that Bonnie and Buttermilk line. If I were made of euros, I’d totally order up like fünf of those der röckes for myself (hey there Intro German! I remember a little bit of you. And not just “I’m drunk”.  I bet Frank the German prof would be proud of me for remembering that skirt is masculine).  But seriously, those skirts are adorbs. I want/need them bad. Does anyone want to sponsor what could become an expensive German skirt habit? No? Well, if you change your mind, you know where to find me. I have a paypal account.

Anyway, in other news (and I apologize, because I’m going to repeat this on Friday as a favourite, but I’m too stoked not to talk about it today): Our West Coast Bureau and I launched our newest project: Lessons from the OC.

You have no idea what it's like to be Marissa Cooper. You also have no idea how much Anthony and I love ourselves some OC.

Honestly, anything that gives me an excuse to have OC marathons is a good thing.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 31, 2011 9:45 am

    Thanks for the connection Jo-ann. I have always LOVED coloured tights. And patterned tights. If you love to wear them to work you have to work in an “artistic” department, i.e. no go for accountants or fast trackers.

  2. Intern Eden permalink
    August 31, 2011 10:06 am

    omg must start wearing little cardigans tied at the waist IMMEDIATELY.

    • August 31, 2011 10:46 am

      I know, right? Isn’t it ADORABLE?? And you could totally pull it off!

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