Why Wear Tights When The Sun Is Shining?
The weather in New York this spring has been—to say the least—perplexing. The heat arrives overnight and departs in a flash, leaving behind rain and a biting chill. I’ve been caught out underdressed or overdressed repeatedly. My coats have gone in and out of storage three times. I mention all this because I want to make it clear that I sympathize with schizophrenic dressing. But I’m stymied by one trend I’ve been seeing on the street: summer tights. The other day, for example, which was one of those days when the sun seemed to be bursting out of the sky, and men on my street were sweating shirtless on folding chairs with cold, paper-bagged beers in their hands, I saw a girl dressed as follows: loose T-shirt, cutoffs, a pair of those bootlike sandals, and opaque black stirrup tights. Wha? Same day: Erin Wasson x RVCA floral sundress, espadrilles, black footless tights. And: miniskirt, racerback tank with a bikini top underneath, sheer black stockings, ankle boots. Those are just a few examples, from one day of casual observation. Are these the same girls I saw tramping through snowstorms in knee-high boots and bare legs? What are they thinking? I mean, I’m all for a look, but frankly, these girls look ridiculous. They’re trying too hard. That was my take, anyway, until I came across a photo from Cannes. Carine Roitfeld turned up to a party in a miniskirt; a one-shoulder, leopard-print tunic that skimmed her ankles; strappy heels; and black hose. And there’s this pic from last night of Behati Prinsloo rocking shorts and sheers. Is this a thing now? Comments, please.