17 January 2012

Caught Red-Legged

I wore "bit" of red yesterday in honor of my Giants, who trounced another team on their way to the NFC Championship game - you're next, 49ers!

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This is my first foray into colored tights - a trend that until now I've really been deathly afraid of. I'm a big fan of bright colors but the candy-coated leg hues seemed a little too in-your-face intentional to me, a little young. Plus I have a personal thing on tights and shoes that don't match - it's just one of my weird personal sartorial quirks.

Because I had loads of fashion quirks - Like until recently, gold and silver accessories couldn't co-mingle. Or if it is a brown-tone, then my belt and shoes need to match. Skinny pants must be paired with a long top or jacket. I can't wear earrings, necklaces and bracelets all together. Unless they are the bermuda type, then shorts can only be paired with flats or wedges. For proper business attire, my hair must be pulled up. Navy doesn't get paired with grey or brown, unless it is more like a camel or tan. I could go on, but your eyes will start watering.

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This kind of color I can live with - kind of. Gloomy weather has brought about terrible lighting, so you can't really tell how bright I feel these tights are, but only exposing a bit of leg and keeping everything else toned down keeps this in the wearable realm for me, and doesn't make me resemble a cast member from Disney Clubhouse. Sure, some of you ladies may retch for a variety of pretty legit reasons, but for some reason, this is acceptable to all the funny rules in my head.

Do you have any personal style rules that you abide by? What are your quirks?

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Dress: Asos sweater shift (worn here - sim here, collared here, strappy here)
Jacket: J.Crew Robert Noble herringbone (worn here - sim here)
Belt: Anthropologie infinity (worn here - sim here)
Tights: Asos 80 denier red (sim here)
Boots: Type Z (worn here - sim here, here)
Brooch: Blinkeye via Etsy
Rings: Banana Republic flower & c/o JewelMint (sim here, here)
Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff (worn here - sim-ish here, as a tote here, w/navy here)

43 comments:

  1. That dress is absolutely beautiful. I tend to do this as well to slowly work myself into being comfortable with colorful tights.

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    1. I am not sure how much more comfortable I can be with colored tights though - when I first put this pair on, all I could think of was "holy bright tights!" and felt semi-harlequin-ish, haha!

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  2. I love the pop of color you have going on it. It adds a bit of fun to your cute dress that black tights just wouldn't quite do.
    I'm pretty open minded about trying new things, but I'm not big on super bright tights either and something about brown and gray together, I just can't get with.

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    1. Ooh, brown and gray together ... though I'm sure it can be paired well together by someone, just the thought of that color combo is making me react in the same way that I do when I hear tinny metal move across a chalk board .... eeee, run!)

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  3. I did have the silver/gold pairing phobia for a while, but that is all for me. Personally, I've always been about breaking rules. I have worn colored tights/fishnets/knee highs/patterned tights ever since high school. I loves it. And I am glad that you went for it. These look great on you!

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  4. The chevron dress is so cute with the pops of red!

    I haven't ventured into the colored tights trend for fear I'll look like a crazy person...you pull it off really well! I think sometimes it's good to step out of our fashion comfort zone and take a risk. Worse that happens is we don't wear it again. :)

    -Sharon

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    1. I did get a few comments yesterday about the tights though - none bad but it was definitely noticed!

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  5. I really like this! I usually don't wear colored tights other than black, charcoal or brown. My biggest risk is probably my nude fishnets, which I happen to love. Not sure what other style quirks I have. I used to think that everything had to be oversized to hide my weight, but now I've realized that just makes me look bigger. So now (thanks to you and a few others), I wear a LOT of belts and wear things that fit properly. :)

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    1. I don't own fishnets but I've heard good things about nude fishnets - I heard they are like miracle leg hose, like Beyonce wears them when she wants her legs to look bare but still get hose-y support! I think I need to find myself a pair ...

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    2. I got them at Kohl's (Simply Vera Wang) and with a coupon they were maybe $10 at most!

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  6. I love this outfit with e colored tights, Lisa! I think you look great and not child-like at all! I have trouble with colored tights for the same reason but I may need to find some that look as good on me as these do on you.
    As far as arbitrarily imposed fashion rules, to me it's always been the "black and brown dont mix" rule until earlier this year. Sometimes you just need to find the right textures or accesories or hues to make that exception to the rule.

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  7. You did great for your first try at coloured tights!! :)

    I have tons of personal fashion rules...I'm not comfortable with black and brown or navy. I'm not comfortable in button-down shirts. I find the LBD boring. I don't wear pants full stop. Gold jewellery doesn't look good on me. I look terrible in yellow. I could go on. Hey, that sounds like a blog post to me... ;)

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    1. I am not big on the LBD either ... except when I have a work dinner and for some reason my mind keeps going back to black and I have to dig deep in my closet for any!

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  8. We're on the same fashion wavelength! Yesterday I wore a grey top, with a black skirt and bright pinkish tights. I love coloured tights. A great, fun way to inject colour!

    xoxo
    www.natashafatah.blogspot.com

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  9. I've worn colored rights for years - with a tweed or plaid skirt, I pick up the deepest color in the fabric,. I'm not crazy about colored tights with stripes or dots, tend to get a little wild with solids. Still have problems with mixing metals, though!

    I love the outfit on you!

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  10. love love love this outfit! The tights really work!
    Will be following now!

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  11. Wear that red proud!!!!!
    GO GIANTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. Of course, go Giants!! Love the red, chevrons, and stripes!

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  13. My husband is so happy about the Giants win. (boo!)
    I am slowly learning to banish those old fashion rules as well. I had a really hard time with the one about brown and black until recently. I agree, the neutral tones in the rest of your outfit makes the red work! Cute!

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  14. It saddens me that you're a Giants fan...but we can't all make the right choice and bleed green for the Eagles! Haha

    I just bought green jeans - that's my foray into bright-colored bottoms!

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    1. Aw no, an Eagles fan! ;o) Well, at least it's not the Redskins ::shudder::

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  15. I'm such a fan of the POC (pop of color)! The red tights look great with the patterned dress. I don't know if I have quirks. I'm sure I have a ton but they all escape me right now!

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  16. The red tights look great! I think red tends to be the most tame of the colored tights. They're great!

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    1. I totally agree - I don't think I could have pulled off green or yellow!

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  17. Fun and bold look! :) I always feel strange wearing big earrings and a flashy necklace, although so many people pull it off stylishly. :)

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    1. Yeah, I feel the exact same way. I can pairly do ear studs with a big necklace!

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  18. Lovely outfit!! I love the red tights!! The red clutch is a perfect accent with it too.

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  19. I actually like colored tights. I had the silver and gold mixing thing for a while, actually I still kinda have that hang up. I also don't like pants that show your ankle. If it's not a capri(which I never wear) I need it to at least cover the top half of my shoe when standing.

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  20. Love that dress and cute clutch! www.casualglamorous.com

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  21. No rules, many quirks... too many to liste here! :)

    The coloured tights look great!

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  22. Pretty dress!

    xo Ashleigh

    www.thedaileigh.com

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  23. How cute, I love the zig zag designs and the red tights...what a great combo. You look so pretty and eventhough I'm a rival football fan (hehe, I'm from SF) I don't care that much about sports so I just hope it's a great game. Following you now

    Great blog, you're so cute!
    xoDale
    Thanks for your sweet comment too :)
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  24. Love your pop of color with the dress. The whoel outfit is so cute, esp loving that red/white striped clutch.

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  25. LOVE your foray with the colored tights! It's perfect against the black and white! I really like this idea because colored tights have always been a little scary for me too! (I have lots of tights, but no bright hues.) They really put your legs out there! But I like the way you wore this - tres chic!

    xo, sam

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  26. The tights look great with your outfit! I'm the queen of quirks. My wardrobe is so SAFE. I think I'm the ultimate classic girl. HaHa Go NY! Those 49ers kicked the Saints butts. LOL Great brooch!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  27. gorgeous dress! I guess I have colours I can't wear for some reason- I just can't seem to do red- I try, and it just always feels like I'm dressing for christmas! I have a beautiful wool skirt in bright red that I would love to wear but...

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  28. My favorite color combination and I love that your wearing bright red tights and I love your little zig zag clutch too

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