When is it time to stop wearing tights to work? What about ankle boots or knee-high boots? Is it determined by date (e.g., Memorial Day), weather, both, or something else? What do you do in the interim? Reader A wonders:
Will I begin to look ridiculous/weather inappropriate for wearing ankle boots to work? Same questions for tights/stockings with dresses and skirts?
I noted a similar conundrum on last weekend’s Open Thread: it’s almost May! It’s 60-70 degrees outside! So: it feels too warm for boots and tights — but it’s too cold for bare legs and peep toes. We’ve talked about summer tweed, as well as bare legs in winter, but not this.
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When to Stop Wearing Tights in Spring
For my $.02 regarding tights, I would say that the key for me is whether the tights are dark and/or opaque — and I would probably put a red light around May 15, with a yellow light starting a few weeks after spring officially begins (this year it started March 20).
There are so many options beyond dark tights, such as pantyhose, semi-sheer tights, and tights with a wide knit, and skin-colored tights — as well as, you know, pants. I would avoid character/cutesy/costumey tights for work, but otherwise there are a ton of options. The yellow light would turn to red (for me at least) if it were a warm day, a sunny day, or a humid day — as well as if it was a “big” day at the office.
When to Stop Wearing Boots to Work in Spring
Ankle boots are an interesting question because right now ankle boots and skirts (and ankle boots and ankle pants) are so much more popular than they were a few years ago.
Assuming ankle boots are ok to wear with dresses for your office, I suspect the ideal answer is to transition to “spring boots” in nude-for-you tones or with perforations , and more, but know your office!
I do think any boot would strike a traditionalist as odd in the middle of summer, even if it seems like everyone (at least everyone in the Forever 21 set) is wearing boots all summer long with shorts and sundresses. So — for “spring boots” only — I would put the yellow light on boots at May 15, and a red light on the first official day of summer (usually around June 21). For winter boots I would probably put the red light on May 15, and a yellow light a few weeks after spring began, much like opaque tights.
Stay tuned for our roundup of cold weather boots that look great with work outfits! One favorite that’s still a best-seller is this boot from J.Crew.
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Can You Wear Knee-High Boots With Bare Legs?
Finally, Reader A didn’t ask about knee-high boots, but I threw them in because I’m curious to hear what readers say — I’ve been keeping mine out to wear in the evenings with bare legs and dresses, and I still see a ton of people wearing them on the street with skinny jeans and leggings. I’d say knee high boots are closer to opaque tights for me in terms of red/yellow lights — even for nude-for-you boots, I’d put the yellow light around the first few weeks of spring (this year the season began March 20), and the red light at May 15.
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Are Tights and Pumps a More Springy Option?
For my $.02, I think tights and pumps are a more springy option than boots and tights — they’re just more classic. You can either wear commuting shoes (like rainboots) with your tights, and then change into pumps at work — or if you’re like me and have problems with a hosed foot slipping out of shoes, you can wear sophisticated strappy pumps.
I’m really curious when do you stop wearing tights to work? How about ankle boots and knee high boots? Do you agree or disagree with my rough red/yellow light estimates?
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