Inspired by Behind the Candelabra

I’ll preface this by saying I haven’t fit into this dress in maybe 5 years and it’s been hanging on the wall of my bedroom as ‘decoration’ for the last two – I’ve recently made a (hopefully) life choice to eliminate bread and eventually all gluten out of my diet. So when we were invited to a Behind the Candelabra viewing party, I had initially concocted some Liberace lounging 70’s leisure suit homage type of outfit. But I then looked at the dress that had been hanging and decided to try it on. And it finally fit. I first had my doubts, but when else would I get to wear this awesome monstrosity ever again if not to a Liberace party?!

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Dress: Vintage thrifted. Tights: Henry Holland for Pretty Polly. Booties: Fornarina.

The glittery star tights were the perfect touch! And the dress is now back up hanging where it was before.

The movie itself was pretty sad (for all parties involved) but it was interesting to see my old local Vegas.

Mix master: how to mix tights and high heels

If you ever see me running around town for an event or party and it’s below 75 degrees, chances are you’re going to see me wearing tights. And not just any ordinary tights, I love to wear colorful and patterned ones, it makes things more fun right? A while back I went to a wedding and took a look at a group photo where all the girls were bare legged and I was the only one wearing my crazy pantyhose and the look stood out so much more than everyone else! Be seen and be heard!

I’ll go ahead and tell you now, that when I can, I buy quality. I love Wolford brand pantyhose because they’re made for the apocalypse, they can withstand anything! If you can afford them at full price, do so. But I always try to wait until they go on super sale. It sure beats buying a very cheap pair of pantyhose that rip or run after the first few wears. Investing a little bit of money in this may be worth it.

And for some no-brainers in maintaining your tights. First, make sure you cut your nails, toes and fingers. Long toe nails will probably be the best way to rip your pantyhose. But also making sure that your hand nails are filed so that you wont snag the hose as you put them on, I’ve learned my lesson the hard way! For my really nice tights, I keep them separate in ziplock sandwich bags so that they don’t get jumbled up in the drawer and risk getting snagged on something.

Now for the mixing and matching. I like basics, but not necessarily together.

These Kate Spade tights have a gold glittery chevron pattern. I don’t have a lot of brown in my closet, so when I wear these, I like to pair them with neutral (or similar colored) shoes. Here, my snakeskin Fornarina heels work great.
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These are my fun and colorful tights for the flowery trend, I got them at Forever 21 a while ago. They’re pretty loud on their own, so I wear them with a more basic shoe. These Elizabeth and James wedges are interesting enough, but don’t outshine the tights.
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These geometric tights from Wolford are my answer to the fishnet tights. When I wear them, I actually like my tights and shoes to be similar, in this case my Yves Saint Laurent heels.
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My sister gave me these fun peacock feather lace tights from Wolford, they’re incredibly beautiful and delicate. Because they’re so ornate and fancy, I’d like to wear them with a more casual shoe that tones it all down. I also like the contrast of the grey leather.
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I wish I could wear these heart patterned tights from H&m more often, but you know, an occasion to rarely comes up. But when I do, I like to think I’m from Alice in Wonderland. Here I wear them with my velvet Fornarina heels, because red white and blue go so well together.
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I love everything about these bondage Wolford tights. They are incredibly sexy but fun. So I think a sleek shoe that adds height goes well. Like these Yves Saint Laurent wedges.
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Again, my sister knows me so well. She gave me these crazy Henry Holland tights, and I think I would wear them every day if I could. These also may be the ones that work with every single type of shoe. I think the pointyness of my Gap heels accommodate the pointyness of the stars.
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If you’re the kind of person that doesn’t like tights or goes for basics, I urge you to come over to this side soon. It’s more fun :)

The shoes and tights mix and match the occasions, depending on how casual or dressy I have to be, sitting or walking has to be done. My goal is always to be comfortable (I often take the insoles from my running shoes and put them right into heels).

I always have my eye on interesting new designs for tights, and it always makes me excited to find a good deal on them but also finding new wear ways to wear these (and those that aren’t shown). Where do you stand?