So, I find spring to be the hardest season to figure out what to wear. I like wearing skirts and dresses and now all of a sudden it’s too warm for tights but too cool for bare legs. Also, I find tights at this time of year look prudish and like nylons (gasp!). Plus, I feel like my legs are not quite ready for their warm weather debut at this point. I don’t know if it’s all in my head, but they just look so shocked to be bare. Like I’ve put a just-hatched baby chick out in the cold (not the cute, yellow, fuzzy one but the one where it’s still wet looking and it’s eyes are bulging– I know, great visual). It’s not like I tan but after a month or two of getting my legs out in the air they seem more adjusted and then I’m ok showing them in public. I know some people put on self-tanning lotion just to smooth out the look but that’s just not my style. I honestly think it’s just my perception and getting used to the idea. Anyhow, I’m not at the point of going completely bare yet and won’t be for probably two more months and I don’t want to wear pants every day until then. So, what to do?
I must confess, I didn’t come up with this idea but saw it on Orphan Black (excellent binging show!) on a character around my age (awesome kick-ass grandma). Tall boots with bare legs wearing a skirt! It looked fantastic on her! Now, she wore a fuller skirt but you could just see her knees and top of her calves. It looked great! Not frumpy. Honestly, it just looked like she just loved wearing her boots so much she didn’t want to put them away. I know many of you are sick of wearing boots after a long winter but I find them so practical and such a great way to make an outfit look contemporary and the wearer seem stylish. So, that’s my solution for spring legs.
These are the things I learned if you’re a bit shy about it like I was:
1. Have a pattern in your skirt. That way the color difference between your boots, skin and clothing gets blurred.
2. Have a similar color on your top half as your skin tone so it looks like it’s totally planned and the skin doesn’t draw more attention to itself (example coming in a future blog post).
3. Perhaps have a flowy skirt that has some movement so it’s not a straight line delineating your clothing from your skin.
4. Then, hold your chin high and say to yourself “I am one foxy lady”!
White House Black Market knit turtleneck (old). JJill skirt (old).
I learned this by trial and error. I had a completely dark outfit on and dark boots and I have very white/pink skin and my block of bare skin was a beacon. Every place I walked into people’s eyes darted down to my knees, completely involuntarily. So, that’s what I figured would work for me. Anyone else wear boots this way? Any other tips?
Linking up with Visible Monday @ Notdeadyetstyle.com here. Great photos of other bloggers outfits!