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Tights vs no tights?!

(18 Posts)
Oneofthemaddingcrowd Tue 05-Jul-11 22:56:54

Sorry, longtime lurker here. I have an event at work tomorrow and need this answered once and for all!

When wearing a skirt suit to work, is it acceptable to have bare legs or are nude tights/hold-ups more appropriate? Can we have a vote?

(just thought I'd share that I typed "pull-ups" instead of hold-ups first... you'd never guess I'd just returned to work after far much time at home with DD!)

HellonHeels Tue 05-Jul-11 23:19:00

Just my opinion but I don't like bare legs for formal office wear. Though I have to say, a look around on the underground or at work makes me think I'm in a minority with that view.

ggirl Tue 05-Jul-11 23:20:10

holdups unless you have perfect tanned legs

cremeeggsbenedict Tue 05-Jul-11 23:21:10

A minority of two, HellonHeels! I don't think bare legs are appropriate at formal/work times. Bare legs are OK for casual wear or on the beach, but tights/hold-ups should be worn for work etc.

Oneofthemaddingcrowd Tue 05-Jul-11 23:27:29

Hmm, looks like it's a no to bare legs... which is what I suspected really. Just not sure I can stomach the whole nude hosiery thing... but agree it is probably preferable to the alternative.

Oneofthemaddingcrowd Tue 05-Jul-11 23:29:02

Oh and I will be doing my own research on tube and at work tomorrow!

JoleneJoleneJoleneJoleeene Tue 05-Jul-11 23:30:21

I'm in the public sector and wear bare legs and holiday sun. But we are all slackers in the public sector.

Oneofthemaddingcrowd Tue 05-Jul-11 23:40:09

Joleen you have given me some hope! I'm not really in a city job, more like a charity but there are occasions where i need to r a suit. So I suppose my question is: even if it's acceptable, do bare legs + suit (+ closed-toe shoes) look odd?

CointreauVersial Tue 05-Jul-11 23:52:31

No tights here! But I work in a fairly small office, so not mega-smart, and I have lovely tanned pins.wink

herecomesthsun Wed 06-Jul-11 00:46:50

I wear smart professional workwear with closed toe shoes and no tights in summer. I feel more comfortable doing this with a skirt well over my knees though.

herecomesthsun Wed 06-Jul-11 00:48:54

PS I also try to find closed toe shoes with some sort of ventilation around the foot in the design!

MissBeehiving Wed 06-Jul-11 08:15:17

I'm a solicitor and I wear no tights/holdups in summer as long as my legs are tanned. If your skirt isn't short then it looks fine.

HeavyHeidi Wed 06-Jul-11 09:29:25

Lawyer, work, office, suit, bare legs here. It's 35 degrees here and no way I'm putting more clothes on than absolutely necessary.

HappyAsIAm Wed 06-Jul-11 12:57:38

I'm a lawyer too, and I haven't worn tights for quite a while. I am still smart though - nice dress for work, usually. I do wear open toe shoes though - still smart. The thought of doing a commute in tights at the moment (although its quite a bit cooler in London today) is awful.

I do fake tan my legs though, but that's a self-confidence thing. It just makes me feel better. I use Make Believe from Boots in light to medium, and I use the wash off one in case I make a dreadful mistake (which has been done before!).

MissBeehiving Wed 06-Jul-11 16:34:05

grin at all the subversive lawyers going commando in the office.

CeliaFate Wed 06-Jul-11 18:47:31

Can some kind soul link me to an acceptable (ie non American Tan) shade of tights for Summer? I wouldn't want to go bare legged with a skirt, but struggle to find something that looks good.

JoleneJoleneJoleneJoleeene Wed 06-Jul-11 19:49:33

M and s do good ones

WineAndPizza Wed 06-Jul-11 22:23:37

Bare legs is fine I think as long as they're well groomed!

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