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OK, but not your only option. Black patent court shoe for very smart, or grey, or burgundy, or navy. Red or dark tan also possible, if a bit more casual, or nude. Cream or white shoes in summer, if a closed toe formal style. Choose to tone with your top/blouse perhaps?
For office work/ court shoes, sheer nude tights are most versatile and look okay on most people. It's worth buying a selection of shades to work out which flatters your skin tone, then just bulk buy them. Charcoal, barely black are good with black, but too heavy with most colours.
I don't often wear formal suits anymore so mostly buy fancy opaques to match shoes/boots and socks. M&S would be my starting point, or JLP, maybe a selection of brands from TK Maxx. Whatever you get, the more they cost, the better you will like them. (I have a pair of Fogal stockings, that I bought in London once for squillions and have been too mean to wear; I expect to be laid out in them .
The drawer currently contains M&S autograph open toes for cold days requiring sandals and very pale gray Charnos, plus several worn pairs without tags. I have forgotten the name but there was an Italian online brand that had a vast range of good skin shades from very pale to deeply tanned.
For variety's sake... at one stage there was a fashion for ultra fine fishnets which looked great/sheer-ish and wore well, but were very hard to find. Do you have a specialist lingerie shop in your town? That would be where I'd go after the chain stores.
Thanks OC. Will try it out. Since you are here and you are so amazingly helpful, can I ask you another question? I am working towards a capsule work wardrobe. It contains: 1. Plain navy skirt. 2. Smart navy jacket (same colour, sort of matching but not from same shop as blue skirt). 3. Pale blue smart top. 4. Plain cream coloured smart top. 5. Blue patterned smart dress. 6. Plain navy ankle grazers. 7. Bright blue smart cardigan. Does this look sufficient to do very smart through smart casual? The blazer and skirt and trousers would not be exactly matching like a suit, do you think that matters? And I don't have any full length trousers, does it matter? I'm trying to keep it very capsule because of the expense, but wondering if I might be nearly there. If you have any thoughts, much appreciated!