According to the cherry blossom trees blooming on my street, spring has arrived in DC.
Yet there are cold spells in between all the gorgeousness.
Since the weather changes from day to day, and even from the time you leave the house in the morning to when you head home at night, here are five tips on transitioning from tights to bare legs at work for women in leadership:
1. The 50 Degree Rule – New York based Glamour editor Sophia Chabbott has one simple rule that once the mercury dips below 50 degrees, the tights come on. When it surpasses 50- the tights come off.
2. A Foolproof Formula- Want more gray area than the 50 degree rule? Try Lucky Magazine’s “foolproof formula”:
- If the day’s temperature high is somewhere in the 60-degree range, by all means, lose the tights.
- If the temperature will be in the mid-to-high 50s and sunny, no tights. Just throw on a trench for the cooler morning commute.
- However, if it’s in the 50s and rainy/cloudy/windy, tights are recommended.
- If it’s 70 degrees or above—no matter what the expected precipitation—you should certainly go tights-free!
3. Let’s Touch on Opaque Tights- One thing about opaque black tights is they don’t coordinate with most spring looks. Try switching to color tights, or sheer tights which provide more warmth then bare legs. If color tights are on the trendy side for your office, I recommend pairing with a conservative outfit such as a knee length pencil skirt, neutral blazer and basic pumps.
4. Start Prepping Your Legs – with lotion and self tanners to get ready for the switch to bare legs – your poor legs have seen no sun and very little air since fall! In this New York Post Article, Jeannie Mai, the host of Style Network’s “How Do I Look?” recommends Nars Body Glow because you can put on one layer for a sun-kissed look and add multiple layers to look like you have a deeper tan.
5. Wear a Trench – Long trenches are big this season, and trench coats are perfect for looking sophisticated while keeping your legs warm!
6. Transition with Nude Hose– Sometimes your spring outfit doesn’t look right with tights, why not wear nude hose for a layer of warmth. Nude hose used to be outdated, but today pantyhose instead of bare legs isn’t much of a faux-pas.
On a final note– if one day you stop wearing tights, and happen to be the only one in the office with bare legs, hold your head a little higher and be a leader – style is about breaking the rules and, after all, you are a woman in leadership.
Now, I hope those cherry trees keep their blooms!
P.S. Ambitious readers, when do you stop wearing opaque tights to work?
This article was adapted from a previous post.