Want to know one of the secrets to fall style? Black tights. This perennial staple is truly a wonder of the fashion world. Whether you’re wearing a jewel toned mini to cocktail hour, a tweed pencil skirt to the office or you’re simply schlepping around downtown in your comfiest weekend dress and boots, black tights gently squeeze your curves in all the right places and make your gams look ultra glam. The best part is that these hip pin covers can be purchased on the cheap by an all-purpose brand like Hue. Then there’s Spanx, the mid range, suck-you-in variety that all the celebs swear by. And finally, if you want to indulge in the gold standard of legwear, grab a pair by luxe Austrian company Wolford. Sure it’s hot right now, but stock up on black tights so you can don a pair the first day the thermometer dips below 70.
Hue and Spanx are available at Sockshop Santa Cruz, 1515 Pacific Ave., 429-6101. Wolford tights can be purchased at wolfordshop.com.