Yup. I'm still messing around with these things. You first saw them here, where I used a little flash of thigh to distract from my post-partum tum and dark-circled eyes. Pretty effective, actually. And a thicker, less dressy pair here, when I channeled my husband's fourth-grade self (Wow - I just made Mike sound like a cross-dresser. Just to clarify: He was/is NOT.)
In any case, I own a couple of thigh-highs, but they don't get used nearly enough to justify the enormous amount of room they take up in my sock drawer. So I decided to mess around with the black pair, seeing if I could make them both daytime appropriate and mom-friendly.
Incidentally, thigh-highs (or over-the-knee-socks, if you prefer) always look spot-on peeking out over the top of over-the-knee boots.
I do not own over-the-knee boots.
I tried them on with my tallest boots:
(wearing: J.Crew cashmere v-neck sweater, Banana Republic scarf, Forever 21 shorts and tights, Plush thigh-highs, vintage Frye boots)
Not bad, right? But I hardly reach for my vintage Fryes on a daily basis. So to keep this look mom-friendly, I tried black flats:
I kinda loved how the thigh-highs instantly made this boring-ish outfit more interesting. In hindsight, I'd lose the hat. It makes me look like a Wee Sprightly Elf.
But the thigh-highs + flats, while proportionally OK, had one major flaw:
Elephant ankles, anyone?
I think an oxford shoe would be better here....or a very short bootie. But two legwear layers are obviously too much for my little ballet flats.
Next up - my standby Fryes. I don't think the proportion works. But you know, we already took the picture, so I might as well bore you with it use it.
Except....hunh. Does this actually work? I almost don't hate it. Almost.
And since we're spiraling down, let's just keep on going. In desperation, I tried my shorter boots:
Yes? No? I don't know anymore.
I think in my head, the whole thigh-high-over-tights thing worked much better.
So there you have it, Mamas. For this week's Shop Your Closet, I offer you...[blank]. Awesome.
Wanna help? Tell me what you're thinking in the comments. For the lazy, you can just pick a letter:
A. S, you sexy beast, your thigh-highs rock the house
B. Tall boots or nuthin
C. I personally find elephant ankles sexy
D. BOOOOO BOOOOO BOOOOOORING
Happy Monday, Mamas.