Happy Friday everyone! This was a short but busy week at work for me, so I’ve been a little late on the posts. But I’m doing the best I can and thank you for sticking with me.
Ok, let’s get into the topic for today’s Free for All Friday post. I was asked two fashion or clothing related questions recently so I’m going to discuss them together here. One reader asked me – what’s up with girls wearing tights as pants? Another asked, after a particularly warm winter day here in DC, what’s up with women wearing flip flops and a suit?! Boy oh boy, you two readers are in luck because I have answers for both! 🙂
First to the “tights as pants” issue. The questioner likened wearing just tights and a top to wearing just a bra and jeans, or just a shirt and underwear. He thought of tights as undergarments, to be worn with something on top and not solo.
I happen to looove tights. I mean, really. There’s no easier outfit than tights and a long sweater or tunic top. Ooh or under a mini. Yeah, that’s wassup as far as I’m concerned. But, as with everything, there are limits. Have you ever heard the adage, “Everythang ain’t for everybody”? Well nothing could be truer than that when it comes to who can and cannot (should not, should never!) wear tights as pants. No one wants to see a muffin top popping out of tights. Also, no one wants to see a camel toe either! (Well, I know speaking for women – we don’t want to see that. Don’t know how the guys feel…)
So maybe the questioner was asking what’s really hood with tights as pants with shorter tops, not a tunic top or long sweater, because it’d be hard to tell if they were just tights and not tight pants when worn with a longer top. Maybe?
Or maybe I’m one of the “tights as pants” offenders that the reader asked about. He asked me to include his plea for the women readers to take heed and tell a friend – “Tights are not pants!”
So I’m relaying the message. But I’m also saying that I heart tights with longer sweaters or tunic tops or under a mini and I will not be deterred! 🙂
Moving on to question 2 re: women in flip flops and suits in midwinter in DC. I grew up on the Gulf Coast, where the high daily temperature is rarely under 60. Even it was “cold” in the morning (40s), the afternoon peak temp is almost always over 60. That said, I’d always see Anglos in shorts and flip flops no matter how cold it was in the morning. This was a way of life, even while I rocked a coat (and t-shirt, no sweater since it got too hot later on.)
After seeing this my whole life, I moved away from the beach bum life that I grew up in and went to college in Birmingham, AL, and still saw the “flip flops in the cold” phenomena. I’d always (for some reason) thought it had to do with our proximity to the water. But in Birmingham, I had to ask one of my classmates – why do you have on flip flops and shorts when it’s so cold outside?! She told me about the “50 degree rule.”
The 50 degree rule is apparently well known in the Anglo and Asian communities (since I saw some Asian people at my college rocking the flip flops in the cold too). It means that as long as the high temp is 50 or more for the day, flip flops and shorts are ok. Just that simple.
So next time you see someone in flip flops in midwinter or on a day you think is cold, just check the high temp for the day and you may have your answer. The reader, however, was also interested in the flip flops and suits combination. She thought is was just weird and why didn’t these people just wear real shoes since they were no longer in college.
I had to tell her (a good friend of mine): My name is Samee… and I wear flip flops with suits! And I love it! hahahh! I hate “real shoes”. I hate having my feet covered. I am a beach bum, stuck in the working world in DC. This is my way of self-expression. A black pant suit, a pink button down…and my pink and black flip flops! 🙂 But I follow the 70 degree rule; 50 is still cold to me. I (try to) change into real shoes once I get to the office but sometimes, if I’m at my desk…I keep them on. I rejoice in the small pleasures of life, ok? Leave me alone.
I must reiterate though, that everythang ain’t for everybody. Nobody wants to see your corns, bunions, dead toenails, or ash on your feet. And nobody wants to smell malodorous feet either, so be mindful of that. Please be considerate of others before you break out the flip flops, or the tights for that matter!
It’s still cold here (not 50) so I’ll be in tights and boots and sweaters all weekend. I’ll save the flip flops and suits for April or May when it’s a little warmer.
Have a great weekend!