Once upon a time, I used to not wear dresses. There are a whole host of reasons why, but most of them aren’t terribly interesting (or relevant for today’s post). The point is, I used to not wear dresses – but three years ago, I started dabbling in non-pant garments. Then two years ago, I picked up a dress habit in earnest. However, my leg-baring days were limited to the warmer months of the year, as I was simply unable to maintain a decent core internal body temperature in the winter months when the lower third of my body was exposed.
This past fall, I was chatting with a colleague about the change in seasons, and somehow we arrived at the topic of apparel; and I mentioned that I was already starting to miss my dresses. She then said the most unusual thing: “I love wearing dresses in the winter, because then I get to wear sweater tights.”
What? What in the world was she talking about?
She explained that, in addition to nylons and leggings, hosiery manufacturers make stockings called “sweater tights” – and they are just as the name implies. They are tights, but they are made of a heavier cotton material, and they insulate one’s legs very well; it feels as if the legs are wearing little tight-fitting sweaters.
Well, I’ll be darned… I had no idea such a thing existed! I went to the store that weekend, and purchased a pair of these sweater-tight thingys.
Last night it snowed a few inches, and this morning the air temperature was a brisk 20 degrees (F) as I drove to work – and yet, today I was able to wear a cute blouse-skirt combo and still be comfortable, because today I was wearing sweater tights.
Wearing dresses in the winter – how liberating! Feeling pretty, yet still staying warm; a wonderful blend of function and form; many excellent reasons to smile.