a call to arms: my legs

a call to arms: my legs

i have to say, i’m typically not a big fan of patterned – and i mean, subtly, tastefully – patterned legwear. i’m a bit small in stature, and quite honestly, anything that chops the leg into tiny visual chunks is terrifying. i was absolutely mortified when hugely patterned tights and leggings started creeping out of dark alleys a couple years ago. it really bothered me, on an emotional level.

so i’m really really confused by my deepening adoration of the bebaroque tights that have been springing up on every awesome blog that ever existed in the entire universe. period.

i mean, honestly, it doesn’t make sense. these are not subtle OR tasteful, and i didn’t even need my normal “warm up period,” to fall in love. they just suddenly became the only thing i’ve been able to think about.

exhibit a: (or “the sparkly ones” as i’ve compartmentalized them in my head. this is not their official name.)

these seem to be the ones i’ve seen the most. they’re awesome, yes. but then when i actually took a moment to look at the rest of the site, i found “the hairy ones.”

or, exhibit b:

i have to say, i might have gotten even a little more excited about these. they’re like a mohawk for your calf! who would have thunk it?!

as it turns out, along with my (normal) aversion to fancy legwear, i also have a bit of an issue with spending $60 and international postage on tights. even hairy ones. so i’m on a bit of a mission now. (god, i live for missions…) a DIY version.

so far, these supplies have both crossed my mind, and then almost simultaneously been crossed off the mental list of “good ideas”: tin foil, glue sticks, the fringe off my carpet, and pennies. i feel like i should be able to do better than that.

i have one more idea, but i don’t want to say it out loud and jinx the whole thing… know this though: if it turns out as awesome as my mental image, there will be actual pixilated documentation, and it will be shared.

here’s where you can join in though: any fantastic ideas out there for DIY fancy fall tights? i’ll send you a mental high-five if i like your idea. (trust me. you’ll know. my mental high-fives have been known to knock people over when they least expect it.)

23 comments to a call to arms: my legs

  • KD

    Maybe dip-dying? But that’s very taste-specific. I love your blog, and I’ve actually been reading it since February, I just never got around to commenting. You see, I only started my blog in June, and I hate commenting anonymously, so let me tell you now, you guys rock!

  • like KD, i am a huge fan of the site, yet never have posted.

    i found these on ebay and it doesn’t look like it could get much easier. plus, it gives you ridiculous creative license and plenty of spare time to skip around the house in your cheeky, new, did-it-yourself-tights.

    best of luck, would love to see the finished product.

  • chrissi

    some obvious but potentially still fabulous options:
    -those little pom poms or dingle balls all up the back a la the hairy version.
    -mix and match buttons sewn all over dark tights
    -sequins–cheap and glittery!

  • I love love LOVE wearing a pair of ripped up black tights over coloured tights for a punk look, or tights with fishtights over the top.

  • does anyone have a good place to get more basic coloured fall tights and pantyhose online? I’m on the Westcoast of Canada, so we can wear dresses and skirts all year if we layer correctly.


  • CUTE! Those mohawk ones are adorable. Not sure if I could ever wear them anywhere in my “responsible” life, but I’d wear them around the house for sure.

  • SOS

    i love bebaroque tights! im thinking of ordering those 2 actually, but the pink fringy one! tights ideas… destroyed ones with paint thrown on, or u could draw on them with fabric paint, or maybe get a cheap black pair and cut holes in them? very 80s goth! :)

  • i have these heat transfer studs that i got (stole) from a design house i used to work for. i never thought to diy these great tights that i too have been seeing everywhere, but i think these heat transfer studs are the answer. they come on a roll and you just cut them out in chunks and arrange as desired and apply with an iron.

  • i count myself as so incredibly lucky that my family live in scotland, the birth place of these charming hosiery pieces! good luck with the DIY versions!

  • There’s a store on Haight that sells some pretty cool tights/legwear for cheapcheap. It’s called New York Apparel, and I’ll bet they carry the second pair pictured.

  • Jayme

    you chould get cheap tights int he color you want… or dye them and than get a light weight upolstry fringe in teh same color and stitch that in a straight line up the back…

    you would proboably need some one to chalk on the straight line while you are wearing them so you dont make it crooked

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  • If you live in Toronto Canada, the best place to shop for this stuff is Yorkville in the Bloor and Bay streets area.

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