Ask the Fashion Police: Wearing black to weddings, stockings with sandals and other frequently asked style questions

One thing we’ve noticed in the years we’ve been policing the world of fashion is that certain style dilemmas tend to come up time and time again, so we thought we’d take a few minutes to re-visit some of our most frequently asked fashion questions…

Can I wear black to a wedding?

Wearing black to a wedding is no longer the fashion faux-pas it once was, although if you’re really worried about it, you may want to set your mind at rest by asking the bride (or the maid of honour, or someone else connected to the wedding party) whether they’re likely to be offended by it. Chances are, they’re not going to care what you’re wearing, as long as you look like you’ve made a bit of an effort: and as long as you don’t look like you’re trying to upstage the bride (this is why white, cream and most related colours are out). The key to wearing black to a wedding is to make sure your black outfit has a festive feel rather than a funeral one: try using some whimsical or colourful accessories to keep things light.

You’ll find more tips on what to wear to a wedding here.

Can I wear stockings with open toe shoes?

Well, you CAN, of course: luckily The Fashion Police aren’t actually real, so no one will come and arrest you for it. Personally, we feel that sheer hose with open sandals isn’t a great look (many of those who commented on this post seemed to agree with that): sandals are designed to be worn with bare feet, and that’s the way we prefer to wear them too, although this issue is a bit of a hot potato, and you’ll find plenty of people who disagree, and feel that stockings and open shoes is perfectly fine.

Can I boil and eat my Crocs?

We actually thought it was a joke when we started getting this question a lot, but it turns out that a lot of people believe that Crocs are organic, and can therefore be boiled and eaten. While we’d rather eat them than wear them, the official line from Crocs is that no, you can’t eat them. Bummer, huh?

And here are a few of the not-so-frequently-asked questions we’ve had, which we thought we’d answer for your anyway. We’re all heart.

Can I wear Heelys to work?

First up: we REALLY want to know where this person works. We can’t really imagine many jobs in which Heelys would be appropriate wear: in fact, we can’t really imagine many situations AT ALL where Heelys are appropriate wear for adults, but of course, without knowing what your office dress code is, we can’t really give you a definite answer on that one. Oh, what the hell, we’ll give you one anyway: NO.

Can I wear a playsuit to a wedding?

Why, for the love of Gaga, would you want to wear a playsuit to a wedding? Is it a wedding between toddlers? Are YOU a toddler? Then no, you can’t wear a playsuit to a wedding. Or, OK, you probably can – it really depends on the wedding – but for the most parts, weddings require fairly formal dress, and playsuits don’t really fall into that category, do they? (Are there formal playsuits out there? Interesting.)

Can I wear high heels while working in a hospital?

If you’re working on the reception: probably. Maybe. OK, sure. If you’re a nurse, doctor, or other patient-facing person? No, no, no. Imagine us saying “no” a few more times. Did you get that? NO. No heels in the hospital. Save the sexy nurse costume for your Halloween costume. (And maybe not even then, actually.)

Anything to add?

13 Comments

  • July 21, 2011

    Lili @ Relatable Style

    Wow. The longer the article, the stranger the questions. I feel like I’m sometimes stating the obvious on my blog or elsewhere and keep it short, but questions like this make me want to s-p-e-l-l everything out for just about everybody, even the ones with the mental power of a half-eaten banana. Jeez! How do these people survive until they are old enough to use the internet?

    Relatable Style

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  • July 21, 2011

    Sandy

    With regards to the stockings/tights with open toe/sandals…does this no-no encompass the peep toe?!? I have loads of peep toe shoes that I like to wear in the colder months and I do wear 20D skin colour tights…am I taunting the chances of fashion arrest by doing so??!?!

    As my look is 40s/50s I’m going to continue with my fashion blunder seeing as I’m sure the ol’ dears in the past must’ve done it!!! LOL!

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    • July 21, 2011

      The Fashion Police

      I’ve worn opaque tights with peep toes… I wouldn’t personally wear sheer tights with them, but there are just as many people who like that look as there are those who don’t. It’s really just a matter of personal taste, which I don’t think can be “wrong” – if you like it, wear it 🙂

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    • July 21, 2011

      SparklingSam

      Sorry my personal opinion is no, it’s “peep toe”, not “peep tights seam”. If it’s that cold that you need to wear tights, it’s not the weather for peep toed shoes. Um, I’m in my 40s and would not go there, but then I notice lots of women older than me, who will.

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  • July 21, 2011

    Holly

    Personally, i 100% hate when people wear hose at all with open toe shoes, sandals, or peep toes. Ugh. Hate it.

    I LITERALLY had a nighmare about that calvin kline show where the models were wearing black hose and sandals. My husband heard me talking in my sleep about it.

    scary stuff man.

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  • July 21, 2011

    laurenalice

    In the UK you can buy toeless flesh coloured tights from Marks and Spencer. They are magic! They look just like normal flesh coloured tights but the toes have been chopped off and there is this tiny little loop that goes over your big toe to keep them in place. Magic! I hope this helps solve the peeptoe shoe dilemma! They’re only £4 a pair too!

    http://www.marksandspencer.com/Denier-Cooling-Ladder-Resist-Tights/dp/B0037GO1F4

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    • July 21, 2011

      Sandy

      Oddly the thought of toeless tights gives me the heebee jeebees!

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  • July 21, 2011

    valleycat1

    I’ve had many times I’ve wished for a pair of heelies in gigantic airports or shopping malls.

    Being a woman of a certain age, nude matte finish hose with open toes (as long as the toes aren’t reinforced) don’t bother me with open toed shoes. But high-contrast looks, as in the pic or the reverse (dark with light or vice versa) don’t thrill me.

    Thanks for the advice on cheering up a black dress with bright accessories at weddings. Not sure I’ll ever be able to bring myself to buy a black dress to wear to one, but this might make it workable for me, so I appreciate the added option!

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    • July 21, 2011

      The Fashion Police

      Ha, I know what you mean – I’d sometimes like a pair for giant supermarkets!

      As for the black-to-a-wedding thing, I think a lot of it also depends on the cut and the type of fabric. Very severe cuts and unrelieved black will look rather funereal, whereas a black prom dress, say, will look like you’re going to a party, which you are. As long as you don’t look like you’re in mourning, or on your way to work, I don’t think most people would bat an eyelid!

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  • July 21, 2011

    Theresa

    Ok, I understand the issue with hose and sandals. BUT. Speaking as a curvy and not particularly fit girl, I can say that sometimes what you are wearing in the summer requires a bit of tummy and thigh control. While I realize there are control garments that don’t have hose attached to them, many of the ones I have tried cut off mid thigh, which creates a biscuit-dough-popping-out-of-the-can look on someone my size. Also, control top hose are way cheaper. I think if you want to wear hose it’s ok, but you should stick with nude, never wear reinforced toes, and try to tuck the seam under your toes, rather than on them.

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  • July 21, 2011

    Sandra

    In Italy, wearing black to a wedding is an absolute no-no. It is considered to be rude, and also typical of a non-educated person who thinks black is very elegant and appropriate. It is, of course, just not for a wedding.
    Same goes for white, just for the obvious reason – the bride is the only one wearing that.
    I see lots of American weddings with people in black, I guess the movies “helped” the black cause too.

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  • July 22, 2011

    deng

    Heels in the hospital?! Ouch, ouch, there IS a reason why nurses’ shoes look orthopedic!

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  • November 20, 2011

    Pedestrienne

    I actually worked in an ISP call centre with a guy who wore Heelys to work every day. He’d zip around our floor through the cubicles, grinning with pride. I think he was about 31. And yes, total manchild.

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