Seasonless Dressing: do you do it? (Alexa Chung and Kelly Osbourne do)

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We've spoken about the issue of opaque tights in summer before, but lately the lines between "summer" and "winter" fashion seem to have become even more blurred, and while summer always brings the usual crop of people in shorts and cotton dresses, our officers are also reporting lots of sightings of people wearing more or less the same thing they'd wear in winter: thick tights, boots, you name it.

Take this picture of Alexa Chung and Kelly Osbourne filming Alexa's 'It's On' for MTV this week in New York. They both look fantastic, but if we didn't know it was the middle of July, we could easily have been convinced that this was shot in winter – and Alexa is far from the only one wearing black tights in July.

Of course, there's a definite argument that opaque tights are no warmer to wear than trousers or jeans – and lots of people wear those in the height of summer – so we're wondering what everyone thinks of this mode of "seasonless" dressing. Do you have distinct wardrobes for different seasons, reserving boots and tights for winter and shorts and sundresses for the warmer months, or is it a case of "anything goes", and totally dependent on what the weather happens to be doing that day? Tell us!

32 Comments

  • July 16, 2009

    Carol

    I would be lost without black opaques in summer:)

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  • July 16, 2009

    Mousy

    I think wearing boots/tights etc in summer is madness, unless it genuinely is a cold day. I get FAR too hot to even think about putting so many clothes on – I’ve been wandering around the woods in a bikini top. The one time I did go out for a jog with trackie bottoms (attractive!) on this summer, because all my shorts were in the wash, I ended up having to roll them up to the tops of my thighs just to stay cool. I was the height of sartorial elegance.

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  • July 16, 2009

    Cazzy

    I’d say why not! Just don’t take it too far. A flower dress that just screams summer shouldnt be worn in the middle of winter, but why not wear it with leggins or opaque tights in the chilly summer evenings?

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  • July 16, 2009

    Veronika

    I wear black tights all year round (I work in a hospital and rules are that my tatts have to be hidden so kinda have to anyways.)

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  • July 16, 2009

    Nicola

    I live in Scotland like you, and since I wear dresses almost everyday tights are often a necessity! The weather changes so quickly and I hate the feeling of wet legs when it decides to rain!

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  • July 16, 2009

    CoutureCoco

    I used to have disctinct summer and winter wardrobes but in recent years as I live and work mostly in air con (how healthy!) the extremes are filtered out and I’ve kept a selection of what works most of the time.
    I’m a sucker for tailored stuff so really miss the suits and coats but compensate a little with same cut but in lighter natural fabrics and short sleeves (NOT those horrid sleeveless jackets of a few season’s ago!).
    Personally I don’t like to see or wear thick tights with light summery dresses – they stick together, no?). I don’t totally get the Alexa Chung thing anyway so that’s just me I guess.

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  • July 16, 2009

    Eva

    I have seriously limited wardrobe space and lots of clothes so when summer (or what goes for summer in Sweden) arrives I pack away my winter and autumn clotehs and bring the boxes with late spring/summer clothes in from the storage.
    Of course this may cause a problem since sumemr in Sweden can be as cold as November, but I don’t pack away my thinner jacket or cardis, tigths or jeans so it works out.
    I would not wear black opaque tights with a flowery summer dress, but then I wouldn’t wear black shoes with either.

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  • July 16, 2009

    Gemma

    Today I’m wearing a sleeveless dress, opaque tights, and a cardi as it’s a bit overcast and I’m in an air conditioned office. When it’s hot I drop the tights, but with the weather in the UK being so changeable I don’t put autumn/winter clothes away – you never know when you’ll need them!

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  • July 16, 2009

    Pixie

    Living in Australia, I never wear tights in summer! I pretty much live in dresses and shorts and tshirts. Although at my old work the air con was ridiculously cold so I did sometimes where tights. In normal circumstances, never! It’s too hot for even jeans somedays

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  • July 16, 2009

    Helie

    I find it difficult to wear my really short dresses without opaque tights. Even if I’d rather not wear them I’d feel fery exposed without.

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  • July 16, 2009

    Penelope

    I live in the middle of the caribbean and we don’t have a winter per se, what we call winter I’m sure is summer for most of you, sunny days and chilly nights, a little breeze… but the rest of the year is just a hell, so we don’t have other choice than dress seasonless, wearing whatever fits the weather and our agenda. if the day gets cooler, a light jacket will do all the work.

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  • July 16, 2009

    Kuri

    To me, bare legs are the best thing about summer. I wear tights only reluctantly in winter, as I find them uncomfortable and sticky. However, they look fine, and each person’s definition of comfort is unique.

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  • July 16, 2009

    nj

    Being Canadian with long fall/winter/spring cool/coldness our summer equals freedom from socks and tights for 3 ish (hopefully at least and possibly more) months for me!
    tights in summer…sounds mad to me if it’s 30c (80ish for you yanks)

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  • July 16, 2009

    evanadine

    my only rule is “will i be physically comfortable ion this” — if its too hot, i wont wear boots or sweaters in summer, but if its a chilly night, why not?

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  • July 16, 2009

    olivia

    It’s been 100+ degrees here for the last 3 weeks so I’ve been wearing the least I can get away with & still be dressed. Shorts, tank tops & flip flops are what most people wear here 6 months out of the year. Tights are way too hot & I never wear panty hose! Boots in the summer are for the cowboys & farmers.

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  • July 16, 2009

    bookmole

    I never wear tights. Ever. I wear leggings and boots under my skirts in the winter and sandals and bare legs gleefully in the summer.
    And why has no one else commented on how great Kelly looks with blond hair!

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  • July 16, 2009

    Steph

    I am almost constantly cold so I tend to dress in winter clothes almost all year round. I have some pretty summer dresses but have to bury them under cardigans or jumpers because I just get too chilly. I find UK weather is too changeable for me to strictly divide my clothes into ‘summer’ and ‘winter’ – for example, right now it is absolutely *pouring* down outside!

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  • July 16, 2009

    Bethany

    As a Floridian, I pay little attention to the calendar. I consider tights and nylons an invention of the Evil One. Sandals and bare legs are fine for probably nine months of the year. If it gets cool enough, I switch out short sleeves for long and socks with Mary Jane shoes, and a shawl or cardigan thrown over top. Actually, I prefer short sleeves paired with warm layers for flexibility.

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  • July 17, 2009

    Sarah

    I hate when people take the “rules” of dressing so seriously. If you want to wear something that is “supposed” to be worn in the winter, during the summer, why not? Who are we to tell them not to? As long as THEY are comfortable, what does it matter?

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  • July 17, 2009

    chocoholic

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I LOVE being able to ditch the tights in summer and get my little legs out in the sun!
    I’d only wear tights in summer if it was a cold day or maybe in the evening.

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  • July 17, 2009

    ila, Bangalore

    i believe in making my own rules….tights during an indian summer is madness but since i live in bangalore that has gorgeous weather year round, i tend to do what i pretty much feel like

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  • July 17, 2009

    Sasha

    I wouldn’t want to wear winter clothes during the summer time.. I like to dress for seasons because I would get bored of dressing one way for too long.

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  • July 17, 2009

    Becca

    Tights, why not? Not all of us have sexy legs, and tights can hide a multitude of flaws. Perhaps black is a bit dark for summer, but it depends on the outfit. Now if they were cable-knit then I would agree it was pushing it, but a pair of microfiber tights can be a nice change, especially if the nights get cool where you live.

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  • July 17, 2009

    spikesnsilk

    I have pieces that are seasonless- in fact, the majority of my wardrobe can work, within the right parameters, with any season. But I wouldn’t wear black tights when it’s warm. Nevertheless, these girls look GOOD. Kelly’s hair is just like mine, except I’m brunette.

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  • July 17, 2009

    The Fashion Police

    Sarah: “I hate when people take the “rules” of dressing so seriously. ”
    I hate it when people take this website so seriously. It’s just a conversation about how people prefer to dress, no one is trying to tell anyone what to wear, The Fashion Police are just pretend. Relax!

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  • July 17, 2009

    NattyFemme

    Is there any reason why boots have suddenly become ok in July? I’m very confused. At first I was troubled by this fledgling cowboy boot with summer dress trend. Just as I began to accept it * blam * chicks start wearing straight up riding boots over jeans. In July. In Atlanta. With a tam. What’s happening????

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  • July 17, 2009

    gelliott

    I love Alexa Chung and Kelly Osbourne and they do look very nice here. I however will never wear tights in the summer seeing as there has been 110+ degree days here in Texas and they would melt the minute I walked out of the door.

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  • July 18, 2009

    kevie

    Why not put on tights and boots in the summer. Just crank up the AC! A slip dress, strappy heels and bare legs in the winter? Of course, seasonal dressing is for poor people who can’t afford to jack the heat. No need to sacrifice style because of the weather. It’s not like we are running out of energy. Oh, wait…

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  • July 19, 2009

    Selina

    I live in New Zealand, and our summers are way too warm for tights to be practical (at least in the north of New Zealand where I live). Tights in summer result in a nasty case of Hot Crotch Syndrome – not fun!

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  • July 20, 2009

    Farzeen

    Well honestly, I believe that every person has their own sense of style that depends on what they feel comfortable in. Perhaps Ms.Chung here feels exceptionally comfortable in her opaque leggings. Perhaps she’s a conservative young lady who like myself believes that less skin is more.. maybe it even gets pretty cold in their studio ?
    Please, we musn’t forget that millions of people watch her on TV every day/every week and staying up-to-date with fashion is imperative for her but in her shoes, having to wear last season’s opaque leggings that I happent to feel comfortable in is way better than having my unshaved legs(no matter how sexy they are) posted all over the news (what if she didn’t have the time that morning ? Looking at her hair she seems to have been having a bad morning!) >.< just a thought !

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  • July 21, 2009

    Whitney

    As far as colors go, I don’t pay attention to the season at all. I absolutely LOVE floral prints and white in the winter, for example.
    BUT – I would never wear tights in the summertime. It’s silly to me. Unless it’s a cold summer night. Even then, you can wear jeans if you need to. Tights just seem so inappropriate to me in the summer. Although I may or may not rock the cowboy boots in the summer. WITH a skirt or dress WITHOUT tights.
    I do live in Minnesota, however, and I get summer 3 months out of the year so I like to enjoy my tightless months.

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  • July 22, 2009

    Madeline

    It’s kind of a mixed thing for me. I never wear winter stuf during the summer, like tights or boots, simply because it gets too damn hot around here (by the way, i HATE hot, i LOVE cold :P)I do, however, wear summer clothes during the winter like, say, a flowery cotton dress tucked behind a thick coat, boots and black thights. I think that looks great, since i get to mix the best of summer (flimsy dresses) and of winter (coats, boots, gloves etcetera).

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