Unsolved Mysteries: Sheer, below the knee tights

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Why would you need tights that end just below the knee?

And why, having identified a need for such items, would you need them to be sheer?

These are the questions that face The Fashion Police today, readers, and we need your help to answer them, so we can close this puzzling case. We're pretty sure that if we can find the answer to the first question, it may allow us to also answer the second, but… we're stumped. We could understand it better if they were leggings, say. But sheer tights? That are almost nude? Enlighten us, please.

(Oh, and if you know the answers to these questions, and are satisfied that you need such items in your life, you can buy two pairs for $20 at Urban Outfitters. You're welcome.)

13 Comments

  • April 2, 2009

    Lilaleck

    It’s the dancer/ Madonna look I guess. rolled up below knee fishnets

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  • April 2, 2009

    Riali

    The best part is how, because they are only a shade off nude, one wonders at first if she is wearing trouser socks with her sandals and skirt.

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  • April 2, 2009

    Veronika

    maybe its to avoid the sheer tights in sandals look? but its still awful so didnt help much..or at all..:)

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  • April 2, 2009

    Maddie

    I suppose its for people who want to not freeze but avoid wearing full on tights with shoes… It’s annoying even if you’re wearing socks as well. Just plain uncomfortable in my opinion. *shrugs*

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  • April 2, 2009

    gokarm

    I’d wear these pulled up so they look wrinkly and pretend I’m a snake shedding it’s skin…hisssssss. No, not really.

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  • April 2, 2009

    kelly

    Maybe for cropped trousers, in weather when you really should be wearing a proper length trouser because it’s a bit nippy out? Doesn’t account for the nude colour though…unless the cropped trousers are also sheer!? Has that been done yet? a ‘shropped shrouser’ perhaps? or ‘Shropped Shareem Shrousers’? (am I getting a bit too carried away on the Sheer + clothing =Shress idea?)
    These are honestly the only reasons for such pointless tights I can think of!

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  • April 2, 2009

    Evelyn

    Not wholly committed to the mini dress, obviously.

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  • April 2, 2009

    Chloe

    I have to wear tights like that for dance, but wearing them for fashion is pretty pointless

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  • April 3, 2009

    chocoholic

    I wear tights like that sometimes. But they’re opaque not sheer.

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  • April 3, 2009

    Kate

    I like to wear dark, opaque tights like that in the winter, with my tall boots (so I can wear socks for warmth and not have to be layering socks over tights). So maybe that’s it. Except you don’t wear sheer tights in the winter anyway, so there goes my guess.

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  • April 3, 2009

    Tiina

    You wore those ooooh-so-pretty shoes you bought (despite the fact that they don’t fit all that well and scrape your heel) because they were on sale. And you went rowing deep in the Amazon jungle and when your canoe turned over and the alligators ate your boyfriend Albert you had to escape through mud and water, contaminating your scraped heel and getting gangrene in the process.
    And although you managed to avoid having your legs amputated, you can no longer wear normal tights, socks, leggings, boots or shoes because if not in free air, it hurts, it squirms, it pains and you know you’d have no escape anymore.
    Just like poor Albert, eaten by alligators while his impractically attired lady-friend made her escape using him as bait, only to save her ooooh-so-pretty shoes she can never wear again. But I guess that is his revenge.

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  • April 3, 2009

    The Fashion Police

    *round of applause for Tiina*
    Love it – that’s totally what happened!

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  • May 29, 2009

    Diandra

    I don’t really mind the impracticality, but they’re really unflattering! You can’t tell with the sheer color (an advantage, I guess) but they cut off your leg at it’s thickest point, making you look fat. Here, it’s a popular look with little girls who want to wear skirts, but still be able to run around.
    🙁

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