“Tights with sandals” fashion crime spotted at Calvin Klein


Peeptoes and opaques we like. And opaque tights with not-too-strappy-sandals we can just about handle. But sheer tights with strappy sandals? We hate. Especially when, as in the picture above,from Calvin’s Klein’s Fall 2008 catwalk, the tights have reinforced toes which are clearly visible below the straps, and which are just a little bit twisted. In our book, toe seams on sheer tights should be covered at all times – and actually, we’re not so keen on the tights-under-trousers look, either: in fact, when the tights are sheer ones, it makes us squirm to see them worn under pants, and even more so when they’re worn under jeans. (Yes, some people do this. We’ve seen them.)

Of course, these could well be pop-socks, not actual tights, but even so, that doesn’t make it OK to wear them with strappy sandals, we think. The only thing that could make it worse would be if they were "nude" tights – now there would be a fashion crime to behold!

Your thoughts on the thorny issue of sheer tights and strappy sandals/pants would be welcomed…


  • February 8, 2008


    well… I don’t like sheer tights, nor nude tights, they’re a no way for me, (not even at weddings, but that’s just me of course)… I do wear opaque tights though with peep toes and not strappy sandals, and I must confess under jeans and trousers (but well I’ve got a good excuse: I live in Geneva)… but this Calvin (Klein), this is a fashion crime.

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  • February 8, 2008

    Miss Britt

    What exactly is the POINT of nude/sheer hose under jeans??

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  • February 8, 2008

    The Fashion Police

    Miss Britt – it’s a very good question, and I have no idea what the answer is.
    I think perhaps the people who do it want to look like their feet are bare, but also want to keep them warm? Then again, given that it’s most often done with the type of “nude” tights that DON’T actually make your feet look bare, maybe not…

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  • February 8, 2008

    Robin Claire

    Holy. This is so bad 90’s.

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  • March 7, 2008


    But sheer tights with strappy sandals?
    nothing wrong, it’s just fashion. In the 40s, 50s and 60s it was stockings, with reinforced toes, with sandals.

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  • May 7, 2008


    As a middle aged woman ive worn tights most of my life.I actually like wearing sheer tights. I look better with them than without.Ive only bought 10-15 denier black or barelyblack tights the last decade or so.I always like to wear, that includes under jeans and trousers too.I dont feel properly dressed without tights. Am i the only one left these days?

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  • July 2, 2008

    Pauline jones

    Well, ‘fashion’ aside, I think most women would be amazed at how many guys think that wearing sheer hosiery with strappy, yes strappy sandals is the height of sexiness …
    I think it’s the women amongst us (i.e. most of us) who think we look better without hosiery who are the real fashion victims – I think women look classier, more feminine and sexier wearing and showing off their hosiery than not and I know for sure that most guys agree …

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  • January 11, 2009


    I agree with the ladies that are wearing hosiery , I love the look whether it is under jeans, slacks strappy heels open toe sandals or heels , women look better in nylon hosiery of any style . I really like the reinforced toes also.

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  • September 8, 2009


    I don’t like black tights, or any tights with this skimpy of a sandal. However, if the sandal has a bit more to it, then it’s fine! I wear sandals & black tights frequently and it looks good…and guys think it looks great!

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  • March 2, 2010


    Hmm.. I have a bit of a unique view on feminine fashion (not sure I’m allowed to say), but perhaps if there was a little more to the shoe, perhaps even just a simple high heel, or at the very least sandalfoot type stockings (which is.. Sort of the point of those, yes), I tend to actually like the look myself.

    Also, as for the whole tights/stockings underneath jeans/trousers idea.. For one it is an extra layer and can help you keep a little more warm in colder months. Two.. Well, if you’re like me and prefer the feel of silky stockings compared to denim then it works nicely. Also, the smoothness tends to let the jeans slide a little better (especially skinnies) so not only are they easier to put on, but they don’t tend to bunch slightly around your joints due to friction on your skin and itself.

    That.. And nylon covered feet are about the only time I actually like the appearance of feet..

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