I threw out my last pair of high-heeled, knee-high leather boots several years ago and replaced them with ankle-high, fleece-lined boots. They tuck nicely under pants but look like crap with skirts and dresses. That’s not a problem though. I don’t wear skirts and dresses when it’s cold. Heck, I hardly wear them when it’s warm! The boots are stylish enough but certainly not a sexy look. They are more of an old lady look. Is there an old lady chic look?
After admiring the boots for a while, I shopped until I found a pair of boots that was comfortable and somewhat practical. Practical means no high heels, padded insoles, with zipper, in breathable leather. Perfect!
Then there was the color dilemma. I mostly wear jeans these days and prefer brown with jeans. All the dressy skinny pants I found were black. Obviously, I would need two pair – one brown and one black. First problem solved!
Too look really good you need to wear tight-fitting pants that you can tuck inside. What’s the point of putting your new boots UNDER boot-cut pants? The only thing that compares to the duress of swimsuit shopping, is skinny/leggings/jeggings shopping.
It was an incredibly painful shopping trip but after trying on a lot (I mean a lot) of skinny jeans, I found a pair that doesn’t make me look like a lollipop; stays where it should; allows me to eat a light meal; and let’s me bend over without too much pain. Now for the black boots, I needed to find something a little dressier.
Do you know they make fleece-lined leggings? I haven’t seen anything that warm since second grade. I was really tempted but that would fall in the old lady chic style!
I ended going to one of my old standby stores and bought a pair that was called “easy leggings.” Doesn’t that sound inviting? It was on sale (that’s always a sign from above that you need to buy them) and then I had a coupon. Yay!
They were wonderful! They didn’t feel like a body girdle. I could get them over my rump (hey, it’s not big but still….) and they felt good. They stayed where they were supposed to stay rather than directly above my knees. They are made of Ponte fabric so they didn’t show every lump and bump and ripple and dimple. Another winner!
I have worn both outfits a few times and there is one little problem. They are not warm. I have never found leather boots to be warm unless they were flannel/fleece/fur-lined. The skinny jeans/leggings were a thinner material to stretch easily. I wore one outfit to an indoor concert with a good walk to the parking deck and nearly froze my thighs off. I had heavy socks on to keep my feet warm but I never did warm up. Those fleece-lined leggings are starting to look good again but they have to make you look….um…..plumper…or maybe fluffy. That’s never a good look for me!
Cuddle Duds to the rescue. I have a silky pair of long johns that work just wonderfully under both pants and don’t add much to the girth.
I wonder if those young sexy women have as much trouble getting comfortable, fashionable outfits as I do or maybe when you are young, looking sexy keeps you warm and comfy. I don’t remember! Suggestions welcome!