Is it just me or does anyone else despise the word “pantyhose”? Come to think of it, does anyone even like the feel of pantyhose? They are always falling down in the wrong place or too tight in the wrong place or catching a run when you’re trying to run out the door! I loathe the confinement of tights and pantyhose, but since I love the look, I’ve been buying stockings to wear under skirts (with comfort and style, Wolford is the best way to go if you’re willing to spend the dough).
Or what about tights you don’t even wear on your legs? Maison Martin Margiela just took the idea of stockings to a whole new territory. A flesh-toned leather pump acts as the skin for this sexy take on the classic polka-dot fishnet, and the offbeat separated sole brings a Margiela twist. Intricate lace like this is so delicate and pretty, but that fine overlayer is not going to look glamorous if it gets snagged or torn. One rip will take you from living it up at the Moulin Rouge to down and out on the streets of Paris. This pump is one of those special cases: if you have the money, invest and treat this stocking-shoe hybrid like a piece of art. Wear them sparingly for events of a daintier nature. If one fool drops a single lit cigarette ash on your toes, you’re done for. On Ssense for $1,040.
Pair with: Let’s hope your heels stay sensual and proper, and pick a bag that struts on the wild side. Dolce & Gabbana’s double clutch is half rose-gold sequins, half leopard calf hair, and all about frivolous fun. A star-spangled chain-strap makes this a piece that will light up a special night. On Net-a-Porter for $1,825.