It’s chilly here in Portland 9 months out of the year so I wear tights to keep warm. Not only do they keep me warm but they’re a fun accessory. I wear thick woolen tights on rare very cold days but otherwise I like wearing patterned or textured or colorful tights.
I’d never thought much about what kind of stockings or legwear women in the early 1900s wore until I was browsing the New York Public Library’s Digital Gallery. The four advertisements below show stockings in a surprising variety of colors and designs, including two slightly naughty French pairs with images of snakes curled around the ankle. I wonder if my great-grandmothers wore lovely tights like this? Fun to ponder!