>> I've been re-watching a ton of old episodes of Smack the Pony, an all-female sketch show that ran from 1999 to 2003 poking fun at all the hysterical tendancies of women and their relationships with men, that are as true today as they were back then. Watch this medley of sketches on the theme of competition between women and you'll see what I mean. The show elicits a nervous sort of laughter as it dawns on you that you too have fallen prey to some of the things that are being made fun of. The one that I've posted here was particularly relevant back when I watched it. Patterned tights. All fun and games until the punchline hits you in the crotch. They don't suit legs. I remember bellowing with laughter with my sister when we saw this and then realised we indeed had a box of patterned tights that were fun for first time novelty wear but quickly became entangled into a pile of bunched up hoisery rejects. I really do think that sketch has contributed to the diminishing presence of patterened tights in my life as weird as that sounds. Yes, it's just a sketch but the niggling thought at the back of my mind has lingered – that patterned tights are cheesy signposts to say to the world "Hey, I'm a raving quirkster and I want my legs to show you that!" Oh, and they may not suit legs. Not that, body conscious suitability has ever really been a prevailing factor in my wardrobing decisions.
Tokyo has broken my patterned tights drought though. Cute n' kawaii label mercibeaucoup has come up with some beautifully gradiated tights (not available outside of Japan alas) in a geometric pattern that seems to have everything from a sunset, twilight sky and the sparkling sea floating around in the colour palette and they're far more complex than a pair of yer average polka dot/striped/printed tights. Seductive colours win for now and thoughts of that Smack the Pony sketch are shelved for the moment.