9-11-17 THIS WEEK: Hosiery-How to Wear It

September 11, 2017, 1:42 pm by MSP

Dear SYSters, 

With every new fashion season MissusSmartyPants gets an inbox full of style dilemmas. With hundreds of MSP SYSters asking for help; it's hard to answer each individually. Questions range from: how to wear tights with fall skirts and dresses, how to choose the right color of tights based on your shoes, plus questions about the right length for winter jackets and coats... and so much more!

Of course, MSP is always happy to help out a SYSter. After a brief discussion, we at MissusSmartyPants decided the smartest thing to do would be to answer ALL of these questions at one time. Yes, brilliant. 

What's the #1 style question? How to wear fall tights!

Opaque tights are perfect for fall. Just like puffer jackets, tights are an awesome wardrobe staple when the temperature plunges. It’s easy to get into the habit of wearing your thick black tights under all of your dresses and skirts because they work so well, but don’t forget there are countless ways you can wear your tights. This week's article will give you outfit suggestions for wearing fall hosiery.


Your hosiery questions are answered in this week's article. 

Find out how to choose the right hosiery for your fall shoes or boots....and more!



This handy hosiery guide will be posted in all 5 Personal Profiles this Thursday!!! 


The thick tights, patterned tights and knee socks, you have in your drawer can freshen up a lot of your winter staples and they can help extend some of your warm season basic into the fall. Get inspired to try new ways to wear tights this season. This week's outfit suggestions using fall hosiery will have you prepared before the cool weather even arrives!

Oh so many new ways to wear fall hosiery. You can wear your warm season sundress with a short-sleeved tee under and thin patterned tights and short boots. Oh, we could go on and on...but that's what this Thursday's article is all about! Fall hosiery and how to wear it.


Here's one email question, answered: 

Dear Missus Smarty Pants,

I have a question about chambray shirts. I noticed that they are blue (in essence, jeans colored) and since I am a Spring Season, should I wear that color? Do they come in other colors as well? I have not bought one yet because I haven't cared for that color on me. I would love some tips on that.

Thanks, Janet


Dear Janet,

A chambray shirt is a classic for every woman's wardrobe. However, the last couple of seasons, it has become a "trendy" wardrobe must-have because of its versatility and unique layering ability. You can wear a chambray shirt with, well, just about anything. Wear it with any jeans or shorts, under a bright red v-neck sweater, with a long pencil skirt (tucked in), over a dress (belted) or you can open it up like a cardigan and wear it as a top layer with a tee underneath. Really, the ways to wear a chambray shirt are endless!

In regards to the color of shirt, a chambray (a work-inspired button-down shirt) comes in many tones of blue. From very light (washed out) blue to cornflower blue to dark, dark denim...and every blue shade in-between. The Spring color palette can wear blue! The key is to find the shade that looks good on you! You may find you need a deeper blue than what is most common for the chambray shirts. Keep looking. 


Here are a few outfit examples of how you can wear a chambray shirt...


Talbots Chambray Shirt (petite, misses, plus)   


MSP's Weekly Style Mission

This week’s Style Mission: Purchase new opaque/textured tights.

Most wearable colors for your fall/winter wardrobe are black, dark gray and dark brown.


Tights remain the stylish option for keeping your legs warm (and comfortably covered) in the cold winter months. You can wear them with cropped trousers and pumps, with longer midi-skirts and dresses, and any style of boot as well.

Do you have a few pairs of tights from last year? Take a look at them right now. Do they fit you correctly, and are they snag-free? You may want to add another pair like a textured tight in this fall's “new” gray color! Be sure you have several pairs in rotation so one pair is always ready to go.

Love, Leslie MSP

P.S. I’m often asked which brand of tight I prefer. My favorite is the “Hue” brand. They are good quality and end up being well worth their cost by the end of the season.


Dillards HUE Opaque Tights-5 colors


What's the MissusSmartyPants Style System all about? 

Here's the answer...

Leslie, I have been following your dressing advice for several years now and I thought you would like to know that this 61 year old grandmother received the best compliment this past Sunday at church.  One of the ladies at church said hello to me, asked me how I was doing and then said, "Bonnie, you look like a young girl!"  I was wearing a black pencil skirt (just below the knee - I'm a "C"), black flats, a black short sleeve tee with a long tan 3/4 sleeve sweater.  I am a Spring and well aware that black near my face is not the most flattering for me so I wore a teal statement necklace and medium gold/teal hoops. The teal, gold & tan complimented my Spring complexion and kept the black tee from causing me to pale out.  My makeup was still in the Spring color range. 

Since I started dressing the Missussmartypants way, people are surprised to know that I really weigh 170 lbs.  One lady even commented that she thought I was in the 130-ish lb. range. My 29 year old daughter recently said to me, "I didn't think the time would ever come that I would be interested in my mother's clothes".  She even recently borrowed that black pencil skirt of mine to wear to a wedding!  I receive compliments often on my complexion, when it's really the color of the makeup and clothes that are so flattering.  Thank you for helping me age gracefully!  

Bonnie in Ky


Do you set out your clothes out the night before?

Here's how I put together outfits with sweaters or cardigans...

Dear MSP,

I've always folded my sweaters/cardigans because I've been told it keeps their shape better, although they wrinkle. However, when I'm trying to put together new outfit combinations it's difficult to see how the sweaters will look in an outfit when they're not on a hanger. Are there any ways around this? Any special hangers or something to make this easier? How do you put together outfits with sweaters & cardigans? 

Thank you! Gale


MSP HERE: Dear Gale,

Here's how to hang my sweaters, cardigans and sweater dresses so they don't stretch out, I hang them with FELT covered hangers as shown here in my closet. These hangers keep your clothes from sliding and falling onto the closet floor and keep your knits from stretching out when you FOLD them on the hanger.

Hope that helps! Love, Leslie MSP


Dear Msp:

A success story...the other day at work a co-worker who I don't interact with a lot stopped me in the hallway and said "You are looking good. What are you doing? Your hair looks good, your outfits are stylin' and you look like you have lost weight." SMILE. Why thank you! I have started an exercise program (and in my head continued to list off I'm taking care of myself, AND dressing for my body type, standing up straighter, having a better attitude, etc.) Another SMILE.

Love, Linda


Dear MSP Leslie,

I have been getting your profiles for almost a year now. I am so glad that I signed up BEFORE I lost all the weight I've been trying to lose. I am on target to have lost 65-70 pounds in a year. I signed up for the profiles about the same time I started losing weight. Your service has made such a difference in my life!

I am sure I lost pounds visually by just learning how to dress for my body type, but as I lose weight it has been helpful to continue to buy clothes right for me. I shop at a plus-sized consignment shop because I don't want to spend a lot of money on clothes while I'm still losing so regularly.

I just got a call today from the shop owner asking me to be a model for a style show for her store! This is all thanks to you teaching me how to shop for my body and how wearing the right clothes has changed my view of me. Thanks so much for your service and advice!

Love, Rhonda


Dear MissusSmartyPants,

Today, I started the transition to learning how to dress.  I am 55 y.o and never can remember a time when I felt so good in what I wore after my 30th birthday.  You see, I have gained a lot of weight during these past years.  I have gained and lost over 500lbs doing this life time.
My self esteem has always been low and I really didn't know what to do.  A few months ago, I ordered a profile and even then, I did not know whether I was a D or E.  There are times, even now, after having you all select for me, that I still feel like I could be an E but onward with this story.
I have always bought my clothes too big because of my large protruding stomach, large hips and behind and I wanted to make sure everything was covered up.  Well today, I went shopping and I remember some of the things I read about necklines and that I was not my size and to just try on clothes.  I went to our local dept store and began trying things on based on what I read in my profile
I have never enjoyed shopping but today looking in that mirror, I really felt good about the outfit I chose.  It was a smaller size and something I would not have put together for myself, I just stood looking in that mirror and smiling.  I looked smaller and I was happy with what I chose.  I bought the outfit and will try to find other things that make me happy.
Thanks for your help.  This is the first time,  I felt great buying something that I know I will wear for a long time.  I am soooooo glad that I purchased the profile and I look forward to getting information every week.  The pictures are a big help.  I can see what works with what and when I go shopping, I look for that style.  Haven't told any one about my new found secret shopper but I am taking more pride in myself and in what I wear.  I know everyone else can see the difference. 
Thanks again,
Flying in NC