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Friday, February 19, 2010

Cheap thrills

The other day I went to put on a pair of black tights, and realized that I was down to one pair, and that pair was in the dirty laundry basket.

I'm a little embarrassed to admit it, but I grabbed the tights and wore them anyway.

Not wanting a repeat performance, I headed to TJMaxx to find some cheap black tights and happened upon a mecca (okay, a clearance bin) of astonishingly cheap tights! None of the tights were in packaging* and frankly, it was a mess. I spent quite some time rummaging through the bin, but came out with six pairs** of tights, each $1 or $3!


I love wearing tights, they can completely alter an outfit, make a huge statement, or be completely unnoticeable. They are essential for wearing skirts and dresses in the winter, and just so fun!


Some tights retail for absurd amounts of money. I can't imagine spending more than $10 on a pair of tights, because no matter how thick, or reinforced they may be, tights will get holes, runs, and eventually deteriorate.


Now, some tights, I've had and worn for years and they are still going strong, others I wear once, end up with a huge run and have to toss them. Tights are too fickle to be an investment piece, so I'll happily buy them up for a few dollars and soon get my moneys worth.


So far I've only worn the diamond fishnets, but I'm super excited about the zigzag and striped patterns!

Just a bit of pink

*TJMaxx often sells tights in two packs and I know that inconsiderate people will rip open the packs to switch colors that they want, and then leave the cannibalized packs to fall all over the floor. I suspect someone just took all these displaced tights and priced them to move.

**My closet is really mad at me for buying six pairs of tights. When I came home it said, "Seriously Lyd, you really think those are going to fit in here? You're insane. Stop buying tights."

23 comments:

The Urban Fashion Gal said...

I LOVE tights! I wear them almost everyday. I have a drawer full! Theyre amazing :)
-theurbanfashiongal.com

Nicky said...

Love it! TJ Max is the best, you feel like your finding a treasure when you have to go looking!

And I love that your closet was speaking up for itself- ours might be on the same side!

Ali said...

Tights ARE amazing! Even though I don't need any more neutral shades, I still buy them.. you can never have enough! I wear them almost every day, too!

You found some awesome deals, congrats! Those diamond tights are really neat.

quirkyfashion said...

Great colour coordination with the shoes and the belt against the black-blue background!

I can never get enough of tights, just keep collecting them!

Robin said...

I got two pairs of Hue tights at TJ Maxx a while ago. I got them for $10, and would have said that was my tights limit at the time too. After spending an entire winter with these two pairs, however, I'm really impressed with how sturdy and warm they are. I'd consider shelling out retail for Hue.

chaoskontrolowany said...

Cute outfit!;)) Love the belt & skirt!

xoxo M.

Lottie said...

oh wow! those tights are super cool!

Kristin said...

Do you have a Stein Mart? I scored tons of Betsey Johnson tights for $6.99!

Baby Says Boutique said...

you just reminded me i need to get some tights! haha
xo
bsb
www.babysaysboutique.com

La fille d'or said...

Amazing finds. I have to admit I'lve done that before as well- I was at a hotel on a work trip and packed my last pair swaering I would have the time to go buy more while on the trip. No such luck I wore them without washing one day and the rest I washed them and blow dried them in the morning before rushing out the door. I swear I buy sooo many black tights each year and always end up with just 1 pair in my closet....

Alli (One Pearl Button) said...

Oh wow! I love all of those patterns. I wonder if my TJ Maxx has the same deal going on...I might have to go take a look this weekend.

Oh and tell your closet to suck it up - it's impossible to have too many pairs of tights!

Chloe said...

I have quite a tights collection going on, they've become quite addictive. Thankyou for following me :)

Eyeliah said...

I have spent more on tights (whoops) but I can't help it I am so into the American Apparel variety.

mariel said...

What a haul! I can't wait to see how you style all these up...they'll definitely bring something extra to an outfit!

Jessica said...

Ahhh, such a good deal! I have way too many tights but I always want more! I must go to TJ Maxx.

Nathalie said...

It is so great that to find the most extraordinary tights in shops at the moment. I love it. And you were really lucky with your great deal :)
*Nathalie

BlogNdoll said...

aaaaaah.... Tights...
So trendy :)

See you!

Emily said...

Although I'm a fan of the more expensive tights (Hue is actually my obsession), I will agree that tights make any outfit 1000x better. These all look like winners.

kacesi said...

I love tights, lots and lots of tights!!!

Elissa said...

ACKKK!!! Tights!!! I love your pink belt with this outfit. PS Thank you for stopping by my blog-- would you like to exchange links?

Jessica said...

I love TJMaxx for tights! You found so many cute pairs! I love them all!

Erika said...

Thanks! And yea, I should definitely keep incorporating my past loves...I'm mixing my tees with my skirts and dresses :)

Erika said...

P.S. I LOVE tights! What an awesome find! And cute outfit :)