Pretty much hosed

Last month, I grumbled ever-so-slightly about one of Zooey Deschanel’s outfits: “[T]he dark tights really don’t work here, though I’m starting to believe she had them tattooed on.”

Close enough, apparently:

I am a year round tights girl. I will wear tights even if it’s 100 degrees outside. Tights are my safety blanket. In them, I know that I can do a sweet row of cartwheels anytime, anywhere without anyone catching a glimpse of my knickers.

From almost anyone else, this might sound fatuous.

Then again, it’s not like they’re perfect or anything:

My biggest complaint with tights is that they do not accommodate skinny-ankled people like myself. I spoke with Hello Giggles BFF and designer Kate Harmer — a fellow tights lover and skinny ankle-haver — about this recently. We are tired of being judged for having bunchy tights. We don’t want to be held accountable for our lazy stockings.

I duly combed through the archives for a shot of ZD not wearing dark tights, and in no time at all came up with this one, taken at the BAFTA Brits to Watch event earlier this month:

Zooey Deschanel at BAFTA's Brits to Watch

And you know, as Hillary Clinton never said, there are worse things in life than having skinny ankles.


  1. fillyjonk »

    17 July 2011 · 6:32 pm

    If I were still physically capable of doing “a sweet row of cartwheels,” I might actually consider wearing tights, even in the heat.

    Then again, when I was a 6 year old on the playground and wanted to do “penny drops” from the monkey bars, I remember my mother made shorts – somewhat like bloomers – that matched my skirts and dresses (one of the benefits of having your mother sew your clothes) so I could do those kind of antics without embarrassment.

  2. Tatyana »

    17 July 2011 · 9:33 pm

    yeah, there are worse things than skinny ankles – if they are accompanied by absent calves and fat knees. making Zoee’s legs look practically conical

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