Not Just for Blair Waldorf or Mimes: How to Wear White Tights

There was a curious influx of white tights on the fall 2017 ~runwayz.~

They were at Thom Browne, they have been at Off-White and Alessandra Rich and Gucci and Celine — it always come back to Celine. Recently, I saw Pandora Sykes wearing a lace pair from a bridal shop. She looked really cool, but almost immediately I thought: I can’t wear white tights.

I’ll tell you exactly why: Once, when I was in 7th grade, I volunteered myself for an elementary school production of what was like, a Jewish version of Bible House Rock. I would play the role of a sunflower, and needed, for whatever reason, to wear white tights. The only pair I had was actually pale pink and they had last been worn six years earlier when I still took ballet. They did not fit, but I wore them anyway. In the middle of my stunning performance — that is, while I was flailing my arms left, then right with a yellow styrofoam sunflower wrapped around my face, the green robe that I was wearing to depict a stem fell down and there I was: naked in a pair of undersize pink (white) tights.

But that was then, this is now! I’m glad I got that story out of the way because I feel strongly that these photos could not hold their salt without my having shared it. If you want to try white tights, may I recommend:

A. Pretending you’re a German fashion influencer

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Trademark trench coat, Khaite dress, DKNY tights, Gucci sandals, Jimmy Choo purse

…By pairing them with sandals, a slip dress and a jacket that is actually a shower curtain with arm holes.

B. Wearing what you’d wear anyway, but concealing your ankles

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Topshop top, Dries Van Noten turtleneck-lace, Levi’s jeansDKNY tights, Louis Vuitton pumps, The Row clutch, Le Specs sunglasses

Just roll your jeans up a little higher than you regularly would and when people ask why you’re looking so pale, point your middle finger at them.

C. Really losing your shit

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Burberry robe, Attico blouse, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini knit shorts (underwear?), Marco de Vincenzo shoes, DKNY tights, Rosie Assoulin sunglasses

The way to really lose your shit is essentially to blindfold yourself as you walk into your closet, pick some stuff out and then refuse to not wear the things you pick out.

Photos by Matt Borkowski; follow him on Instagram @mattborkowski.

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  • Amy L Campbell

    What an amazingly hilarious (and color coordinated) start to the snow day! I’ve laughed at least 11 times and it’s not even 9am! hahaha thank you Leandra x


    I was paid $104,000 in last 12 months by doing an online job from home and I manage to accomplish that by w­orking in my own time f­o­r several hrs /daily. I followed a business opportunity I was introduced by this company i found online and I am excited that i made so much extra income. It’s beginner-friendly and I am just so blessed that I found out about this. This is what i do…

  • Kate

    Where are your earrings from in look #1? Accessories aren’t worth their salt if they don’t provide a gentle caress for your collarbone.

    • Leandra Medine

      Oh shoot! Forgot to credit — they are a cool brand called SAFU

  • Jackie

    Look #3 is everything – looove the knit diaper shorts/underwear.

  • Natali

    You rocked the 2nd outfit, I love it!

  • Alexia Mickens

    Ok. Definitely love how unique and fun your looks are!! Thanks for being an inspiration!! You are truly one of a kind.

    See my latest post:
    // downtown in my favorite jeans
    born bred BE – a blog by Alexia

  • The third outfit looks like it ran out of the dressing room of Louis XVI but in the best possible way. LOVE


      I was paid $104,000 in last twelve months by working on-line from my house a­n­d I did it by wor­king part time f­­o­­r 3+ h each day. I followed a money making opportunity I came across from company that i found online and I am so happy that i earned so much extra income. It’s newbie friendly a­­n­­d I’m just so blessed that i found it. This is what i did…

    • YES!! Haha I love it!

  • Aydan

    Currently still in the middle of rewatching gossip girl and Blairs style is everything! Especially once it evolved into Blair college style!

  • Alyssa

    The third out fit is amazing! Knitted shorts looking like you’ve come out of the renaissance and red velvet cake shoes. The white tights totally make it – LOVE!

  • Natalie

    I would love to see how this is applicable to people who are not tall with slim legs (those who can wear basically anything). When I wear white tights I always look like a 4 year old. Need some instruction.

  • Diana

    why dont you write an article about fashion/clothes and mental health, you mentioned it, the gucci guy mentioned it in an interview, there are tons of stereotypes and therefore maybe kernels of truth, but mostly stereotypes, the idea to repell is not so far away, I would love to read your opinions on this topic
    kind regards

  • Kate Rockett

    Open-toed shoes paired with exposed white tights on the streets of New York is a recipe for nightmares and some really stank lookin’ toes. That said, you still look fly as hell sister.