A word of reassurance: they're more comfortable, warmer and less revealing than pantyhose. If the patterns are too much (and I find most of them to be too much: who needs lace on her legs, for goodness' sake?), the plain tights in basic black, nude, white or brown ought not to cause undue concern about calling attention to one's body. In fact, because they cover up the inroads of age, I, for one, feel much less exposed in tights.
And a p.s.: I got a Chadwick's catalogue in the mail yesterday and flipped it open this morning to find the only patterned tights I really love: ribbed, which were missing from the last great find and which make me feel school girlish. They also have chevron-patterned sheer tights, which is as close to second place as I can go.
The ribs (up to 2X/3X) come in black, "garnet," charcoal and chocolate, so I guess you could make a barbecue of this AND have dessert. Why do clothing colors come with food names?
The weather vacillates between warm, cool and downright chilly here. It's impossible to dress. Luckily, I had a lovely nervous breakdown yesterday and didn't need to. My moods are as variable as the temperatures -- or were yesterday, when it took a straight plummet. I feel the courage of a new day, however, so nothing I say is fact until it happens. Fresh coffee calls me...