Actress, mom, designer, InStyle's January cover girl—Sarah Jessica Parker is many things, but above else, she's a style icon, adulated for her fashion-experimenting, rule-breaking ways. One such rule: Wearing tights with sandals.
It's one of those pairings that runs in the inner fashion circle every now and then (one that we also push once the seasons change and the temps drop—an excuse to wear your sandals for a longer time!), but that has never really stuck. And we get why: it feels taboo (and awkward), it goes against all fashion logic, and it makes a rather bold statement (which can be hard to stomach if you're a minimalist).
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But for SJP, it has become her sartorial identifier—happily consistent, yet wonderfully unique. And with her as the ultimate champion for tights and sandals, maybe we can all learn to embrace the combo once and for all. Scroll through for SJP-approved combos, ranked in order of easiest to hardest to pull off.
1. EASIEST: SOCK TIGHTS + T-STRAP HEELS
OK, not technically sandals, but this combo is the perfect segue. Start easy with sheer socks and strappy pumps (bonus if yours are blanketed in glitter).
2. EASIER: FOOTLESS TIGHTS + EMBELLISHED SANDALS
Don't want to completely commit yet? Dip a toe into the trend with a footless pair and your fanciest sandals.
3. EASY: EMBELLISHED BLACK TIGHTS + SATIN SANDALS
Sheer black tights (even ones that are decorated along each leg) knock down the "look at me" factor of a pair of red-hot satin sandals.
4. HARD: HONEYCOMB TIGHTS + SHIMMERY STRAPS
Crank up the drama with a pattern and a kick of sparkle. Shared shades (note how gray and blue are both cool colors) make this easier to achieve.
5. HARDER: WHITE TIGHTS + GLITTERY SANDALS
Looking for more of a challenge? Up the contrast with a stark white pair of tights (make yours patterned if you really want to stand out) and glittery iridescent sandals.
6. HARDEST: NEON + PYTHON HEELS
There's no turning back—if you're going to commit, then really commit with a pair of shocking neon pink tights and python print sandals.