Though I'd been in denial for the last couple of weeks, I went to put on tights for the first time a few days ago and it hit home that it's really fall. I'm doing my best to try and embrace it, and I got to thinking that this is the year I'm finally going to pony up for wool stockings. I just placed an order for two pairs by Hansel From Basel (who also makes some really great over-the-knee socks—layering them under jeans is one of my favorite stay-warm tricks): one in charcoal and another in black. They're ribbed, which adds a nice bit of texture and will be a welcome break on days when I'm sick of my usual plain dark opaques. And at $36 apiece, they're about half the price of all the other identical-looking versions I've seen by ritzy European labels.
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