For years, one of my favorite styles has been colored tights. I used to wear really bright ones very oddly, before I knew how to style colored tights right to make them look effortless and chic. I remember wearing bright blue and purple tights with fleur de lis designs on them when I was in college and thinking I was the height of fashionable! I still have those tights, but I’ve learned better ways to rock them.
Plus the nude tights question: answered!
Tonight in New York it’s -4 degrees. With March less than a week away, the freezing temperatures are starting to get ridiculous, and this is coming from someone who loves winter. So let’s talk about one of my favorite accessories and a must-have this winter if you want to wear dresses, and let’s face it, of course you do. Men in the back there, I’m also talking to you. They’re mad comfortable, and I know you’ve always been curious. 😉 Anyway: here’s how to wear all the myriad categories of tights and my favorite looks, co-opted from Pinterest.
These are my most-worn kinds of tights, obviously. In the past I’ve only really worn opaque tights, but I like the look of very sheer tights better this year. Black tights go with everything, case dismissed, except maybe bright colors and browns, but it’s got to be your call.
I love patterned tights, again, in black. I especially love the knitted tights that look like fishnets (but that aren’t fishnet stockings, ironically). Like these:
These are my second most-worn kind of tights, and I usually wear them with simple, solid dresses and booties. I would also throw some knee socks over them for a little something extra.
I have a long history with colored tights! During my early college years, I loved them. Did not leave the house without color on my legs. I had a favorite pair that were a muted purple, almost heather gray. I also wore burgundy (which I still wear because the color matches so flawlessly with my wardrobe), forest green, and mustard (again, which I still wear). Colored tights can definitely be a hit-or-miss; they’re so fussy. I’ve seen such amazing color combinations on some bloggers that I know I could never pull off, so I always go with neutral everything else and then slap on the tights—in jewel tones, if anything—as a pop of color. But I love these looks, too:
Nude tights are truthfully a little tacky to me, but honestly, I don’t care much about that when I’m faced with 1 degree temperatures. One way I like to make nude tights a little more interesting is to wear ones that don’t look like you’re not supposed to see them. So I wear nude tights with either a pattern or a texture on them, like these tattoo tights I got from Etsy a few years ago. They’re definitely nude tights, but they serve another purpose other than warmth, and the pattern takes away from that tacky look nude tights so often have.
I’m big on knee socks this year. I love ones that are neutral tones, like the cream and black pairs I wear often. Knee socks make me feel really elegant and also girlish, a strange combination. I also have a burgundy pair that again, just goes so well with a lot of the pieces I own, so they sort of act like a neutral for me. Those are my staple colors for knee socks, so if you’re looking for the right colors, choose neutrals first and then pick a color that is easily mixed into your wardrobe. I love wearing knee socks with either over-the-knee boots or booties.
Also: I have never divined the difference between stockings and tights.