Happy Fashion Friday!
Today’s Topic: How to Wear Winter Tights, Stockings, & Leggings
(*A special thanks to the always lovely and fashionable Julie for giving me the idea to write about the “beauty of tights.” Thanks, girl!)
This winter, there has really been a plethora of tights, stockings, and leggings everywhere I look; and there’s no doubt that I’ve definitely joined in on the look.
Some of these new trends have brought about a bolder, more trendy look to the once simple (and often disliked) accessory.
Thinking about throwing on a pair? Follow some of these guidelines on how to wear the look…
Daytime & Work = Keep it Simple
Depending on where you work, big, bold patterns like this may not be exactly “office appropriate.”
Although personally, I probably wouldn’t wear them to work even if I could…but hey, that’s just me.
A better choice may be a simple, opaque tight in a dark or neutral color. A simple tight in black or dark brown will coordinate nicely with wool dresses and skirts and will keep your leg warmer than a sheer pair.
Tights are also great at providing extra protection against the cold when worn with pants (and with the way the weather has been around here, it’s a good idea!)
Choose the Right Shoes
If you’re wearing heavier tights, a stronger shoe is appropriate, such as an ankle boot or a more constructed heel.
If you’re wearing a lighter, sheer women’s tight, then a lighter and more delicate shoe gives a cleaner line to your overall look.
An opaque tight can look awesome with a shoe with some texture,
but if you’re wearing a patterned or fishnet tight, it’s best to keep your shoe as simple as possible. Less is more!
I love leggings. I love everything about them! And the best thing about this style is they basically pass as pants. As I’ve mentioned before with jeggings, there are definitely do’s and don’ts to styling them; wear them with long, flowy tops, mini dresses, and micro skirts for a winter look with pizazz.
Layer ‘em up with socks and boots and you’re lookin H-O-T-T HOTT!
Choose Tights For Your Body Type
If you have heavier legs, or just don’t like to draw too much attention to them, it’s best to avoid brightly colored or boldly printed tights…
Opt for an opaque tight in a dark color to give a maximal slimming effect. Dark, opaque tights are also great for covering up those nasty spider veins, or your pale, slightly hairy gams.
Be Creative for Night Time Fun!
If you’re going to a dressy party where you want to show off a bit, try a pair of small fishnet hosiery tights with a simple black dress and black shoes.
*The images I got after searching for “black dresses with fishnets” started to get a little scary…but you guys get the idea.
Keep your other accessories simple to keep the look from becoming too busy. Again, less is more.
Women’s tights and leggings have really come a long way in the last few years; there’s such a wide array of colors, patterns, and style options which can meet any Fashionista’s needs!
If you’re looking to make an investment, I would definitely say that now is the time to do it. Luckily, it’s an accessory that’s also easy on the budget!
You can pick up a pair of Merona Black Opaque Tights from Target for only $7.00! So what are you waiting for…go grab a pair…
Question for the Day:
Do you like wearing tights or leggings? How do you dress with them?? Any other style tips or advice?