Winter Fashion Report: Accessorize with Tights
But, just because it’s super cold doesn’t mean I want to be stuck wearing pants all winter. All those cute dresses and skirts need some winter wear and love too. That’s why I have built up a very stylish wardrobe of colored and patterned tights.
Of course, most everyone already knows about the wonders of black tights.
Want to ground a wild pattern like a floral or strong graphic print? Add black tights -they go with everything.
Want to make your legs look longer? Add black tights – pairing black tights and black shoes will help elongate your leg line.
We know all about that, but why do we always have to do basic black? One of the most popular posts I wrote on my blog Art of Accessories was about how to accessories with tights so I thought I’d update that theme with the gals at we heart this.
Believe it or not I own at least 24 pairs of tights. I’ve got my basic black, navy and chocolate brown but what about purples, pinks, greens and even plaids? How do I fit patterns and colors into a professional wardrobe?
I use colorful tights (intro image and above left) to help perk up my wardrobe neutrals. This camel dress is a basic wool shift that I picked up at Target (every woman needs a classic and simple shaped dress in their closet because you can dress it up or down and it can go with anything). The camel is a great neutral and I have my favorite camel cut out shoes with a snakeskin heel from Chinese Laundry. I decided to play up the colors in my scarf and wear a magenta cardigan and purple tights. It gives it a bit more punch than just black or chocolate brown tights and the contrast with the purple and the camel really plays up the cutouts in the shoes. Using colored tights can be great to accentuate a cutout detail or peep toe in a shoe.
A leopard print tight sounds wild I know, but they are oh so versatile. A basic work outfit – a fave teal sweater and pencil skirt gets a sexier alternative with these leopard print tights (at left) and a pair of chocolate brown oxfords. The not-too-busy pattern adds another layer of texture to what had been a pretty clean (sort of boring) outfit.
Not ready just yet for leopard? Try a great plaid, metallic or even a lace tight to add a graphic pattern to basic colors. Play with the colors in the tights and match them to your outfit (the leopard print tights are grey, green and brown just like my outfit).
Match Your Tights To Your Shoes
Just like a nude shoe can elongate your leg line, so can matching your tights to your shoes. For a weekend outfit I pair shades of gray together to help make a cleaner line between my leg and shoes. Matching my tights to my oxfords has the same effect as wearing black tights and black shoes together.
For me, tights are a necessary winter accessory. They not only keep me warm but they also add a bit of punch to my outfit when bare legs or thin pantyhose just aren’t appropriate. Best of all, with some shopping hunting powers, you can find all sorts of great deals on this fashionable must-have.
My three favorite places to find tights are Marshalls, and online at Hue.com and We Love Colors. Marshalls (and similar stores like TJ Maxx, Ross, etc) always have designer brand tights at a significant discount. Hue.com has a wonderful assortment of patterned and colored tights. They will range all the way up to $30 but you can find a great metallic, lace or plaid tight on their website. Finally, over at We Love Colors you’ll find largest selection of solid colors I’ve ever seen. With 51 solid colors to choose from (including fishnets) and tie dye tights, you can match your tights to every mood and outfit in your closet.
Readers, are you rocking the tights this winter? And tell me, what’s the boldest color tight you’ve ever worn?