A Tight Fit

December 29, 2007 • Magazine

A Tight Fit

A Tight Fit

Sun, 2007-12-30 04:00

Jacqueline Zenn

Baby, it’s cold outside (in most of the northern hemisphere, at least), but some of the season’s most stylish skirts and dresses are definitely on the short side – and baring your legs and therefore risking frostbite for fashion is asking too much of even the most dedicated fashionista. The obvious solution to this cold weather problem is a thick pair of tights or even leggings; and thanks to the wide variety of styles, colors, and textures available now, wearing nothing but boring black opaques is completely unnecessary.

The easiest alternatives to black are gray, dark brown, and navy. Try them in simple solids (like these Frenchi tights from Nordstrom) as a way to add depth and a subtle color variation, or pick up a few patterned pairs to add a shot of texture to a basic ensemble. Besides the classic fishnet – stick to a fine mesh to avoid some of fishnet’s more trashy connotations – herringbones, stripes, argyle patterns, and more are not only popular, but fun to wear and flattering as well. For instance, these Stripes and Dots tights by Wolford manage to appear both edgy and elegant simultaneously, and the stripes would definitely elongate your legs.

However, what if you are looking for something a bit more striking or eye-catching than the previous options? After all, the classics are nice but sometimes a girl needs a pop of color. That’s where a rainbow of options, like American Apparel’s or Jonathan Aston‘s vivid tights come in handy. While some of these colors may seem a bit crazy at first glance, it’s actually not impossible to wear deep green or ultra-violet hued tights.

The obvious choice is to wear your bold tights with an otherwise neutral outfit (cobalt blue with black is especially trendy at the moment, but purple or plum paired with gray is equally nice). On the other hand, if you’re feeling particularly daring, try mixing and matching colors, and if you’re at a loss for which shades work well together, try looking at a color wheel. If two colors are next to each other on the wheel — say, blue with green or red with violet — chances are they might make for an attention-grabbing look. Of course, the visual impact of colorful tights can also be lowered by selecting a muted version of a color; like sage or forest green as opposed to emerald or kelly.

Last but not least, every legwear wardrobe should include a pair of tights that can be dressed up for a fabulous evening out, whether they are crafted from delicate lace or have a touch of shimmer, like these Sparkle Tights by Pretty Polly. Yes, glitter tights sound a little scary, but these are actually quite subtle and perfect for a night out — just keep everything else relatively matte.

As you can see, there is no excuse for limiting yourself to boring black opaques this winter, so let your legs do the talking and the walking by collecting an entire wardrobe of fantastic legwear.

1 Frenchi® Opaque Tights $10 nordstrom.com

2 Wolford Stripes and Dots Tights Sale $26 figleaves.com

3 RSAPH Opaque Pantyhose $14 americanapparel.net

4 Jonathan Aston 40D Opaque Tights $9.75 mytights.com

5 Pretty Polly Sparkle Tights $11.75 mytights.com

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