We all love black tights and leggings for the basic and flattering background they provide, however, sometimes the fact they are so basic means they can be a boring choice.
Textured Tights are an easy way to add visual interest to an otherwise basic ensemble. Black on black designs are perhaps the safest option, but other hues like navy, gray, oxblood and various shades of brown also work. These Hue multi-texture tights make the perfect focal point for a little black dress. (Hint: layer tights like these a pair of hose that match your skin tone or sheer black for more coverage as well as warmth).
Classic Neutrals – Chocolate brown, charcoal gray and navy blue can all work. Dark gray in particular is a softer alternative to black that works well with nearly every pairing. Spanx tights are known for their durability and figure-flattering capabilities, and they come in a variety of colors that will work with virtually any wardrobe.
Patterned Leggings might not be a viable option for everyone depending on individual fashion risk quotient, but tights or leggings with a distinctive pattern like these by Jean Paul Gaultier can make an amazing statement when worn well.
Nude Fishnets – more modern than standard nylons, these add a bit of vintage style to any outfit. With a wide variety of shades available, it is possible to find a pair that is “nude for you” – add coordinating pumps to create even longer, leaner look. Commando makes very fine mesh fishnets that are an elegant throwback to a previous era.
Thigh Highs – while leaving the tops visible may not be the classiest fashion move, thigh high or over-the-knee-socks can be a perfect option under a long skirt, especially if you don’t want to deal with the waistband issues that sometimes result from wearing full-length tights or leggings. These Tintoretta socks from Anthropologie are an easy choice.
Of course, while black tights and leggings are a traditional winter classic for a reason, sometimes shaking things up is worthwhile – and a great way to avoid that blah feeling that dressing for freezing weather can incur.
1. HUE Multi Texture Tights, $18
2. Spanx Women’s Tight-End Tights, neutral colors, $28
5. Tintoretta Thigh-High Tights, $18
– Jacqueine Zenn
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