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Cute Outfits to Wear With Colored Tights

by Amanda Rumbalski, studioD

Colored tights are a fun way to break up neutrals and incorporate brightness into an ensemble when temperatures fall. Whether you want to elevate your outfit with a small pop of color, or make a statement in head-to-toe bold shades, it's an easy look to make work, as tights can combine with a range of outfits. Not to mention, bright colored tights are much more affordable than adding color with jeans, a jacket, or other wardrobe items. From casual for the weekend to chic for work, you'll be sure to turn heads wherever you go in your colored tights.

Weekend Casual

Whether running errands or going shopping with friends, colored tights add a pop of color to an otherwise basic weekend outfit. Transition a floaty summer frock into cool weather with layers -- think bright tights and a long cardigan. Keep your cardigan and frock fairly neutral in color scheme, for example black or ivory, which will complement most bright colors and allow for the focus to be on your tights. Accessorize with a long pendant necklace or chandelier earrings, and ground the look with flat riding boots in black or brown.

Stylish Daywear

Add texture to your colored tights with a sweater dress for a subtle and stylish ensemble. Try color blocking your separates -- think a gray sweater dress with red or navy tights or a plum sweater dress with yellow or green tights. For those who prefer a statement-making monochromatic look, opt for separates in similar shades like sheer cranberry tights with a burgundy sweater dress. For sweaters that need waist definition, accessorize with a belt. Ballet flats will finish the look off nicely.

Night Out

Pairing your colored tights with prints creates a bold look for a night out. Experiment with prints in various colors and proportions like plaid, polka dots or pinstripes, but keep the look cohesive with tights that pick up a color in the print. For example, try teal tights with a red, black and teal plaid skirt or blush tights with a pink and ivory floral skirt. To avoid looking too busy, stick with a simple T-shirt or blouse in a neutral color. Add a statement ring and black ankle booties to complete the ensemble.

Office Chic

Incorporate colored tights into less conservative work wardrobes for a polished and professional look. Stick with neutral-hued separates that won't compete with your tights. Add dimension with sheer burnt orange tights paired with a tweed fit-and-flare skirt and a white tie-neck blouse. For a chic spin, try sheer tights in wine with a black high-waisted pencil skirt, an ivory blouse and a black blazer. Accessorize with an oversized watch and black heels.

About the Author

Based in New York, Amanda Rumbalski embarked on a professional writing career in 2009. Her work has appeared in "Icon" magazine and on Entertainment-Central.com, and she has editorial and styling experience with "Women's Wear Daily," the "New York Daily News" and "Allure" magazine. Rumbalski holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising and marketing communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

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