Lace tights are a versatile wardrobe staple that not only add dimension to an ensemble, but can effortlessly transition a summer dress or skirt into the cooler months. Lace tights make a statement on their own or they can add texture and visual interest when paired with bold colors and prints. Once you find outfits that your complement your tights, you'll find this all-purpose piece fits into looks fit for both work and play.
Whether running errands or heading to lunch with friends, a dress with a hem that falls above the knee is a basic pairing that lets your lace tights take the spotlight. If your tights are in a neutral color like black or gray, opt for a sweater dress in a rich jewel tone like emerald or amethyst. Accessorize with gold add-ons like a statement necklace and ground the look with black ankle boots. If your tights are colored, pair with a floaty summer frock and a long cardigan in a neutral color. The juxtaposition creates depth and transitions a summer dress when the temperature drops. Pair with colorful, dangling earrings and flat riding boots.
Lace tights work for day when coupled with basic separates. Try a fit-and-flare skirt, but since this style adds volume to your silhouette, stick with a solid hue. A skirt in the same color as your tights elongates legs and creates a sleek monochromatic look. If you prefer to mix it up, pair your tights with a neutral-colored skirt that won't overwhelm the ensemble, and top it off with a basic T-shirt and a bright cardigan. For a stylish variation, wear lace tights with a printed miniskirt -- just keep the print proportional and in a similar color palette as your tights. For example, a wine, navy and black print works with lace tights in a wine hue. Keep your top simple -- think a black V-neck tee -- and balance the look with minimal accessories and black ankle booties.
Lace tights in black or gray pair well with office separates, especially in creative work settings. Opt for a black high-waist pencil skirt that falls at the knee or just above. For a polished look that won't compete with your tights, tuck in a white button-down or an ivory blouse, layer a blazer on top and accessorize with a statement necklace and black heels.
Layer lace tights under black leather shorts for a stylish outfit that is worthy of hitting the town. The toughness of the leather balances the feminine appeal of the lace for a textured and layered combination. Pair with a loose tank in a bold color or a black tank that boasts a fun graphic or band logo. Slip on black stilettos and add a studded bracelet or chain necklace to complete the edgy ensemble.
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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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