When temps dip, covering up doesn’t mean sacrificing style for warmth. Tights keep the cold out, but they can also extend the life of your spring and fall ensembles when you layer them under your favorite skirt or dress and pair them with boots or other closed-toe shoes. The plethora of styles, colors and weights also give you options whether your winters are harsh or mild. From practical to sexy, a pair of tights exists for every occasion, climate and mood.
Sweater Tights: Cozy and Versatile
If winter means braving icy cold and biting wind, these are a must, said Lindsay Viker, fashion blogger for Couture in the Suburbs in Phoenix. Opt for neutral colors to keep your legs looking long and lean, or pick up a pair with a sewn-in pattern for a little fun. Consider pairing them with your favorite boots, pencil skirt and oversized sweater. “Think of a sweater wrapped around your legs, without the added volume,” Viker said.
Opaque: A Reliable Classic
The go-to winter hosiery in every gal’s closet, this classic staple comes in a variety of colors, goes with just about any ensemble and is great for less-intense climates. For cold regions, Viker suggested wearing two pairs -- one to hold in your body heat and one to combat the chilly air outside. In milder regions, wear one pair with a dress, layer with a blazer and finish with a scarf. “Now, your favorite dress doesn’t have to hang in the closet all winter,” she said.
Colorful: Fun, Bold and Bright
If you are in search of a pair that can transition your spring ensembles into the fall and winter seasons, try a bold hue like burnt orange, oxblood or deep purple. Eye-catching tones also offer a little pick-me-up on a gloomy day. “Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and try unexpected pairings this winter,” Viker said.
Patterns: Warm and Trendy
Perfect for anyone who lives in a city where the winters are relatively mild, these tights will let you layer for cooler weather without making you uncomfortably warm, Viker said. Knee-high socks are a great way to try out the trend without making a full commitment to an all-over pattern. “Stay within one color family to prevent your look from being too busy.”
Metallic: Add a Little Sparkle
Have a dressy pair on hand for those formal dinner parties, cocktail fetes, night at the opera or any occasion when you’re going to need more coverage than what your little black dress can offer. “If you’re going to be outside at night, choose a thicker tight with larger sparkles so they still make an impact,” Viker recommended. “If your soiree is indoors, a tight with a slight shimmer will do the trick.”