So tight

Tights and I have a weird relationship. Whenever I wear them, I have flashbacks to middle school dances where my mom would say “make sure you wear hosiery with that dress!” I hated nylons. So I would listen to her, take them off when I got to the dance, and put them back on before coming home. Tricky girl.

I was happy to see tights and hosiery die a slow death until they were virtually nonexistent for a while… and then they came back.

When opaque tights started to come back into style a handful of years ago, I fought it. I really, really didn’t want to wear them. They looked so 80s to me… and itchy.

And then, somehow, the tights won. They’ve since then become a fall and winter staple over here.

So what to wear them with?

My favorite way to wear tights is either with a dress and heels (or booties)

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or leggings with a chunky sweater or sweater dress and boots.

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I don’t tend to be very creative with them, but apparently you can wear them with flats (which I probably wouldn’t do since I’m not blessed in the height department)

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and I love the way they look with dressy shorts and a long-sleeved shirt or blazer:

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You can have even more fun by experimenting with different styles, colors and textures,

like these festive sparkles:

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or textured beauties.

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If I were to rock the textured tights, I’d keep the rest of the outfit fairly simply to prevent styling overload.

So do you rock tights in the fall/winter or notsomuch?

What do you think about nude tights a la Kate Middleton?

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As much as I love her, I don’t see it happening over here anytime soon.

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  1. Rachael on November 12, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Kate HAS to wear tights when she attends official engagemnets. No bare legs allowed, Royal etiquette. Although I doubt they have to be nude, but that way it doesn’t affect her choice of outfit I guess.

  2. Chelsa on November 26, 2011 at 9:51 am

    What a fun post! I love the sparkly tights, I may need to get those for a Christmas party. As for the nude tights I’d rather just go with out tights. I do love sheer black like your first picture.

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