If you know me, then you know that I have quite the collection of coloured tights. Actually, if you've been following this blog since last autumn/winter, then you KNOW that I have quite the collection of coloured tights. So I figured, since it's almost autumn that it's basically almost time for the weather to become cooperative enough for me to wear tights again. And because of that, I thought I'd write up a Top 5 post based around the main ways that I wear tights. I hope you enjoy!
1. Under Shorts
Though I am very fond of wearing skirts and dresses, I do find that a good compromise for not wearing pants/jeans, is wearing shorts. This particular pair of shorts are definitely designed for colder months in that they're made of a thick fabric and are lined for warmth. Wearing tights with shorts grants the freedom of your legs from the constricting feeling of pants/jeans while still providing the freedom of movement that dresses and skirts lack. You can easily transition a pair of dark wash shorts from summer to autumn with just a pair or two of tights. If you're worried about being too cold, I tend to double up/triple up on tights during the colder months. Depending on the opacity and thickness/thinness of your tights, this can make for some really cool color combinations.
2. Under a Skirt/Dress
This is the most obvious way to wear tights and the way that majority of people tend to wear them. There's not much I can say about this way aside from how wearing coloured tights can add that perfect pop of colour that an otherwise neutral outfit is lacking. This is also another easy way for you to transition some of your summer pieces and summer outfits into autumn. I do it SO much. I get more wear out of my clothes by doing so.
3. Casually With Sneakers
This is another one of my favourite ways to wear tights. Sometimes during the colder months when I don't feel like wear flats or wearing boots, I slap on a pair of sneakers. When most people wear tights, I feel like they feel the need to just dress the whole outfit up. I don't think that's needed. If you can wear tights under a pair of shorts, you can definitely wear tights with a pair of sneakers. Of course, you should definitely take into consideration the colour palette of your outfit. For example, in the above picture, the main colour I was working with was blue so the top is mint blue with black spots, I'm wearing a navy blue blazer, the tights are pastel blue, and the black skirt is what grounds the outfit. So of course, I had to wear a pair of shoes that had just the right shade of blue that didn't drown amongst the various shades I was already wearing and also helped to pull the outfit together. I decided on these black Jordans with its electric blue strip and hot pink lining, it provided a perfect shade of blue that went with the other shades and an extra pop of colour in the form the of the hot pink lining. Long story short, consider the colours in your closet and the colours of your tights for what colour sneakers to wear. Of course, it's always a good bet to just wear black sneakers like black All Stars or black New Balance 420s.
4. Layered Tights
As I mentioned before, in the colder months, I layer up on tights. For example, here I'm wearing a pale pink pair of tights over a pair of hot pink tights. This resulted in the hot pink being subdued and coming out quite pastel. I do this not just for the added warmth, but as a way to tone down my brighter pairs of tights. This can also work with lace tights wherein your lace tights are worn over coloured tights for a cool design running up and down your legs.
5. With Boots and Socks
Though I'm not wearing them in that particular outfit post, tights worn with knee high socks and boots is a popular, cute, and warm way to wear tights during the colder months. All you need are some long boots, thick knee/thigh high socks, and some nicely coloured tights (neutral coloured tights work well for this too). This way creates a chic and classy look that I think everyone can pull off. If you're not a fan of long boots, wear booties or wear boots that stop just below the knee (like myself) or mid-calf. With combat boots especially, wearing the thick socks and scrunching them down, and with the tights underneath it all, it's still a chic look, but now there's a touch of an adventurer to the outfit, like a modern explorer. Plus, I think that particular style is just so cool.
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