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Trendy Tights for Winter & How to Wear Them


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As the weather continues to grow colder, wearing our favorite spring and summer skirts and dresses becomes increasingly difficult if not impossible. If you’re a girly-girl, or just one to embrace a year-round feminine look, you’ve probably been trying to adapt to the changing seasons without losing any of your style.

Tights are the perfect solution for this dilemma: they’ll keep you warm, make you look stylish, and can totally change your look–for the better! Much better than a bare leg this winter, I’ll show you the season’s trendiest tights and how to wear them!

Winter Tight Trends & Tips

Textured Tights

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The textured tights category encompasses lace, fishnet, and patterned varieties – so there’s a lot to choose from if you want to rock this trend. You can never go wrong with classic black patterned tights for a sophisticated look! They’re perfect, for example, to provide coverage under your favorite mini-dress in a more conservative setting.

Textured tights are also a great replacement for your go-to leggings because they’re usually a bit thicker than other varieties, and add pretty detail to your outfits. Depending on the level of detail you choose, textured tights can either totally make your look as a focal point, or simply complement what you’re wearing without stealing the show.

That being said, remember to keep your textured tights the focus in your outfit for the most clean and sophisticated look – don’t mix patterned clothes with them unless an eclectic look is what you’re going for.

Hot Picks

Textured Tights

Product Information: Swiss Dot Tights, American Eagle. B.Ella Cotton Crotchet Tights, Lori’s Shoes. Jonathan Aston Net Stripe Tites, Asos. Full Tilt Floral Tights, Tilly’s.


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Colored, opaque tights are the perfect way to spice up an otherwise ordinary outfit. They’ll provide a pop of unexpected color and playfulness!

Pretty much any color goes here, although deep, dark, and jewel-tone shades tend to be the most popular winter choices. Since these hues tend to be fairly neutral, they look great under pretty much anything. In warmer seasons, expect to see vibrant brights in anything from neon yellow to hot pink. Outfits with otherwise neutral tones look amazing with bright accents. Even a high-waisted skirt and a plain tee get a makeover with their addition! If you’re fearless with fashion, bright tights are the way to go.

Hot Picks

Colorful tights

Product Information: Purple 80 Denier Opaque Tights, Oasis. Chive Cable Knit Tights, Gap. 50 Den Mustard Tights, Topshop. Red Snake Print Tights, Dorothy Perkins.

Trompe l’oeil

Lily Allen in Trompe l'oeil tights
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French for “trick the eye,” trompe l’oeil tights are totally hot this season, definitely thanks in part to miss Taylor Momsen. Somewhat akin to textured tights, trompe l’oiel styles provide great detail, but with a little something extra. Whether it’s a 2-D faux bow, the illusion of lace, or the appearance of a garter, tromp le’oil tights create an illusion of a 3-D addition.

Trome l’oeil tights can be sexy and wild, perfect if you love to take risks with your outfits or want something a bit daring and attention-grabbing. An added bonus–you’re still covered up and warm! Trompe l’oeil tights aren’t for the shy, and will definitely be the focal point of your outfit if you let them!

Hot Picks

Trompe l'oeil tights

Product Information: Wolford Hot Dot Sheer Tights, Saks Fifth Avenue. Gipsy Sexy Wild Rose Tights, Asos. Celeste Stein Designs Tattoo-Print Tights, Dillard’s. Henry Holland for PP House Mock Stocking Tights,

What do you think?

Do you girls wear tights? If so, what are your favorite tights to wear in winter and how do you wear them? Which of these trends are you loving right now? Share your thoughts with a comment!

Posted on on December 31, 2009 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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21 Responses to “Trendy Tights for Winter & How to Wear Them”

  1. 1
    December 31st, 2009 at 10:10 am

    I love hosiery in any form. It’s so great for winter, too, and can have several different effects depending on what look you’re going for. Great post!

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    December 31st, 2009 at 10:33 am

    I love to dress up outfits with tights. It’s nice to see new styles, textures, and colors to spice up drab winter outfits.

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    December 31st, 2009 at 10:41 am

    LOVED! I hope I´m able to wear skirt and tights in NYC without freezing! :D

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    December 31st, 2009 at 11:18 am

    I’d love to wear anything else but black tights, but I feel that any kind of pattern or bold color draws too much attention to my not so pretty stumpy legs :( But if you got great legs, they’re definitely a great choice to make an outfit go from “meh” to “whoa!”

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    December 31st, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    I JUST bought the Henry Holland ones yesterday! But they were only available in pink or blue. And the WANNA PARTY tights too! They’re so fabulous I just had to have them. I love tights in the winter.

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    December 31st, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    For serious winter climates, the more Deniers, the better (think 100-120). It can be difficult to find fun colours in those, but black at least exists. Myself I wear 120 Den black tights under jeans, since denim is the coldest material EVER.

    Woolly tights are good too – I had many as a kid and enjoy them now too! They can get a bit icky looking once washed a few times, but again, under jeans they’re a lifesaver.

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    December 31st, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I’m a huge fan of coloured tights- I have a magenta and blue pair and they look AMAZING when paired with a black skirt and t-shirt.

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    December 31st, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    I adore all the new trendy tights this season. I have a bunch of bright colors (red, magenta, teal – so much fun!), lace tights, and trompe d’oeil. (I think it’s trompe d’oeil, not trompe l’oeil, right? Trick of the eye vs. trick the eye?) Great post!

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    December 31st, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Love tights! mainly ala blair waldorf styling for me :) But sometimes I just can’t take the cold! I get mine at target for $5 they have a huge selection and lasting quality.

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    December 31st, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    I’m sorry but where I’m from, it’s very impractical to wear tights in the winter. Hosiery is so thin, it doesn’t actually keep your legs warm. This article would work better in the fall, not in the winter.

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    December 31st, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    For my climate – Scandinavia – (and general low body temperature and poor blood circulation) – I agree, Shannon, but I guess a lot of people come from milder climates where our autumn is their winter? Or maybe some people just are hotblooded – I see people with skirts and tights here now, and it’s -10/-15 C. Um, too cold!

    But tights are great for layering – you can have tights, leggings and then trousers (manchester/velvet is warmer than denim). But 50 Den is not winter-wear, they’re way too sheer. 80 or rather 100/120!

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    December 31st, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    I just discovered the joy of wearing tights, even in winter! As a Michigan resident I didn’t think I could pull it off since it is regularly below freezing from December to March.
    But! I found that as long as the tights are at least 80 Denier and I wear a long jacket and tall boots, I’m fairly toasty! Obviously it won’t be as warm as pants but it’s totally a look you can pull off even in the coldest parts of the country.

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    December 31st, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    I agree with Anna on layering tights and the warmth of them. Very good point and useful information for the colder climates.

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    January 3rd, 2010 at 2:11 am

    I love the tights trend! As a girly-girl I Live in skirts, and as a ballerina I live in tights, so whenever I can transition a wild color or pattern from day to studio, I’m on it. I also live in the South, though, where I can be a little cold in tights but mostly it’s worth it for the fashion statement, even though I am coldblooded.

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    January 3rd, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    MUST have those garter tights! fabulous !

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    December 14th, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I just bought Next’s grey chunky knit tights (£6.50, s-l) and I’m wearing them with denim shorts and a grey top. They look epic!

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