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Fashionable Finds: 25 Pairs of Tights We Love


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Here at CF, we know that tights are among the best — and easiest —  ways to expand your winter wardrobe. Layering them under dresses, skirts and shorts is a fab option when you want to winterize your summer clothes — heck, you can even wear tights under jeans if you live someplace where the temperatures are absolutely frigid!

In recent years, tights have become so mainstream that there are thousands upon thousands of options to choose from. And whether you prefer classic, solid-colored hosiery or want to make a statement with a bold, printed pair, we’ve rounded up 25 of our fave pairs of tights below. Just scroll on down to check them out:

Opaque Black Tights

Just like an LBD or a pair of bootcut jeans, opaque black tights are a super-flattering and extremely versatile wardrobe staple that will never go out of style. Black tights from AE and Target’s Merona Premium label are my personal budget-friendly faves, but if you have a little extra cash, Comando and Spanx also make excellent, long-lasting opaque tights that are well worth the investment.

Opaque black tights
Product Info: Merona Premium Sweater Tights- Target, Ultimate Opaque Matte Tights- Commando, AEO Opaque Tight- American Eagle Outfitters, Tight End Tights- Spanx

Solid Colors

Ever since she donned a pair of bright red tights in season one of Gossip Girl, Blair Waldorf proved to us that rocking hosiery in every color under the rainbow is a definite fashion “do”. Whether you opt to pair them with neutrals or create a multi-hued ensemble, these solid-colored tights have become a new classic. Nowadays, almost every fast-fashion retailer carries inexpensive, colorful tights, but we also love the quality of Hue brand tights as well as the huge variety of shades found at online retailer We Love Colors.

Solid color tights
Product Info: Red- Hue, Royal Blue- Forever 21, Neon Pink- H&M, Hunter Green- Topshop, Aqua- We Love Colors


Incorporating several different textures into one outfit is a fantastic way to boost your style cred, which is why we love this next category of tights. Not only are textured tights a super-easy way to add interest to any look, but the cable-knit and wide-ribbed-sweater versions are extremely warm to boot. Live someplace where the winters are mild? Try lace, fishnet, or open-weave tights for a fashion-forward look.

Textured tights
Product Info: Maruska Tights- Anthropologie, Wide Rib Wool Tights- J. Crew, Lace- Hue, Cable Knit- Hue, Open Knit Sweater Tights- Urban Outfitters

Prints & Patterns

Sort of a happy medium between colored tights and textured ones, hosiery adorned with patterns and prints will easily amp up any outfit. These tights will add pizzazz to an all-neutral outfit or can play well with another patterned piece. If you have a classic sense of style, try a simple polka-dotted or striped pair, but if you’re looking for something bolder, screen print tights are the answer. We especially love the floral, leopard and super-trendy Fair Isle tights below.

Printed tights
Product Info: Floral Print- Anthropologie, Tie Dye- H&M, Polka Dots- Gap, Fair Isle Print- ASOS, Stripes- Kate Spade, Leopard Print- Zara

Novelty Tights

Long gone are the days when neutral-colored nylons were the norm. In fact, over the last few years, designers have been creating unique and statement-making tights that are anything but ordinary. Whether they create the illusion of stockings, are adorned with rhinestones, or incorporate a graphic element, these pairs below prove that tights can be fun and functional.

Novelty tights
Product Info: Lace Up- ModCloth, “Tattoo” Tights- Urban Outfitters, Rhinestone Tights- Target, Bow Suspender Tights- ASOS, Faux Zipper- ModCloth

Your thoughts?

Do you like wearing tights? How many pairs do you own? Which type of tights are your fave? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below!

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15 Responses to “Fashionable Finds: 25 Pairs of Tights We Love”

  1. 1
    January 6th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    As I read this I am wearing grey and black vertical striped tights.

  2. 2
    January 6th, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    i love those socking illusions :D

  3. 3
    January 6th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I love tights! My favorites are American Apparel’s solid color opaque tights. They fit well and they hold up well. Even the ones I wear the most will last a long time. And they have gorgeous colors, as well. Well worth the $14 a pair.

  4. 4
    January 6th, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Novelty tights are fantastic!

  5. 5
    January 6th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I am SO in love with the ASOS Opaque Fairisle Tights; however, me and tights have a horrible history of them ripping within 2 hours of me putting them on. Any tips on how to keep that from happening?

  6. 6
    January 6th, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    tights make me feel sexualized and vulnerable :(

  7. 7
    January 6th, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I love tights!!!!
    I’M not the biggest fan of the solid coloured ones (although I do have a purple one)
    I love novelty tights, textured tights and the prints & patterned tights.
    Black opaque tights are a staple!

  8. 8
    January 6th, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I do not care for the colored or patterned tights. I have always owned black opaque tights from Target and I manage to wear them all the time. Obsessed w/ the classics(:

  9. 9
    January 6th, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    i’ve just recently started getting into wearing tights-when i was younger i HATED the feeling of them! now i’m really starting to love them, they always make an outfit look so polished. i just bought a pair of maroon ones from target. they were only like $5 and they’re great! they are a little more purple than i would have liked since i’m very into classic styles, this was a bit of a fashion risk but i love finding fun outfits to wear them with. i also bought a pair of maroon tights with little cream polka dots, and i’m still trying to find some outfits for those. love these examples, though, so i’m definitely gonna need to pick up a few more! could you make a couple of outfis to go with some of these? :)

  10. 10
    January 6th, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    two words=fleece tights! Its like wearing pajamas, and only you will know :)

  11. 11
    January 6th, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    My mom always gets me a box of leggings and tights for Christmas, since most don’t last much longer than a year, and I love them all! Cable knit in all different colors are my favorite! I also have multiple pairs of fishnets and purple tie-dye tights. And I’ve been getting into funky leggings too, I got a pair of comic book/cartoony print ones and floral print ones! I’m so excited to go back to school and rock them :)

  12. 12
    January 6th, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Every time I wear tights I am stuck with static cling all day (no pun intended). No matter what I try, be it static spray, fabric softener, or even safety pinning a dryer sheet to the inside of my clothing, I still can’t seem to rid of it. Does anyone have a solution? Please help!

  13. 13
    January 7th, 2013 at 12:38 am

    TIGHTS! I literally live in tights, as in I haven’t worn actual pants in ages. I officially adore this post.

  14. 14
    January 7th, 2013 at 2:06 am

    This post is great but is missing cuban heel tights with the back seam! Very retro and very sexy.

  15. 15
    January 13th, 2013 at 2:45 am

    Love it!!!!!

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