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College Fashion Trend: Opaque Tights

Girl Wearing Opaque Black TightsMove over, leggings – this winter, there’s a hot new trend in legwear that’s much more chic. If you can’t guess by the title of this article; I’m talking about opaque tights.

We saw the look all over the runways, and now the opaque tights trend has finally hit the streets (not to mention all the college campuses.) They’re everywhere – paired with ankle boots, dresses, and even shorts.

Opaque tights truly are this year’s leggings are a must-have trendy item that works in so many different outfits. The most popular tights are opaque black, but the look also works with bright colors from red to electric blue.

Why Tights Rock

Let me just take a second to say that I’m obsessed with this trend! Tights are a fab way to wear your fall dresses into winter (hello stretching the clothing budget), and a huge bonus – most are inexpensive! Also, I love the throwback to Edie Sedgwick and the ’60s mod look. But here’s the best part – tights actually do keep your legs warm!

How To Wear Opaque Tights

Tights are so versatile and they truly work with tons of different looks! Here are a few tips to get you started rocking this trend.

  • Try them with a sweater dress. Talk about cozy chic! Try a sweater dress over black opaque tights with cute ankle boots for effortless style.
  • Use bright colors sparingly. Remember that if you rock brightly colored opaque tights, keep the rest of your outfit simple and let your legs be the focus.
  • Try them with a party dress. Glam up your going-out look and stay warm while you walk to the bars or parties! Pair a sparkly dress with opaque tights, hot accessories and peep toe heels!
  • Try matching your shoes. Wear your tights with flats or heels in the same color for a look that makes your legs look a mile long!
  • Remember: Opaque, not semi opaque! There IS a difference. Opaque is hot this season, while semiopaque tights just look dated and are also much less slimming for your legs.

Shop This Trend

Xhilaration Low Rise Tights - Ebony
Xhilaration Low Rise Tights
$5.99
Sparkle & Fade Opaque Tights - Purple
Sparkle & Fade Opaque Tights
$12.00
Hot Sox Metallic Tights
Hot Sox Metallic Tights
$18.00

What do you think of the opaque tights trend? Do you love it as much as I do, or are you going to rock bare legs this winter instead? Let me know your opinions in the comments!

Posted on on November 22, 2007 / Filed Under: Trends / Tags: , , , ,

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22 Responses to “College Fashion Trend: Opaque Tights”

  1. 1
    November 25th, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    Just had to comment on this – I love this trend and I’m glad to see it here on the site. Black tights are so hot and I love how they go with so many outfits and different types of weather. And they really are warm too just like you say.

    Thanks for posting the hot trends and I’ll be checking back for updates of course :)
    — Gemma

  2. 2
    November 28th, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    Aw, thanks Gemma, and yay I’m happy you like the tights too, I’m really obsessed haha

  3. 3
    November 29th, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    Opaque tights are my favorite trend this season! i love how great the look with everything, and the come in so many colors! at my college, alot of people are still wearing mini skirts! i’m glad you’re trying to teach people layering CAN BE cute!

  4. 4
    December 3rd, 2007 at 7:07 pm

    Zephyr-

    I added you to my link list (Hip Links), and please know that it is honestly never my intention to be unfair.

    Love your blog as well…
    Chanel

  5. 5
    March 3rd, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Hey,
    I’m confused as to what type of black leggings every girl is wearing? I mean this has to be a special type to wear in the winter time. So are these a special type that The North Face would make? I’ve been looking for these and I know everyone is not wearing the basic $4.00 brand of black leggings in 20 degree weather? I know that these are pretty much only worn with boots. An example is the UGG boots. I should know this but I don’t…and I’m only 22. I’m just extremely busy with school and my elementary students I tutor, and one day I decided that, “Hey, I want those pants!” hmm…??

  6. 6
    April 28th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    i love this! in january to a party i wore a black dress with hot pink opaque tights and black ankle boots and everyone loved it! this is great :)

  7. 7
    May 6th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    love this article! You need to mention welovecolors.com, I buy from them, and they have some many colors for each of their products and their tights are comfy!!

  8. 8
    May 20th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    I love this article and it makes my heart proud to see the younger generation is beginning to catch on with the legwear. Opaque Tights come in so many colors and patterns now! Men love and appreciate ladies who go the extra mile to wear sexy pantyhose or tights.
    I found personally the cheap pantyhose feel uncomfortable and never fit…so I only wear the high end or European hosiery, such as the Wolford’s.
    If you ever want to write an article for my blog to tell my readers all about your great site here…please feel free to contact me!

    Sweet Dreams,
    Sweet

  9. 9
    September 19th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    can opaque tights be worn as pants? or is that just wrong

  10. 10
    December 24th, 2009 at 6:46 am

    i like them with dresses and sweater dresses, some times even tunics

  11. 11
    September 8th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    I’m so happy that tights are back for the fall season! I really dislike the bare legs in the winter…it’s to cold for me. Perhaps I will be more inclined to to wear a dress this fall knowing that I can wear tights to help keep me warm!

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