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Fall 2008 Fashion Trend: Tights


Woman In Red Tights

While you’re rocking your summer dresses and skirts into the fall, you’re going to want something to keep your legs warm. Wouldn’t it be great if your legwear could not only be functional, but could also be an extension of your fabulous outfit? Oh wait, it can.

That’s where another one of fall’s hottest trends comes in! This season, designers are taking the opaque tights trend of last year to the next level. This year, the hottest types of tights for fall come in interesting patterns or jewel-tone colors.

Ready to see more? Keep reading to find out why this is one trend you’re going to love for fall.

Runway Inspiration

Here’s some runway inspiration to give you some ideas on how to wear patterned and colored tights. As you’ll see in the photos below, most of the designers this season paired tights with mini dresses and fabulous high heels.

Think about how you might want to wear patterned & colored tights while you look at the pictures. What would you wear, and what would you do differently?

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Patterned & Painted Tights

Designers like Chanel, Anna Sui, and Emma Cook are just a few fans of patterned tights for fall. Each of them incorporated painted images or texture into their tights for a completely unique look each time. Click the images below to enlarge!

Anna Sui Printed Tights - Fall 2008 Fashion Chloe Patterned Tights - Fall 2008 Emma Cook Patterned Tights

From Left: Anna Sui, Chloe’, Emma Cook

Chanel Patterned Tights Anna Sui Patterned Tights - Fall 2008 Miss Sixty Patterned Tights

From Left: Chanel, Anna Sui, Miss Sixty

Solid-Colored Tights

The black opaque tights of last year are still going strong, but now they are accompanied by this year’s hottest tight colors – jewel tones and greys. Designers like Burberry Prorsum, Luella, and John Galliano all used fall’s fabulous colors in their tights for a look that was grown-up yet still fun. If you ask me, that’s part of what makes it such a perfect trend for college.

Burberry Prorsum Black Tights - Fall 2008 Fashion Purple Tights at Gucci Fall 2008 Ready To Wear Luella Tights at Fall 2008 Ready To Wear

From Left: Burberry Prorsum, Gucci, Luella

Viktor & Rolf Maroon Tights for Fall 2008 John Galliano Jean Paul Gaultier Tights For Fall 08

From Left: Viktor and Rolf, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier

Cute Patterned & Colored Tights

If you love this look and want to buy some cute tights for fall, here are some great, inexpensive pairs that I found. Looking like you stepped off the runway isn’t difficult with prices like this.

Juicy Couture Diamond Pointelle TightsNordstrom Pinstripe TightsNordstrom 'Heather Hip' Diamond Tights

From Left: Juicy Couture Diamond Pointelle Tights ($42.00), Nordstrom Pinstripe Tights ($11.90), Nordstrom ‘Heather Hip’ Diamond Tights ($11.90)

Nordstrom Double Diamond Tights Zig Zag tights TIGHT SET

From Left: Nordstrom Double Diamond Tights ($12.00), Zig Zag tights ($10.00), Tights – Set of 3 ($7.99)

What do you think?

How do you feel about this trend? Do you think you’d wear patterned tights or not this year? I want to hear what you guys think, so leave some comments.

Also, be sure to check back again soon for some more hot fall fashion trends!

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39 Responses to “Fall 2008 Fashion Trend: Tights”

  1. 1
    July 31st, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    I like tights, but i’m not into the whole pattern tights look. More into solid colours like pink, purple, blue, green, and i’d wear it under skirts or mini dresses :D

  2. 2
    July 31st, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Just a tip, girls – Forever 21 and For Love 21 are carrying fantastic opaque tights in a rainbow of colors, for $5 apiece – they’re not terrible either!

  3. 3
    July 31st, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Since I’m starting college in the fall, I am excited to reinvent myself – slightly bolder and more confident. I bought two dark pairs of tights at the end of fall last year from Gap but never wore them. I love the idea of wearing black tights under jewel tones outfits. I hope I can work it!

  4. 4
    July 31st, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    I love the patterned tights trend! I’ve already been looking for fall, but didn’t know where to find any until I came here. thanks for doing this piece :)

  5. 5
    July 31st, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    I love the look of tights, so clasyy! Also, living in FL, they are the perfect for our mild winters :) I’ve been looking for patterned ones though so thank you for the links!


  6. 6
    July 31st, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    To be honest, I can’t seem to wrap my head around this – I love my skirts to death, but I don’t have the stick-thin legs or build for tights, and plus they only seem glamorous onscreen, or on Gossip Girl. Maybe it’s just because I live in California, so I’m bitter that in the Fall, the weather dares to get cold.. D:

    I really would like to know how to integrate this with my wardrobe, since I have a much more “classic” > fashion forward style, but I’m still wanting to work in interesting trends. The only time I’ve ever seen tights done well and not too overly trendy was with a sweaterdress, and that’s pretty defacto. Fabulous article overall though, good to see a full trend article about tights :D

  7. 7
    August 1st, 2008 at 5:46 am

    I’d rather wear patterned tights dress..

    I been looking for an classy emo style patterned tight dress..

    It looks very much in fashion nowadays..

  8. 8
    August 1st, 2008 at 10:00 am

    love the colored tights. thanks for posting!

    xoxo jaimie
    don’t forget to check out my new contest!

  9. 9
    August 1st, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    I think this look is super fabulous, but I’m not sure I have the courage to wear them. I’m not in college, but I’m a junior in high school and I follow alot of the tips and ideas you post. I wish that I lived in a place where there weren’t so many Abercrombie clones and more people who would dress like this.

    Keep up the good work. : )

  10. 10
    August 1st, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    I am obsessed with opaque tights and have been for years now. I already know I’ll be all about the grey and black and occasionally patterned tights. I particularly love Wolfords! Pants are not actually necessary in the fall and winter contrary to popular belief :)

  11. 11
    August 2nd, 2008 at 12:12 am

    I’m excited about tights. I’m already putting together my fall wardrobe. Making sure to buy pieces that can be accented with pattern tights.

  12. 12
    August 8th, 2008 at 3:45 am

    ok, i like tights, but patterns?? argh youve gotta be kidding me, im not in college im in grade 8 but seriousley, patternend tights are so retro (not the good retro either) buy an archie comic and thats the first ugly clothing item youll see…………… but i like the solid colour ones or the ones with simple patterns like polka dots stripes or stars but as far as paisleys and herringbone on tights go call the fashion police

    by the way, is it still okay to wear capri leggings with open feet?? and how about thigh high stockings, and what the heck do you wear them with?? someone help me! thanks!!

  13. 13
    August 8th, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Jess – You can definitely work it! It’s one of the cutest looks this season & I’m sure you’ll look great!

    Lauren – No problem :) Happy to help!

    Ali – I hear ya! My high school was fashion-nowhere as well. That’s why college rocks – you can wear what you want and it’s not so abercrombie’d out. Stick it out a couple more years & don’t be afraid to wear what you want anyway!

    S – I couldn’t agree more! Who needs pants when you have cute tights? Haha.

    Katie – Patterned tights aren’t right for everyone! As I always say here, pick & choose. If you hate one trend go with another one. As for leggings, it’s okay. I’m not a fan of them anymore because so many people wear them like pants, but if you wear leggings under a longer top or skirt, they can still look good. Also, thigh high stockings aren’t really in style. If you’re looking for legwear, opaque tights are the way to go!

  14. 14
    August 8th, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Thanks Zephyr! you rock!~

    do you know what else will be “in” for the 08 09 school year? Like, just the key pieces so i can have my own style but still look trendy, and dont you think its time we all got over the skinny jean phase? I dont know if people are in love with them at college, but at my high school? oh my goah! people wear like yellow and pink and lime green skinny jeans and it dosent really make them look skinny as the name suggests, they were cool when they were new, but now its just gross… Thanks for the advice! love the site!

  15. 15
    August 13th, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Where can I find tights that are long enough to go over part of the foot…like over the heel but still keep the toes free? Ballerina style, I guess. I really look forward to trying out the tights/booties combo!

  16. 16
    August 18th, 2008 at 2:48 am

    Crystal, I found a pair that goes between your big toe and second toe – still cute and under $10 at H&M!

  17. 17
    August 20th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    I really don’t like tights. just like leggings they are going to go out of style really fast. I really don’t think that this is a style that is going to be a major trend.

  18. 18
    August 26th, 2008 at 9:03 am

    I’m a guy in college, and I love wearing footless tights under big sweaters and big shirts, and I even have the coolest “poet’s blouse…in brilliant white. I go to Vassar College, and most everyone seems to approve of my “style”.
    I have footless tights in many colors……… I think I never got over my ballet years.
    I think it’s soooo great that girls now are getting back into colorful legwear.

  19. 19
    September 1st, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Hey:)) target has fantastic patterned tights just bot really cute hounds tooth

  20. 20
    September 4th, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Thanks, Zephyr, for all of the runway inspiration! :)
    I just found some very cute tights at Urban Outfitters. They have a knock-off version of the super cute and trendy Chanel two-tone tights. For only $14. Also, I found the over-the-heel tights I’ve been longing for…Nordstrom for less than $20 and in lots of colors. Here’s a post focused on the whole tights with open-toe heels thing.

  21. 21
    September 19th, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    I really have to laugh… as a girl who grew up in the 80’s when colored tights were all the rage, I have since endured years of the younger generation LAUGHING at the whole idea of tights. (Heck even hose…remember bare and fake tanned legs???) Yep, we wore all those patterned and colored tights BACK THEN with our dresses and casual wear…. and a couple of years later the fashionistas were laughing and gagging and telling us how outdated they were…. so after we threw them out, now they want to bring them back? HA! Wake up folks…. I say, wear what looks good on YOU and forget the crazy, fly-by-night-fickle-fashion flakes. If you are rocking the tights, I say go for it. If you hate them, don’t worry… it’s only a matter of time befor ethe entire fashion world does too.

  22. 22
    September 22nd, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Way to go… are soooo right!
    Wear what looks good on you…. I do!


  23. 23
    October 3rd, 2008 at 7:47 am

    I love leggings and footless tights. Some people don’t. Why don’t people allow others to wear the style they like. There are many attractive styles, but all the lemmings think we have to all dress the same.

    Leggings and tights not only feel great in cool weather, they allow those with less than perfect legs (99% of us) to use leggy styles. Even those with perfect legs can use leggings/tights when they want a classier leggy look (face it, miniskirts are not appropriate everywhere).

    Let’s continue a great style that has been around for millenia (though, I admit, we stole it from men and now they are scared to use it.)

  24. 24
    October 4th, 2008 at 1:30 am

    I am absolutely nuts over tights. GAHHH they are so wonderful and cheap and can totally just transform an outfit. <333

  25. 25
    October 4th, 2008 at 1:34 am

    Yea I actually started to rock the colored tights last year and they were such a big hit! people were always commenting on how cute my look was and I’m glad to see that it is continuous in this fall fashion. don’t be afraid to try BOLD colors, I wore royal blue tights a few weeks ago with a white top that faded from white to turquoise to royal blue and it was such a hit!

  26. 26
    October 10th, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Crystal, did you buy those two tone tights from the website i can’t find them on there – could you give me a link?

    I MUST have them!!

  27. 27
    October 16th, 2008 at 6:19 am

    OMG I LOVE coloured tights. I’ve just found this really cool site – It’s fab, all different colours, prints, I’ve brought loads! Just couldn’t resist – check it out.

  28. 28
    October 16th, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Did you say you girls stole the leggings/tights from men……..? and that they don’t wear them?……..
    I’ve been wearing them all through college………..

  29. 29
    October 16th, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    I have a question. What about shoes for the fall. I have a pair of trust pointy toe heels that I realize are going out, which I am very upset about, but what should I replace them with? I’m thinking the gladiator sandals or gladiator-type heels? Any other ideas?

  30. 30
    October 28th, 2008 at 7:38 am – We now ship WORLDWIDE

    Hey Guys,

    Just to let you know – no matter where you are in the world, you can still wear our tights. We now ship to any country!

    Love Cassie xx

  31. 31
    October 28th, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    That’s great…..
    love your myriad of colors and styles…………. really over the top


  32. 32
    November 1st, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    $42 for tights! Only Juicy would think that was appropriate. They’re hot, but i’m sure i can find a similar style for $10.

    Jaime, – Your source for all things fashion

  33. 33
    July 24th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    are tights still in style for fall 2009?

  34. 34
    August 19th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    i personally love lace tights. a floral pattern makes an edgy outfit a little more feminine. even now in 2009 i love to rock tights with my mini dresses and flats for school

  35. 35
    October 22nd, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    I absolutely love this trend!! I don’t think that I’d wear the pattern tights this fall however because they seem a little too bold for my taste.

  36. 36
    January 21st, 2011 at 1:09 am

    I personally rip all my tights to make them look edgy :]
    I love the look of shredded tights.

  37. 37
    March 19th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Thanks for the Inspiration and I to can TOTALLY Relate to some of the quality points here. This gorgeous dress is Awesome! Bought one of these vintage only last year, hoping to get some mileage out of it.

  38. 38
    October 5th, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I believe tights are here to stay. They will be a fashion item this year, and the next, and the next. They are a fashion staple and can carry some of your favorite spring and summer dresses right through the fall.

    I will definitely be wearing patterns, the are too fun to leave out of my wardrobe :)

  39. 39
    November 5th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    The truth is these tights haven’t gone out of fashion. But right now im loving the Metallic look tights/leggings.

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