16 Ways to Wear Black Tights

Learn how to style this classic wardrobe staple.
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We all know that black goes with everything. It's slimming, flattering, chic, and easy on the eye. Many fashion experts say that women should have something black in their closets. The little black dress obviously counts. 

At CF, we've done posts on how to wear black clothing items such as the little black dressblack jeansblack heels, etc. We even covered how to make an all-black work outfit interesting. But what about black tights? It's fall, so it's the perfect time for us to give you tips on how you can wear black tights.

Black tights are like socks for your legs. They're classic, sophisticated, stylish, and versatile, plus they make your legs look miles long and keep them toasty. Black opaque tights are the most classic and versatile pair of tights, but you can find black tights in so many textures, prints, and patterns. You can even wear leggings as tights. 

Because of this, opaque black tights are not the only tights you will see in the outfits. You will find lace tights, sheer tights, polka dot tights, and more. Before we get to the looks, here are a few pointers for wearing black tights:

Tips and Tricks for Wearing Black Tights

  • You can wear black opaque tights with anything. We all know that black is a neutral color and can be paired with anything. I have said that opaque black tights are the most classic and versatile; you can wear them with anything from a brightly colored outfit to a bohemian one.
  • Black tights look great with black shoes. Wearing black tights with black shoes makes your legs look miles long.
  • Black tights can be used to tone down a bold look. They're a great basic piece for keeping bright outfits from being too busy. Black tights also keep statement pieces the focus of an outfit.
  • Don't forget that black leggings can be worn as tights. Many college girls wear black leggings as pants. Leggings are versatile like tights, so why not turn leggings into tights by pairing them with boots, shorts, skirts, dresses, and even rompers?
  • Black tights are not just limited to shorts, skirts, dresses, and rompers. Don't forget that you can wear tights with pants, especially ripped ones. If you wear pants with tights and shoes that show your feet, the tights are disguised as socks.

How to Wear Black Tights

Grunge Vibes

Outfit with pink sweatshirt, red beanie, pearl necklace, ripped jeans, rose lace tights, and black mules

Products: Sweatshirt - Old Navy, Jeans - American Eagle, Tights - Hot Topic, Mules - Charlotte Russe, Beanie - Forever 21, Necklace - Nordstrom Rack

This black tights outfit has a modern grunge vibe. It combines grunge-y and girly elements. It also shows that you can wear tights with jeans. Jeans with big rips provide the perfect opportunity to wear your favorite tights. The sophisticated black floral tights contrast with the baggy, ripped jeans. It's like goth and grunge mixed together.

A graphic sweatshirt and boyfriend jeans look chic together. The pink peace sign gesture sweatshirt complements the jeans and tights nicely. Add on black mules with a metal accent.

A red beanie adds an on-trend pop of color, while a pearl necklace is a girly, classic touch.

Quirky Ladylike

Outfit with faux fur Minnie Mouse sweatshirt, pink skater skirt, polka dot tights, envelope clutch, and block heel mary janes

Products: Sweatshirt - Forever 21, Skirt - Charlotte Russe, Tights - Macy's, Clutch - Amazon, Heels - Modcloth

See? Quirky and ladylike styles can mix together. This black tights look is great if you want to shake up the ladylike vibe and/or if you like both quirky and ladylike vibes mixed together.

Now, I know a sweatshirt with a cartoon character on it may seem childish, but this Minnie Mouse sweatshirt is a faux fur one from Forever 21. Faux fur is very trendy right now and makes any outfit classy and sophisticated. The faux fur on the sweatshirt makes it age-appropriate for college girls.

Make it wearable with a pink-ish skater skirt and polka dot tights. Mary-Jane shoes with a block heel make the shoes very comfortable to walk and are a very trendy touch to the outfit. Finish off the look with a gold envelope clutch.

Sultry Vixen

Outfit with red off-the-shoulder dress, black block heeled sandals, gold pendant necklace, semi opaque tights, red lipstick, and gold glitter clutch

Products: Dress - Boohoo, Tights - Target, Heels - ASOS, Necklace - Banana Republic, Clutch - Saks Off 5th, Lipstick - Ulta

Red and black is a very classy color combo and it also looks chic when paired with gold. This outfit above would be a classy date night outfit.

Start off with a trendy off-the-shoulder dress in red and add black semi-opaque tights. Elongate your legs with block-heeled sandals in the same color. Wearing tights with sandals of the same color is a chic way to wear socks with sandals.

Add a simple gold pendant necklace for glam dimension. Red lipstick is classy for going on dates. A sparkly gold clutch completes this Old Hollywood Glamour-esque ensemble.

Flair of Blair

Blair Waldorf-inspired outfit with white blouse, black skirt, black tights, ballet flats with bows, and red headband

Products: Blouse - H&M, Skirt - H&M, Tights - H&M, Flats - Macy's, Headband - Nordstrom

We at CF are huge fans of Blair Waldorf's style and I'm sure you are too. She always looks impeccable and is a great source of style inspiration for all of us. She wears tights pretty often, so I thought an outfit inspired by her incorporating black tights was a great idea.

Black and white is always classic and Blair would approve of this combo as long as she adds a pop of color. Pair a ruffled blouse with a black circle skirt. If Blair isn't wearing colored tights, then she'd probably wear opaque black tights. Match ballet flats with bows to the tights. Now you can add a pop of color à la Blair with a red headband, which helps as red as one of the trendiest colors for Fall 2018.

Mysterious Maven

Outfit with black dress, leggings, leather jacket, booties, sunglasses, and burgundy fedora

Products: Jacket - Amazon, Dress - Macy's, Leggings - American Eagle, Booties - DSW, Fedora - Forever 21, Sunglasses - Nordstrom Rack

You already wear leggings as pants, but did you know that you can also wear them as tights? One rule of thumb is that if the leggings hit the ankle, you can add any boot of your choice, but if your leggings are a little shorter, calf-length boots or other boots high than calf-length will help. This outfit has basics that you may already have in your closet.

Turn the leggings into tights by adding booties and a little black dress. Slip into a quilted leather jacket for warmth and added dimension. This outfit is great for mysterious vibes, so add on some oversized sunglasses and a pop of color with a burgundy fedora.

Shorts and Tights

Outfit with navy blazer, grey tee, lace tights, brogues, red shorts, and turquoise ring

Products: Blazer - Gap Factory, Tee - Everlane, Shorts - Nordstrom, Tights - Urban Outfitters, Shoes - ASOS, Ring - Amazon

I know that skirts and dresses are often worn with tights, but shorts with tights look just as chic. This outfit is perfectly preppy for class when you make a gray tee look chic with a navy blazer and brown brogues. Red bow shorts add a pop of color, while lace tights are a fun addition to the look. Add some sparkle with a big turquoise ring.

Black and Gold

Outfit with scalloped black dress, tights, gold heels, gold cuff, gold headband, and dangly gold earrings

Products: Dress - Nordstrom Rack, Tights - Target, Shoes - DSW, Cuff - Forever 21, Earrings - Kohl's, Headband - Urban Outfitters

Black goes with everything and when paired with gold, it makes a classy color combo. Black and gold would work great for a date, a dinner party, or any sophisticated evening. Start off with a fun little black dress and sheer tights.

Wearing heeled sandals with tights is a chic take on socks-with-sandals trend. Dangly gold earrings attract attention to your face. A gold flower headband is great for keeping your hair out of your face and a gold cuff brings out the black in the look.

Classy and Sassy

Outfit with leopard print top, leather shorts, faux fur vest, red lipstick, fedora, black tights, hoop earrings, watch, and booties

Products: Top - Dillard's, Vest - Missguided, Shorts - Missguided, Tights - Macy's, Booties - DSW, Fedora - Forever 21, Lipstick - MAC Cosmetics, Earrings - Madewell, Watch - Macy's

Leopard print, faux fur, and red are trending right now, but they're also classic. The outfit above is both a classic outfit and a trendy outfit with a dash of Old Hollywood glamour and a bit of urban sassiness.

Have fun mixing textures and prints by wearing a leopard print tee with a black faux fur vest and faux leather shorts. Opaque tights and black heeled booties lengthen your legs and can even make you look taller. Throw in some sassiness with a black fedora and hoop earrings, then add in a sophisticated watch. Red lipstick provides a pop of color. This outfit would be great for an evening out on the town.

Punk Princess

Outfit with Fall Out Boy tee, denim shorts, fishnet tights, combat boots, and studded bracelet

Products: Tee - Hot Topic, Shorts - Forever 21, Tights - Forever 21, Boots - DSW, Bracelet - Francesca's

You can style black tights so many ways -- even in a punk rock-inspired outfit. Pair your favorite band tee with denim shorts. Edge up the combo with combat boots, sheer fishnet tights, and a studded wrap bracelet.

Fall Fantasy

Outfit with denim jacket, floral dress, black tights, studded ankle boots, printed scarf, brown skinny belt, and geometric earrings

Products: Jacket - American Eagle, Dress - Target, Tights - Kohl's, Boots - Kohl's, Scarf - Gap, Earrings - Madewell, Belt - Banana Republic

This outfit will not only show you how you can wear black tights in the fall, it will help with the summer-to-fall transition. Take your favorite sundress from summer to fall with the addition of a denim jacket, semi-opaque tights, a cognac skinny belt to give your waist definition, a printed scarf, and ankle boots. Denim jackets look great with floral sundresses. Complete the ensemble with a pair of on-trend geometric earrings.

Ladylike Cool Girl

Outfit with lace blouse, black skirt, black tights, burgundy beanie, red studded bracelet, and Vans sneakers

Products: Blouse - Nordstrom, Skirt - ASOS, Tights - Kohl's, Sneakers - DSW, Bracelet - Tilly's, Beanie - Forever 21

Who says a ladylike style and skater girl vibes can't be mixed together? I understand that ladylike vibes are more sophisticated than the skater girl style, but this outfit above proves you can mix the two. Some items in the outfit are great for the casual style, but a lot of the colors are great for sophisticated outfits.

Start off with a pretty white lace peasant blouse, a black skater skirt, and black tights. This outfit has only black and white, which makes it very versatile. You can style it in many different ways. You can add Mary Janes and pearls to make it more feminine, layered necklaces and fringe boots to make it bohemian, or you can add sneakers and a beanie to make this outfit casual. In this case, we're going to make the top-skirt-and-tights combo casual. Vans are comfy and go with everything while a burgundy beanie and a studded bracelets add a pop of color and skater girl vibes to the look.

Winter Wonder

Winter outfit with sweater dress, textured tights, green coat, boots, pink beret, sunglasses, plaid scarf, and pink gloves

Products: Dress - Nordstrom Rack, Coat - Amazon, Tights - H&M, Boots - DSW, Scarf - Aldo, Beret - H&M, Gloves - Amazon, Sunglasses - Belk

This black tights outfit is ideal for colder weather. It's also great for winters if you live up north or somewhere that snows. This outfit will ensure you'll both stay warm and stylish. It has all the winter essentials to help you stay warm and protected.

Start off with a sweater dress, textured, tights, and riding boots. This green parka is a bit of an investment, but it's versatile and will ensure you stay warm. It also has faux fur lined inside, which is beneficial. A plaid scarf adds a pop of pattern and keeps you cozy. Pink gloves and a dusty rose beret add pops of color to the look. There's nothing wrong with wearing pastels in the winter. Even though it might be cold and snowy, the sun might still shine, so protect your eyes with chic sunglasses.

Trendy Minimalist

Outfit with black turtleneck, leather skirt, booties, tights, white beret, and leopard crossbody bag

Products: Turtleneck - Forever 21, Skirt - Charlotte Russe, Tights - Target, Boots - ASOS, Beret - Anthropologie, Bag - ASOS

This outfit with black tights is minimalistic with a trendy edge. Black is a common color in minimalism, so start off with a black turtleneck, a black zipper skirt, and black tights. Add some black ankle boots. A white beret breaks up the all-black ensemble while a trendy leopard crossbody bag adds a pop of a print. Leopard print would work great for minimalism because it's a printed neutral.

Girly Girl

Outfit with orange cardigan, floral dress, polka dot tights, pink headband, skinny belt, ballet flats, and diamond studs

Products: Dress - Modcloth, Cardigan - Modcloth, Tights - ASOS, Flats - Kohl's, Headband - Amazon, Studs - Banana Republic,  Belt - Anthropologie

This black tights outfit is a dream fall outfit for the ladylike girly girl, as it combines a floral dress with a cardigan and ballet flats. Plus, it includes polka dots on the tights so you get to mix prints. Orange and navy complement each other, so a cropped orange cardigan goes great with a navy A-line dress. 

Brown, black, and navy can be worn together and look chic, see? A brown skinny belt gives your waist definition and adds dimension to the dress. Nude ballet flats with bows make your legs long, even if you're wearing the tights. Add some more girliness with a pink headband and diamond-like stud earrings.

Parisian Chic

Parisian-inspired outfit with striped tee, black skirt, leather jacket, sheer tights, black booties, silk scarf, and mustard beret

Products: Top - Old Navy, Skirt - Forever 21, Jacket - ASOS, Tights - Bloomingdale's, Booties - ASOS, Scarf - Banana Republic, Beret - Forever 21

Parisian girls have envious style; they stick to basics, choose quality over quantity, add accessories (especially scarves), wear well-fitting pieces, and are confident in what they wear. One can think of the Parisian style as a minimalist vibe.

A striped tee is a big staple in the Parisian wardrobe. Black is classy and goes with everything so let's go with a chiffon mini skirt. See, we can add texture and print. If there's a jacket a Parisian girl would wear, it would be the leather jacket. Sheer tights and black booties will keep you warm in slightly chilly weather.

This outfit has a lot of neutral basics in it, so it's perfect for adding the quintessential beret (in mustard for a pop of color) and a silk scarf. Scarves are the number one accessory of Parisian women. This scarf has dots and stripes, but it's okay because you get to mix prints.

Romper and Tights

Outfit with lace romper, textured cardigan, striped scarf, black tights, ankle boots, and ring

Products: Romper - Charlotte Russe, Cardigan - Charlotte Russe, Tights - Banana Republic, Boots - Kohl's, Scarf - Gap, Ring - Nordstrom

You can wear black tights with anything, especially rompers. You can also absolutely wear your summer staples in the fall. Here's an outfit that transitions a navy lace romper right into autumn. Ankle boots, black tights, a striped scarf, and a cozy knit cardigan will do the trick. Add some sparkle with a ring.

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