Back in the fall, I struggled with tights. Although I’ve worn them for years and love them passionately, transitioning from bare legs to tights felt awkward and difficult this year. Being forced to incorporate one more element into any skirt-centric outfit caused some anxiety, and I started to doubt myself. But as I examined the handful of outfits that felt unsuccessful, I was able to pinpoint a some simple questions that might help me avoid future struggles:
the same as the color of your top?
This is the trick I find myself sticking to most often. I imagine that my tights and top are creating a bodysuit of a single, solid color. In the above outfit, that color is navy blue. (I know it looks black, but I swear it’s navy!) Then, I can layer on a skirt, a blazer or cardigan, a scarf, and a pair of shoes or boots, and that underlying bodysuit of color creates immediate harmony among the other pieces.
appear anywhere else in the outfit?
Making sure that black appears multiple times within an outfit ensures intentionality. Likewise, making sure that the color of your tights shows up at least twice helps the tights seem like a natural addition. Here, my outfit is mainly navy, but the complementary lavender looks fab in the mix since it shows up in tights AND belt.
blend with or match to the shoes?
Those charcoal gray tights are the only charcoal gray element in the ensemble. Had I worn cream-colored pumps, the tights would’ve seemed a bit more incongruous. But since both tights and shoes are dark tones, the addition of this color seems more natural.
If your tights introduce an entirely new color, selecting footwear in similar values and tones will make your legs and feet look more like a single unit. This not only makes your legs appear longer, but helps the tights seem like an organic part of the overall outfit.
a stand-alone statement of their own?
In this outfit, those same lavender tights from the first outfit are the lone colorful element. Since every other garment and accessory is cream or gray – all muted neutrals – the bright tights look statement-y and intentional. Brightly colored and boldly patterned tights can be the focal point of an outfit, but will work best if it’s abundantly clear that they’re the focal point. Creating contrast and utilizing neutrals both help drive the point home.
How do you decide which tights to wear with your outfit? Do any of these questions float through your mind as you’re choosing legwear?