Dressed for: Whimsy

Already Pretty outfit featuring skater dress, striped sweater tights, patent leather combat boots, red leather backpack

Cashmere scarf, via Amazon (no longer available) – similar
Dress, Target (no longer available) – similar
Tights, Hue  (no longer available) – similar
Boots, John Fluevog Bill (no longer available) – similar
Bag, The Leather Store
Earrings, gift – similar
Bracelets, Bibelot – similar look

Nothing like a pair of stripy tights to inject some whimsy into an outfit. This pair is well over 10 years old and has held up remarkably well … though that might have something to do with relatively infrequent wear. I love patterned tights, but find solids far easier to style.

Are you a fan of patterned legwear?

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  • You look fabulous! I don’t know where I’ve been, but I absolutely love you with short hair, it is very becoming on you!

  • Love the stripes!

  • Lovin’ those tights.

  • Jennifer Pierce

    LOVE the tights!

  • I love patterned tights, especially stripes, but here’s a link to my craziest tights:

    http://thefashionablebureaucrat.blogspot.com/2012/01/put-it-on-and-dont-say-word-put-it-on.html

  • Love the cool tights with the main black and the secondary colors in tight hues! Matchy heaven, and it’s so cool!!

  • Aziraphale

    I WANT THOSE BOOTS! Is there better than black patent combat boots? I like the shape of the metal eyelets, too.

    Yes, I do love patterned tights, but some patterns work better than others. I picked up a pair of gray tights with a giant argyle pattern this past season, and I like them so much that I went back and got the same ones in brown. But when I wear them, they have to be the focal point of the outfit. Everything else has to be solid and subdued.

    I’ve had some spectacular misses, too. Last year I bought a pair of taupey-gray tights with a loose floral pattern, but when I put them on, they made it look like I had very hairy legs. Like, man hairy. Not good.

    • Anneesha

      Ha! I have an aversion to patterned hose; to me it looks like a skin disease. Opaque tights like this aren’t so bad (but I agree with the hairy leg thing. What’s cute/decorative in the pkg looks way different stretched out over curvy legs.

  • Yes, those tights are fabulous! They really elevate the fashion fun in your look. And argh, those gorgeous Doc Martens you linked to are now only available in size 5. : <

  • I love my argyle tights. I want stripy ones, too, but I’m having trouble finding ones with colours that I like. My daughter has a pair of navy tights with red polka dots that I covet… but she is only six so I can’t steal them…

  • I went through a phase of wearing a lot of patterned tights a few years ago (when the rest of my wardrobe was still mostly dark solids). My favorite place to get patterned tights is Celeste Stein, they have hundreds of different patterns.

  • Love the pops of color! I adore your striped tights.

  • I am a fan of patterned and colored tights, but alas, I do not know how to wear them *sigh*. I sit in admiration. LOL!!!

  • I love this look! I pinned it for future inspiration. I am trying to get more crazy tights into my wardrobe. I bought every style of Missoni for Target tights I could find!

  • T.

    CUTE! I have a pair of colorful striped tights which I wore when my children were very young (10 years ago). Now I worry they are too juvenile for a woman my age, buy you look so good and decidedly NOT juvenile that I’m thinking I should haul mine out again. Maybe this weekend!

  • Very fun tights!

  • The tights are so cool. Honestly? I like my patterned tights way more than my solid ones. But I prefer “boring” neutrals and wild patterns, personally.

  • I love your outfit. You look awesome. I love how you used so many great colors with black. I love your boots and tights.

  • I love your look o’ whimsy! This stripes are aborable!

  • Becky

    Love it! Looks like you are ready to kick some you-know-what!

    Also, the link to the dress you posted is the LBD I have been looking for…so thank you for that! I might just have to order it!!!

  • Ooh! Fun! I love the stripey tights and that backpack is fabulous! Still looking for my perfect leather one!

  • E.

    I love this look! If I were a dress/skirt wearer, I’d totally wear it with funky tights and kick-ass boots.

  • I love patterned legwear. Most of my clothing is solid (I am picky about patterns) so I sometimes used patterned tights to break it up a bit. Those ones are fantastic!

  • You look great in this! I love everything about this outfit – the colour of your scarf, your tights, the lace up boots, everything!