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How To Wear Colored Tights: Sexy Hosiery

Updated on December 1, 2011

Trend Alert: Colored Tights Are Back!

There's nothing hotter than embracing a super daring trend such as colored tights. It is an ingenious way to "cheaply" move your spring/summer wardrobe into fall and winter. I mean, who doesn't get nostalgic for their satin dresses once it hits October? With opaque and even sheer tights, we now can! We can bring back our summer frocks in the dead of winter without a blink of the fashion police eye.

Colored tights may sound scary, but after this "fashion tutorial" you'll be a bonafide expert in all matters colored tights. Bring on the brights!

Tip 1. Go With The Flow

If your dress is a dark grey, there's nothing wrong with paring that with grey tights. It's all in the accessories from that point on. Many fashionistas out there insist that color-coordinating dress to tights is a no-no; however, I know better. Keeping with the same color scheme is brilliant for blending a summer dress into fall. It also allows you to bring out some "intense" accessories. By this I mean a hot pink bag, dark green nails (short, please), or even a major hat.

Another way to go about this is to choose tights that are in the same color-family. (observe right) Yes, one is a very soft lilac purple whereas the other is a saturated plum.

One thing to note when doing same-colored tights, is to keep the tights somewhat sheer or half opaque. It can be jarring when the tights are just as "thick" as the dress palette.

Tip 2. White Out

White tights are one of my favorite colored tights. They can look absolutely daring but still super classy. Personally, I feel that white tights look best with neutral toned colors. Think: navy jackets, little black dresses and structured handbags.

For those special nights I opt for color with white, I choose pastel or dark colors. I never go bright because a bright dress with stark white tights is a nightmare to coordinate and pull off. (Obviously much less difficult for models who are 6 feet tall!)

When thinking white, think opaque. There's nothing worse than seeing flesh colored skin matched with sheer white tights. It's honestly a bad look!

Tip 3. Brights, Camera, Action!

Bright tights are a MUST for any ultra-chic fashionista. Make your brights stand out by pairing them with black. Since your bright tights are just one singular color, its possible to wear them with outfits that have patterns on them. Just be sure that the patterns are somewhat muted!

When wearing bright tights with a bright outfit, be sure the colors are exactly matched. If not, you could look a bit odd.


Tip 4. Go Short: Mini Mini!

The greatest and easiest way to pull off colored tights is with shorts or mini skirts. Short-mini dresses work fantastically as well. The reason short is better is because the color will pop and you don't want to look like you have stumps for legs. If you have problems with short, then go down just below the knees. The mid-thigh look is strange for me when wearing brights.

Do both tight and loose. To be safe, go tight! What do I mean? What I mean is, if your skirt is flowy or poofy, make sure your top is fitted. If your top is loose, then make sure your shorts hug the body. This is to prevent looking like a marshmallow on a stick. Unsure still? Just go tight. Overall, it'll create a more streamlined look.

Tip 5+ Last Minute Million Dollar Tips

*Do not wear footless tights UNLESS tucking into a pair of boots.

*Do not ever wear tights without covering up your you know what's. Tight are NEVER pants!

*Do wear shoes that show off the tights: T-straps, Pumps etc.

*Do not wear sneakers, or anything casual with colored tights, it just doesn't work. You'll look like 80s fitness people and in a bad way.

*Do not wear colored tights with flats unless at least 5' 7". (This includes me as I am 5'2")

*Do add texture or prints to your colored tights if your outfit is very muted.

*Only wear booties that are the exact color of your tights, otherwise you're cutting off your stems!

Thanks for reading yall! And keep following for more "How To's" of Fashion Trends!


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      shinyhose1 3 years ago

      love tights too in all colors glossy ones most of all

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      abbie west 6 years ago

      Im 13.

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      yenajeon 7 years ago from California

      I love tights as well. I check out your hub on tights too!

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      sally33 7 years ago

      Love tights, i posed a hub about all kinds of tights too, welcome !

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      yenajeon 7 years ago from California

      Cheeky Girl: Thanks!

      BadCompany: Nice to see a new alias! Thanks for the comments!

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      BadCompany77. 7 years ago

      I still love tights, with red heels of course ; )

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Wow, very sexy and fetching tights and I love the colours here. Great!

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      yenajeon 7 years ago from California

      Thanks for the comment and the "sharing". I was sincerely touched by your hub on "un-employment blues/cat." My cat who passed this year was black and white as well! (And adorable)

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      pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

      I just love tights, especially for fall. The matching of same colors is a great look and the tights add a bit of a festive theme to an outfit. Great hub. Voted up, rated useful/beautiful and shared.

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      yenajeon 7 years ago from California

      Do you? And what do you wear them with Tatto?

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      TattoGuy 7 years ago

      I love tights, I love to wear my black ones at the weekend ; )