People always seem to ask me why I’m wearing anything other than pants in February. To which I say, “Hello, have you heard of tights?” Most of us own at least one classic pair of plain black tights because they go with everything and will always keep you warm. (They’re also perfect for when you’re determined to wear your favorite miniskirt to class in the dead of winter.) However, tights deserve more credit—they really have a personality of their own. Whether you go for lace, polka dots, or even sparkles, try spicing up your tights game with these few pairs that offer a little something extra.
Get Fancy in Lace
Want to make that trip to the library feel a little exciting? Try a pair of intricate lace tights paired with a pleated midi skirt. Top off the look with a white cropped sweater and a refined bag. White sneakers keep the look casual and cool, and the star-detailing makes them stand out.
Go for Glam in Gold Glitter
It’s time to mix up your weekend look with these sparkly party tights. Hop on the athleisure trend with an Adidas dress, and then add a pop of shine with patent boots. Tie the look together with a quirky pink crossbody bag and a cropped black jacket.
Get this look: Modcloth Sheer Gold Tights ($15); Adidas Original Trefoil Tee Dress ($40); Marc Fisher Ltd. Yommi Chelsea Bootie ($94); Topshop Pink Smiley Cross Body ($56); & Other Stories Cropped Jacket ($125)
Channel Your Inner Rockstar in Metallic Stripes
These glimmering tights are an easy way to instantly feel glamorous. Have fun with prints in a plaid miniskirt, and then show off your wild side with a black graphic tee. Throw on some Doc Martens to toughen up your look and add some statement earrings to show your trendy side.
Get this look: Forever 21 Sparkly Metallic Tights ($6); Wildfang Wild Tee ($40); Pixie Market Check Double Waist Miniskirt ($104); Dr. Martens 1460 8 Eye Boots ($140); & Other Stories Power Charm Earrings ($25)
Keep It Playful in Polka Dots
If you hate the feeling of tights on your feet, a footless pair is a great compromise. Remember that denim skirt you bought for a music festival and never ended up wearing again? Winterize it with a warm sweater, and then add some texture with a pair of suede Pumas. Pair your look with a bright-yellow belt bag for an extra pop.
Add a Touch of Patterns With Sheer Florals
Get a little bold with your pattern mixing and pair these dainty tights with your favorite midi skirt. A classic black polo feels glam with ruffle detailing and metallic black oxfords keep the look sleek yet fun. Top off the look with a bright orange wool-blend coat for a final pop of color.
Get this look: Reformation Margaret Top ($58); Zara Pencil Skirt With Side Stripe Detail ($46); Madden Girl Written Platform Oxford ($40); H&M Wool Blend Coat ($80); Natori Legwear Scarlet Lace Sheer Tights ($32)
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