Are you about to put away your dresses and skirts for the chillier seasons? Then stop! All you need is a great pair of tights to make your outfit cold-weather-ready. In this article, you’ll find our round-up on the best tights for women that we’ve found and all the outfits you need to give you inspiration on how to wear tights.
Depending on the tights you choose, they can add warmth or color, cover blemishes, make your legs look longer and slimmer, or add an extra dimension, texture, or pattern to your outfit. Whether you’re looking for classic or something a little bit different for work or a party, we have you covered.
Why you should show off your beautiful legs
For many women over 40 their legs are true assets. Apart from the knees, they are not prone to aging so quickly, and it can add a lot of sex appeal to your outfit. Therefore, the general advice for many women over 40 is to show some leg for a hip and youthful appearance. Although this is easy in the summer, it can be challenging if you easily get cold. Tights are a perfect solution, but how to wear tights and still look hip and youthful?
What to look out for when buying tights
Before we get to our favorite tights and outfits with tights, what do you need to look for when choosing your tights?
The higher the denier, thicker, warmer, and more opaque your tights will be. So, if you want your legs to show through your tights, opt for a lower denier, and if you want a look more akin to leggings, go higher.
2. what occasion will you wear them for (dressy or casual)
You’ll want your tights to suit the occasion. Sheer tights tend to be dressier, and black opaques are more casual.
Melissa @melissabultburns above shows how you can wear your tights with a skort.
As well as black tights, you could choose a colorful pair for an on-trend look.
Of course, you need the right size for your tights, and sizing differs according to brand. You’ll find a size chart on the website or the back of the tights to find the best size according to your weight and height. If you are between sizes, then go up a size.
5. special features
Are there any special features you want from your tights? If you want longevity, then reinforced toes are a good choice. You can also look for tights that offer the benefits of shapewear by streamlining your silhouette.
Types of tights
There are a vast array of tight styles you can choose from.
We really like opaque tights for their versatility, and you can get them in any color these days. With the color-blocking trend still going strong, you can really play with the color of your tights and make it fun. If you want a more conservative look, then go with the color of your shoes or skirt; the Wolford opaque tights are good ones. Great neutral colors to own would be black, grey, brown, and navy. Do not wear opaques in nude, and make sure you create a nice balance with the colours in your outfit.
The Wolford tights (below) are 80 denier, so nice and thick to wear during cooler months. Reviewers say they are soft and luxurious.
For a purse-friendly choice, the No Nonsense tights (below) have thousands of good reviews, and they come in a choice of colors, so you can choose a pack that has two different shades.
Colored tights are particularly on trend this Fall. Look out for shades that you can wear day-to-day like burgundy or navy.
Sheer tights look best in (barely) black or very see through nude. Take a leaf out of the Princess of Wales‘ style book. She wears tights in a modern yet classic way.
Tights that look like skin
If you don’t want to go for a very sheer black, then choosing tights that look like your skin color is the way to go for thin denier tights. Choose a pair in the closest shade you can find. Nude tights are a good choice if you don’t want the look of tights, but you want to cover blemishes or the look of varicose veins.
You can see a look from the catwalks and from Kate Middleton above.
If you want to up the sex appeal even more then this is always a consideration, but be sure to keep the rest of your outfit very classy. I would stick to black or nude only for fishnets.
Control top tights
Textures and patterned tights
Flower patterns and printed pants are very much the trend right now and you may want to incorporate this trend with your tights. However, do so with care. You want to ensure your outfit still looks classy.
Take a look at our round up of Fall accessory 2023 trends for more inspiration.
Make sure that the pattern blends in with your outfit and it can look great. Here is how I wore my floral printed tights.
Combining the feel of tights and leggings can be a good choice if you want to wear socks with your tights, or perhaps you want to wear your tights as warm layers under your jeans or pants but you don’t want them to show.
Fleece-lined tights have been all over social media this year, particularly on Tik-Tok. And, we can see why. They can keep you warm without adding a lot of bulk.
The Normov fleece tights (below) have great reviews, including from wearers saying they are the best tights they’ve owned.
Another well-reviewed choice are the Iserkafe fleece tights (below) which are praised for their fit and thickness.
Carmen @carmen_gimeno above matches her tights to her sweater dress.
Knee highs can be great under trousers and some long skirts. Follow the same guidelines as for tights. Of course you should never be able to see the end of your knee-highs.
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What to avoid?
- Flesh-coloured opaque tights. These are very aging and generally don’t give you a flattering look. Some designers feel that you should avoid flesh-colored tights altogether, although we believe that very thin and natural sheer tights can look very nice with the right clothes. And the right nude tights can be great to cover blemishes.
- Never show your reinforced toes of tights and knee highs in shoes.
- In fact, avoid wearing tights with sandals altogether.
- Don’t wear socks over tights. That should be left to the teenagers. But you can always layer footless tights under your pants and wear them with socks.
- Any runs and holes. If you’re worried about this, then choose higher-denier tights.
These were my guidelines on how to wear tights in a nutshell. Use them as rough guidelines only, and use your own creative flair to create a great look! Below are a few tights that you can buy online now.
Outfits with tights
Have you chosen your favorite pair of tights? What should you wear them with? Below, you’ll find outfit inspiration with tights.
With ankle booties
For a modern look you can wear casually during the day, pair chunky ankle booties with tights in the same color.
With a shorter dress
If you’ve pushed all your shorter dresses to the back of the closet, then a pair of thick opaque tights with the look of leggings can be the perfect way to wear them. Keep the chill at bay with a longer coat.
Free People Victoria Flared Wool-Blend Coat – Marie Oliver Velma Cotton-Silk Twill Wrap Minidress – Tory Burch Lee Radziwill Petite Leather Double Bag – NAOT Ethic Ankle Boots – Chan Luu 18K Gold-Plated & Citrine Earrings
With your evening wear
Given that party season falls into the cooler months (for most of you), going bare-legged can be too chilly. Look for a pair of tights that has the same elegance as your dress or skirt. A pair of sheer black tights will usually work.
With knee high boots
A pair of opaque tights and knee-high boots is a classic winter combination that will keep you looking stylish and warm. Choose tights in a similar color to your boots.
Free People Victoria Flared Wool-Blend Coat – AllSaints Margot 2-In-1 Ribbed Crew Neck Midi Dress – Vionic Vienna Inessa Stretchy Pull-On Tall Boot – Tory Burch Lee Radziwill Petite Leather Double Bag – Chan Luu 18K Gold-Plated & Citrine Earrings – COS Rope Chain Necklace
Nikki @40notfrumpy above opts for sheer black tights, and matches her boots to her bag.
With your summer dress
Add a pair of tights, boots and a cozy jacket is a great way to continue wearing your thinner dresses during the cooler seasons.
With your workwear
Stay warm at work with a pair of opaque or sheer tights. We’d avoid anything too ‘sexy’ like fishnets for work. Instead, keep your look professional with plain tights and a pencil skirt.
Elie Tahari The Natalyia Houndstooth Moto Jacket – Kobi Halperin Linden Sequin Embellished Blouse – Generation Love Chantel Cotton-Blend Tweed Midi-Skirt – Rockport Total Motion Pump – Longchamp Le Pliage Top Handle Document Holder – AQUA Graduated Oval Hoop Earrings
As a layer
You don’t even have to show your tights in your outfit. If you think your pants or jeans won’t keep you warm enough, pop a pair of tights underneath.
Elie Tahari The Natalyia Houndstooth Moto Jacket – ZAFUL Cropped Turtleneck Sweater – PAIGE Genevieve Flared Jeans – Longchamp Essential Large Cotton Denim Tote Bag – AQUA Graduated Oval Hoop Earrings
To winterize your peep toe booties
Do you have a pair of peep toe booties you love? Then you can keep wearing them by adding your tights. Just make sure the seam on the toes isn’t showing.
Just a peek
A fun way to wear your tights is to just let them peek out from under your pants. Opt for fishnets and wear for an evening out or dinner.
Cinq à Sept Jamila Bouquet Embellished Crepe Blazer – Kobi Halperin Linden Sequin Embellished Blouse – PAIGE Leenah Velvet Wide Leg Trousers – Bandolino Kirsten Mary Jane Pumps – Cult Gaia Eos Box Clutch – Chan Luu 18K Gold-Plated & Citrine Earrings
tights outfits together in one capsule
Below, you can see the outfits from above together in one capsule. You could change the formality of the outfits by changing the tights you wear with them. For instance, a pair of sheer tights and heels with the white dress or the turtleneck dress will give them a look more suitable for the evening.
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Did we cover everything? What are your tips for wearing tights?
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