How to Style Tights for All Sorts of Winter Occasions

Six reasons to slip on the hosiery.

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In your arsenal of winter-style essentials, tights are a given. While we can’t say that every pair offers significant warmth in the season’s most chilling forecasts, hosiery can make all the difference when it comes to wearing skirts and dresses of all hemlines this time of year. But more importantly, tights—and not solely the classic black, sheer variety, either—are both practical and outfit elevating.

Demonstrated ahead, tights become the starring element of the following winter ensembles. Delicate lace designs contrast the rugged silhouette of a lug sole boot; tonal dressing is impactful when incorporating tights in a coordinating hue; and opaque white pairs harken to the ’60s, especially when styled with mini skirts and platform heels. You’ll find versatility in the thin, snug accessories as they make outfits for all occasions feel considered and complete. Explore six examples and shop the pieces to help recreate them, below.

Party Suiting

The shiny two-piece party suit is especially festive with a subtly patterned or logo-covered pair of tights. The hosiery also creates a decorative backdrop for pairing with open-toe heels—shoes you might otherwise keep stored away during the season.

All-white Ensembles

Embrace all the icy hues in a festive outfit with bright, white tights. The touches of metallic and contrasting black accessories will pop especially well in contrast.

Boy Silk-satin Shirt

Micheal Lo Sordo

Tonal Dressing

It’s not quite monochromatic. Instead, head-to-toe dressing in one color family means mixing similarly warm shades of browns and tan, including a boldly coordinated (not perfectly matching) pair of tights to bring this harmonious look together.

Bettie Skirt


Leather Booties

$140 $91

Ribbed Turtleneck

Polo Ralph Lauren

Contrasting Textures

When your ensemble skews classic, get playful with the addition of intricate, lace tights. Style the elegant design with a sturdy, heavy-soled, patent shoe to create an eye-catching, contrasting effect.

1460 Bex Patent

Dr. Martens

Winterized Short Shorts

Short shorts aren’t exactly a mid-winter essential, but this creative combination is convincing otherwise. The shorts and tall boots create a nearly covered-up look, with a flash of sheer hosiery on the leg. Heavy knits and a generously draped coat add layers of protection, as well.

Classic Sheer Tights

$99 $59

Go Getter


Layered Knits

Tights can be the secret weapon for winter dressing, especially when you’re a fan of a shorter hemline. That is if you choose the proper ones. Complete a knitted mini-skirt ensemble with cozy cashmere tights for all-day comfort and warmth.

Cashmere Tight

Hansel From Basel
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