Tights Can Be Cool – And We’ve Got the Proof

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What do Blair Waldorf, Madonna, and your high-school uniform have in common? They’re all responsible for making tights iconic. Until now, they’ve been shunned as a winter essential that allows you to get a little more longevity out of your fall closet – but nothing more. They’re your reliable friend when temperatures drop, keeping you out of trouble (and away from the flu) on chilly nights out and during European city breaks.

What few people know about humble hosiery is that it’s been a wardrobe staple for centuries, originally designed to be worn by men who rode horseback, and later developed into a costume item for ballet dancers. Fast forward a few hundred years, and tights became the most important item in a sartorial arsenal during the 1980s. You’d be hard-pressed to meet a stylish woman who met a pair of tights that she didn’t like – be they multicolored, webbed, patterned, or fishnet. And, this season, we’re seeing a similar revival.

The key to wearing tights today? Going for the right thickness. A super fine denier (15-30) won’t keep you as warm as a thick pair, but are super chic and great at adding a point of difference to a daytime outfit. Or, if you want to opt for something more “fashion”, try a wide fishnet or webbed design. Browse through the gallery below to discover how fashion girls are styling their tights this winter and get inspired to be a little more experimental with your own.

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