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How to wear Opaque color tights

Style for Style: How to Wear Opaque Colour Tights

This season as we see the return of the skirt we also see a rise in importance of tights. Tights (also known as pantyhose on the otherside of the pond) come in all colours and prints for Autumn 2008 including in the key trends of tartan and lace. Over the next few weeks I'll be suggesting ways to wear the new seemingly-scary styles by sharing my own legs with you!

Firstly I'm going to tell you about opaque bright coloured tights. This is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to stay on trend right now. I tried a royal blue pair by Jonathan Aston at (£5) first and decided to team them with another primary colour for the biggest impact. Despite being told that I slightly resembled a smurf I liked the colour and they made me feel like Katie White from the Ting Tings. Although they are a relatively cheap style they were still thick enough and the colour pigment was certainly adequately bright!

To find out about how to wear red tights

The second tights I tried were a Pretty Polly Nanopaque pair in Mulberry (£10). They almost had a wetlook appearance making the colour seem stronger, although when on the wetlook quality was not obvious. Unlike the previous blue pair paying more for this style really did pay off as the colour was thicker and did not reveal my own flesh tones at all.

If you are feeling really daring then wearing red tights with a clashing pink dress or shoes would create a great look. However, I wanted to make the tights accessible so wore with a short black bubble skirt and black t-bar heels. This played down the bright colour slightly. Unless you are intending to clash the red I would avoid wearing with any shades other than monochrome.

I wore with patent heels to add extra texture but flats would look cute too. It would be difficult (although never impossible) to wear bright coloured tights for a smart event. If attempting this then I would show a glimpse of colour by teaming with a knee-length skirt and boots. They're great for casual wear and look really funky with trainers such as Converse. Stay tuned for more tips on how to wear this season's tights!

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bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
... and thanks to your post, Fab, I just purchased a bright blue pair from Topshop today during my lunchbreak ... if I am feeling brave, I might even take pictures and post them in a blog!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
Ooh I would love to try bright coloured tights!
Advah Advah 8 years
Thanks!! :)
POPSUGAR-Fashion-UK POPSUGAR-Fashion-UK 8 years
Advah - I know that one size fits all is the biggest lie of all time but I'm 5'9 and they fit me fine so I think they'd be all good for you.
Advah Advah 8 years
Fab, I've just seen that the tights are available in one size only; do you think they'd fit a 4'11 person? I've tried on huge sizes before (ugh, Gap tights) and there's nothing more ridiculous that tights too large around the ankle, or when the waist goes up to cover your chest. :?
Advah Advah 8 years
Fab, both pics are great!! I'm obsessed with unusual/coloured tights, and not long ago was complaining about not being able to find good red tights (I'd tried on a pair from Dorothy Perkins, but they were see-through bright red tights, while I'm looking for exactly what you're wearing). I've seen a few people wear red tights with navy dresses/dark denim skirts, it looked fantastic. I'll def get those, thanks! :)
hanako66 hanako66 8 years
great idea...looking forward to your posts!
JamieUK JamieUK 8 years
What a fun post. It's a toss up for me, both colours are great!
the-cat the-cat 8 years
Love love love the red ones!
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