The M.M. Guide to Tights You Didnt Know You Needed

The holiday season is over, but winter weather isnt going away anytime soon. In other words: Its time to embrace tights. More versatile than you might think, tights are the perfect way to winterize almost everything in your wardrobe. (Except for sandals. Science is still working on that one.) But still, this basic underpinning can confuse even the most stylish among us. Read on to learn how to style them with ease.

Cozy-ify Your Culottes

The Ray top, the Zhou culotte, the Cheryl coat, the Ginger pump, the Wide Strap belt, the Claressa earrings, and the Commando Semi-Opaque tights.

Lets begin by diving straight into the deep end: tights with pants (gasp!). Wide-leg pants, like the Zhou culotte, are undeniably chic and exactly what youll wish you were wearing when you run into your super-stylish boss from two jobs ago. But the roomy fit that makes them look so sophisticated also means theyre basically begging for the wind to come in and stay a while. The solution: Add a pair of tights to keep you cozy. When layering under cropped pants, opt for sheer or flesh-toned (rather than opaque) tights to create contrast.

The Ray top, the Zhou culotte, the Cheryl coat, the Ginger pump, the Wide Strap belt, the Claressa earrings, and the Commando Semi-Opaque tights.

Keep it Simple

The Sarah dress, the Dietrich jacket, the Zelda boots, the Claressa earrings, and the Commando Semi-Opaque tights.

If youre new to the world of tights-wearing (or still in recovery from the days of chalky-looking pantyhose), its best to start with something simple. Test the waters by pairing your tights with an A-line or relaxed-fit shift dress. Styles that dont cling to your legs mean you dont have to worry about your tights rubbing against the lining of your dress. Plus, theres something about a flared dress with tights and booties that just feels right.

The Sarah dress, the Dietrich jacket, the Zelda boots, the Claressa earrings, and the Commando Semi-Opaque tights.

Dont Fear the Flat

The Rinaldi sweater, the Crosby skirt, the Tamar blazer, the Grace loafer, and the Commando Semi-Opaque tights.

Many people (myself included) are hesitant about wearing tights with flats and loafersa combo that precariously toes the line between chic Parisian and person who got dressed in the dark. (Ive seen other people pull it off, but am I stylish enough to do it without looking dowdy?) If youre like me, try opting for a skirt on the shorter side, which will visually elongate your legs and let the tights do double duty (warmth & coverage). When in doubt, adding an oversized blazer always makes you look cooler (and keeps you extra cozy).

The Rinaldi sweater, the Crosby skirt, the Tamar blazer, the Grace loafer, and the Commando Semi-Opaque tights.

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