Today’s guest post provides a comprehensive guide to looking good in black tights, written from the perspective of former underwear model Cindy Prosser. (Um, so you know you should listen to her – she obviously knows how to look good!). Fittingly, Cindy is also a writer for Bare Necessities. Bare Necessities is a fabulous online store filled with all sorts of womanly goodies ranging from lingerie to hosiery to sleepwear (more on them in a post coming up!). Oh, and guess what else Bare Necessities sells? A large selection of black pantyhose!
GUEST POST: The Ultimate Guide to Wearing Black Tights
As fall approaches and the weather cools, women everywhere are shifting their wardrobes from summer’s gauzy styles to the structured pieces that come with the bite in the air. One of fall’s hottest fashion trends is black tights. Black tights can take you from day to night and look funky and flirty or sleek and sophisticated. No matter which look you’re going for, consider seeing how black tights can enhance your current wardrobe.
Black Tights Can Help Transition Spring Dresses Into Fall
One of the best ways to wear black tights is with a fun, flirty spring dress. Pairing some opaque black tights with a brightly colored shift dress or A line can take a spring dress well into fall.
If there’s a chill in the air, consider adding a big, chunky cableknit sweater, but add a thin belt in a contrasting color to keep your look from being shapeless. You can choose shoes like a low bootie, pumps or even flats in black or a color found in your dress. This look can work with nearly any type of shoe, so don’t be afraid to try something new.
Peeptoe Shoes Can Work With Black Tights
A couple years ago, it would have been taboo to wear black tights with strappy sandals or perky peeptoes. This fall however, black tights with open shoes are seeing a huge surge. Wearing black tights means you don’t have to worry so much about shaving your legs or if your pedicure isn’t perfect. Celebrities like Ashley Simpson and Jessica Alba have been sighted pairing black tights with open shoes so there’s no reason why you can’t rock this look even if you’re not a celebrity.
Opaque Vs Sheer
Opaque tights can look edgy and fresh, but they’re not the only black hosiery that you should have in your wardrobe. Sheer tights are sleek and sophisticated, but they need to be paired with the right outfit and shoes, such as a stunning bright sheath and stilettos, to avoid looking dated. This look can be incredibly sexy so consider wearing sheer black hose the next time you want to make a big impression on a date. Whether it’s a first date with a new boyfriend or you’re looking to rekindle the spark with your husband or significant other, see what impression some sheer black hosiery can make.
Unless you work in a very conservative workplace, such as a law firm, avoid wearing sheer black tights with your business suits – if hose is required in your office, stick with a nude sheer. For a sexy, sophisticated, nighttime look, use sheer tights with a subtle pattern. Fun, funky patterns, whether they’re sheer or opaque, should be restricted to day time wear or a night out on the town at a concert or club.
Shorts With Black Tights And Heels
Shorts and tights together were a top trend in 2010 and the look is still going strong. One pair of tights can coordinate with a number of different pairs of shorts to create completely different looks. For a professional, day time look, wear a pair of baggy tweed shorts with black tights and heels, while a pair of cut off denim shorts works with a white shirt and bohemian vest to create a fun, one of a kind look. When you pair shorts with tights, you’ll stand out from the crowd, no matter whether you’re going for a professional or fun look.
Black Dress, Black Tights, Red Shoes
A plain black dress plus some black tights equals boring, right? Not if you pair them with a colored pair of shoes and matching accessories. Avoid looking like you just came from a funeral by adding a pair of red shoes. If you’re really feeling flirty, find a great pair of hot pink, lime green or even a funky animal print like zebra or leopard.
Black tights definitely don’t have to be boring. Whether you pair them with a brightly colored dress or a pair of distressed denim cut offs, you can create looks that are as unique as you are. There’s no real right or wrong way to wear black tights so pull out a few wardrobe staples, add in some new accessories and see the many looks you can create with black tights.
More Undergarment Resources from Cindy:
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About the Author:
Cindy Prosser is a former underwear model turned freelance writer and mom. She’s not ashamed to admit she looks gorgeous in black tights, which honestly isn’t that difficult but you have to count your victories :) When not glamorously overdressing for grocery store visits she stays busy writing for Bare Necessities.
Spring dress with black tights (Jessica Alba)
Open-toe shoes with tights (Emma Roberts)
Patterned black tights (Berkshire Pantyhose)
Black tights with shorts (Zoe Des Chanel)
Black tights with red shoes (Victoria Beckham)