By Gracey, Already Pretty Contributor
The other day my friend Alex asked me how to wear tights. I laughed at her because I thought she was kidding. And because I’m mean. However, once I realized she was serious I wanted to help. I mean, how horrible is it that the poor woman freezes all winter because she simply doesn’t understand the nature of The Tights? *shudder* Happily for Alex, and for you, Dearest Reader Friends, I’ve been on Team Tights for ages now and The Tights and I? We’re practically besties.
So, how do you wear tights? You can wear tights four different ways: for high contrast, for low contrast, for no contrast and over your face to illegally procure diapers for your adorable, illegally procured baby. No. Wait. No, those are panty hose. Do not try that with tights, you will run into stuff and, seriously, it’s illegal. But, the other three ways to wear tights are totally valid (and legal).
High contrast tights-wearing results when there is a high contrast between the color of the tights and the skirt or dress worn with them. Think of it as adding a pop of color to an outfit, with your legs. It can be used to great effect for cold weather color-blocking and for confusing the heck out of your co-workers.
Warning: high contrast tights-wearing, while fun, can be a bit stumpifying. But, you can combat the shortening effect by keeping your hems above the knee and/or having a low contrast between your tights and your shoes.
Low contrast tights-wearing results when there is a low contrast between the color of the tights and the color of the skirt or dress worn with them. Low contrast tights-wearing is great with multicolored prints and with neutrals.
Warning: Trying to decide which color in your print or whether to match your skirt or your top can be confusing and make you want to go back to bed. But, remember, it’s not that deep. Just pick a color, any color, and it’ll probably work out just fine.
No contrast tights-wearing results when, yep, you guessed it, there is no contrast between the color of the tights and the color of the skirt or dress worn with them. If you’re into the monochromatic look, no contrast tights-wearing is for you.
Warning: no contrast tights-wearing is probably the most “flattering” and is the easiest to master but it can feel a bit dull. You can avoid a snooze-fest of a look with a contrasting shoe or jacket and/or a variety of textures.
I know that tights can be hard to find when you’re tall. Or plus-sized. Or tall and plus-sized. After years of trial and error, here are the brands I’ve found work best on my tall-and-plus-sized body.
Spanx – I buy a new pair of jet black Spanx every year during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and wear them all winter long. They are thick, they are dark, and the Tight End Tights help you suck it in on the days you just don’t feel like doing it yourself.
Hue – For colored tights, Hue is my go-to brand. They have great colors, they tend to be nicely opaque and they fit me well (I wear the size 4).
Target – For inexpensive tights, I love Target. I buy the Merona brand, in 1X-2X, and while they do not last as long as the Spanx or Hue brands, but they’re usually good for a season and they’re less than $10 a pop so it all works out. I also like the Assets brand tights from Target. They’re from the same company that makes Spanx, but at a lower price point and are good for black and black patterned tights, but no colors.
And there you have it. Absolutely everything I know about tights.
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Already Pretty contributor Gracey hails from Fashion for Giants. She’s essentially your average blogger, except that she’s taller than average (six foot) and bigger than average (size 14). She also likes to think that she’s more amusing than average, but that could just be vanity. In addition to being tall and plus-sized (and possibly hilarious), she’s also a thrift store shopper, a vintage lover, an Oregonian, and a bike commuter.
Likes: Gracey likes to shop, to blog, and to terrify her co-workers with brightly colored outfits.
Dislikes: Robot uprisings, too-short skirts, and leggings as pants.
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