Statement Tights May Be Scary, But Here's How To Make Them Work

Take one quick look into my sock drawer and it's evident my tights collection is pretty simple: sheer black, opaque black, and maybe a nude pair. But when graphic, printed, and colored tights started creeping onto the runways last year, I've found myself asking: Why am I so afraid of colored tights?

Perhaps it's because they draw attention to my legs, which at only 5'1" don't account for that much, or maybe it's because they require a little more creativity to style, I've always strayed away from brightly-colored options and stuck to more neutral ones. But if fast-fashion is any indication, this trend is finally hitting the mainstream — and it might just be time to embrace cobalt blue or floral-clad legs with open arms.

To ease into the idea, I tested out everything from banana-yellow to an all-over print. Coming from someone whose wardrobe is pretty minimalist and monochromatic, I shockingly didn't hate looking down and seeing a pop of color peeking out from underneath my clothing. And with that, I decided I might just be going pantless for the rest of winter. Who knows: Instead of shying away from the trend, you too might just find statement hosiery to be the winter accessory you didn't know you were missing out on.

Photographed by Jin and Dana.
The Everyday Yellow
A long-sleeved dress, a pair of black tights, and some sneakers is pretty much my go-to winter look. To switch things up, I took the plunge on a Chiquita-banana yellow pair that kind-of makes my calves look like LemonHeads. And maybe that's okay.
Ganni Charron Dress, $315.00 Buy
We Love Colors Solid Color Tights, $8.00 Buy
New Balance Womens New Balance 990v4, $174.99 Buy
Photographed by Jin and Dana.
Lately, I've been loving yellows and browns together, so this more neutral-colored plaid dress paired nicely with a bit of color. Since the dress hits just around my ankles, you only get hit with the yellow when I walk or when the breeze blows — a nice way to ease into the trend, if you ask me.
Ganni Charron Dress, $315.00 Buy
We Love Colors Solid Color Tights, $8.00 Buy
New Balance Womens New Balance 990v4, $174.99 Buy
Photographed by Jin and Dana.
The Dressed-Up Monochrome
The monochromatic outfit has become a street style mainstay, and colored tights are the perfect answer to forming all-one-color outfits in the fall and winter. With a going-out outfit that I'd, again, typically just wear black tights, I decided to match the stockings to the red dress for a statement look that's ready for one-too-many holiday parties.

Hue tights; Zara heels.
ASOS ASOS Pearl Hoop Earrings, £8.00 Buy
Zara DRESS WITH BUTTONS ON SHOULDER, $69.90 Buy
Photographed by Jin and Dana.
A subtle vertical stripe provides a bit of a textural difference between the dress fabric and the hosiery, and a contrasting shoe — with still a touch of red on the heel — ties everything together.

Hue tights; Zara heels.
Zara DRESS WITH BUTTONS ON SHOULDER, $69.90 Buy
Photographed by Jin and Dana.
The All-Over Pattern
Since I'm not one to sport an all-over pattern fully out in the open (yet), I prefer to approach a graphic tight more like a subtle peek-a-boo. Here, it was used as a way to winterize a pair of cropped jeans. And with some classic loafers, I feel like I walked straight off the Miu Miu runway.

BDG jeans.
Zara LEATHER LOAFERS, $59.90 Buy
Hansel from Basel Basket Weave Tight, $39.00 $20.00, Buy
Photographed by Jin and Dana.
Here, the graphic tight act more like a fun sock and don't completely overwhelm or become the focal point of the outfit — and that's okay. Plus, my legs are now layered up and super-warm for walking around in New York's freezing, windy winter.

Topshop blazer; BDG jeans.
Zara LEATHER LOAFERS, $59.90 Buy
Hansel from Basel Basket Weave Tight, $39.00 $20.00, Buy
Photographed by Jin and Dana.
The Two-Tone
If you, like me, probably don't consider a tight that's two different colors to be especially neutral, that's okay. But with a statement hoodie and Balenciaga-esque blazer, it actually works.

Topshop shoes. Zara blazer.
Emilio Cavallini Two-Toned Legs Tights, $29.00 Buy
Nasty Gal Take a Breather Oversized Hoodie, $18.00 $14.00, Buy
Photographed by Jin and Dana.
This graphic look is ideal for days when I'm feeling particularly indecisive (which is, um, every morning while getting dressed), and it's an easy step up from your usual all-black or all-white tights. That is, if you dare.

Topshop shoes. Zara blazer.
Emilio Cavallini Two-Toned Legs Tights, $29.00 Buy
Nasty Gal Take a Breather Oversized Hoodie, $18.00 $14.00, Buy
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