Winter fashion is so much fun. I love wearing my coats, boots, scarves, hats, and mittens. Another one of my favorite winter accessories is tights. I love to wear dresses, even in the winter. Tights are actually warmer than some of my dress pants for work.
Basic black can be a little boring, but printed tights can be scary. I’ve been on the hunt for something in between, a little more interesting than just black, but still polished and appropriate.
My rule of thumb is to think more along the lines of pattern than print (although there are some floral prints below for the more daring). Patterned tights usually stick to one color, which is much more elegant than bright colors. Usually, you can only see the pattern up close, which makes them more attractive than attention-grabbing.
My favorite patterns are a pointelle or a chevron stripe. They don’t look to childish or too inappropriate. Patterned tights can run the gamut from little girl (think white or pink or brightly colored floral prints) to adult entertainment (large fishnets, mesh, etc). Go for patterns on more opaque tights (as opposed to very sheer hosiery) to stay classy, not trashy.
A few of my favorites, from left: Pointelle Tights, Forever 21; X Pattern Hosiery, StockinGirl.com; Vintage Roses, Stockingirl.com; Celeste Stein for Dillards; Cable Knit Tights, StockinGirl.com; Argyle Tights, Betsey Johnson.