Black dress with tights 2018

Bonjour!

Here in Paris, the sun is shining but it is freezing!

A perfect weather to wear skirts and dresses… with tights 🙂

When it comes to tights, most of us think plain, black tights. They are indeed great cause they match with everything and slim the leg, but tights can also be the statement accessory of your outfit!

And a great one: it is so cheap that you can have a different pair for everyday of the week.

So let’s begin with the choice of the classic black tight.

1. Black tights.

Black tight are not meant to be noticed and are just used to complete the outfit (and not catch a cold).

When in doubt go for opaque black which always looks good on everyone

black opaque tights

Transparent black tights are more sexy and therefore not to be worn with a combination of sexy clothes and accessories.

The lady with the blue skirt rocks her tight with doc Martens and the lady in red has a dress that is floaty enough to allow the transparent black tights.

Note that transparent tights are not flattering on curvy legs.

transparent black tights 2 transparent black tights

2. Colored tights

2.1. Colored tight with black

Colored tights can turn an all black look into an edgy and fresh outfit.

In the street

all black yellow tights

DIM MOD tights

Or on the Dior Runway

pale pink tights

Dior

2.2 Colored tights in color harmony

Tights can be combined with other colored items to be inserted into a color harmony

Automnal/classic harmony: navy blue dress + burgundy tights + leather with

Why is it a match? Because marine and burgundy are complementary colors (complementary colors are the opposite colors on a color spectrum). White and leather are neutrals

burgundy tights

Arty/boho harmony

Ecru top with colorful prints + mustard scarf + purple skirt + olive tights + leather booties + red lips + pale blue nails

Maybe  you’ve heard about the “not more than 3 colors rule?” I think it is an helpful  and good rule for most people but that when you got a talent for matching, you can break it.

Why is a match?The top is the key: its printed ribbons come in yellow/orange that matches both the scarf and booties, in purple that matches the skirt, in red that matches the lips, in pale blue that matches the nails and in olive green that matches the tights and the top itself is ecru which is a neutral color. Congrats to this lady!

olive tight multicolor pretty mix

Ok, this one was expert level, let’s go back to easier matchs.

Camel autumnal harmony

Camel coat + other shade of camel dress + brown leather bag + havana leather boots + burgundy tights

Why is it a match? As I always, say, neutrals go with everything, so you can wear as many as you want and add a flash of color. With colored tights for instance!

burgundy tights 2

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Automnal fresh harmony

Camel coat + light grey top + darker grey beanie + camel bag + brown leather and white wool boots + navy skirt + mint tights

Why is it a match? Because neutrals! And yes, I consider navy blue being a neutral (cannot think of a color it does not match with but, if I do one day, I’ll keep you updated). The surprising color of the tights really enlighten the outfit here and make this lady stand out.

pastel mint tights

Preppy harmony

Navy dress with white dots + grey cardigan + black boots + mustard tights

Why does it match? Sure you can tell the answer by yourself after reading the previous ones. Tell me your opinion in the comments!

pretty yellow tights

And a few bad color matches for you to avoid

–  Wohooo!! (athough they are complementary and no more than three, it a big NO for me)

– Peter Pan is it you? Green near almost the same green is a no.

green boots on green tights too matchy

– Quite elegant jolie madame… but yellow top + yellow tights kind of give the feeling. And as far as I am concerned I think she should add some neutrals to the mix.

– More subtle but too matchy, you cannot tell the difference between the color of  shorts and the color of the tights

shades of the same blue too matchy

3. Effects tights

Whether they are black or colored, refer to 2 and 3.

3.1 Back seam tights

I like to think of them as follow-me tights.

They are inspired from the seam of ancient stocking.

Back in the time, this seam was such a symbol of feminity that, during world war 2, ladies used to draw a fake couture marks on their legs to give the illusion of stockings!

Today, they are still a turn-on.

Because they are very sexy, they should be worn with elegant clothes to avoid being tacky. Like a trapeze skirt for example.

back seam tights

I think this lady below has got every tacky item possible on her.

back seam tights 2

3.2 Fishnet tights

Same as the back seam: be careful, they can quickly appear tacky … or grunge in a bad way.

So either you go for an elegant and classic outfit, or you break the sexy with a boho attitude.

fishnet tights classy

Max Mara

Miley, what did I just say about fishnets?

fishnet tights tacky

And bonus, the nude fishnet, which I think looks adorably retro with a ladylike outfit. Plus they create beautiful legs (they are used by the Moulin rouge dancers)

SONY DSC

3. 3 Creative effects

Tights with creative effects can totally rock an outfit. I personally wear a lot of them.

Trick is not to mix them with other patterns. Just like blogger.

arty tights miss pandora

Miss Pandora

Or like on this fashion shoot (siren effect? looove it!)

perfect blue pattern tights

Adding pattern tights to an outfit containing patterns  is almost never good, sorry Blair (at least to me).

lieghton meister pattern tights too much information

3.3 Prints

The smaller the print, the lighter the leg

Heart plumetis

heart tights 2

Classic small plumetis

mini polka dots tights

Bigger dots work with thin legs, but enlarge them a bit

big polka dots

Below, the print is so big that it blurs the shape of the leg

tights pattern is too big

Suspenders effect is great and subtly sexy! But only if you keep the rest of the outfit elegant and casual.

sexy suspenders tights touch

This second lady is well dressed, but I think her jean shorts are a bit too small for those kind of tights.

suspensders tights a bit too short

Nicola Roberts

Et voilà!

I hope this article helped you find your way into thights jungle.

Bisous de Paris!

Aloïs

Cover pics: could not find the others…



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