How to choose your tights


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

We heart it

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


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

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

Classy girls wear pearls

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

When green grass was yellow on pictures

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! Too much bright colors at a time! (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 that you are wearing a unitard to me. 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. Aïe aïe aïe

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)


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 miss Pandora.

arty tights miss pandora

Miss Pandora

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

perfect blue pattern tights

Gaspard Yurkievich for Gerbe

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

Style Scrapbook

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!


Cover pics: trendy taste on the left, could not find the others…

94 Responses to “How to choose your tights”
  1. Katy Morgan-Davies says:

    I am a plus size lady, a special occasion is on the horizon and I am not sure what to wear. I was going to wear either a floral midi dress (black/pink/red) or a midi dress with subtle patterns (black/grey) and ballet pumps/or low heels in black. Do you think opaque black tights would be the best? (As you rightly said earlier transparent tights can be unflattering on curvy legs). Thank you!

  2. Alison Redden says:

    I just love to wear Seamed Tights with a nice Mini Skirt

  3. Desi says:

    Dear Aloïs,
    Tnx for the great article!! My question is: I have a grass green midi dress with a hint of nude in it and nude pumps; I wanted to go for a “Spring is in the air” look but it’s too cold not to wear stockings. What would you advise me to wear with it? NB: I am not a fan of skin coloured stockings … Tnx in advance for your advise!

  4. Alex says:

    Hello there! Great article indeed!
    Any idea about silver shiny tights? Or does it belong to the creative effects category? Thanks a lot 🙂

  5. Kayla says:

    I have an almost hot pink, slightly darker colored dress with white and black polka dots and flowers on it. I can’t seem to figure out what tights would work best. I plan on wearing low top boots with it. A little grunge look for a music festival!

  6. Moon says:

    I think that curvy legs can look great in transparent tights. Curvy does not mean unflattering.

  7. Marie says:

    Hey great article! really helpful!
    I just bought a pair of royal blue ankle boots (i’ve only ever owned back shoes so i’m at a loss)
    What colour tights would you pair with these?
    Any tips would be really appreciated!

  8. Shelley says:

    I’ve got a cute navy dress that is of heavy weight lace with navy lining. Because of the lace, it looks good as fall/winter wedding attire. I’d like to style it for office attire. What sort of tights do you recommend I wear to make it more office appropriate? I work for the government in a fairly conservative environment, but try to have fun with my clothes when I can.

  9. carolina says:


    Great article thanks! Could you please help me with some advise? I have a pub-wedding on Saturday and I am planning to wear a black dress (with some details in white) with burgundy shoes… but with british weather, I was thinking of taking some (transparent) tights.. Which colour would work better?…. black? burgundy?

  10. Louise says:


    I have patent sky blue heels with a thin ankle strap. Do you think black opaque tights will work well? I was going to wear natural tan tights but I think the black will elongate my legs better?

    • Aloïs Guinut says:

      It may work but I am not sure,
      I would need to check this,
      I you want a quick personal advices, I provide it as a custom distance personal styling service,
      You can email me at alois@dresslikeaparisian for details,
      Kind regards,

  11. Ariana says:

    I wear tights a lot.I can say all 24 hours of a day even in sleep time.but I did not know what i can wear with tights but now not only I will wear them more than past but I also want to give this tips for other fans of tights.thanks a million!

  12. Jo Menon says:

    I want to wear a maroon top with a gold jacquard skirt with subtle hints of green and maroon in it. What color tights and shoes will go with his outfit for a Christmas party?

  13. Mari says:

    I have a plum sweater dress that I think would look great with my tan booties. What color tights do you recommend?

  14. LBJ says:

    Loved the article! So helpful!
    Plan to visit the boyfriend in France this October which would be a perfect time to wear skirts with tights, coats, boots, cardigans and leather pants! My only problem is that I am 5’5″-5’6″ and have extremely skinny legs. Wearing black would make my legs look practically non existent. However, I really do wish to wear black as most of the outfits I have would go so well with black tights! Any suggestions on a compromise I can reach with myself? Also, anything other than black leggings/pantyhose/translucent tights (sheer) that would go well with a burgundy/maroon coloured mini pencil skirt?
    Thanks in advance!

  15. Kazam Shah says:

    I love girls who wear tights! so sexy and alluring. By the way, the models featured are simply gorgeous! especially the girl wearing yellow coloured tights with a black outfit. So beautiful and sexy. She can be my girl any time!

  16. Natasha says:


    I love all your posts. I am an Indian and i have a mustard colour(not too deep neckline) slightly abouve knee length skater dress. I was thinking of wearing it in a family function in july (a hotter season)and hence cannot show off my legs. Mustard is a tricky colour, please help me with the tights and shoes for this dress. Thanks

  17. Elvie says:

    “White and leather are neutrals”
    What do you exactly mean by “leather is a neutral”?
    Do you mean leather of every colour is a neutral, or do that only this camel-like-sandy- colour is a neutral?

  18. SL says:

    Hi…the pics above…the models r wearing tights with black socks or the tights extend into socks?

  19. mels says:

    I am so excited to have found your blog! My reading this post was perfect timing- I have a dress I have been wearing all summer long. I can’t figure out how to take it through fall and winter. It is a silk shift dress in a lovely seafoam and coral to red (colors are more vibrant than the photo). Here is a photo:

    What color tights would work with this dress? I am truly stumped! I would love your input.

  20. Anita says:

    What about shoes with your tights? I have the hardest time finding shoes for colored tights, and if it can somehow happen I don’t know how to work tights with open toe shoes.

  21. Jacque says:


    I am an older woman, yet I still like to dress in a fashionable and contemporary manner. I recently purchased a maize yellow and cream tweed A- line knee length skirt with pleats. I have a yellow cardigan with cream trim that matches really well. This is a winter skirt, so I need to wear something on my legs. I am at a lost as to what hosiery would work. I like an edgy look, but as indicated, I am older, so I don’t want to look like a fool either. Can you guide me please?

    Thank you

  22. Emily says:

    So tights can make a lot in dressing up. I was thinking of pairing it with shorts but I always go with the black color only. Pairing it out with a navy dress is a new idea to me. I’ll try it one of this days.

  23. Anne says:

    Hello there,

    I’m glad I found this post, it’s been a great help, but since I am terrible at putting together a matching outfit, I thought I better solicit your advice.

    I’ve got a cocktail party to go to and I bought a little black dress I like. The event is in Denver, however, since the spring-time temps there can still be a little nippy, I’ll definitely need some tights to go with it. I have black tights but I thought adding a little color might liven up the outfit a bit. I also have some dark purple opaque tights with a classic ribbed texture and a sort-of natural forest green color pair that’s a little more see through. Do you think either of those would work with black? My shoes will also likely be black.


  24. Akane says:

    I always search for a good post about how to wear colour tights..
    Finally I found your post, love it!

    I used to only wear black tights, but now I decide to have some change

  25. Ameera says:

    I love tights! I had a quick question: I have a light grey dress and an ivory dress that I wanted to pair with tights. any suggestions for what color tights would look good in spring. I’m pretty tall and the dresses show more leg than I’m comfortable with it thus the tights. Any help would be welcome!

  26. Maria says:

    Hi Aloïs, thanks for your blog, it is great. I have a doubt. Would it make sense to wear navy opaque tights with light beige shoes? The dress is navy-green Scottish-like fabric (but has no red, it is a very simple fabric).

  27. BL says:

    Hello – I was wondering if it is ok to wear opaque black tights to a summer wedding in June in Chicago? I have no problem with the high temperatures. I hate my legs but also love the look of opaque tights and think they complete the outfit. Please let me know what you think.

    • Aloïs Guinut says:

      I am not a big fan of opaque tights for summer. It looks strange to me. If you do not like your legs, I’d rather advise you to go for pants.

  28. Becky says:

    This article was a great read! any suggestions for wearing hot pink tights? would it be weird if I wear it during spring time?

    • Aloïs Guinut says:

      Actually there is a pic of a model wearing hot pink tights in my article (the Dior runway). I think all black with just a flash of pink brought by the tights is the best combination. Navy blue could be an option too. You can pull those combination out during spring time if it is still cold enough to wear tights.
      Bonne journée!

  29. Patricia Jacob says:

    Hi, I have a huge birth mark on one of leg. I want to wear shorts and skirts in summer. What tights go for Indian skin tones please for work wear in summer? Please advise. Also, can you wear tights on dungarees?

    • Aloïs Guinut says:

      Dear Patricia, birth marks are part of our body. I think you do not need to hide it. Therefore I advise you to go bare legs in summertimes. And yes you can wear tights under dungarees. Bests, Aloïs

      • Patricia Jacob says:

        Thank you Alois for your response. I’m very conscious of the birth it extends on one leg till the ankles. Therefore I try to hide it. I have an Indian skin tone. Will brown tights go well with work wear please? Thanks again.

  30. zoe says:

    I just have a question about wearing tights for a night out? I’m a bit self-conscious about my legs and would feel more comfortable wearing a short dress with tights. Is it tacky to do that for a night outfit?

    Also, what’s your opinion on tights with rompers?

    • Aloïs Guinut says:

      Of course you can wear tights for a night out and that is not tacky at all (well at least if you don’t choose fishnet tights on a super short skirt).
      I like rompers when they are well styled.

  31. tiffany says:

    This weekend is my baby shower. I have a plum colored dress, what color tights, shoes, jewelry, bag would work best with it? it is winter and chilly. Thanks and i love ur site!!:))

  32. Darla says:

    Saw your blog and have a question. Going to a dinner tomorrow night and want to wear a black dress with leggings or tights and not sure what color to go with. It is freezing cold here right now and I currently own black fleece lined leggings, darker gray ones, and just purchased some pretty black with silver sparkly in them. I have put on all three and just don’t know why way to go. Any advice?

  33. Tights says:

    Nice one! I always like tights but I don’t know how to mix it with my outfits, so I always ended up with black tights (with no patterns) only. 😀 Will definitely try this! Thanks.

  34. Traci says:

    Hi! Just stumbled upon your blog and I love it!
    What color tights and shoes would you recommend with a navy top and a camel colored skirt?

    • Aloïs Guinut says:

      Hi Traci, if you wanna go for colored tights, try burgundy or deep purple. Match with natural leather shoes (brown) or clean white sneakers.
      Otherwise plumetis black tights (or another type of print) or black tights worn with shoes either natural brown leather, clean white but also colors like red, burgundy fuschia, yellow, etc.

  35. Monika says:


    Can you please advise what colour tights I can wear with burgundy dres which has navy heart print?

    Thanks 😉


    • Aloïs Guinut says:

      I think…black is the best color! I know, not very surprising but other colors would be overwhelming with the burgundy and navy blue will be too matchy with the hearts.

  36. Linda Morrell says:

    This was very helpful.

  37. Caroline says:

    Wow, un article complètement collant et très bien détaillé qui donne beaucoup d’idées. Merci beaucoup pour ces tenues mines d’or !

  38. Reem says:

    Can I wear a white dress with black tights ?

  39. Hello! I understand this is somewhat off-topic however I needed
    to ask. Does running a well-established blog such as yours take
    a massive amount work? I am brand new to blogging but
    I do write in my diary everyday. I’d like to start a blog so
    I will be able to share my personal experience and thoughts
    online. Please let me know if you have any kind of suggestions or
    tips for brand new aspiring bloggers. Thankyou!

    • Aloïs Guinut says:

      I wish my blog were “well established” 🙂
      Working on it though.
      Yes it does take time, but if you would like to do that, do it!
      Bises et bonne chance

  40. Clara says:

    Wow, quel article complet, et bien plus instructif et poussé que ce qu’on peut lire dans la presse féminine!
    J’ai aussi disserté sur la question, mais j’avoue que je suis jalouse de ton article 😀

  41. Marie says:

    Thanks so much! This is great. Love your site and hope you keep posting. 🙂

  42. rose says:

    “Note that transparent tights are not flattering on curvy legs.”…… why don’t you just say what you mean and state that transparent tights are not flattering on overweight legs. Because there is no reason why a truly curvy girl – not fat – should not be showing off her legs.

    • Aloïs Guinut says:

      Hello Rose,
      You are right on that. It is not always easy to find the right word to describe things, especially as english is not my first langage 🙂
      Regarding the tights what I wanted to say was that the most flattering black thights for curvy legs is probably opaque rather than transparent. But yes, maybe curvy was not the accurate word to choose.
      And I think that there is a flattering way to dress for every silhouette because every girl is unique and needs a unique way to enhance her beauty with her clothes.
      Thank you for commenting!

    • Peagan Ciara says:

      i was thinking the same thing she also implied it about small prints as if curvy women dont look as good as skinny women do in tights… a lil offended

      • Aloïs Guinut says:

        Dear Ciara,
        I do not mean that, it is a blog about personal styling so it is about finding the tights that will flatter you the most and big prints do enlarge the legs so I am saying it.
        If you read my other articles you’ll see that I often show curvy bloggers as examples of how to dress 🙂

  43. Tara says:

    Well done Aloïs! I loved reading your post 🙂

  44. Naya says:

    Thank you!
    Such a helpfull and nice post!
    Please write more article begins with “How to”=)

  45. Justine says:

    Oh thank you for the new post! I keep checking to see what else you’ve decided to post on and am very excited to see this newbie!

    Very thought provoking article. I agree about your too many bright colours looking odd observation. I never like too many bright colours together, and think it looks messy and a bit mad in an annoying way, no matter how expert or thought out the ensemble. I like the blend of neutral and harmonious colours together in your autumnal examples though.

    One thing you haven’t commented on, is matte vs shiny tights. Any thoughts? Generally matte looks nicest I think, except perhaps at night. I really dislike shiny sheer tights in the daytime especially, even opaque shiny is no good though.

    • Aloïs says:

      Hello Justine,
      I’m so happy to know I have followers, makes me want to post others 🙂
      For the matte vs shiny I indeed forgot. So many parameters.
      I agree with you: matte generally looks better, even in the evening.
      Shiny makes the leg look wider.
      But if you have very slim legs, you can rock sparkly tights for an evening.

      • Catherine says:

        U really know a lot about what colored dress goes with what colored tights.
        I wish somebody like u could tell figure skaters today it’s not ugly to wear colored tights etc.

        • Aloïs Guinut says:

          I wish figure skaters met talented stylists, ahah. And yes, they are all about those sheer tights! Maybe it is mandatory?

          • Catherine says:

            Yes hahah i so agree, although i heard this other skater say it’s not mandatory.

            For instance, if u’ve ever heard about a program called “Tango” they skate to, u always see them wear either a black or red dress.I was thinking what if u wear a black skating dress with red tights or a red dress with black tights.Wouldn’t that be so super awesome?

            My apoligies for ranting too much heh..

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