How to wear coloured tights

I have been noticing more and more recently my tendency to throw on a pair of coloured or patterned tights with my outfits. I’m not sure where this has suddenly come from, but I’m just going with it and really enjoying it.
When I look back over my outfits, I notice that last year when it became tights wearing weather, I would just resort to my black opaque tights, hence why I have about a thousand pairs of these. Although I still believe that a pair of black tights can make an outfit, I also now believe that a pair of different coloured tights can possibly do this even better.
I did try experimenting with different coloured tights in my younger teenage years, probably about age 15, when I had a pair of bright (honestly fluorescent) tights, which I still have and use solely for rave parties, and some red and black striped footless tights. I think I had the wrong end of the stick here, I can see what I was trying to do, but it just wasn’t working.
I think my problem with being stuck in a rut of black opaque tights stemmed from school, where if we were wearing a skirt (which I always did, I never liked trousers at school), we would have to wear tights, either tan or black, and I generally always went for the black, unless we had to look smart that day for some reason; but now I’ve been away from school for a year, I’ve started branching out and trying new things, playing around a bit with my style, and the main way in which I seem to have done this is with legwear.
I should probably get round to the “how can you wear them” part of this sometime around now. Okay, well you can pretty much wear them anyway you like. And don’t just think that because your tights are bright you have to wear black everywhere else; although this can look really good, it certainly isn’t a fashion rule I follow.
So if you’ve never worn coloured or patterned tights before, how do you start?
You can either just go for it, throw yourself in at the deep end with a pair of bright purple tights and a floral print dress (see pictures below), or you can work your way in, starting with brown or grey, or black with a simple polka dot pattern for example. There are a lot of different ranges of tights on the market at the moment, Primark for example does cheap alternative (by this I mean alternative to black) tights that you can buy for £2 or so, try them, and if you don’t like them, don’t worry about it!
As I said, you don’t need to pair them with a totally black outfit, you can pick out a colour from your outfit and match them to that, or you don’t even need to do that, you can clash them!
So here are a few of the ways I’ve worn coloured and patterned tights so far this winter, you can be sure to see some more looks coming up from me with different tights, so keep a look out! And if you have any outfits with different tights you’d like to show me, any other tips you want to share, or any questions to ask, feel free to let me know in my comments.










  1. December 9, 2010 / 7:05 pm

    I love these for inspiration! I’ve been noticing the same thing: colored tights are just THE perfect (and cheap!) way to make an outfit extra perfect. I really love the way you wear very bright tights, I always tend to go for patterns and muted or dark colors because bright is always so BRIGHT 😀 but I should totally get over myself.

  2. December 9, 2010 / 8:23 pm

    I also have great collection of tights with different patterns and colors, probably now I’m much into red ones!

  3. December 9, 2010 / 9:08 pm

    I think that when it comes to wearing coloured tights that starting with coloured but not bamn-in-your-face colours are a great start! Like soft shades of purple. And the key is confidence, when you’re happy about your outfit and you start worrying because of your tights you just have to remember that you thought that your outfit was great!
    Love the pictures btw 🙂

  4. December 9, 2010 / 11:08 pm

    I love the way you wear coloured tights. They’re always a little unexpected but not too over top the top :]]
    I wear them a fair bit but I do wear black tights a lot!!
    This is a great post Sian :]]
    Oh and I’ve not got your skirt yet, grrr!!

    Charlotte xxx

  5. December 10, 2010 / 1:01 am

    Ohh you have got a great collection of tights! I’m trying to build up my collection. I just have black opaques but I do have some purple tights, polka dot ones and heart ones.

    But looovee the pics too.

  6. December 10, 2010 / 4:01 am

    I’m a fan of colored tights too! I think my favorite way to wear them is to use colorblocking by wearing a dress that is mainly one color and then a pair of tights that are the opposite. I really like the contrast 🙂


  7. December 10, 2010 / 4:15 am

    I lvoe tights too, but I cant seem I have enough courage to wear color tights, but been wearing patterns tight since last year. These pictures of you are really inspiring, I’m trying to wear my grey color tights right now, but cant seem to find the right outfit

  8. December 11, 2010 / 9:43 am

    you have a great collection! i’m totally feeling the tights now too…although i still stick to blacks and grays with patterns. been seeing a lot of people wearing colored tights to match their clothes – like blue (dress) on blue (patterned tights)…thought it looked pretty cool!

  9. December 11, 2010 / 2:21 pm

    lovely outfits! i love the red and purple ones the most! i also thought about wearing coloured tights but never dared to (check out the hobbs NW1 collection campaign. all the girls there wear pink tights – soooo cute)

    will try it next week!

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