Ever been nosy about hosiery (you know, the what’s what and when to wear it)? Good! We’ve compiled the official guide to all things legwear—from sheer hose to heavy tights and the dos and don’ts that define them.
Here’s what to know about pantyhose and tights.
What’s the Difference?
Leggings vs. tights: Though sometimes similar in appearance, leggings and tights are not the same. Those spandex heroes we call leggings might be what we reach for on weekends but don’t belong beneath flirty frocks and skirts. Instead, opt for tights, which come in an array of colors (neutrals like black, navy and charcoal are essential for cooler weather) and even prints (hello polka dot!) that play up a put-together look when the weather prevents you from going bare-legged.
Pantyhose: The more sheer and lightweight counterpart to tights is the reigning champion at concealing anything you don’t want to show off on your legs. The best part? They’ll lend clever coverage that’s less detectable and won’t distract from your look.
So is Pantyhose Still in Style?
Yes! Many among us aren’t so quick to embrace the change of seasons that brings about those leg-exposing skirts and dresses. The solution? Pantyhose can be a great way to smooth over those gams. Look for styles that are as light and neutral-looking as possible, avoiding any versions with opaqueness, white undertones or shimmer. Also look for quality versions with reinforced toe-boxes.
Stylist Tip: Keep in mind pantyhose is most appropriate with dressier styles (think of tights with a houndstooth wool skirt in the fall or opaque hose with a wrap dress for a spring event) and definitely not to be paired with sandals or open-toed footwear.
Having a handle on hosiery doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll want to reach for it at every opportunity—and that’s okay! Hosiery alternatives like maxi and midi length skirts remove the need to add coverage to your legs; plus, they’re super-easy to style. Wide-leg palazzo pants, gauchos and culottes also channel breezy vibes without showing too much leg.
Stylist Tip: Have a look that demands a bare leg? Don’t panic—reach for a little sunless tanner. With mousses, sprays and lotions, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to add a little glow to your legs and help prepare for a bare-legged look.
So that’s it—the nitty-gritty behind tights hosiery! With the right information there’s no need to tip-toe around this fundamental foundation legwear anymore!