As the weather begins to get super chilly, one of my favorite ways to stay warm (and make summer and fall dresses and skirts wearable all year long) is by adding tights and leggings. Got a floral summer dress that you just can’t bear to put away until spring? Throw on some tights! Just snagged a miniskirt from the clearance section and can’t wait to wear it? Put on some leggings! It’s pretty much a foolproof way to get more use out of your clothes and avoid having to buy an entirely new wardrobe for each season.
Now, I do think it’s important to note here that I do not believe leggings are to be worn as pants. Yes, I’ve used thick leggings as undergarments to otherwise short tunics and dresses, but if I would be able to see your undies without your leggings, you should probably rethink your wardrobe. </rant>
When it comes to buying tights, I typically buy tights that fall into one of two categories: wardrobe staples and statement pieces.
I often try to buy my wardrobe staples in a brand I know will hold up to lots of wears. There’s nothing worse than grabbing a pair of black tights and having them be all stretched out in weird places and have runs in the knees. Places I’ve personally found great, long-lasting tights include Target (the Merona brand, not the Exhilaration brand), We Love Colors and JC Penney. Anything with a heavier denier (or thickness) with give you that opaque look and tend to last a bit longer. I typically try to buy between 40 and 70 denier tights unless I want to show some leg through them.
Here are a few fabulous places to get staple tights and leggings for under $25:
We Love Colors – $8
JC Penney Seamless Legging – $8
Target Merona Premium Sweater Tights – $12
As with any statement piece, if you don’t expect to wear them a lot, you can get them a little cheaper and with less worry about how they will hold up year after year. Now, no gal loves runs in her tights, of course! Maybe I’ve been uber lucky but I’ve rarely gotten a run in my tights while out and about.
Here are some super fun statement tights and leggings for under $25:
ASOS White Hearts All Over Tights – $14
ModCloth Strolling Around Tights – $15.99
HUE Super Control Top Opaque Tights – $13.50
ModCloth Instant Antique Tights – $11.99
Target Xhilaration Layering Tights – $7
Where do you buy your tights? Any other brands I should know about?