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Your Official Guide To Wearing The Right Tights

Without looking frumpy.

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We can’t get enough of tights at the moment. Sure, they've been around for generations, but your grandma probably wasn't wearing anything close to the colorful, technology-infused designs you have lurking in your closet today. What she did do, however, was follow the tights protocol (again, probably). It's a set of basic rules that are largely unspoken, but that everyone should know: always opt for nylon, never mix black with brown or navy, and so on. Compared to what your granny wore, maybe she thinks anything goes nowadays, but to set the record straight once and for all, here's our updated version of tights etiquette to swear by. 

Now, raise your right hand and repeat...

The opaque tights debacle has had fashion gurus and feminists up in arms for decades – but at WTG, we say anything goes, as long as you know how to style it. 

Interested in shaving a few centimeters off your silhouette? Black opaque stockings are the way to go. Anything above 60 denier and you’ll have pure-black legs that will not only appear more slender, but that also look and feel more toned thanks to the quantity of lycra. Opaque tights go with just about everything so feel free to whip on a brightly colored pair to liven up an all-black outfit or use them to colorblock your look into two or three complimenting hues.
 
The rule of thumb for opaque tights is the shorter your skirt, the more opaque your tights should be. This is not only good practice for elongating your legs but also a clever trick to minimize the risk of showing an inevitable run in your pantyhose. 

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Hue Opaque Tights - $15
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ASOS Gipsy 60 Denier 2 Pack Tights - $10
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Missguided Black 80 Denier Diamante Tights - $12
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River Island Black 80 Denier Tights - $10
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Sheer tights call for an overall more sophisticated look. Sheers are sexy and show more skin, so are perfect for wearing with slinky dresses. A high-waisted pair will pull your silhouette in slightly which, when paired with a dress as unforgiving as a slip, might be exactly what you need to smooth over any bumps to give you a more flattering form. 
 
Choosing colored sheers allows you to rock the bright tights look without committing whole-heartedly, kind of like getting the gym membership... but only using the sauna. These sheer colors also don’t have the same intensity as their opaque equivalents, so if you’re a little shy of bold shades this is a great way to start. Blend them into your outfit by wearing shoes and accessories in coordinating colors to avoid a stand-out statement look, if you're not quite there yet. 
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Dress My Legs Regina Sparkly Lurex Tights - $14
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Topshop Spot Sheer Tights - $14
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Boohoo Hannah 2 Pack 20 Denier Tights - $6
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Wolford Synergy Light 25 Tights - $23
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The jury is still out on this one. Love them or hate them, a carefully chosen shade of nude can give the illusion of a more even skin tone while smart, technology-infused tights can make your legs appear more toned. Ideal for spring, nude tights are perfect for pairing when the forecast isn't forgiving, but you want to wear your dreamy, floaty dress that calls for a bare leg. 
 
Due to their ultra-fine denier, nude stockings are extremely prone to laddering, so always give yourself a quick inspection before leaving the house. Don’t be fooled by that small, insignificant snag at the knee – by the end of the day you’ll be a shredded mess, toss them out, now! Always carry a bottle of clear nail polish in your purse, too. A light dab around any snags or developing holes can help to minimize the damage if you get caught out during the day. 
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Nubian Skin Matt 15 Denier Curve Tights Caramel - $15
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Boohoo Rebecca 40 Denier Tights - $5
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Stockings HQ Pendeza Tone 20 Sheer Tights - $7
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Topshop 15 Denier Tights By Bianca Miller - $22
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Patterned pairs come in all weights and designs, from thick wool tights with cutesy prints to lacey numbers with built-in ladders and holes. They are great for breaking up block-colored outfits, providing a little more dimension and a refined style. Do avoid wearing patterned tights with printed garments as this can begin to look messy and easily cheapens the look of an outfit. Some lace and fishnet tights can be overwhelmingly sexy, so wear with caution: they’re probably best kept for nights out rather than an average Thursday at the office (unless you work at WTG). On the contrary, certain prints – such as polka dots – are more sweet than sultry, so you can get away with these more easily in a day time look.
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Wolford Noa Tights - $33
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Missguided Black Scroll Fishnet Tights - $10
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House Of Holland Rave Wave Tights - $40
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Forever 21 Polka Dot Tights - $7
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Never. Just don’t do it. Unless you're Alex Owens
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