Maximise Your Wardrobe: Styling Tights From Autumn To Winter
Phew wee it's getting chilly. Autumn is gently yielding to winter and this is the time when we are all faced with the challenge of shifting our wardrobes to suit the dropping temperatures. Obviously at the top of the list of must haves for cooler temps is tights. They effortlessly bridge the gap between the cold seasons and with the right styling, tights are not just warm, but super comfy too.
Tights aren't just a practical layering piece; they're a canvas for creativity (no really). From sheer patterns and bold opaques to natural fibres and bamboo, Snag tights come in a variety of textures and styles, making them an ideal accessory to an fit when its cold.
Layer Up: The Art of Staying Warm and Looking Cool
The bit between Autumn and Winter is always tricky, the best way to add some cosiness on the days where there is a nip in the air is layering. Start with a lightweight pair during the milder days, 50 denier is a great choice (even a sheer could be fine when you are inside a lot). As the chill sets in, switch to a thicker denier pair, 80 is a great all rounder, they provide insulation without adding bulk. Or go for a pattern and layer that over a thicker denier underneath. Even popping some fishnets over a bold colour is a great shout. Pair with skirts or dresses made from thicker fabrics like wool or velvet can add both warmth and a touch of elegance.
Pairing Tights with Footwear for Maximum Impact
Choosing the right footwear can elevate the role of your tights. Ankle boots are a fall favourite, while knee-high and over-the-knee boots take the lead in winter, offering extra warmth. These can be difficult to find for people with bigger legs, so if you have any hidden gems or have tried some that work for you, drop your suggestions in the comments. For a seamless look, match the colour of your tights to your boots. If you're feeling adventurous, contrasting colours or textures can create a striking visual effect that's bound to turn heads.
Tights are incredibly versatile and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. For a professional setting, you might want to opt for solid, darker colours paired with a tailored dress and structured blazer. Transition to an evening look by switching to a pair of statement tights with bold patterns or glitter and whacking on the accessories. As always, the best way to dress is the way you feel the most comfortable. Dress for joy, not 'fashion standards'.
Mixing and Matching Textures: A Game-Changer
Introducing different textures into your wardrobe is a simple yet effective way to switch things up. Mix your tights with chunky knit sweaters, leather jackets, or wool coats. The juxtaposition of smooth, sheer tights against heavier fabrics adds depth and interest to your look.
Embracing Colors and Patterns
While black tights are a classic choice, don't shy away from colors and patterns. Deep reds, greens, and blues can complement the muted tones of your winter wardrobe, while patterns like plaids, or stripes add a playful touch.
Sustainability and Care: Making Your Tights Last
We are all about sustainability in fashion. Not to brag, but Snag tights last for a really, really long time. Just recently we had a thread in our Facebook group where people were sharing their stories of their oldest pair of Snags. We are talking years of washing and wearing. So investing in quality tights made from durable, eco-friendly materials, like Snags, ensures that they withstand the rigors of daily wear but also supports a more sustainable fashion industry.
Tips for Tights Longevity
- Washing: Use a cool wash, heat can break down the fibres over time. Also a mild detergent designed for delicates is best.
- Drying: Avoid the dryer and direct heat. Lay your tights flat to dry or hang them up, this will help them retain their shape and elasticity.
- Repairing: Small holes and runs can often be repaired with clear nail polish or if you are handy with a needle and thread that too.
- Rotation: Rotating between different pairs can reduce the strain on any one pair, distributing wear more evenly.
As you navigate the colder months tights can become an indispensable part of your wardrobe. They offer not just warmth and comfort but also a statement of style that reflects your personal aesthetic. With the right care they can carry you through the chilly times year after year.