December 14, 2007

I Dream of a Lifestyle Involving Many Cocktail Dresses V: Coloured Tights

One positive thing about spending the holidays back in Hong Kong is the temperature -it's cool enough to wear a cute jacket but warm enough to wear skirts and dresses without freezing ones legs. In the past, tights used to mean that it was so cold I had to wear them with my school skirt. But this year, for the first time, I'm actually considering wearing black tights as part of a casual outfit. (OK, so everyone does this, but it's new to me.) I'm imagining outfits with short cotton dresses or very long tees with black leggings -kind of Olsen-esque.

Another tights-related style I'm thinking about are coloured tights. Now I've never been an adventurous dresser, so I'm certainly not thinking of wearing colourful tights with crazy coloured shorts and tees, (80's style.) I'm thinking more of the girly, simple way like the images (above and below). I think the key to this look is really to keep the outfit simple. Basically, keep everything else but the tights black or neutral-coloured.

To be honest, wearing colourful tights seem like a lot of effort to me. I mean, do you know how many colours and degrees of sheerness of tights there are out there? What is the difference between '50 den' and '80 den' tights? What does 'den' mean anyways? Just the thought of buying a pair of coloured tights is enough to keep me away. But the argument of you're-only-young-once, and you can't exactly wear coloured tights when you pass a certain age is making me consider having some fun with this trend.

Are you wearing coloured tights this season? If so, how are you wearing them?

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Anonymous viv said...

I think coloured tights can be really classy when worn properly. I'd choose dark red tights, like maroon, instead of neon shades. But I mostly wear them with dark dresses like black or graphite.

12/14/2007 6:21 PM  
Anonymous BebeD said...

yes! I wear purple ones, 100 den. The other day I layered them on top of black 100 den ones (it's very cold here). I quite liked the effect, because the black tights made the purple colour intense and there wasn't any sheerness. I wear them with black clothes. I have been thinking about buying pink tights, but pink and red might be a bit harder to pull off. So I probably will buy olive and navy.

12/14/2007 6:24 PM  
Blogger Ali said...

'den' is short for denier, which refers to the thickness of the yarn used to knit the stockings. the lower the denier, the sheer-er the stockings. 15-30 denier will be very sheer. With coloured tights, you should look for anything over 70 denier as they'll be opaque and warm.

12/14/2007 6:29 PM  
Blogger Imelda said...

I really like that first black dress!

I like to wear coloured tights from time to time, I have them in red, bleu, green, turqoise, ... But always when the rest of my outfit is black.

12/14/2007 7:03 PM  
Anonymous mimi said...

coloured tights were HUGE last season in australia's winter.

anyway, when i read this post, i had one look in mind:,,20057739_20057738,00.html

blair in gossip girl: perfect example of how to make coloured tights classy and fab.

12/14/2007 10:17 PM  
Anonymous jaqui said...

gosh, i've been wearing colored tights for years! i wear so much black that i thought getting some tights in fun colors would liven up my wardrobe, plus you can experiment with the season's trendy shade without committing to an expensive piece.

12/14/2007 11:12 PM  
Anonymous Rosie* said...

Never in a million years! i think it looks....silly-ish.
i dont see how it can be sophisticated worn in any way. maybe im just not fashion forward enough but coloured tights remind me of my childhood.

but on the contrary, coloured skinny jeans is a plusplusplus!

see. im not against colour =D

12/14/2007 11:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great comments today, go girls! but don't dread that "certain age" when you think you can't have fun with trends, because who says you can't?

sometimes what an outfit needs is a little slice of bright color between the top of the boots and the hem of an about knee-length skirt. this is a way to try out bright tights without over-committing

12/14/2007 11:23 PM  
Blogger Diana Rikasari said...

i love coloured-tights....don't just wear black dresses for the top...a white dress is actually cute too...

other alternative, pair it with a loose shirt and a black mini skirt...killer look!!!

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12/14/2007 11:48 PM  
Blogger Katherine said...

Last weekend at my School Cotillion I wore an adorable, short BCBG cocktail dress. The upper part was black with embroidered roses shapes and the rest (empire waist and down to mid thigh) was a beautiful cream colored silk. I paired it with black opaque tights and it looked amazing. Everyone else was wearing either no tights (slutty) or sheer, nude tights (boring.) I looked better than expected =) I was also wearing black shoes, and it created this sort of, never ending leg line silhouette. Try something like this next time you're wearing a lighter colored dress.


12/15/2007 2:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where is the black dress in the first picture from? it's fabulous.


12/15/2007 4:05 AM  
Blogger Patent Shoes && Rants said...

It's actually my goal to get some new ones.

I have a pair of pink ones that I haven't worn yet- But they're just not the right color.

I want purple! I would wear them with a simple top just like in your first picture.


12/15/2007 5:36 AM  
Anonymous Kate said...

Ha! I'm wearing a blue cotton 3/4 sleeve mini dress with black tights right now! Anyway, I think brightly colored tights or pastels are too hard to pull off. If you really want color, try plum, silver, navy or brown. It looks very nice.

12/15/2007 6:45 AM  
Blogger alis said...

pink and red remind me of sausage legs but maroon, purple look great as I saw them on other girls on the Internet, they were wearing burgundy tights with charcoal and yellow outfits, it looked surprisingly good. Anyways I don't see myself wearing colored tights but but I admire anyone who can pull off this look. Http://

12/15/2007 8:07 AM  
Blogger Unforgettable said...

Personally, I love the colored tights idea, just not for me. I like just not wearing anything on my legs with dresses.

12/15/2007 11:06 AM  
Anonymous mini boss said...

you can be any age and wear colored tights. its all about how you wear them. i remember seeing a friend of my grandmother's a few years back wearing green green tights with a matching geen skirt suit. my jaw dropped when i saw her ans i thought, this is it! it looked better on her than it would have ona girl my age. wonderful! do not restrict yourself by age.
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12/15/2007 11:42 AM  
Anonymous lara said...

Coloured tights fail at life. I just think they're really tacky - the neon ones at least. They should be left alone except for raves and costume parties.

Black tights, on the other hand, are a lifesaver. They permit one to wear dresses without freezing one's ass off :)

12/15/2007 4:47 PM  
Blogger The Seeker said...

I loveeeeeeee color tights. And I weare them in spite of my age. I got them in red, yellow, navy, purple, lavanda, dark green, grey, brown and off course black. I didn't weare some but they're not the lighter. If u all want to check

12/15/2007 8:06 PM  
Blogger Nyla said...

If you're uncomfortable with brightly coloured tights, grey tights are definitely an option, specially with black dresses.
Pick a lighter shade of grey. It's been working for me all season.

12/16/2007 12:26 AM  
Anonymous Julia said...

i LOVE colored tights--I do have a black pair, but the three pairs of tights i wear the most are reddish brown, gray, and purple. All are from American Apparel. The purple and the reddish/brown pair are these really cool shiny stirrup tights--they sound kind of tacky, but when I wear them with simple minidresses, i get tons of compliments.

12/16/2007 2:17 AM  
Anonymous Julia said...

oh, here's the link to the stirrup tights:

keep in mind that they look MUCH prettier in real life

12/16/2007 2:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

julia, those tights at american apparel look nice, the brown are awesome, how often do you see shiny brown--usually matte. do you have the orchid color?

12/16/2007 3:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

honey .. those colored tight dont need any effort at all ! .. just wear them with somthing black and u will look gr8 !

12/16/2007 3:49 AM  
Blogger kate said...

oh, love it!
i've actually been imagining outfits for myself involving tights and leggings. i love 'em because they are so comfortable.
i just need to find a place to buy them for under 10 bucks =]
any suggestions?

12/16/2007 10:01 AM  
Anonymous Jenny said...

Hi, I'm going to visit HK for the first time ever! I am wondering if anyone knows good places to shop... I live in Canada and I like Club Monaco. Is it easy to find nice, and good quality work clothes that are trendy and cheaper than club monaco?

12/16/2007 1:07 PM  
Anonymous Jenny said...

PS...I think I have similar tastes as Harrods girl and Barney's girls... so any helpful shopping tips would be greatly appreciated! Also, I'm wondering are there nice places to buy shoes?? Thanks!

12/16/2007 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kate, target actually has a pretty good legwear dept. i hardly ever shop there, but have made special trips to get socks, tights and legwarmers. and you might be able to get 2 pr for 10 bucks. i have a pr of thick old-fashioned grey ribbed tights that i got there that are my favorites. i also got some cute olive leg warmers, striped tights, black fuzzy old-fashioned tights which are so warm...

12/16/2007 1:27 PM  
Blogger Bouncing Evil Ginner said...

Where is that black, slightly tiered dress from? Topshop? It looks like the same shape as one I have from Warehouse?

And I love coloured tights!! Particularly in jewel colours - v classy - but I do have some BRIGHT blue ones

12/16/2007 6:22 PM  
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Blogger FashionQueen101 said...

I have blue, red, grey purple and brown tights. the grey ones are woll and there others at 80 denier. I agree simple clothing is needed with tights. x

12/16/2007 11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have black, grey, green, purple, white and brown

i like wearing them with white or grey shirt/dresses and boots

12/17/2007 6:13 AM  
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12/17/2007 6:00 PM  
Anonymous Shiny said...

I love black 50 den tights, I wear
them daily under trousers at work. One of my lady coworkers knows it and she said it`s cool. What do You ladies think about it?

1/16/2008 5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i wear slate grey opaque tights with a plum knit dress and a cute pair of black flats. sooo cute!!

1/17/2008 3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a big fan of colored tights.

There are many colored tights.
I found some beautiful tights for Spring there

3/06/2008 8:32 PM  
Anonymous leilanie said...

Everyone MUST check out the site WE LOVE COLORS. Best variety in colored tights! Super cute splash colours too!! (:


5/16/2008 4:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i really like coloured tight but i never know wat to wear them with and what colours go . any help?

7/12/2008 3:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like colored tights. I am 16. :| But I really think you can still wear it at 25-ish. :))

It depends on what you wear it with. The images of the black dress with colored tights would work for older people. HAHA

9/09/2008 8:42 PM  
Blogger Sophie said...

If you're scared of brightly colored tights, grey or olive green ones are also available. You can get them, like, at target really cheap, even up to plus sizes.

I love bright purple tights and blue. They actually just work like a pair of colored jeans, so you can wear them with anything that doesn't compete too much with the color. I usually pair them with a navy or black skirt and some black wedges for contrast. Print shirts are best so I don't look too monochrome.

9/25/2008 10:14 AM  
Blogger Θωμάς said...

I don't like the purple one. The other are good.

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