Three Office Appropriate Outfits Featuring Patterned Tights

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A reader asked me to address the whole idea of patterned tights.  She recently purchased these tights from New York & Company and wanted ideas on how to wear them.



So, how do you wear patterned tights to the office without looking ridiculous?  In my mind the key is pairing them with simple staples: sheath dresses, skirts, and sweaters.  Don’t try to compete with the tights too much in terms of other patterns and make sure that whatever you’re wearing fits well and covers everything appropriately.


Dress | Cardigan | Necklace | Shoes

You could also swap out the original tights for just about any gray or black tights in any pattern.  Polka dotsLeopard print? Argyle would be especially fun.


Sweater | Blouse | Skirt | Shoes | Bracelet (similar)


Sweater | Necklace | Skirt | Boots

Again, when in doubt, keep your patterned tights office appropriate by pairing them with solid or neutral colors and wear shoes that match the tights.

Which patterned tights outfit is your favorite? 


21 replies on “Three Office Appropriate Outfits Featuring Patterned Tights

  1. Kelly @ Running Kellometers

    I always paired my patterned tights with a plain skirt and plain sweater/top to make the tights as more of the statement piece. These outfits incorporate a little more pizzazz than I would have thought to put together. Thanks for the great suggestions!

  2. Emily

    Yay!!! Thanks so much for addressing my reader question, you are the bestest! I like the pencil skirt outfit the most. I agree with Kelly that these outfits incorporate a little more pizzazz than I would have thought to put together myself!

          1. kilax

            I cannot think of them off hand but if I run across I will send them. It’s probably their pairing with short skirts or something else not entirely appropriate.

  3. Kandi

    Surprisingly, I wear patterned tights frequently. I guess I tend to look at them as a neutral if they are all black or all gray. I don’t mix them with any outrageous patterns but I don’t just stick to solids. I do tend to stick to solids when I wear my black and red plaid tights though.

  4. Katie of Alaskan Weredork

    Oh wow, I would wear all of those outfits! I never really thought about patterned tights with a sheath dress but now that you’ve mentioned it and showed that pretty outfit(with the cutest cardigan ever!) I really want to try some patterned tights with one now! I love number three as well, but I might have a small thing for full skirts. You always put together the best outfit ideas, I really didn’t think patterned tights could be that appropriate or “grown up” enough for the office but you’ve really given me some great ideas.

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