Tights Tip

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Purple dress with black tights and leopard heels for Chicago winter office style


Dress – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s (similar) | Chandelier earrings – The Limited (similar) | Watch – Groopdealz (similar)

Let’s talk about tights. They are a necessity in the winter here in Chicago. At least, if you don’t want to spend the entire winter in pants. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with pants but, dang, sometimes you just want to wear a pretty dress and not freeze to death you know?

Finding tights that fit can be a challenge. I always buy mine a size larger than the size chart on the packaging dictates and even then I typically take scissors to the waistband and cut four vertical slits (front, back and sides) to cut down on the sausage-casing squeeze so many tights produce.

And then, I almost always match my shoes to my tights. Black tights? Black shoes. Gray tights? Gray shoes. Brown tights? You get the picture. Why? Because I think it elongates the leg and keeps the outfit more streamlined. But today I threw caution to the wind and wore my leopard prints shoes with my black tights. And actually kind of liked it.

I’ve done this once before and I didn’t like it that time. I think because the rest of the outfit was too busy for me visually. But this time with the solid purple dress and simple gold jewelry it’s much less jarring.

So, there’s my tip for the day. Match your shoes to your tights or, if you’re not going to, keep the rest of your outfit a solid color and let the shoes be the star.

 Purple dress, leopard print heels, black tights, gold jewelry, wear to work, Chicago style blogger

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8 replies on “Tights Tip

  1. Valerie @ The Style Files

    You’re right- the same color tights/shoes does elongate the legs but I LOVE it with the leopard shoes– really pops!

    And that’s too funny– I refer to my tights as “sausage casings” LOL!

    Great idea on cutting the top–no matter what size I get they are always squeezing my waist SO much! I’ll have to try that…the cuts don’t get bigger over time or when it get stretched does it?

  2. Anne

    I have the same thoughts about tights! I think the monochrome look really does elongate legs (similar to wearing a nude heel with bare legs), but it is nice to have a pop of color sometimes. I like wearing my bright blue wedges with black tights because they do the same thing. And goodness knows we need some color this time of year 🙂

    I like this outfit – think you’ve worn this dress with leopard before, and it’s a really cute combo!

  3. Kandi

    I bought a size up in tights once and they were just way too long and I couldn’t make them work (I’m 5’4″). I’ve never thought to cut the waist band before. I’ve been buying Apt. 9 tights from Kohl’s and haven’t had any issues with muffin tops (despite not being super thin).

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I have much longer legs when compared to my torso (I’m also 5’4″) so I can really wear tights of just about any length. That helps. I’ll have to check out the Apt 9 tights! I have some really old ones from Target and Walmart that I love because the waistband isn’t too tight. But the rest are iffy.

  4. kilax

    I know you have told me this tip before but I don’t follow. You will have to show me sometime. I am surprised that cutting them does not cause them to rip!

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