Aspiring Street Stylers, Take Note--The Dos And Donts Of Pulling Off Shorts With Tights

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September 5, 2017

It’s that time of year again, you know, when fall is in the air but you still don’t want to let go of your warm weather wardrobe. You just want to wear shorts all year long – and we don’t blame you!

Well speaking of, who’s to say I can’t bust out my shorts well through December? Pulling off shorts with tights isn’t easy, but it is doable. You just have to stick to a few very important guidelines. For example, denim or dark-colored shorts are always your best (read: safest) bet. Also, at least one week’s worth of leg exercises should happen before you pair your shorts with tights. And let’s not forget, cutoffs are fine, but daisy dukes are definitely not (unless you’re a supermodel, that is).

So let’s get started. As a rule of thumb, black opaque tights are your go-tos. They not only provide a sleek monochromatic look, but they’ll keep your legs warmer than a sheer version. Plus, they pair well with any type of shoe – whether it’s a Mary Jane or peep toe. For a bolder option of this amazing look, you can try a patterned pair of tights. Mini polka-dots are always cute, while knit cutouts are super artsy – although the latter definitely won’t keep you as warm.

To pull of the look, you’ll want to put together exactly the right outfit. Opt for a pair of tweed shorts, which were practically made to be worn with tights. Or channel your inner Blair Waldorf and pair your shorts with a long coat, which not only creates a sophisticated flair but helps keep your bum warm, too! And if all else fails, remember that you can never go wrong with all-black everything – there’s a reason why it’s the standard dress code for all New Yorkers!

Feeling adventurous? You can even wear your favorite pair of shorts sans tights and still look fabulous! To protect bare legs from the cold, wear the shorts with over-the-knee boots. Available in all kinds of styles from suede to snakeskin, they’re so chic, we probably won’t have to tell you twice. For the brave bare-legged folk, leather shorts are also a much warmer option than a more lightweight pair. Try them with a cute pump and a slouchy pair of socks, and you’re good to go!

Overall, it’s important to remember that no matter how you choose to wear your shorts, fit is key. Shorts that are too tight can make you look trashy, while shorts that are ill-fitting or too baggy won’t be doing your curves any favors. And who would ever want that? You’ve officially been warned.

To nail the look this season, click through the slideshow for must-know intel on how to wear shorts with tights. Then, treat yourself to these perfect black shorts and these black tights.

And for even more fashion know-how, check out how to wear maxi skirts in winter, how to wear leopard without looking trashy and how to wear metallic jeans.

 

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