We love certain patterned tights, but we’re conflicted about supporting the category as a whole. Some patterns, like complicated flowery lace or horizontal stripes, can make legs look bizarre or stumpy. But others – including the five below – are a flattering way to add texture to an outfit. As a bonus, they’ll probably help keep your legs from freezing off.
These Diamond-Knit Tights ($9.50) will keep the chill out – no holes here – but the nylon/spandex knit isn’t too chunky.
SPANX Tight-End Tights in Geo Stripe ($42) are my new favorite fall tights; they add interest to my extensive LBD collection and have a flattering vertical pattern.
These ribbed tights ($16.50) have a subtler pattern than the pair above – you could even pair them with a printed dress.
We think every woman should own a pair of fishnet stockings ($12.50 at Bare Necessities); just make sure the knit is relatively small, and please promise not to wear them with miniskirts.