Back in college circa the late aughts (dating myself here a little), I wore fishnet tights pretty much every single day—and not just to roller derby practice (dating myself again). I was wearing a lot of dresses and skirts at the time, and while Santa Barbara, California, doesn’t get as chilly as, say, NYC, the cold ocean air that rolled in every night made for some pretty serious goosebumps. Nevertheless, I foolishly persisted.
These days I’m older and hopefully a bit wiser, and as I’ve been looking to get back into being a Habitual Dress Person, I’ve been thinking about the tights arsenal I’m going to need to amass this winter. My timing couldn’t be more fortuitous: Tights and fun socks (see above for the perfect hybrid) have come right back in fashion after a period in which they were decidedly written off, and this time around, they’re bolder, brighter, and more fun than ever before.
Oh, and did I mention warmer? Because most of the styles you’ll find below are a good deal warmer than my old standbys. Keep reading to see the under-$40 styles I have my eye on, and you never know—there just might be a fishnet style or two hiding among the pack.
Fun vertical stripes give a leg-lengthening effect.
Style Tip: We love the idea of choosing a sheer hue that’s just a hint darker than your natural skin tone.
Love a good back-seam pair—especially when lace is involved.
Millennial Pink may be losing steam, but hot pink is here to stay.
Style Tip: Tights are the perfect way to inject a bright pop of color into even the most neutral of color schemes.
Love the delicate embroidery on this sheer UO pair.
Fishnets are back, and you need a pair now.
Style Tip: Fully embrace the ’80s revival by breaking out a pair of colorful stirrup tights.
Speaking of, here’s the perfect pair.
Here’s a style that brings a bit of the logomania feel to the proceedings.
A noir-inspired style that never goes out of fashion.