The Best Tights Under $40, Because Cold Weather Has Officially Arrived

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.