There’s no lack of chic ways to amp up your outfits this season—from cool chain-link necklaces to bold belts and dramatic capes. But for the fashionably fearless, there’s one item that is sure to make a major statement this winter: colorful tights. From vibrant yellow to lavender and pistachio, every color of the rainbow made an appearance on the F/W 19 runways, either paired with a tonal outfit (as seen at Sally LaPointe) or color-blocked with contrasting hues (spotted at Anna Sui). The looks were unquestionably bold, daring, and as creative as they come.
Yes, the trend might seem tricky and intimidating, but it’s actually easier to pull off than you think, and let’s be honest, nothing will cheer you up more on a gray, cold day than looking down and seeing an uplifting and dynamic pair of colorful tights! Scroll below as we share how designers styled them on the runways, and see how cool girls are pulling off the tricky trend on the streets right now.
On the runway:
Courtesy of Anna Sui
At Anna Sui, the mantra was more is more, and bold colors combined with equally strong contrasting hues and playful prints.
Yes, you can pull off yellow tights! One easy way is to pair them with autumnal hues such as rich brown and burgundy, as seen at Kate Spade. Don't be afraid to play with textures such as mock croc and snakeskin print.
For a subtler take on the trend, allow a coat or dress in a neutral hue to take center stage, and let the colorful tights pop through. Try the look in red and gray for a chic contrast. Bonus if you match your shoes to your tights.
Pastel hues can often be easier to pull off than saturated primary colors. We love this look by Blair Eadie, who paired lavender tights with oatmeal hues for an easy (and a very wearable) way to nail the trend. (The statement leopard coat wins again to finish the chic look).
Wearing lime-green tights is quite possibly one of the trickiest styles to pull off, but Courtney Trop does an applause-worthy job by elevating her hosiery with luxurious leather fabrics in darker shades of the hue. No chance of looking like the Wicked Witch of the West here!
Hot pink continues to be hugely popular among the fashion set this season, so why not take on the trend with a chic pair of tights? For a cool look, wear it with pieces in various shades of the hue. Tan boots are the perfect complementary option for your soles.
If the brighter colors aren't quite your cup of tea, then try a darker shade such as a rich burgundy, which pairs beautifully with practically all colors and prints. (You can also try thigh-high stockings for a sophisticated and unique look.)