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Outfit: layered tights

Cardigan: Simplicity 2417

T-shirt: Merona

Skirt: Thrifted and altered

Shoes: Gianni Bini

One question I get asked a lot is “How can you stand to wear skirts in the winter?”  There are a number of tricks, but the best one I have is to wear really thick tights.  I have several pairs of sweater tights, which I love, but they don’t really come in bright colors.  So when I want some color, I start layering my tights!  If you have a brightly colored pair that aren’t quite opaque, try layering a pair of black tights underneath.  If the color isn’t too light, it will make them appear more vibrant.  These blue tights are opaque (they are by Hot Sox and I got them at TJ Maxx.)  I got the lace tights as a christmas gift, and I’ll be honest – they aren’t my kind of thing to wear on their own.  Lace tights always look kind of strange to me.  But layered over the brightly colored tights they make a really neat effect!

I’m trying something new this week.  I laid out all my outfits for the week on Sunday, so that I don’t have to spend a lot of time trying on clothes during the week.  So far it’s working – it gives me more time to think about outfits without stressing over it.  Here are my other two outfits this week:



Cardigan: Ann Taylor, thrifted

Dress: Ann Taylor, thrifted

Tights: H&M

Boots: Impo



Cardigan: Jones NY

Dress: Colette patterns Rooibos in wool crepe

Tights: Forever 21

Boots: Poetic License

We missed the big snow storm – instead we just got a bunch of rain.  I hope everyone who was caught in the storm is keeping warm!  I’m sick (yes, again!) so I’m planning to spend my evening cutting out patterns for my spring wardrobe.  I can’t wait to get started on it, but I don’t like to spend a lot of time in the dusty 3rd floor when I’m sick.

10 thoughts on “Outfit: layered tights

  1. I’m sorry to hear you’re feeling ill – so many people I know (me included) have just found this winter’s cold/flu so difficult to shake off. It’s horrible 😦

    I love your Rooibos – it was definitely an inspiration to me when I was making mine! I’m going to give the layering tights idea a go too – the way those lace tights look layered over the bright blue ones is fab.

  2. I love all three outfits. Thanks for sharing the idea of layering tights. I have not fashioned a skirt lately because I am always cold. I will be shopping for more tights!!!

  3. Don’t you look cute! I love the blue and black layered tights a lot, what a fun idea! Sorry you’re sick. I am too at the moment. I had to ask my MIL to come help me out for a few days. Ugg. Why do I always get sick in January?!

  4. oooh layering tights is a great tip!! i love wearing skirts or dresses, so when winter approaches (i’m in australia!) i’ll be donning the double layered tights xx

  5. I do that laying my outfits out on Sunday. I like this because I tend to wear more of my garments this way and it allows me to add jewelry too. No frantically searching for pieces in the morning. I have to remember the two pairs of tights tip!

  6. Living in Chicago I get asked the same question – Skirts in the winter? Really? But I actually find that tights plus leg warmers or double tights are almost always much warmer than dress pants. I love the idea to layer the lace tights, very cute.

  7. Hi – double tights is a brilliant idea. I’ve noticed my knees get really cold out walking in jeans – double tights and a skirt might well be warmer, and will certainly look more fun 🙂

  8. Love the layered tights look. I have some lacy tights I’ll have to try that with. I feel too silly wearing them on their own.

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