Tights are warm and help to make long boots comfortable, as well as being a fashion accessory. There are lots of different styles to try, and as tights cost less than a new pair of shoes or trousers, experimenting with these combinations is the ideal affordable way to update your wardrobe.
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Tights give you an extra warm layer so that you can wear boots with skirts or a dress in the cold weather. Knitted or wool-mix tights protect against wind and cold temperatures, looking cosy when teamed with boots but they are not always suited to formal occasions. Instead try sheer, opaque tights, which are smooth and close fitting but made of a heavier fabric, up to 70 denier. If your feet still get cold, wear a pair of fine woollen socks, over your tights and under the boots, to keep feet toasty without looking obvious.
Tights aren’t just for warmth. Teamed with a plain pair of boots, they can dress up an outfit and save you from having to spend more money on new footwear. Opaque tights come in bright colours and striking prints, which are perfect for wearing with heavier styles of boot. To dress up smart boots you could try fishnets or lace tights. If you have really chunky looking boots made from suede or sheepskin, try cable or ribbed knit tights for a country feel.
Peep-toed boots are popular for evening and are usually dressy, sleek styles fitted to the ankle or calf. They have a high heel and the open peep toe, with all the glamour of a ‘50s style stiletto. Footless and stirrup tights are ideal for peep-toe boots. These come in lots of smart styles from lace to opaque, enabling you to wear tights and boots but still show off a sleek pedicure. If you opt for a full fishnet tight with peep-toed boots, buy fishnets without a seam in the foot so there isn't an excess of fabric hanging out of the open toe.
If you’re shopping for winter boots in the autumn, consider that you might wear thick tights or socks over them to keep feet warm later on in the winter. Keep this in mind when trying on boots and take a pair with you if possible so that you get exactly the right fit.
Rough boot tops can snag or catch tights. Be careful of this when putting your boots on, especially if they have a long zip at the side. The best boots to wear with tights are made from soft leather, with a smooth lining and hem at the top. If yours are harder or have rough stitching, avoid very sheer nylons and wear heavier weight tights under them, of at least 40 denier. These also protect your legs from the tops rubbing and chaffing when you walk around.
Synthetic shoes sometimes encourage feet to sweat, and this can cause rubbing or odor. If your boots aren’t made from a breathable material, such as canvas, leather or suede, buy tights that have a cotton mix. These help skin to breathe and absorb perspiration more than nylon.
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