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Up Tight

9 years ago by

It’s funny, at the first sign of cold this winter at the Studio, we all got out our black tights and started wearing skirts, shorts, and a lot of super short things. I started wearing my thigh-high boots and, anyway, it was like tights had suddenly liberated our legs.

It’s probably because they just need to be slightly opaque for you to feel covered, kind of like wearing leggings. It’s also maybe because it feels a little cleaner, safer – I don’t know if you remember my adventures with mini skirts but, honestly, I won’t even risk wearing them in the city anymore. I have to admit, tights are kind of a good cover. You don’t have to have perfectly landscaped legs – you can still wear skirts, shorts, and short dresses without overthinking your wax or tan.

Anyway, tights are kind of a winter bonus (there has to be at least one good thing about winter, right?). I even bought some polka dot tights recently that everyone went crazy over. Apparently (I have no idea why) it’s super sexy.

Are you like me? Is it a lot easier for you to wear short skirts and shorts in the winter because of tights?

Black leather skirt, Tibi; tights, Wolford; shoes, Saint Laurent. Tights, Commando; shoes, Saint Laurent. Tights, Wolford; shoes, Carven.


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  • Nice!
    Passa a trovarmi VeryFP

  • This is one of my fav looks for early spring!
    XOX, Gap.

  • Actually, opaque tights are the only ones that do not make me gag :) I hate sheer, nude tights! The ones on the photos are gorgeous and my particular favourits are the lurex ones.

  • J’adore la jupe!
    Oui, j’adore les collants noirs avec les jupes en hiver et en regardant le blog de Rumi (fashiontast) je me suis rendue compte que c’était même plus chaud que le pantalon.

  • curlyseas February, 16 2015, 9:16 / Reply

    makes one wonder if the women of the past thought about gloves in the same way that we think about tights today.

    Before bare arms were acceptable in public, would polka-dotted gloves have been extra exciting?

  • I love wearing tights with skirts. The opaque ones do make you feel more covered.

  • This is So true!! I guess my legs look more beautiful and attrative!!! But in my mind!!

  • Love those tights and the leather skirts! It’s a beautiful combination!

  • yes and yes!

  • Yep !! mini-jupe et collant opaque today !!!

  • The invention of opaque legging liberated the woman..
    Yael Guetta

  • Silk stocking can create different style. That’s true.

  • Aaaaah, yes!!! Tights allow you to wear literally everything in the winter – from short skirts to sandals depending on the weather. It’s the secret to wearing culottes in the winter as well!


  • Tights would definitely make me more comfortable wearing a mini in the city, as I still recall a bad incident years ago with bare legs. Plus, I just can’t get my legs looking flawless in the summer, no matter what I try…and the knees are starting to go.

    Pam, age 50.

  • Tights, and Wolford of course, are the best. They go with everything from thigh-high boots to Repettos. They make winter sexy.

  • Les collants sont à tomberrrrrrr !!!!
    Vraiment dommage que vous ne postiez que des photos de nanas super maigres.

  • Doing it for years and years and years….even when I ws a child. Love it. Very comfy. Love the skirt so much I would like to have it.

  • Laurence D February, 16 2015, 10:45 / Reply

    Ah, bonne idée le plumetis!

  • do they actually keep you warm though? I’m going to montreal and need to find creative way to stay warm and look cute

  • What about the vivid hosiery colors at NY Fashion Week? So many plum, blue, green tights or socks coming out of the shoes! Would you wear that?

    Read my fashion shows wrap ups on:

  • Oh bien d’accord avec ça, moi je porte des jupes UNIQUEMENT avec des collants noirs opaques ou presque donc en hiver ! Le fait est que je trouve que plus la jupe est courte plus mes jambes paraissent minces donc longues (logique ;) ) et impossible de faire si court sans collant (je ne fais que 1m60!)

  • En effet les collants opaques sont mes meilleurs amis ! J’ai essayé le voile cette saison, mais ils se sont filés hyper vite. Je pense que si la température continue à augmenter cette semaine, ça va être short en cuir, jupe mi-longue et robe patineuse avec du opaque :)

  • bavarian_blue February, 16 2015, 11:56 / Reply

    Hi Garance, I agree 100%. I’m always longing for tights season to wear all the stuff in my wardrobe shorter than knee-length. It’s because I’ve pale, pale pale skin and I’m a 20den-nude-sheer-thights-hater.

  • Complètement !! :-) (humm quel pertinence ce com !) :-)

  • C’est vrai que moi j’ose plus porter une jupe courte avec un collant que sans.
    C’est effectivement un bon cache misère! Donc, vive les collants opaques!


  • If I want to wear skirts or shorts, I have to wear tights for most of the year as I live in a cold country.

    I hate tights! Why? Because of the upper part! My hips are considerably wider than my waist so the tights make it look even worse.
    The tights that come up the waist make me look like a pear. The ones that end lower just leave some part of my body out.
    And the tights never correlate with the waistlines of skirts and shorts anyway.

    I hope somebody else has experienced the same issues.

    Plus the tights make me feel like a sausage in the wrapping film.

    Any good advice here?

  • @R, have you tried control top tights? I had the issue of muffin tops (agreed, looks like a stuffed sausage, haha); I got a pair of black opaque control top from h&m, not much $$. They have a smooth waistband panel, not the separate tight elastic band sewn on at the top, which digs into the waist. They have held up well (I’ve had them for 2-3 winters now) and gives a smooth line without looking lumpy under close-fitting dresses, almost like spanx. A tip, though (personally speaking), I’m a medium in everything, but bought a small and they’re perfect (in those particular style of tights from h&m). Good luck! xxgg

  • Thanks so much for the tips GIGINYC! I’ll definitely try H&M.

  • Vanessa la belge February, 16 2015, 12:48 / Reply

    Totalement d’accord avec toi ! Dès qu’il fait froid, hop, je sors mes collants et petites jupes/robes courtes ! Mes collègues, qui trouvent ca étrange, m’ont déjà fait la réflexion. Mais voilà, moi et mes jambes pas du tout parfaites, on est hyper à l’aise en bas collant :-)

  • I love tights, and here in London they’re pretty much a year round thing anyway!

    Anoushka Probyn – A London Fashion Blog

  • J’adore ! ça me rappelle les publicités de l’âge d’or de Dim ! pa-la-pa-pa-pa-pa- pa- la-pa-pa-pa-pa ! :-)

  • des collants oui mais des Wolford!

  • Stéphanie February, 16 2015, 1:44 / Reply

    Absolument, les collants! Noirs, gris, mais aussi violets, bleu roi, rouges, avec des vêtements plus sobres. Une petite touche de folie, quoi.

  • therealblonde February, 16 2015, 1:56 / Reply

    Fleece lined Plush tights FTW!
    Also: I’ve been seeing a lot of girls downtown with thigh-highs (even over jeans) – it looks cute, with the right outfit!

  • YES tights are amazing in the winter! I feel warmer wearing tights with a (longer) skirt than wearing a pair of pants. When it’s super cold, I wear two pairs of tights to stay cozy. It’s a fun way to experiment with diff combos and layers too!

  • Yes, yes, yes. Always. Live in them in winter. I also love grey tights. And a kind of taupe colour I had for a few winters (I hand wash) went with a surprising amount of my wardrobe: brown, grey, green. &c. It’s fun combining.

    But black are classic. Adore all the shoes shown above.

  • as a guy, i am a huge fan of gals wearing tights at any season! so if you enjoy wearing them, awesome! i’m sure there are plenty more folks out there that appreciate it as well! two thumbs up!

  • I don’t know if I could wear shorts in summer but in winter, with tights, wearing them is so much easier. Same for skirts.

  • who’s legs…it’s all about the legs …

  • Oui ! L’hiver, je suis beaucoup en jupe et en robe à Paris alors que dès qu’il commence à faire chaud, hop, je me mets en pantalon. En fait je me rends compte que c’est surtout à Paris. Dès que je suis en vacances, loin de la capitale, je mets mes jambes à l’air libre sans soucis :) Mais à Paris, je déteste ça ! Le métro, les courants d’air, les regards vicieux et l’air hyper lourd au mois d’août … tout ça fait que c’est impossible pour moi. Et les mecs autour de moi, ont beaucoup de mal à le comprendre !

  • Je ne porte aussi des jupes et robes courtes que l’hiver!
    Et le plumetis, je ne sais pas ce qui le rend sexy, mais j’ai remarqué cet étrange effet à de nombreuses reprise!

  • Absolutely. They also feel wonderful on the skin :)

  • I actually never realized it but this is exactly what I do every year! I find myself wearing dress and shorter skirts in the winter and I have a drawer fulll of black tights of different textures and of course the good heavy cotton for warmth. I guess I am a creature of habit and you put the words on my experience.

    Accidental Icon

  • Ah les collants… à vrai dire je préfère porter des jupes (courtes) avec des collants, donc même si je me plains du temps, je ne peux pas détester le froid parce que c’est le moment où je porte le plus de jupes!

  • Tights! Love them! Actually they are my main cloth during l’hiver, I almost never wear trousers or jeans so…long life to the tights!

  • j’adore cette photo!

  • Oui!!!! je passe l’hiver en jupe et collants (et bottes), c’est sexy, j’adore, et quand je mets un jeans, on me demande pourquoi ;-)

  • Je porte beaucoup plus de jupes et shorts l’hiver parce que justement les collants ça casse le côté sexy du truc (bon, sauf ceux en plumetis !). Je les aime bien semi-opaques, et toujours noirs !

  • Exactement ! A part en vacances je ne porte presque jamais de jupe l’été (parce que je ne supporte pas mes mollets blancs et que je suis un désastre avec de l’autobronzant) alors que l’hiver je porte des trucs hyper courts sans aucune gêne (avec des collants en cachemire) !

  • I’m actually quite the opposite. Tights and leggings irritate me, so I am walking into the fall as far as possible with bare legs and in the spring quite long with pants and socks. Until my legs are nicely prepared and tanned.. :-)

  • 100% d’accord! Je porte d’ailleurs mille fois plus de jupes en hiver qu’en été!

  • oui, c’est complètement pareil pour moi, les collants galbent et affinent la jambe, ils permettent du court, voir du très court alors … on peut voir ça comme un des très rares côté positif de l’hiver ;) !

  • where can you buy the skirt? can’t find it on the site!

  • Hello!
    This article just made me so happy! It’s because I finally found somebody who shares my passion for tights during winter months! When the very first cold wind comes and snow covers the streets, I immediately focus on skirts, shorts and dresses only. I don’t really want to call it a ‘fetish’ because it sounds so ‘no-no’ and naughty, but when in winter, I always somehow cheat on trousers :). Paradoxically (or not?), I feel much warmer in tights, especially when it comes to wool and other warm materials. It’s like everything what needs to be protected is protected, and you still feel quite free to move.
    Yay, is there the Tight-Pro-Association or something? I wouldn’t mind joining :D


  • Je me retrouve tellement dans ton article Garance ! Moi qui ne montre jamais mes jambes, j’évite les jupes et les shorts l’été mais l’hiver, je me lache ! Et j’adore le contraste entre une jupe plutôt estivale et un gros manteau, une écharpe et tous ces accessoires plus “cosy”.


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