Layering for Your Legs: How to Style Tights & Socks

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Cooler days ahead call for warmer wardrobes. When it comes to your fall layering list, you’ve probably already got your top half covered with scarves, hats, cardigans, and that just-right jacket. And maybe you’ve already picked out the boot that’s going to get you through the season. But, don’t leave out your legs!

Our ModStylists have a few ideas on how to pair up and wear your tights, socks, and knee highs for a number of seasonably smart looks:

Twofers Are Better Than One 

Pictured: Refreshing Resolution Boot,  Know a Trick or Two Tights, Around Downtown Jacket, Avid Traveler Dress, Beignet or Nay Hat

ModStylist Tip: “Use a sock/tight twofer to eliminate bulk.  Also, you won’t have to worry about your socks falling down!”

Create the illusion of wearing socks over tights with this super-easy solution. When paired with edgy details like distressed denim and military-inspired boots, they give off a playful vibe without looking too much like a school uniform.

Complete the Composition

Pictured: Inlay of the Land Bootie, To Fair is Human Tights, There’s a Fine, Fine, Shine SocksAny Way, Shape, or Warm Sweater Dress, A Good Arrowhead on Your Shoulders Necklace

ModStylist Tip: “Pair short socks with printed tights and statement booties to quirk-up a simple dress.”

A sweater dress that falls right above the knee gives you plenty of legroom to let your patterned tights really pop. Not only that, maximum coverage = maximum warmth and comfort. Experiment with patterns and textures for some socks and tights interplay.

Scrunch Time

Pictured: Knee I Say More? Thigh Highs, Pointelle the Difference Tights Results May Ferry Boot, Throw in the Cowl Sweater (shop similar style), Terrace at My Heartstrings Necklace

ModStylist Tip: Scrunch thigh highs with tall boots and layer over fishnets to add additional texture, color, and warmth.”

When it comes to cozy styling, tunics and long sweaters go with knee high boots like hot cocoa goes with marshmallows. This year, instead of leggings, try this look with textured tights and slouchy socks for an updated version of this go-to look.

Bare Your Knees, If You Please

Pictured: Beak Chic Socks, Vogue Visionary Suede Bootie, This One’s on the Cider House SkirtNestle with the Idea Sweater, The One in the Beret Hat

ModStylist Tip: “Pair printed knee highs with heeled loafers for a fun twist on a classic look.”

Not ready to give up the bare legs just yet? Mini skirts and knee high socks make a really cute outfit that’s fun, flirty, and fall-appropriate (as long as it’s not too cold yet!).

+Ready to get a leg up on your fall and winter closet essentials? Shop our legwear!


About Cindy

Pun intended. Cindy loves dreaming up witty quips and groan-worthy wordplay. In fact, you could say this girl just wants to have puns. As an avid fan of the written word and a librarian at heart, she also loves used bookstores, especially ones that harbor cats. A lover of all things old, she takes every opportunity to nerd out on nostalgia.


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