How to Pair Hosiery with Casual Outfits

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A pair of hosiery is a versatile accessory that can be worn with just about any outfit. These garments can be a sensible part of one’s wardrobe no matter the season and occasion. They can also add a delicate touch to your ensemble whether you’re wearing them as a focal point of your outfit or to merely support your overall look.

Often, hosieries like pantyhose and tights are associated with clothes that one wears in an office setting. These pieces of clothing, after all, look great when paired with a vest and a pencil skirt for the workplace. However, there are plenty of other places where you can wear hosiery, and you can do this without looking like you mean to do business with whomever you are meeting.

In case you want to incorporate more legwear into your wardrobe, especially your casual looks, here are some of the styling tips you can apply to make that happen:


Experiment with Skirts of Different Lengths

Skirts, like hosieries, come in different lengths and designs. When paired properly, skirts and hosieries can form looks that inspire confidence even in casual settings.

You can wear a T-shirt, a midi skirt, and knee high hosiery for days when you need to do some outdoor chores, for example. Such a look not only conjures an image of youth, but also enables you to move freely. It’s a perfectly acceptable getup should you need to go on a grocery run, do minor maintenance activities in your garden, or clean your car. On cooler days, you can wear thick tights under a miniskirt for protection against the elements, or layer it under a maxi skirt for maximum coverage.


Play with Textures, Patterns, and Fabrics

Hosieries are often made of delicately knitted threads, and they feature a variety of textures. There are really fine ones that offer a close fit and seem like they’re barely there, and there are bolder designs that attract attention all on their own. You can add more details to your getup by playing with different hosiery textures, patterns, and fabrics.

If your hosiery’s quite smooth and silky, for example, then the details of the denim skirt you paired with it will definitely pop. If you want to draw attention to the hosiery itself, on the other hand, you can wear a pair of fishnet stockings or other bolder designs and pair it with a pleated skirt with subdued colors.


Highlight a Single Element in Your Ensemble

Is there a piece of clothing in your wardrobe that you want to highlight? Perhaps you have a leather skirt that deserves the spotlight or a tailored jacket that never fails to earn compliments. How about showcasing them in their complete glory by wearing them with hosiery?

If you have a leather skirt, for example, you can wear a black top and black hosiery so that the undivided attention goes to the skirt. If it’s the jacket you want to put front and center, you can wear a plain black dress and pair it with a pair of plain hosiery, then wear the said jacket on top of your ensemble. It’s all a matter of figuring out what piece of your outfit should become the star of the show, so to speak.


Look Warm and Cozy by Wearing a Hat, Scarf, and Boots

Hosieries look good when layered with other pieces of clothing, but these garments can also be complemented by a few smart accessories. During the cold months, for instance, you can make yourself feel and look cozy by wearing a winter ensemble complete with a hat, scarf, thick hosiery, and boots. These accessories can bring color to your outfit and add a bit of edge to your look.


Enhance Your Outfit with a Coat and High Heels

Have you already added some oomph to your outfit by putting on some striking hosiery, but still feel like you can take your ensemble to the next level? All you have to do is throw on a stylish coat and swap out your usual footwear with a pair of high heels. These two items will upgrade your look from casual to chic in an instant—all without looking overly formal. Bring along a cute little purse to complete the look, if you’d like!

As the tips above have shown, you don’t have to limit your use of hosieries to formal or office getups. You can step outside your comfort zone and experiment with unusual but eye-catching ensembles that feature this versatile garment. As long as you have a general idea of what you’re doing, you can include hosiery in pretty much any kind of casual outfit. Try these clothing combinations and fashion tips, and you’ll be able to incorporate your stockings into your everyday outfits without compromising on your personal sense of style.

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Written by Lola McQuenzie

Lola is one of our busiest writer. She has worked for Catwalk Yourself since 2007. Lola started working with us after she graduating from Central St Martins

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