It has never been easier – or cuter – to stay warm while wearing a dress.
Sweater tights – thicker than traditional tights and often lined with fleece – have hit the winter style scene in a big way, combining the practical warmth of wearing a sweater on your legs with nearly endless options for combining layers of colors. And with most pairs ranging in price from $12 to $28, it’s an affordable way to put some kick in your outfit.
Jorene Williams of Wake Forest has embraced the sweater tight in her winter wardrobe.
“I love a textured tight or a tight that gives an unexpected pop of color,” Williams said. “With a boot is my favorite, and I especially like a tight paired with a tall sock. I love the effect of layering, especially on a thin leg, as it gives a more elegant telescope look if there’s what I call the ‘ding dong effect’ – if the boot shaft isn’t a snug fit on the leg.”
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Kendra Leonard, owner of the art of style boutique in Raleigh’s Cameron Village, can attest to the popularity of the thick tights. Leonard said she rarely reorders items, but ordered six different colors of the leggings four times throughout the holiday season. She was sold out and preparing her fifth order last week and said she’d have them back in stock this week.
“I actually first ordered them by accident,” she said. “But it was a good mistake. They are incredibly soft and comfortable.”
Tricia Keipper of Raleigh wears a lot of dresses and finds sweater tights perfect for staying warm.
“I’m all about dresses, so I break out the sweater tights and boots in the winter,” she said, “with cute boot socks as well.”
Keipper likes different textures on her tights, but tends to wear black most often. Leonard agrees that neutral colors are more practical – and they sell the best. Blacks, grays and browns are her most popular colors, but she has also carried green, wine and navy.
“I would say colorful patterns or graphic styles are better for the super young and trendy,” Leonard said. “Adolescents look better in those. Once you’re college-aged, the solid colors work better.”