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Wearing Coloured Tights To Work – professional work wear ideas

Can you wear coloured opaque tights to work?

Well, probably not if your work place is very corporate and has strict guide lines.

I’ve selected some of the easiest black alternatives to get you started, if you want to and can, branch away from black opaque tights in your work place/office!

Navy

Navy is a good place to start if you are looking to branch out from black opaque tights. Navy is still very neutral, smart/professional and corporate. I like the way Jean at Extra-petite.com styles navy in unexpected ways.

In picture 1. Jean pulls navy through all of the accessories – tights, bag and shoes.

In this picture Jean adds colour (and personality) to her outfit with the bold green coat. Once taken off you have a pretty neutral corporate outfit – a good idea to steal?

navy tights and bag

1. Navy tights and accessories from Jean at Extra Petite.com

navy jacket and tights

2. Jean at Extra Petite wears a navy jacket and navy tights

 In this other outfit navy cover’s a large proportion of the body; the torso and legs.

Because of this, threading the maroon through the outfit in shoes, gloves and skirt works well to balance it out.

 Grey

Dark grey tights

Another easy step into colour and away from black is grey.

A dark grey skirt/dress and dark grey tights is an easily achievable, flattering and professional look.

Grey tights and skirt

Dark grey skirt matched with dark grey tigths

grey dress and grey tights

Alexa Chung wears a grey knee length dress with grey tights

work wear grey tights

Dotty wears Grey tights with a pale tweedy skirt

dark grey tights

Blake Lively wears dark grey tights

 

Red Tights

Red comes in many shades. Maroon and burgundy which are darker shades of red are the easiest to en-corporate into a work wear look. Demonstrated here, are three ways to approach adding strong coloured tights to outfits and if your feeling super adventurous then you could exchange the red for another bright colour!

1. Wear an all black outfit with your coloured tights. The contrast is bold but not too crazy!

coloured tights, black dress, smart work wear

Greta wears a black dress and red tights on Red White and Pearls blog

Burgundy red tights, pretty black dress outfit

Jessica Quirk wears burgundy tights and black outfit on her What I wore blog

2. Here the maroon colour has been selected from the dress and matched with maroon tights. Matching your tights colour to a colour in a pattern is an easy way to style an outfit so it is coherent. It is not always easy to find the exact match in colour

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3. Grey is a softer neutral than black and can be a nice complimentary colour to red tights.
coloured tights, grey skirt, work wear

Burgundy tights and grey skirt


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Wearing black opaque tights to work

Wearing tights in the winter to work. Tights are a great tool to have in the cupboard for Autumn Winter.There are different ways to style opaque tights and look professional and smart for work. Here I am looking at how to style black opaques for the Autumn winter in the office.

Bold coloured dress or suit and black opaques

An easy styling trick: Use one bright colour in your outfit and contrast this with some bold black opaques.
See how in each picture the person has linked the black tights back through the outfit.1. a black belt2. a black bag3. a black polo neck sweater/jumper underneath.This is a good trick to pull an outfit together.
Black opaque tights and red dress

Red dress and black tights on trendy-u.ru

black opaque tights and blue suit

Carolina Herrera A/W 14-15 ready to wear bold blue outfit and black tights

black tights, cream outfit

Cream outfit and black tights from Christian Dior

Contrasting skirt colour

You could go for an alternative colour in the skirt against some black tights.
cream skirt, black tights and pearls

Katie Krysh (My Keep Calm and Carry On blog) cream skirt, pearls and black

black opaques and yellow skirt

Christie Young wears yellow skirt and black opaques http://azisenhour.wordpress.com/

 

colour blocking, black, red and white

Colour blocking from Jessica Quirk What I Wore style blog

Black tights with a black skirt
This combination works well. Especially if you go for a contrast on the top:
black opaque tights

black opaque tights, black skirt and grey top from Hello Gorgeous

black tights, grey skirt

Fashionably Employed wears a grey skirt, bright purple top and black opaque tights

black tights and contrasting jacket

Grey jacket, black skirt and black opaque tights

black skirt black tights

White top, black skirt and black tights

Wear plain tights with a patterned outfit
You could wear a smart dress with a pattern or a patterned skirt. Either way some plain black opaques will work well.

black tights geometric patterned skirt

Black outfit with feature patterned skirt

black tights, black shoes and patterned dress

Black tights and patterned dress from Christine Aguilar at She Look Book

 What black opaque tights to get? See our guide


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Endless combinations

Endless combinations
Multiway bras are a great option to maximise what you get out of the bra. You can wear the straps of this Lepel ‘The Multitasker Bra’ in an extensive choice of ways.
If you have an evening event for work then having a multiway bra like this in your drawer will keep you from last minute panic. I’ve bought a nice and unusual dress before for a smart professional event and realised I’ve had no underwear that works with it! Sometimes the key to a dress looking smart and sophisticated for a work or social event is the underwear you choose to go beneath it.
 This bra would be perfect for the Michael Kors dress pictured with its unusual one shoulder strap across.


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Be a racer

Be a racer
Finding the right bra for a racerback dress
This unusual looking bra is the Calvin Klein The Perfectly Fit multiway bra. You can put the straps in four different ways and you have two different options for a racerback (see one option above).

The Perfectly Fit Multiway Bra has smooth cups with front closure. This front closure is quite unusual but it does give you one big positive aspect: the back of the bra is very smooth. This means if you are wearing something where it’s got a feature at the back and you need a smooth finish you won’t get any lumps and bumps from the hook and eye closure.

Being able to remove the push-up pads makes this bra go from being a push up bra to an everyday casual bra.

The dress: Helmut Lang Racer-back jersey maxi dress £235


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Sweetheart inside and out

Sweetheart
If you have a top or dress that has a sweetheart neckline and no straps your best off with a bra that reflects this shape.
I can personally recommend this Wonderbra strapless bra. I purchased it because I needed a strapless bra but at the time I wasn’t too fussed about a sweetheart neckline. I’m glad it has that lower sweetheart feature neckline as I can wear it with more things.
For me the fit was really good and the anti-slip band is actually anti-slip! The structure and design inside the cups gives very good support and uplift (although if you have very big lovely boobies you may not be able to get all the support you need). The band fastens with 3 hook and eyes which makes for a very sturdy back. As well as being very practical the bra has some pretty lace on top!
 
STELLA McCARTNEY bustier corset top
$340 – brownsfashion.com

Lacy bra
$61 – figleaves.com


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Lace back distraction

Lace back distraction

Fallen in love with a lace back dress but not sure what bra to wear underneath it?

  • With a lace back then your best bet could be to go strapless. Straps could add visual confusion behind the lace pattern.
  • Always choose a nude/skin tone. Even if the bra can be seen through the lace it will be not as obvious as a black or other coloured bra.
  • A smooth seamless cup can increase the illusion that you are not wearing a bra (no bumps and lumps) but with all the benefits and support from wearing a bra!
  • Last but not least you could try a strapless bra (like the picture above) with a clear back. This clear plastic back will mean that your bra will disappear to the naked eye and your skin will show through.

Featured items in the image:

Luxe back tuxedo Dress: Nina Ricci £603 matchesfashion.com

Clear back bra: Boxavenue.com