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

pattern burgandy

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

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

Add colour to a grey dress

Adding colourful accessories could work just as easily with a grey trouser suit.
The colour you wear has an instant impact in a first impression, a meeting and a presentation.
It doesn’t need to be a full coloured outfit – accessories work just as well. Choose one colour, for instance, purple.

You can add purple in a variety of areas of your outfit:

nail varnish, purse, handbag, cardigan, shoes, scarf, belt or jewellery!

Be inspired by shades of dusky pinks

If you can’t bare Winter and want to keep some summery lightness in your working wardrobe the dusky pink A/W 2013 trend is going to be great!!
There are a variety of pinky shades to choose from – so you should find something to suit your skin tone!

Taking a look from the Giorgio Armani Prive show as inspiration – a dusky pink jacket and skirt hits the nail on the head with this trend. Feminine, womanly and great for work. You can add a touch of black in footwear or as a blouse underneath if you find the total dusky pink look too much!

Be inspired by shades of dusky pinks

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