2o19 Update: We still stand by this discussion of whether or not patterned tights are appropriate for work, and we’ve updated a widget below with a few great picks for patterned tights available in 2019. You may also want to check out our best advice on what to wear to work when it’s cold outside, or all of our discussions on tights for work.
Last week we asked whether or not patterned tights were appropriate for professional women. As always, the poll is still open, but the initial results are interesting — the voters were pretty split in terms of what could or couldn’t work.
– 36% of you said that men’s patterns (pinstriped, windowpane) in dark, neutral colors would work
– 33% of you said ANY pattern would work, but only in dark, neutral colors
– 23% said solidly colored tights in neutral colors would work, but to avoid patterns
– 5% of you said any pattern, any color, any day.
Commenters noted that they considered dark gray to be a neutral, as well as a charcoal blue; we completely agree. We’d also suggest wearing navy tights with a black dress, if you’re more of a funky soul — it feels rebellious but still looks conservative. (Our $.02 on black and navy: as long as it looks like you’re doing it on purpose, it’s a-ok. It’s bad if you look like you got dressed in the dark.)
Shopping for some patterned tights for work? These are some of our favorites out there right now…
2019 image updates via Deposit Photos / pepperbox.
This article was originally written Nov. 8, 2008, but was substantially updated in October 2019.