2020 Update: We still stand by this discussion of whether or not patterned tights are appropriate for the office, and we’ve updated a widget below with a few great picks for patterned tights available in Dec. 2020. 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. The initial results of the poll 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.)
Patterned Tights We Think Are Appropriate for the Office
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This article was originally written Nov. 8, 2008, but was substantially updated in October 2020 except as otherwise noted.
What do you think, readers — are patterned tights at the office appropriate?
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