One of the biggest fashion trends among college kids this season has been wearing tights with shorts. The average price for a good pair of jeans can run from $80-$150, and let’s be real, in this post-recession recession, $80 can buy a week of groceries and a winter coat from Goodwill.
On the other hand, a quality pair of shorts usually costs around $30, and if you perpetually shop at Forever 21 (guilty!) you can find a pair for $15 that can last you at least six months (if you hand wash them and let them dry delicately in the wind).
You can also save money by looking through the selection of shorts and tights found online. Reputable online retailers, such as The Store, are able to offer lower prices than many traditional stores because they have less overhead. These retailers also make it easy to shop on your own time, since they are always open. You will not have to drive to the mall, find parking, wait in lineups, purchase lunch, and then make your way home, since the exact look that you want can be found right at your fingertips.
The point is, any new style that allows me — someone who superglues and staples her only pair of black flats to keep them form completely falling apart — to not spend any more money on clothes is a style worth keeping. However, shorts and tights isn’t the easiest look to pull off. It takes a creative, strategic mind, basically the fashion equivalent to Ulysses S. Grant to work something so multi-layered and complex. But I’m here to pass on some styling ideas that can help anyone work it!
1. Keep it simple
If you’re worried about your shorts-n-tights combo coming off as tacky, you can’t go wrong by keeping it simple! Play it safe with classic tweed shorts and black tights. You can take this look from the office to the street and it’s appropriate for almost any occasion if combined with the right jewelry, blouse, and a sexy pair of wedge booties.
2. Make a statement
An easy way to rock a colorful look in the winter is by adding some brights into your shorts and tights ensemble. Colored pants are “in,” so it only makes sense that the trend would carry over into shorts!
Or if you’d rather wear neutral colored or black shorts, try switching up the color of your tights to a deep violet, or if you’re feeling particularly daring, mustard yellow.
3. Know your shape
The best thing about wearing shorts with tights is that it works for virtually any body type. If you’re on the curvy side, consider wearing loose, flowy shorts with a simple belt to accent your body’s natural lines. If you have short legs, pick a pair with a three to five-inch inseam, then add heels to make your legs look endless. If you’re tall but are worried your legs look too thin, try roll-up jean shorts to get maximum usage from your long legs and add an illusion of curviness.
4. Find the right top
Though most fashion trends that have gone out of style did so for a reason, one fad is making its way back into the mainstream, and if paired with the shorts and tights, it can work in your favor.
Oversized sweaters are making their way back into fashion (thanks in part to the rise in popularity of thrift stores) and they work really well with simple tights and shorts, allowing the sweater to be the focal point of your outfit. Blazers also look great with this style, and a blazer is a simple way to dress up what might have otherwise been a casual outfit.
5. Break the rules
Didn’t someone say the first rule of fashion is that there are no rules? Well, if they didn’t, I’m saying it now.
There’s no carbon copy way of pulling off shorts with tights. You know your body and your sense of style best, so while others can offer helpful guidelines, at the end of the day, you make the decision. Play around and have fun!
Will you be trying shorts with tights this winter? Share your thoughts and photos in the comments below!
Written by Alicia Perez