Cold weather calls for tights. Though some people are fine braving winter weather with bare legs, most of us prefer to cover up with an extra layer to save our skin from the blistering cold. After all, tights can add a lot to your ensemble and even help make the outfit. Use the excuse to protect your gams as an opportunity to upgrade your outfit. The only challenge that comes with wearing tights—those dreaded runs aside—is determining which shoes are best to pair with them.
While there do exist some strict Vogue-enforced fashion faux pas when it comes to pairing shoes with tights, oftentimes the lines between good and bad are a bit more blurred. To help streamline your looks this season, we’ve rounded up five shoes-and-tights pairings we love seeing and provided examples of our favorite fashion girls demonstrating the looks. See the best shoes and tights combos below, as well as our top picks to shop in each category.
Combat boots can always finish off a tights look, giving it a punk-rock edge, especially when juxtaposed with an ensemble like Roberts’s otherwise-polished dress-and-turtleneck combo.
Another solid option with tights? Loafers. White Gucci tights are optional, but this styling combo is definitely a winner.
Though wearing tights with open-toe shoes can be polarizing, we think the way Diane Kruger pairs her patterned fishnets with platform heels is quite striking.
Classic booties are a failsafe choice. Whether you prefer them rendered in suede, patent, or leather, booties are the perfect shoes to wear with tights during the winter.
Pointed stilettos are an ideal shoe to pair with tights, bringing instant drama to an otherwise-casual outfit, as demonstrated here by Alexa Chung.
Whether you personally love or loathe skinny jeans, I think we can all agree that the style could easily be considered a classic at this point. After all, skinnies have basically remained a constant in many a fashion person’s wardrobes for years and years now. But while the overall silhouette is more or less timeless, there are specific skinny jean trends that cruise in and out of the trend cycle. And yep, I believe those super-light-wash skinny jeans with excess whiskering are one style we may be seeing less and less of over the next year.
Now, don’t get me wrong, a light wash is actually quite forward in the form of a straight-leg or flare silhouette, but with skinnies, that wash just feels a tad outdated to me. But don’t worry if you live in skinnies (or want to re-introduce into your wardrobe), there’s a host of modern skinny jeans that will feel cool and fashionable in 2020. To highlight these trends further, I rounded up a range of street style imagery as inspiration. Naturally, I also shopped out all of my favorite pairs to keep your denim drawer as fresh as possible.
While it may seem minimal, the addition of a visible button fly brings an elegant spin to dark-wash skinny jeans. My suggestion is to follow suit of this style setter and wear a cropped sweater or tuck in a turtleneck to really show off the buttons.
On the other end of the spectrum of those super light-wash styles lives the tried-and-true black skinny jeans. I’ve written about my adoration of the style in the past because I think they’re inherently chic and feel dressier than average blue jeans paired with patterned blouses or cool knits.
A pair of classic skinny jeans in that signature indigo is about as classic as it gets. So if you’re looking for a no-fail pair that will always be in style, go for these. Done and done.
Interested in trying a skinny jean style that’s a bit out of the ordinary? Consider a pair like this with more bells and whistles than something traditional with the tie waist and extra pocket details.
If you ask us, buying a dress to wear once and then forget about completely seems like a total waste, especially when you invest in one that you really love. So, we set ourselves the challenge to take three of our most popular midi dresses and make them work for three totally different scenarios: the weekend, the office and special occasions. Turns out, it wasn’t quite as tricky as you might expect. Even the most sparkly of party dresses can be styled for casual outings with the help of a motif tee and a pair of trainers. Take a look and definitely do try this at home…
THE FLORAL MIDI
- For the weekend…
This midi dress naturally lends itself to a casual day-to-day style, so this first look is simple. For cooler winter days, the easiest way to add some warmth without covering up your fancy new dress is by layering a tight knit turtle neck underneath. Pair with chunky burgundy boots and an oversized longline coat and you’re good to go!
- For the office…
Deciding what to wear to work in winter can be tricky – the commute is freezing yet the office is super hot! So, you’re going to need the type of layers that you can take off and on when needed: a long-sleeved midi dress is a great starting point and a chunky roll neck knit is the perfect layer. If you want to keep a bit of shape to the outfit, wrap a belt around your waist and tuck the jumper into it at the front.
- For a special occasion…
The key to making a more casual dress work for fancy evening outings is all in the right accessories. Elevate a cute floral number with slick patent stilettos, lots of layered gold jewellery and a cool velour micro bag. Then, opt for some statement outerwear like a black vinyl trench coat.
THE SATIN SLIP
- For the weekend…
With its flattering figure-skimming shape and versatile style, it’s no surprise that 2019 has been the year of the slip dress and skirt. Of course, their luxe satin material means they can be dressed up easily, but for casual days they can also be dressed down with a cool knitted jumper and a warm fur lined jacket. Then, add chunky boots and a beanie!
- For the office…
For work, it’s still all about layering but just with slightly smarter additional pieces. Keep the colour scheme light and neutral – let the red from your dress be the main attraction – but go for classic additions like a silky white blouse and a tailored longline coat.
- For a special occasion…
Your night out is the time to show off your slinky red party dress in all its glory! However, if it’s extra cold and you’re desperate for an additional layer, add a sheer organza top which won’t cover up your slip. Then go all out with shimmering accessories including sparkly block heels, a cute shoulder bag and some hoops.
THE STATEMENT SPARKLE
- For the weekend…
We know what you’re thinking, how could you possibly wear a head-to-toe embellished sequinned number anywhere except a party – and an extravagant party at that!? Here’s how: wear a simple white tee underneath and then offset the slim silhouette by adding an oversized black shirt over the top. Keep the rest of the look chilled and playful with trainers and a glitzy headband.
- For the office…
You can afford to look a little smarter for the office, but this sequinned piece is still going to need a healthy dose of dressing down. Start by layering a sheer wrap blouse over the top – this will add a little more coverage without completely hiding the top. Then, stay warm and cosy by throwing on a chunky cream cable knit and some sleek black boots.
- For a special occasion…
It’s party time! Now, this should be easy because THIS is what a sparkling midi dress was born for! Don’t add any other layers this time – you don’t want to detract from such a fabulous dress – but for your jacket, make an entrance with a leopard print faux fur coat. Since you’ve gone to town on the clothing side of things, keep the rest refined with black heels, a bag, some simple hair clips and a little berry lipstick.
The days are getting colder, greyer and rainier, but it’s not all doom and gloom: getting a cultural fix at one of London’s many impressive art galleries is the perfect indoor weekend activity right now. With each new season comes whole host of new art exhibitions, so there’s lots of newness to discover this month: from a retrospective on 19th century Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces to beaming laser light shows, here’s our roundup of the five best art exhibitions to see and some tips on how to coordinate your outfit to get the best Instagram snap when you’re there…
- Bridget Riley, The Hayward Gallery
Spanning 70 years, this exhibition at the Hayward Gallery at the Southbank Centre is the largest and most comprehensive retrospective exhibition of Bridget Riley’s colourful canvases to date, so it’s definitely worth a visit. Alongside the bright eye-catching works, there’ll also be the artists iconic black and white paintings from the ’60s, early figurative works and recent wall paintings. For your outfit, sport something that’s as fun and vibrant as the powerful patterned pieces on display.
Bridget Riley is at the Hayward Gallery from 23rd October 2019 to 26th January 2020
- Nam June Paik, Tate Modern
Credited for pioneering the use of TV and video in art, South Korean artist Nam June Paik is one of the most innovative and playful artists of the moment. This exhibition celebrates a fusion of sight and sound in it’s celebration of over 200 works from his five decade career. There are robots, video works and room-sized installations but one of the most exciting is the TV Garden, which features multiple screens amongst the foliage. Make your outfit an ode to this popular piece and channel the jungle theme with a khaki boiler-suit and boots.
Nam June Paik is at the Tate Modern from 17th October to 9th February 2020.
- Pre-Raphaelite Sisters, National Portrait Gallery
The work of female artists has often been overlooked in the world of fine art. However, since Guerilla Girls made waves with their campaign on art historian Linda Nochlin’s 1971 essay “Why have there been no great women artists?” a few years back, lots of museums have been working to address this imbalance. So, 170 years after the first works of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood were exhibited, this exhibition explores the contribution of twelve women to this iconic artistic movement. The art aesthetic is romantic and features a lot of floaty silhouettes so work around this when styling your look.
Pre-Raphaelite Sisters is at the National Portrait Gallery from 17th October 2019 to 26th January 2020.
- Other Spaces, 180 The Strand
Each year an immense and immersive exhibition of art, light and sound commissioned by The Store X The Vinyl Factory pops up at 180 The Strand, mesmerising audiences as they move from room to room. This year it’s called Other Spaces and explores Renaissance drawings in the most modern way possible: lights flash and lasers jet around the room into jet black vanishing points. Since light is such a prominent factor in this exhibition, choose an outfit that will give you a bold silhouette: puff organza sleeves, an A-line skirt and chunky boots.
Other Spaces is at 180 The Strand from 2nd October to 8th December 2019.
- Tim Walker: Wonderful Things, Victoria & Albert Museum
From the pictures, films, photographic sets and special installations on display at the V&A right now, you can tell how Tim Walker has established himself as one of the most inventive photographers in the world. The Telegraph has described the exhibition as ‘A bewitching ode to art, artefact and fashion‘ which allows you to step into the fantastical worlds of each image. The pictures are fun, luxe and a little on the bizarre side, so when it comes to your outfit think ‘wonderful things’ and incorporate elaborate feathers, coloured fur, sparkling sequins, high-shine vinyl and more…
SPORTY, YET ELEGANT
The fastest way to dress down the classic houndstooth pattern is by adding a sporty vibe. Matching a crisp white windbreaker set with a houndstooth-print roll-neck top transforms the ladylike pattern from elegant to cool. Partner with grungy boots in black and white.
Let’s ditch the classic, feminine way of wearing houndstooth and style it in a masculine, modern and maximalist way instead. How? By working with layers and mixing different houndstooth patterns. Complete the look with a pair of chunky sneakers.
BORROW FROM THE BOYS
The boyfriend blazer has been big in trend the last seasons, and this fall we steal our pants from the boys as well. And since brown is the new black, this oversized houndstooth two-piece, paired with a splash of retro orange, is the perfect outfit for the fashion girl this season. Are three trends not enough for you? Add some hair clips for an even more modern look.
Not sure what to buy this week? Sit back, relax and watch as our Junior Fashion Editor Ben takes you through his top picks from New In – we’re talking fresh gear from Tommy Jeans, the new animal print and ASOS 4505’s exclusive football collection. Check out his edit below and watch the video for more.
‘I love the the 90s logo motif in this washed-yellow sweater from the Tommy Jeans Summer Heritage collection. I’d style this with some vintage mom jeans and chunky white trainers.’
Tommy Jeans yellow sweatshirt, £95
‘This & Other Stories crop top and skirt work great together or as separates. You could go glam on holiday and wear them with some barely-there sandals or dress it down with trainers.’
& Other Stories co-ord, from £35
‘This ASOS Design cow-print crop top is a great move on from the animal print we’ve been seeing so much. Pair it with short leggings or skinny jeans’
ASOS DESIGN corset top in cow print, £20
‘This super-bright and fun 4505 football top is here just in time for the World Cup! Wear it to work out in, or just chuck it over a bikini on holiday.’
ASOS 4505 football vest, £20
Chunky trainers are here to stay. These Skechers in all white are super-comfy. They look good with a midi skirt or some vintage pieces.’
Skechers Energy trainers in white, £64
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is our new Netflix obsession. OK, at first we were shook by how scary it is in comparison to the original 90s version. But then we quickly fell in love with the show’s sinister storyline, intriguing characters, underlying social messages and – of course – its bewitching style. From headbands to gothic lace, ‘Brina and her crew serve up some serious <span class=”woR”>fashion</span><span class=”woD”>Fashion is a popular style or practice, especially in clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup, body piercing, or furniture. Fashion is a distinctive and often habitual trend in the style in which a person dresses. It is the prevailing styles in behaviour and the newest creations of textile designers.</span> inspo for our winter repertoire. Here are five key trends that will bring the magic to your look, stat.
Hairbands are our new hero
TBF, Sabrina’s hairband should have its own shoutout in the show’s credits as one of the main characters. Whether she’s hanging with her human friends or battling the Weird Sisters at the Academy of the Unseen Arts, her headband is ever-present. If your outfit is giving you more trouble than Batibat the sleep demon, this is one <span class=”woR”>accessories</span><span class=”woD”>A fashion accessory is an item used to contribute, in a secondary manner, to the wearer’s outfit, often used to complete an outfit and chosen to specifically complement the wearer’s look.</span> that magically pulls it all together. Plus, it gets extra points for banishing a bad hair day, too.
Lace summons the drama
There are lots of lace looks throughout the show to help bring the gothic realness. Our fave is when Sabrina wears her mother’s wedding <span class=”woR”>dress</span><span class=”woD”>A dress (also known as a frock or a gown) is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice (or a matching bodice giving the effect of a one-piece garment).</span> to her friend’s Halloween party (and her dark baptism, which she pops to afterwards – as you do). Even though Halloween is over, we might just cast a spell with a similar style at one of our party-season soirees.
A slinky slip dress casts a spell
Although the new version of Sabrina has none of the lols of the Melissa Joan Hart version, it does have some nice 90s fashion moments, like the old show. Take the slip dress ’Brina magically changes into at her dark baptism. While the scene had us on the edge of our seats, we must admit the oh-so-pretty frock did distract us for a sec. We smell another scarily good party option. Make like this street styler and pair it with cosy shearling to beat the chill.
A red coat makes everything better
The show is dark AF – both in its creepy storyline and overall colour scheme. But throughout, Sabrina’s ’fits manage to brighten things up with some fresh autumnal hues. In particular, her red coat cheers up even the most dreary of scenes, giving us a lesson in how outerwear can enliven our cold-weather lives. We’ll be throwing a cosy scarlet number over everything this season for a frightfully good look.
Hot under the collar
We must confess, the Weird Sisters are our new style icons. Yes, their ‘harrowing’ of Sabrina is pretty evil – but they look so good while they’re doing it. As well as dark lips and up-dos, the evil trio have reintroduced us to the power of the Peter Pan collar – and we’re not sure what we were doing without it. Wear a collar bib under jumpers and dresses already in your wardrobe and, hey presto: a tired looks gets transformed. Magic indeed.
All restraint is now out of the window. The tree is up, we have our festive jumpers on 24/7, we’re eating chocolate for breakfast, and our boss has had to ask us to remove our flashing tinsel earrings on more than one occasion (they’re definitely workwear appropriate, right?). Merry December, babe, <span class=”woR”>Christmas</span><span class=”woD”>Christmas or Christmas Day (Old English: Crīstesm?sse, meaning “Christ’s Mass”) is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.</span> has arrived. To get your party season <span class=”woR”>style</span><span class=”woD”>Style is a manner of doing or presenting things, especially a fashionable one.</span> on lockdown, we’ve collected some style inspo from our fave #babesofmissguided, to give you some major outfit goals. Here are the top 5 trends to be seen in, check them out below:
Satin has been a key fabric for all of 2018, and it isn’t going anywhere as we move into autumn. The possibilities are endless with satin. Up your workwear style with a satin shirt and tailored suit combo, to show your office who’s the ultimate girl-boss. Or, if you’re after a more smart-casual vibe, why not throw on a loose satin shirt over jeans for the perfect in between. Got a big night out to go to? Satin can sort you out for that too! Try a satin dress with barely-there heels to look like you’ve got your life together even when you’re on the dancefloor at 3am.
If you don’t own something sequinned then you need to catch up babe, because this is THE style to be seen in this Christmas. This look is all about everything from attention-grabbing embellished pieces to more subtle, classy co-ords. Wear a gorgeous sequinned jumpsuit, with barely-there makeup and barely-there shoes. Go plain with the rest of your <span class=”woR”>accessories</span><span class=”woD”>A fashion accessory is an item used to contribute, in a secondary manner, to the wearer’s outfit, often used to complete an outfit and chosen to specifically complement the wearer’s look.</span> to let the sparkle do the talking. As party season marches on, sequins and metallics are easy statement styles that you’ll be seeing more and more. Turn heads in a fringed, sequin co-ord, for a classic, eye-catching look.
Does anything scream luxury like velvet? Invest in that luxe look for less with a velvet playsuit. Drape blazer styles give that “I’ll meet you in the billiard’s room” feel, so wear over a lacy bodysuit to vamp the look up to next level fire. The matching trousers finish off the outfit to perfection, leaving you looking head to toe woah. Want to free the leg? Velvet slip dresses are IN this party season. Wear yours with barely-theres and a matte lip. Or, a velvet blazer playsuit gives a smart but sexy impression that’s sure to turn some heads on your next night out. Feeling expensive but still having money left in your purse for shots? Yasss.
Klaxon alert… There are 3 weeks ’til Christmas (not that we’re counting). That means that party season has officially begun. Take inspo from the most unlikely fashion icon ever, and make sure you’re repping Santa Claus’ favourite hue because if there’s one colour you should definitely be wearing RN it’s red. An LRD (that’s Little Red Dress, FYI) always looks AMAZE on a night out. Slick on a matching red lip to really turn up the heat. Or, go for a more subtle approach and wear a red bodysuit or top with your fave pair of jeans for ultimate cool-girl vibes.
If you’re all about the outerwear this season (and who isn’t? it is f*cking freezing after all…), then you should definitely add a faux fur coat to your ‘drobe. Faux fur is probably the biggest statement you can make with your outerwear, and it’s sure to look amazing with pretty much anything you throw at it. Black and brown styles are toned-down enough for even the most casual day-time affair. Or, if you’re off out-out this winter, finish off your party dress or statement co-ord with a fab longline faux fur coat. Plus it’ll keep you super warm… Bonus.
When looking for style inspo, ASOS magazine is one of our first port of calls. Every three months it brings you key pieces for the season ahead, plus the freshest ways to wear them. Of course, it’s always fun to adapt the trends to suit your own personal vibe. That’s what our ASOSers do and here’s how they’re remaking the ‘fits from the Party 18 issue in their own way.
Getting on board with the futuristic trend, Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne wore these space-age <span class=”woR”>trousers</span><span class=”woD”>Trousers (pants in North America and Australia) are an item of clothing worn from the waist to the ankles, covering both legs separately (rather than with cloth extending across both legs as in robes, skirts, and dresses). In the UK the word “pants” generally means underwear and not trousers. Shorts are similar to trousers, but with legs that come down only to around the area of the knee, higher or lower depending on the style of the garment. To distinguish them from shorts, trousers may be called “long trousers” in certain contexts such as school uniform, where tailored shorts may be called “short trousers”, especially in the UK.</span> with a simple white tank top for our cover shoot. It’s not always feasible to flaunt your abs in a crop top (espesh in winter) – but Cultural Marketing Coordinator Bethany shows us how you can wear these trews IRL. A hoodie, chunky trainers and Adidas <span class=”woR”>socks</span><span class=”woD”>A sock is an item of clothing worn on the feet and often covering the ankle and some part of the calf. Some type of shoe or boot is typically worn over socks.</span> give them a sporty spin that works for the weekend. Into it.
checks are huge this season and Jesy little-mixed (lol) a check body with a clashing <span class=”woR”>shirt</span><span class=”woD”>A shirt is a cloth garment for the upper body.</span> for her shoot. The result is one of those shouldn’t-work-but-totally-does looks. For those who prefer a matchy-matchy style, you can get trousers in the same print for a cute co-ord vibe. Video Creative Nierodha pairs hers with a cropped bomber jacket and platform boots. If there was a fifth member of Little Mix, Nierodha could be her.
Jade’s look gives us major inspo for party season – obviously the coat is ah-maz-ing but the cute silver clips and earrings are also v pleasing. Picking out the fluffy pink coat, Social Coordinator Georgia is serving a laid-back look with her Converse and jumpsuit. This one can be adapted for after-work events, too – just add heels.
Even if you’re a hot-weather hun and mostly live for sandy toes and ice creams, there’s something kinda glorious about this in-betweeny autumn weather. Firstly because you’d be hard pressed to find a more healthy and cost-effective pastime than kicking your way through heaps of red leaves in the park. Secondly because the season’s layerable treasures breathe a whole new lease of life into your silky <span class=”woR”>summer</span><span class=”woD”>Summer is the hottest of the four temperate seasons, falling between spring and autumn. At the summer solstice, the days are longest and the nights are shortest, with day-length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice. The date of the beginning of summer varies according to climate, tradition and culture, but when it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere, it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa.</span> styles.
Take this dreamy combo snapped at London Fashion Week last month. A nightgown-style maxi dress feels right at home in the new season thanks to the addition of a very cosy tartan <span class=”woR”>jacket</span><span class=”woD”>A jacket is a mid stomach length garment for the upper body. A jacket typically has sleeves, and fastens in the front or slightly on the side. A jacket is generally lighter, tighter-fitting, and less insulating than a coat, which is outerwear. Some jackets are fashionable, while others serve as protective clothing.</span>. Keeping the rest of the accessories very much AW, the matching brown leather clutch, punky belt and western-style shoe situation pulls it all together nicely.
Fancy trying it out? Too right, you absolutely should. Bring your favourite slinky separates – be it a midi skirt or culottes – right into autumn with you by engaging those two clever styling tricks. First up is your outerwear – jacket, jumper or coat, just make it plaid. And second of all the <span class=”woR”>accessories</span><span class=”woD”>A fashion accessory is an item used to contribute, in a secondary manner, to the wearer’s outfit, often used to complete an outfit and chosen to specifically complement the wearer’s look.</span> – keep them matching in print (tartan) or in punkiness (chunky boots) and you’re onto a winner.