Experiment with Color
This just in: There are other colors of tights! So many of us hoard black opaque tights in the winter and forget there are other fantastic (and flattering) colors and styles. If you’re wearing brown shoes and accessories, try chocolate tights. If your ensemble has navy accents, go with navy tights—and discover how much they’ll expand your wardrobe. Play with opacity, too! If you’re wearing softer colors and opaque black tights are too harsh for your look, try sheer black or charcoal grey tights — both can really soften a look. Want to get really creative? Explore truly colorful and patterned tights like these or these.
Add More Black
Including other black elements in your outfit will make you feel more coordinated with the classic black tight. Layering a black turtleneck under your dress is a neat trick, then your tights and shoes won’t be the only starkly black items. Another option is to add a black waist belt or a black blazer. Anything that will help ground the black tights so the outfit feels more balanced. Also this option makes you less freezing, so win-win.
Skip the Tights, Add a Boot
Ditch the tights altogether (hear me out) and wear knee-high or over-the-knee boots in a neutral color or color that blends better with your outfit. You’ll be surprised at a high boot’s ability to ward off winter frost, and you get to wear high socks without anyone being the wiser. For example, if you’re wearing a pale pink knit dress like this one, and you don’t want to wear dark tights, opt for a softer-hued over-the-knee boot. They’ll provide the necessary coverage while having the added bonus of being amazing boots. Another great option here.
Wear a Maxi Coat
In some cases, bare legs are only a real issue when you’re en route to the office/party/dinner/etc. Maybe there’s no need to rework a whole outfit based on the the three seconds it takes to go from your front door to the interior of an uber? Invest in a maxi coat (like this one, this one, or this one) that falls to your ankles and will protect your bare legs from the elements while you’re getting from A to B.