How to wear bright tights without looking like a kid

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It’s under 70 degrees, which means it’s time to break out the tights! Embracing tights season is an Arizona girl’s dream because they add so many new options to outfits you’re already rocking over the summer, but a trend that’s difficult to skirt (heh) is brightly-colored tights.

Stores from American Apparel to Target are pushing this trend hard, and if you don’t know how to do it properly, you could easy wind up looking like a 5-year-old ballerina, not a 20-year-old fashionista. While twee is in, tween is not. Bring a dash of color to your wardrobe while still looking like an adult with these tips.

Pair with neutrals

This one is a no-brainer, but if you’re planning on wearing brightly-colored tights, your outfit deserves some thought. You’ll want to base your outfit around the tights, building a subtle ensemble with a peek of color. Beige and black never fail to look adult-like, so add in your colored tights for a youthful (but not too youthful) vibe. Getting the right neutrals to look good with colored tights is a feat, so if all else fails, you can pair anything with black.

Opposite attract

First, think of the color wheel. (Google it if you don’t know what it is.) Pair colors opposite of each other on the color wheel. If you’re planning on wearing a pair of navy tights, they’d look great with a maroon dress and gold cardigan. This look is all about subtlety, so go for deep, rich colors that remind you of royalty.

Grow up

You probably wouldn’t wear a Barbie pink dress to the boardroom, so don’t wear it on your legs. Bright, neon colors are great for summer, but unless you’re going to an ‘80s party, there’s no place for neon tones in winter. Unless you master the next tip…

Pair with over-the-knee boots

If you absolutely must wear your neon-colored tights, make sure there’s just a little showing. Those cobalt blue tights will actually look cute with black over-the-knee boots and a long, chunky black sweater. Use your tights as an accessory and not as the main chunk of the look.

Play dress up

Adultify this look with something only adults wear—a blazer. A boyfriend blazer dresses every outfit up and adds a classy touch to an otherwise outlandish look.

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