One of the best things about winter is the opportunity to wear opaque tights (that's right, tights, not leggings). It's a throw back to elementary school in a way, reminiscent of those poly-blend pairs your mom would coordinate to match your wooly sweaters and plaid skirts. But modern opaque tights are anything but juvenile, and add a fun twist to any ensemble from work days to party nights.
Like all things, even tights come with a range of wish-list to easy to obtain price tags. These by Wolford are probably at the high end of the wish-list, at $52. They come in more subtle hues and are a nice way to ease yourself into a pair of colored tights. Everyone either owns or has worn a Spanx on at least one occasion in their lives (my friend's D.C. wedding in fall 2006 when I had gained 10 pounds in my first semester of law school). The brand has really unique tights in all sorts of patterns, with that famous girdle-like suction at the waist.
For middle market luxury, Hue offers saturated and semi-sheer shades for prices in the mid $20's. The brand famous for barely there underwear, Commando, offers opaque tights that will last through many washings and wearings, and remain inconspicuous under fitted frocks.
An array of very affordable tights are offered in a variety of bright colors and interesting textures. I love Ann Taylor Loft's tights in charcoal gray, paired with black pencil skirts to lighten the overall look and keep something as professional as a pencil skirt young. Also try a ribbed or diamond pattern pair with a basic dress or skirt (they are currently offered 2 pairs for $20 in store). Hanes presently has a sale on their already cheaply priced tights, making them an irresistible $7.99. I am planning to stock up on a few pairs for Christmas Eve with the in-laws and New Years Eve at my friend's new house.