Wear tights with leggings on days when you feel like putting on a dress or long belted sweater but it's just too cold to wear tights or leggings alone. The key to knowing how to wear tights with leggings is deliberately pairing and juxtaposing colors, weights and textures to create the look you're going for.
For a playful look that suggests a night of dancing to a 1980s mixed-tape, pair leopard-print leggings with purple tights. A child, teen or tween can have fun with this look using trendy zebra stripes and hot pink tights, or flip it for solid legs with a cutesy peek of animal print around the ankles. An off-the-shoulder sweatshirt dress is just right for this fun style. Sneakers are a cool way to complete the look; jelly-style plastic sandals make it more rock-and-roll.
Not every job allows the flexibility of a tights-and-leggings ensemble, but a sophisticated look is possible in settings where professional clothing should be adult yet edgy and chic. Pair an autumnal linen dress with black tights and black leggings for a nearly invisible effect that adds just enough warmth to make a commute in brisk weather bearable; go with black leggings and burgundy tights for a style element that says timeless cool, adding a bit of color without distracting from your overall appearance. Tones of autumn leaves such as mustard, deep reds, browns and burnt oranges are good color options for keeping this style warm yet subdued.
The color-blocked clothing of the 1960s provides an ideal backdrop for playing with tights and leggings combinations. Think about the look of a Mondrian painting when pairing your black and white shift with bright blue leggings and happy yellow tights. Finish the look with chunky black shoes, a thin red belt and a thick white headband.