How To: 5 Ways To Wear Shorts And Tights

If you’ve seen women rocking the shorts and tights look, you probably think ‘They look so cute, but I could never pull that off.’ The most important part of any outfit, including one that couples tights and shorts, is an amazing, confident attitude. If you’re feeling nervous, it’s all about fake it ’til you make it, so don’t be afraid to pair shorts and tights to create amazing, one of a kind outfits.

Lily Allen rocks denim shorts with black tights

Tip #1: Denim Shorts With Tights

A great pair of denim shorts and tights together create a hot look worn by celebrities like Nicole Richie. Nicole wears a sexy pair of Daisy Duke length shorts with opaque black tights and tops like a flowy white button down and a boho style vest. It creates a look that’s sleek and chic, while remaining true to her own personal, hippy style.

If you’re interested in trying out Nicole’s look, but aren’t sure Daisy Dukes are for you, choose shorts with an inseam that’s just a bit longer. An inseam that’s between 3 and 5 inches will still look fresh, but give you a little more coverage. Avoid longer jean shorts (you know, the dreaded ‘jorts’) and Bermudas – these denim looks will just look frumpy, not stylish.

Tweed Drew shorts by The Limited

Tip #2: Tweed. Tights. Classic.

Tweed shorts and tights create an instant classic look and celebrity fashionista Olivia Palermo is a big fan. Olivia pairs tweed shorts with everything from a dressed up button down blouse to a fun plaid shirt. She always looks chic and pulled together, no matter what she’s wearing.

Tweed shorts with tights can take you everywhere from a day at the office to a night out with friends. You just need a quick change of your top and some updated jewelry and you’ll be ready to go if a friend stops by your office and says ‘Hey, you want to go out tonight?’ Although some shorts work well with flats, stick to heels if you’re wearing tweed shorts with tights. Heels will make you look dressed up and pulled together and keep you from looking like a frumpy school teacher stuck in the 1990s.

Jennifer Love Hewitt pairing flowly shorts with tights

Tip #3: If You’re Curvy, Choose Flowy Shorts

Curvy women often complain that some styles just aren’t for them. That’s totally untrue! If you’re curvy, like Jennifer Love Hewitt, consider wearing a pair of tights with some loose, flowing shorts.

A simple belt at the waist can emphasize your curves with a tucked in top. If you’re looking for a more romantic look, flowy shorts and a loose top can create a sweet, dreamy silhouette. Make sure that loose clothing isn’t oversized, as this can quickly overwhelm a curvy girl. Just because something is loosely fitted doesn’t mean it shouldn’t fit you! Delicate heels work best, so stick those flats back in your closet.

How to pair shorts, tights and boots

Tip #4: Shorts, Tights And Boots

Shorts, tights and boots are ideal if there’s a chill in the air, but you don’t want to give up your shorts just yet. Katie Holmes has been seen wearing a pair of denim shorts, a structured jacket, a jaunty scarf and a pair of knee high boots. It’s a look that anyone can pull off, even if you’re not Katie Holmes.

To steal Katie’s look, first start with your tights and boots and go from there. Any length of boots can work, from ankle booties, to knee length flat boots to sexy over the knee boots. Just make sure that the boots don’t reach the top of your shorts – you want a little bit of your tights to show.

Gwen Stefani rocks the monotone look

Tip #5: Create A Monotone Look From The Waist Down

A monotone look is a great way to ease into wearing shorts with tights. Celebrities like Gwen Stefani are big fans of this look. It’s not uncommon to see Gwen wear black tights, with a black skirt and heels. Whether she’s dressed up the look for a night out with her husband (Gavin Rossdale, in case you’ve been living under a rock) or dressed down for a day at the park with her kids, Gwen always looks pulled together.

If you want to wear Gwen’s look, find a sleek, tailored pair of black shorts and pair them with opaque tights. Heels or even low boots look great and you can easily dress this outfit up or down depending on your top and accessories.

Wearing tights with shorts can be a refreshing change to your wardrobe, as long as it’s done correctly. If you’re interested in trying this look out, find yourself a great pair of tights and build your outfit from there. If you start with the tights, instead of making them an afterthought, you might be surprised at what you come up with.

More Undergarment Resources:

The Guide To Wearing Brightly Colored Tights

The 8 Hosiery Commandments: How To Look Beautiful In Tights

6 Shapewear Tips For Looking Slim While Staying Healthy

About the Author:

Cindy Prosser is a former underwear model turned freelance writer and mom. She’s not ashamed to admit she looks gorgeous in Wolford tights, which honestly isn’t that difficult but you have to count your victories :) When not glamorously overdressing for grocery store visits she stays busy writing for Bare Necessities.

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  1. I’m 50 but in pretty good shape. I’m still a size 4-6 and my legs are definitely my best body part. Do you guys think I’m too old to wear Uggs with over the knee socks and leggings. I would of course wear something big on top or something long enough to cover my lady bits. Thoughts?

    • Leslie,

      If you’re confident, you can flaunt anything you want! First and foremost, I highly DOUBT you look 50, and second when I see someone rocking a cute look, I never critique their age, but often wonder where they got their outfit and if I could pull it off. Most older women look better and pull off recent trends better then their younger counterparts. I say GO FOR IT! When it comes down to it, do what makes you happy. We’re only here for so long, why not look fashionable!

  2. Interesting

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