How to Wear Footless Tights for Older Women

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Add a pair of footless tights to your wardrobe.
Add a pair of footless tights to your wardrobe. (Image: green apple in the lap image by Vasiliy Koval from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

The older woman looking to raise her style profile from little old lady to hip and trendy might consider adding a pair of footless tights to her wardrobe. When paired with tunic tops, sundresses and cardigan sweaters, these tights reveal your shape and forward-thinking style without showing any skin. Whether the leg coverings are paired with sandals or ballet flats, these sleek and slim pairs of hosiery can be worn effortlessly by teenagers and their stylish mothers or grandmothers.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardigan sweater
  • Ballet flats
  • Ankle boots
  • Sweater
  • Fitted jacket
  • Sundress
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • Silver bangles
  • Long graphic T-shirt
  • Designer handbags

Wear ankle boots and a sweater for a casual look. When paired with a sweater dress, suede or leather ankle boots create a seamless look for daytime. To balance the weight of the sweater, choose ankle boots with low and chunky heels. The best pair of boots should fit snugly at the ankle without digging into your flesh.

Pair your tights with a cardigan and ballet flats. Because most footless tights are in dark gray, blue or black hues, wear colored flats and a tunic dress to add a pop of color to your outfit. Add a three-quarter-length cardigan sweater in the fall to elongate the body and cover the hips and thighs.

Add a dress and fitted jacket to your outfit. Wear a dress made of luxurious jersey or an opaque cotton fabric over your footless tights. The dress should graze the mid-thigh and skim over the body to prevent bulk. To complete the look, wear a fitted jacket that is nipped at your waist.

Choose flowing and lightweight dresses in warm climes. For a signature summer look, pair your tights with an easy, breezy sundress and flip-flops. Choose dresses will a thin rayon or cotton lining that will not reveal your undergarments when you are standing in direct sunlight.

Choose statement shoes and bold accessories to highlight your casual tights. To unleash your inner rock star, wear your tights with four or five large silver bangles and a long graphic T-shirt. Your tights should easily blend with your shoes and T-shirt to create the illusion of one lean and long line of leg. Polish your age-appropriate look with designer handbags and classic black ballet flats

Tips & Warnings

  • Susan Wagner of BlogHer recommends that you “do not wear footless tights to dressy occasions or wear them with a cocktail dress.”
  • Stick with classic neutral-colored tights. Leave the yellow, purple and red tights to teenagers.

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