Ideas for Cute Party Dresses With Tights

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Monica Martin Luque wears a light dress with black tights to the Emporio Armani Boutique opening in Madrid in 2013.
Monica Martin Luque wears a light dress with black tights to the Emporio Armani Boutique opening in Madrid in 2013. (Image: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

When the temps have dropped and you're excitedly putting on a party dress, the need for a pair of tights is a given. However, while certain dresses play well with covered legs, others don't quite make the grade. From sleek, low-key numbers to get-ups full of color and texture, there's a look that works for each and every party-goer's personal style.

Shadow and Light

Create an unexpected look simply by pairing a pale-colored dress with dark, saturated tights. While you may feel hesitant to wear dark with light, the key is reaching for a substantial fabric in a silhouette appropriate for cooler weather. Start with a pair of opaque, black tights and black high-heel leather or suede pumps. For a classic approach, add a heavy cotton blend, cream-hued dress with three-quarter length sleeves, a round neckline and a straight cut that falls a few inches above your knees. Or, opt for a softer, more bohemian party look with a pale-lavender or pink dress in a chiffon fabric and a similar shift silhouette. Look for feminine detailing, such as ruffles along the hemline to offset the black tights.

High Contrast

Have a bit of fun with bold colors while throwing a print into the mix for a high contrast look. Work with one main color and black and white. For example, reach for a striped fuchsia and pale-pink dress with a sleeveless, fitted bodice, cinched waist and flared skirt. Add black tights, white pumps and a black bag. Or, try a black flowy shirt dress with an allover white polka-dot print, long sleeves and a hemline that hits just above your knees. Add a pair of bright tights, such as vibrant purple or cobalt blue. Slide your feet into black suede pumps and grab a white clutch.

Sleek Color Pop

If your usual go-to for party wear is all black but you're looking for a way to spice things up, all you need is a pop of color to amp up your otherwise classic dress and tights look. Visualize yourself in a black satin dress with a sweetheart neckline that hits a few inches above your knees. Add a pair of sheer black, toe-less tights and a pair of vibrantly hued shoes, such as bright turquoise suede heels or peep-toe booties.

Mixed Textures

Mix up 2- and 3-dimensional textures for a dynamic party look. This is simpler than it sounds. Start with a pair of sheer, black tights with an allover texture, such as Swiss dots. Add a pair of black pumps or ankle boots with slim heels. Finish the look with a party dress with a visual texture, such as an emerald and pink floral print. Or, reach for an abstract print in black and cream that creates depth and texture, such as a fabric that mimics asphalt or grass. You can also go with black and charcoal space-dyed tights, adding black pumps and a black dress with a Swiss-dot fabric.

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