How to wear tights as pants

If you think of tights as a solely workout affair, you haven’t set eyes on our styling guide. 

How to wear tights as pants

Has any article of clothing been as hotly contested as tights? Like clogs and denim cut-offs, you either love or hate them. Sure, they’re key for a sweaty workout, but they can also be worn to run errands and grab coffee regardless of whether you’re planning to hit the gym. Moreover, they’re actually comfortable (hello, stretch!)

Despite this, no one can seem to agree on the right way to wear these all-purpose bottoms. That’s why we’ve devised the ultimate styling guide for wearing tights as pants.

Remember, do try this at home.

How to wear tights as pants

1Invest in pieces that mix fashion AND function

First and foremost, you cannot be flashing in the front or the back for the sake of an outfit. Period. Opt for tights that are made from performance fabrics so they’re not see-through, like this pair from The Upside, and the right underwear. Not sure which knickers to choose? Try one of these workout-approved underwear styles.

Shop → The Upside English Floral Yoga Pant $139.00 (exact match)

2Accessorise appropriately

If you’re wearing printed tights take a leaf out of our editorial writer, Georgia Pretty’s book and team them with monochromatic kicks – comfortable and stylish. Alternatively, if you’re a classic black tight kinda gal, amp up your sneaker game with a bold style.

Shop → Nike Air Presto $180.00 (exact match)

3Coat up

For a comfy on-the-go uniform, throw on a knit or chambray shirt. Then add a jacket that is longer than the top and wear it open in the front. This will not only create a streamlined look that is super flattering, but also draw attention away from the tights so that it’s a more appropriate street-style look.

Shop Jac and Jack Rampling Coat $995.00 (exact match)