Staying warm and stylish in the winter can sometimes be a tough feat for twenty-somethings, especially when dealing with as many layers as an abominable snowman and Mother Nature’s worst elements. While we may know to layer on the top half of our bodies, it’s not simply enough to have one layer on the bottom, no matter if you’re going to work or going out.

These tights are thin enough to layer under a pair of jeans or pants, yet stylish and thick enough to winterize summer dresses and skirts. They’re worth the investment, as it’s better to have a well-built pair that’ll last longer than a cheaper pair that’ll snag within the second wear. Make winter your b*tch with these masterful (and beyond basic black) tights:

Plush Apparel Full-Foot Fleece-lined Tights, $35,

Like a soft blanket for your legs and so ideal for when temps hit single digits and below) 

plush apparel tight


Alice + Olivia Silk-Effect Cashmere-Blend Diamond Knit Tights, $48,

Cashmere-blend + a funky design=upgraded LBD.

alice and olivia silk effect cashmere blend tights



Falke Soft Merino Rib Tights, $44.97,

Ribbed knit tights from this British brand make these perfect for making your summer dresses work year-round.  

falke tights

Bootights Fair Kodiak Fair Isle Sweater Tights, $48,

If  Oprah gives them high praise, you know they’re worth it. The tights come with an attached moisture-wicking sock to slide into boots. 




TOMS Toast Tights, $28,

These are ideal for lounging on the weekends when you just don’t feel like leaving your lair. 

toms tights


Hue Microfiber Sweater Tights, $20,

A relatively inexpensive pair with maximum comfort and warmth. 

hue microfiber sweater tights



Hannah Gettleman is a bubbly twenty-something living in Chicago. She graduated in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Journalism. Don't tell her that print is dying--she's already made the switch to public relations. As a Midwest girl, winter happens approximately 80% of the year, so she knows a thing or two about a good pair of snow boots. She lives for summer weather (even though she can never tan), Boy Meets World reruns, and an unhealthy addiction to dark chocolate and online shopping. She's a die-hard Chicago sports fan, even though she's well aware the Cubs always end up in last place every year.

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