How to wear the patterned tight trend over 40

#over50fashionblog blogger Nicole in pinpoint tights, black top and skirt, zebra inspired heels

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Fashion week: Tights get beyond solid color

In Alaska, the weather sort of requires to wear tights for about seven months when you are a skirt/dress gal. In April/March under Chinook conditions, one may get away with pantyhose when styling a summer dress for spring. Just wearing the same, same neutral colors of brown, gray, black and navy becomes pretty boring. Thus, I extended my wardrobe to add teal, burgundy, turnip, purple, and red, i.e. colors that I style like a neutral anyway.

You can imaging my excitment when seeing at fashion week that prints on legwear are a big trend for the upcoming fall/winter season. Why wait until then, when there are still two months of winter left up here in Alaska and at least a month in many mountainous regions, Canada, Scandinavia, Siberia and northern mid-latitudes? No way! Let’s be trendsetters!

Can we pull this trend off? Sure, we do! All we have to avoid are marigold tights. They fail to look stylish on anyone. That’s why they are among Halloween favorites. Pippi Långstrump anyone?

Styling leopard print legwear

Let’s start with an easy one, most of us will be comfortable with. Leopard is a It print for quite a while. It even has the potential to become a classic. For sure it will be an identifier of the fashion of the 10s of this century. I wrote a post on how to look great in leopard print tights a while ago.

#fashionover50 style blogger Nicole in the mixed print trend with leopard stockings and glencheck skirt
LandsEnd cashmere sweater dyed turquoise, brown layering top, statement necklace, Pendleton pleated glencheck wool skirt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, GNW leopard print stockings and Jimmy Choo shearling boots (all own)
#trendsover40 details of leopard print tights
Zoom-in on GNW leopard print tight with Jimmy Choo shearling heel boots rolled down (all own)

Tips to style polka dots or pinpoint hosiery

Polka dots and pinpoints are also a classic on blouses, dresses and lately even pumps and Keds. A regular distribution is easier and figure friendlier than an irregular one. The latter might be mistaken for lumps and bumps on your legs. Who needs that? Like with polka dot clothing stir away from dots greater than a quarter or 1 Euro coin. You want to look trendy, but stylish. Not like the Clown of the week.

#winterstyle over 50 years old woman in black skirt and top with pinpoint legwear and zebra pumps
Brooks Brothers turtleneck cashmere sweater, Vince Camuto cable knit skirt, unbranded zebra print pony hair pumps, panther statement belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own) and pin point tights c/o No nonsense
#trends zebra inspired pumps with pinpoint hosiery
Zoom-in on the legwear and pumps to show details

Animal faces

This design is best in black and white. This cool pair was a gift from a colleague who saw them in Moscow. She said they had my name written all over it. Well, she knows me! they really do!

#mixedprints over 50 years old fashion blogger in faux leather suit with animal face hosiery and zebra top
Lookbook Store motorcycle leather jacket, Oliveo leather Bermudas, Harley Davidson booties, unbranded animal face hosiery and zebra layering top c/o Covered Perfectly

I love to wear them for dancing with my black or gold leather shorts. Why? They are the items with the shortest hem. Why hide one of the beasts?

#ageisjustanumber 50 years old blogger standing on one leg to show off the printed tight pattern
Front view to show that there is no embellishment. Lookbook Store leather biker, Oliveo leather shorts, animal face tight, Harley Davidson heels (all own) and zebra top c/o Covered Perfectly

For this post I styled them as the “cover-up” of my legs with a faux suit made from my leather moto jacket and black shorts. You can see an example how I styled the stockings for dancing in the post at the link in case you missed it.


Greetje from No Fear of Fashion gave this pair with florals to me as a Christmas gift. Thank you so much, my friend! She wore her own floral tights and a red skirt at their premiere on her blog. The photo below shows how she wore them later with a leather skirt! So edgy! <3

#fashionover60 Greetje of No Fear of Fashion in floral legwear with leather skirt and matching top
Greetje of No Fear of Fashion in a red top, black leather skirt, her floral pair of legwear and her signature cool booties

Finally, it got warm enough in the Interior to wear mine. I went with a girly edgy look when styling them for the first time.

#fashionover50 #streetchic style blogger in floral legwear, orange skirt, turquoise sweater, charm belt and matching scarf
Max Mara orange straight wool skirt, Anne taylor sweater dyed turquoise, Judith Leiber charm belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Harley Davidson booties (all own), Trasparenze floral legwear (gift from Greetje), Ed Hardy c/o Addicted Brands, silk scarf c/o Uno Alla Volta
#advancedstyle blogger in floral tights with skirt and sweater in colors matching the blossoms
Back view of above casual work
#midlifestyle blogger Nicole with floral tights, skirt and sweater in colors matching the flowers, scarf and motorcycle booties
Front view ofthe above busisness casual work outfit

What’s on my must-have list

I am currently carving a pair with a paisley design. This design is a great classic. I haven’t found them yet in colors that would go with the items in my wardrobe.

Will you jump the bandwagon on this trend? If so, what do you have in mind? Let me know. Just curious.

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6 thoughts on “How to wear the patterned tight trend over 40

  1. I’ve always loved, and worn coloured tights. We have very few tights options here in Australia as opposite to you weather wise and it’s warm for most of the year with maybe a week of weather below 10°C where I live but I still wear tights when I can! Great options and so fun and stylish!! Donna 🧚🏻‍♀️❤️🙏

  2. I knew those floral tights would look good on you. And they fit as well. Yay. Well styled. Thanks for the extensive shout-out.
    Those animal print tights your colleague bought in Moscow are fantastic. Never seen anything like it before.
    I can be on the look-out for your paisley tights if you brief me on the colours.

  3. I love these all too, Nicole. How wonderful Greetje gave a pair of those to you…they are fabulous!!

  4. I love patterned tight on others, but they look strange on me. Going to try them again now having seen yours.

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