How to Style White Tights, According to Runways and Instagram


Rarely does a trend come along that works for runway shows, editorials, and street style and costs less than a salad from Chopt. It almost never happens. So when I noticed white tights appearing on all three of the above fashion platforms in droves a few months ago, I naturally flagged it in my brain. I began adding images of them from lookbooks, magazine shoots, and influencer outfit photos to my Saved folder on Instagram while screenshotting runway appearances of them on Vogue Runway. Before long, I had a seemingly endless mood board for styling the $15 hosiery.

On the runways, white tights were styled with knit minidresses at Altuzarra and black or navy column skirts at Tibi and Bevza. On Instagram, our favorite fashion people to follow, from Elsa Hosk to Amy Julliette Lefévre, got creative with lace alternatives to traditional opaque white tights, either adding colorful accessories for contrast or going for a more monochromatic aesthetic in white from head to toe. Though unapproachable at first, white tights are surprisingly easy to introduce into your wardrobe—it just might call for a bit of inspiration to help get you started. Luckily, all of that and more is just a scroll away.

On the runway:

Altuzarra model wearing a cream sweaterdress with white tights and black shoes at the F/W 24 show.

(Image credit: Altuzarra)

Tights were an essential part of the styling at Altuzarra’s 15-year anniversary show during New York Fashion Week in February. Though the red tights showcased were the ones talked about most, in my mind, the appearance of white alternatives really stood out as feeling fresh and relevant for the year ahead.