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Summer Fashion Tips for Girls: Tights and Leggings

Over the past few years, leggings and tights have become an essential part of every fashionable girl's wardrobe. Done right, leggings and tights are comfortable, on-trend, and effortlessly chic. Done poorly, and they can be a one-way ticket from fashion-forward to fashion fail. Summer is just around the corner, and with that in mind, here are some summer fashion tips for girls who want to look great in tights and leggings.

Tip #1: Leggings Are Not Pants

You've probably heard this fashion tip plenty of times before, but it’s so important that it bears repeating. Not only that, but it seems that some fans of leggings still haven’t gotten the message. So let's all say it together: “Leggings Are Not Pants!”

Like wearing warmup pants to go shopping, wearing pajamas to class, or wearing dowdy sweats anywhere but in the gym, substituting leggings for pants is a big fashion “don't.”

Not only does it look lazy, but also, the fabric of some leggings is so sheer that it may end up revealing more than you’d want them to.

Tip #2: Hooray for Long Tops!

When you're wearing leggings or tights, it’s usually best to balance your look with a long, billowy top. Sweaters and tunics that come down to the tops of the thighs work quite nicely with leggings and tights.

Tip #3: Accessorize!

Because leggings and tights have such sleek, minimal silhouettes, you can get away with wearing more accessories than you might if you were wearing wide-leg pants or a flowing skirt. Oversized handbags, stylish sunglasses, infinity scarves, and chunky jewelry in bold colors are all great ways to add extra style points to outfits that feature leggings.

Tip #4: How to Wear Bold Prints

You’ve definitely seen eye-catching leggings with dazzling prints. They’re a lot of fun, but you have to be careful how you wear them. Generally, it’s best to pair them with neutral pieces, and to allow them to be the star of the show. Mix them with too many other colors or patterns, and you may end up looking like an optical illusion. But hey, if that’s what you’re going for, don’t let us stop you!

Tip #5: Leggings Vs. Tights

In many ways, leggings and tights are pretty similar: they’re both form fitting, flexible, and very stylish. But there are some key differences. First, tights tend to be made of lighter fabric than leggings. Second, tights generally have feet, whereas leggings do not. Fourth, tights tend to be less opaque than leggings.

So when is it better to go with tights, and when are leggings the right option?On hot days, tights are generally a better choice beneath a skirt than leggings, as they offer better ventilation and keep legs cooler. Tights are also usually a better choice for professional or formal occasions, though there are exceptions.

Leggings are preferable on summer nights when you want to keep your legs warm. Further, while neither tights nor leggings are a substitute for pants, opaque leggings are much closer to pants than tights are, so they’re a better choice beneath a long sweater, billowy button-up, or tunic.

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