Celebrity Style: Black Opaques

A versatile, timeless classic, black opaques are every fashionistas wardrobe staple – and with a range of  textures, deniers and finishes to chose from there isn’t an outfit that wont marry perfectly with the right pair. We’re taking a look at the various ways our favourite celebrities are styling their black opaques, from the streets to the red carpet.





Street Style


We couldn’t have a collection of ‘slebs in tights without featuring hosiery Guru Taylor Swift. True to form, Taylor has once again paved the way for opaque tights, sticking to a style we quite often see her in – a gorgeously velvety soft finish. By pairing her tights with chunky lace up boots ankle and a simple black jacket, she has managed to carry a plain white summery dress through to create an outfit perfect for cooler weather. Dressing an outfit down is just as easy – and Katie Holmes is a shining example on just how it should be done. A contrast in textures and colours is the perfect way to wear leather during the daytime. The skirt is a simple element in a well put together outfit, rather than a statement piece, thanks to the soft finish of the tights. The bold colour of her cardigan also plays a part in making the ensemble more mellow – mustard is a sophisticated on trend shade for the season. Finally, Katie’s delicate court shoes keep her look feminine and smart.

Girls star Allison Williams has managed to pull off the unthinkable with her usual stylish grace – wearing navy with black. This fashion no-no is finally losing its dated stigma as colour combinations become more and more bold within the fashion world. When you’re mixing extreme patterns and colours, the idea of combining a very dark blue with black seams positively tame. The navy skirt in this particular outfit is used to break up the black in a subtle way as not to look drab or depressing. Fully opaque matte black tights work well with this look, creating a cosy yet polished illusion, and allowing the key components to take centre stage. The camel coat, fuchsia lips and embellished boots add a young, fresh twist, with the leather gloves finishing the whole look with a glamorous flourish. Finally, another one of our hosiery ambassadors Alexa Chung has created yet another stunning outfit that only she could have imagined. The velvet texture of her stunning denim blue dress is complemented perfectly by her semi opaque tights – any thicker and the look may have looked stifling and fussy. The matte finish in a lower denier pairs beautifully with the dress, allowing a theme to be upheld while at the same time allowing the dress to remain as a statement stand alone piece.

Understated Red Carpet Glamour


Sofia Vergara has become synonymous with with figure hugging bodycon dresses, and is often seen wearing tights to compliment them. This time she has opted for slightly glossy opaques to coincide with the light shine to her dress, creating a look that is perfect for parties. The sheer sleeves and panel break the outfit up, adding another element of texture and allowing the thicker tights to be worn without looking too heavy. Alexa Chung looks adorable in this antique gold and black floral dress. Only opaque tights could create the perfect canvas to allow the delicately decadent metallic flowers to really gleam – mirrored perfectly with the ruffled feminine sleeves.

A sparkly variation on the LBD, Emma Roberts looks stunning in this bronze collared dress (Little Bronze Dress?). An unusual and unique colour choice, it pairs perfectly with the thick black opaques she has chosen to wear with it. The black collar connects the dress to the rest of the look, making the ensemble look polished. We also cant help notice the open toe sandal heels, proving you can wear opaque tights with peep toes (in the right context!). Lastly, Gone Girl Rosamund Pike looks out of this world in this mini dress featuring a spectacular nebula design adorning the skirt. A statement piece as extraordinary as this requires no distraction, making it the ideal piece to wear with simple black opaque tights. The slight shine compliments the glossy leather effect top.

Spotlight on; Fearne Cotton


Fearne has always been a fashion icon, and has always been a keen lover of tights. We’ve put together a collection of our favorite black opaque looks worn by Ms Cotton over the past year! As you can see, there’s quite a variety of styles for all whole host of occasions. We love how she really embodies the term ‘smart casual’, showing that black opaques really do work as a day to day basics, as opposed to what you might just pair with party dresses. Fearne Cotton – we salute you!


Some of our favourites:


Top Row L-R: Falke Pure Matt 100, Levante Suede Matte 50, Charnos 100 Denier Opaque, Gipsy 100 Denier

Bottom Row L-R: Pretty Polly 80 Denier Tummy Shaper, Wolford Velvet de Luxe 66, Ambra 70 Denier Baby Bump, Pretty Polly Curves 60 Denier Plush Opaque


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