’Tis the Season to Start Wearing Hosiery Again—Shop the Best Black Tights

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Photographed by Craig McDean, Vogue, July 2013

After a long winter, it’s finally time to ditch long hemlines and put on a playful miniskirt or perhaps even a pair of super-short shorts. But spring’s unpredictable weather can make it tough to ditch the layers altogether. Find a happy medium by anchoring those leg-baring looks with black tights.

A great pair of hosiery goes a long way. It packs a practical punch as it keeps you warm in the case of a temperature drop or a gust of wind, but it’s also ultra-elegant and adds a bit of polish to any spring outfit. And, depending on which pair you shimmy into, you can expect some added benefits.

Falke’s Sensual cashmere 50 tights will keep you so toasty you’d swear you were wearing a pair of fleece-lined leggings, and Sheertex’s Classic sheer tights promise to outlast any pair of tights ever—great for, say, pet owners or the accident-prone. If you’re just looking for a little something extra, consider a dotted pair from Stems, which will add a dash of sophistication to any ensemble. These and more of our favorite pairs of black tights, below.