The New York Times is talking about it. TikTok is all over it. You've probably seen it infiltrate your social feeds over the last year, and personally, we've been waiting for it to arrive for some time now. What are we talking about? Well, it could only be the tights as pants trend.

The What?

What is the Pantyhose as Pants Trend?

Like most trends, it started on the catwalk. Fall 2023 runways were filled with sheers, opaques, and every denier between. Ever since we saw that photo of Kendall Jenner out and about in nothing but a crewneck sweater, statement sunglasses, and a pair of sheer black tights, we knew pantyhose were about to finally have the moment they deserved. Why do we keep mentioning the moment? Well …

Pantyhose Have Come A Long Way

Pantyhose. Once the cause of pearl-clutching and gasps at the peak of thigh skin through the barely-there-sheer silky smooth fabric. Now, a statement. One that evokes confidence in the wearer and intrigue with a hint of envy in the viewer.

Evolving from its beginning as insulation into a layering queen before blooming into the multi-use garment that can be worn however your heart desires - it's a persistent and versatile garment, to say the least. Tights have survived endless fashion eras, societal changes, and criticism and have done it all in fabulous style.

Welcoming in the Newest Era of Hosiery Fashion

At VienneMilano, we live and breathe stockings and we are their number 1 champion. The same goes for any fabulous being who wears them. We are your biggest fan, and we're here to step into this unchartered stocking era with you.



How to Style Tights as Pants: Embracing the Trend

As you might expect, the tights-as-pants trend coincides with a few other developments in the fashion industry. Like most trends, it branches into numerous eras, most notably the Pariseene chic 70s scene that Audrey Hepburn so effortlessly popularised. There's also a hint of sportswear to the natural, flexible look that's full-on casual.

Color choices and patterns for a bold statement

Yes, we've talked about how casual the tights as pants trend is, but the magic of this look is that it can also be everything but. As of now, when we think of tights in the tights as a pants trend, we see a slightly sheer pair of black beauties. But really, it's only a matter of time before an explosion of color, textures, and patterns hits the monochrome scene.

So, if you're not really feeling the chic allure just right now and want your fit to pop, why not try fishnet or herringbone stitch stockings? A little sparkle from shimmery tights brings the glamour while art-deco patterns are so boho-chic. Polka dots keep things adorable, and their striped counterparts are all fun. Really, your options are endless.

Mixing and matching with various outfits

It really seems as though every celebrity we idolize as stocking-wearers got in on the trend. We were excited to see that they were incorporating tights into their looks, not as an afterthought or a boring necessity but to elevate them in a more interesting way. Hailey Bieber was photographed in an array of minidresses, micro skirts, and tiny shorts paired with tights. Dua Lipa partied in Ibiza in bright red plaid tights and no pants. Selena Gomez tried on a pair. Suki Waterhouse styled them with denim shorts (and even embraced the rips). There's really no boundaries and plenty of inspiration.

Styling tips for different occasions

But with the trend still being so fresh, how exactly do you test the waters for the vibe of every occasion?

Kaia Gerber wore tights with sneakers to look extra casual and sporty. Kim Kardashian paired her sheers with a tube top and a long leather jacket for formal events. All the while, many fashion influencers have been following in the iconic footsteps of Audrey Hepburn and opting for a white turtle neck top with opaque tights - incredibly office-ready. They have been seen with stilettos paired with a poncho, which is an unexpectedly glamorous-casual combo and ideal for chill nights out with the gals.

Pantyhose vs. Traditional Pants

So, yes, it's a fashion industry hit and celebrity-endorsed. It obviously looks good. But is it practical?

In short: Yes.

In long form: Casual wear is really hitting its stride. So, if you have the confidence to wear it, you can. We all know it's still a bit out there, but aren't most trends when they begin? Think of the first woman to wear a miniskirt or a bikini. She was an iconic trailblazer, and we can only thank her today. So, why not join the legion of revolutionary trendsetting women by transcending traditional fashion norms and stepping into your innovative and daring stylish genius.

According to the testaments of those who've tried it, "Once you try it, you'll never want to stop trying it." And really, tights as the ultimate blank canvas. There are endless ways to style them. They’re comfy, flexible, and a natural fashion statement no matter how you dress them up.

Of course, pants offer the comfort of tradition and are that bit more familiar, not to mention probably the smarter choice on a chilly day. But overall, we think the sheer excitement factor that comes with the tights as pants trend is a clear winner at the moment. Case closed.

Expert Tips from VienneMilano

How To Wear Pantyhose as Pants?

To wear pantyhose as pants, opt for a high-quality, opaque pair that resembles leggings. Pair them with a chic, oversized top or a stylish tunic to achieve a trendy and polished look. Choose neutral colors for a versatile and classic ensemble. Finish off the outfit with confident accessories and comfortable footwear to rock the pantyhose-as-pants style effortlessly.

Our Outfit Inspiration

Monochrome Chic:
  • Choose a high-quality pair of opaque black or dark-colored tights.
  • Pair them with a tailored, monochrome blazer or a stylish long coat.
  • Add a silk blouse or a crisp white shirt for a polished look.
  • Finish the outfit with ankle boots or heels. Athleisure Elegance:
  • Opt for a pair of thick, high-quality, sporty leggings.
  • Pair them with an oversized knit sweater or a stylish hoodie.
  • Add a longline coat or a faux fur jacket for a touch of sophistication.
  • Complete the look with chic sneakers or ankle boots.
Casual Sophistication:
  • Choose a pair of patterned or textured tights for added interest.
  • Pair them with a tailored button-down shirt or a fitted knit top.
  • Add a structured blazer or a leather jacket for a polished touch.
  • Finish the look with loafers, ankle boots, or pointed-toe flats.
Bohemian Flair:
  • Opt for lace or sheer tights for a bohemian vibe.
  • Pair them with a flowy maxi skirt or a loose-fitting dress.
  • Layer with a cozy cardigan or a suede jacket.
  • Complete the look with ankle boots or sandals. Edgy Glam:
  • Choose leather or faux leather leggings for an edgier look.
  • Pair them with a graphic tee or a rocker-chic band shirt.
  • Add a tailored blazer or a moto jacket for an extra edge.
  • Finish with studded ankle boots or heeled booties.
Smart Casual Appeal:
  • Select a pair of classic, neutral-toned tights.
  • Pair them with a well-fitted sweater or a silk blouse.
  • Add a tailored coat or a trench coat for a sophisticated touch.
  • Complete the look with pointed-toe flats, loafers, or low-heeled boots.

Taking a Peek into our Own Collection

Discover elegance with VienneMilano's exquisite collection of tights, pantyhose, and stockings. Embrace your individuality with luxurious designs that effortlessly blend style and comfort. From classic sheers to bold patterns, our meticulously crafted hosiery is a celebration of femininity and sophistication. Elevate your look and make a statement with VienneMilano – where every pair tells a unique story of timeless glamour.

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From us to you

To get you started on your trendsetter way, we want to offer you 15% off your next VienneMilano haul. Spoil yourself with whatever tights you’d like to rock as pants and enter the discount code “BLOGPOST” at checkout. We’ll take care of the rest. Even if after you’ve got your fix, you still need more, we’ve got just what you need...

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Join us in following these trends and covering them from all angles over at the VienneMilano blog or on our YouTube channel. There, we don't hesitate to gush over our one true passion. We touch on each of our unique stocking styles, from classic ISABELLA to the stunning FLAVIA, while covering absolutely everything stocking, thigh-high, and hosiery-related. To follow in the barely-there-sheer example set by Kendall Jenner, then CRISTINA is for you. She’s fiery, velvety, and downright stunning while feeling like pure luxury wrapped around your lovely legs. MARIA is just about as daring as it gets. Dazzling in champagne or bewitching in black sheer, she’s entirely mesmerizing and ready to push your fits to the forefront of fashion.


The pantyhose-as-pants trend has taken the fashion world by storm. Here at VienneMilano, we consider it the natural next step in hosiery evolution. And, fashion influencers, designers, celebrities, and pretty much everyone else seems to agree. So, don't miss out on the opportunity to elevate your style and become this new era’s trailblaze. Shop now with our exclusive discount code and make a bold statement by helping to redefine fashion.
January 26, 2024

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