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How-To: Finding the Perfect Black Opaque Tights as a Tall Woman

Elevated Style | J.Crew Postage Stamp Mini in Indigo Tweed 1

Elevated Style | J.Crew Postage Stamp Mini in Indigo Tweed 2

Elevated Style | J.Crew Postage Stamp Mini in Indigo Tweed 7

Elevated Style | J.Crew Postage Stamp Mini in Indigo Tweed 6

If you haven’t noticed, I LIVE in black opaque tights during the winter. They’re most definitely a wardrobe staple for me and many of my outfits are built around them. It’s not easy though, finding black tights that are opaque enough, especially as a tall woman.

Here are some tips I’ve learned for finding the perfect black opaque tights:

  • Check the “denier” (fiber density) on the package. The higher the number, the more opaque. I like 90 denier or more.
  • Look at the spandex-to-nylon ratio. Generally, I prefer no more than 91% of the tights to be made of nylon. I’ve found that the higher the nylon percentage, the quicker the tights rip. Sometimes materials other than spandex will be used. This is fine, but again, make sure that the percentage of nylon is no more than 91%.
  • Buy the largest size possible. The more fabric you have to work with, the more opaque the tights will be. I like Hue Super Opaque Tights Non-Control Top and I wear the largest size (size 3).
  • When you’re in the store, put your hand in the tights and stretch as much as you can to gauge how opaque they will look on your skin.

[spacer size=”20″]Once you’ve found the perfect pair, take care of them by not putting them in the dryer (been there, done that) and by wearing slippers or shoes with them at all times to avoid snags (obvious, but this happens!).

Since I’m on the shorter side of tall (5’10”), I’ve always been able to buy regular-length tights.  I haven’t been to the land of tall-sized tights, but would be willing to do some research, if you’re interested. Let me know!

Readers: What brand of black opaque tights do you recommend?

Tall Trick: Every Tall Woman Should Own a Chunky Heel

Elevated Style | Sperry Top-Sider Princeton 3

J.Crew Factory Wool-Blend Walking Coat; J.Crew Perfect-Fit Long-Sleeve Tee; J.Crew Classic Mini in Felted Wool; Sperry Topsider Princeton Boots; J.Crew Leopard Print Scarf; Hue Tights; H&M Bracelets (similar); J.Crew Factory Earrings

Elevated Style | Sperry Top-Sider Princeton 4

Elevated Style | Sperry Top-Sider Princeton 2

Elevated Style | Sperry Top-Sider Princeton 5

Elevated Style | Sperry Top-Sider Princeton 6

Do you find that stilettos and dainty shoes look lost on your tall frame?

Your ankles will thank you because sturdy, chunky heels are back in style. AND they are flattering (and functional!) on tall women.

When paired with the right outfit, chunkier heels can help slim the ankle and balance out tall proportions. Here are some tips I’ve learned over the years on how to wear chunky heels:

  • Chunky heels under boot-cut jeans is a no-no. This will look too clunky! When you wear chunky heels—especially chunky ankle boots—your pants should stop at your ankle.
  • Chunky heels look best with skinny jeans, cropped pants, leggings, or tights.
  • Chunky heels can also look great with a mini or pencil skirt. Just make sure your hemline falls above the knee.

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Readers: What’s your go-to chunky heel?

Outfit Idea: Plaid + Pop of Red

Elevated Style | J.Crew Factory Plaid Flannel Shirt 1

J.Crew Classic Mini in Felted Wool; J.Crew Perfect-Fit Long-Sleeve Tee; J.Crew Factory Classic Button-Down in Flannel; Hue Tights; J.Crew Factory Scarf; Banana Republic Ashley Bow Ballet Flat; H&M Bracelets

Elevated Style | J.Crew Factory Plaid Flannel Shirt 2

Elevated Style | J.Crew Factory Plaid Flannel Shirt 3

Elevated Style | J.Crew Factory Plaid Flannel Shirt 4

Elevated Style | J.Crew Factory Plaid Flannel Shirt 5
Is it too late to wear red and green? Or is it just 10 months early? Either way, I’m happy to rock Christmas colors any time of the year.

I’m loving the shirt under a shirt look. It’s subtle, but I think it helps pull the outfit together. Layers are my new thing. I’m also loving the fact that I’ve made an outfit entirely out of non-tall clothes. It’s always a challenge for me to construct flattering outfits out of regular-sized clothes. Typically, skirts and tights are my go-to winter items because I don’t have to worry about length. Notice above how I rolled up my sleeves because they are too short. Just another day in the life of a tall woman!

If I were to wear this outfit again, I’d probably pair it with a black suede ankle boot. The flats I’m wearing have seen better days and I think an ankle boot would help to elongate my legs.

Readers: What tricks do you have to resort to when putting together a non-tall outfit?