striped sweater with shorts and tights outfit

A Case for Wearing Shorts With Tights

Please note that this post may contain affiliate links and any sales made through such links will reward us a small commission – at no extra cost for you.

Holy heatwave! This post was meant to go out a few months ago, but life happened. Though these outfits are a little too layered for these current temps, tuck these ideas away for later.

Hear, hear! (Leaning into this “case” angle pretty hard.) I’ll be honest, when I initially saw outfits of women wearing shorts with tights, I wasn’t a big fan. The tights with the mini cut-offs and combat boots came across as hipster punk rock and it just wasn’t my thing at all.

Should I wear tights with shorts over it? - Quora
source Quora

But then I came across this picture (below) and well, the idea of wearing shorts and tights together instantly transformed itself in my head.

Chanel SS21 Street Style

I thought, “Okay, shorts and tights can be CHIC!” And well, here at My Chic Obsession, we’re all about the…you guessed it. The chic.

I know the style is not for everyone, but allow me to make a case for wearing shorts with tights…

Save your objections until the end.


1. Tights Allow You To Wear Your Shorts Year Round

Shorts are usually reserved for the warmer months, but pairing tights with shorts allows you to wear them far beyond spring and summer.

In fall, you can slip a pair of patterned, solid, or sheer tights on under your short style of choice.

In the winter, opt for a thicker, fleece-lined pair so you aren’t left shivering all day.

This simple way of adding extra warmth and coverage maximizes your wardrobe and lets your go-to spring/summer pieces become cold-weather favorites!

2. It Looks Stylish

Okay, I’m well aware that what looks stylish is subjective and differs from one person to another. But at least we can all agree that it looks unique, right?

Adding unexpected layers is a surefire way to look like a fashion girl.

Related: 10 Ways to Dress Like You Work at a Fashion Magazine

3. You Can Let Your Personality Shine Through

Whether you prefer a neutral and classic style or you lean towards a style that is bold and colorful, wearing shorts with tights lets you dress in a way that speaks to your personal aesthetic.

This styling trick lets your personality shine through because you can mix and match in a way that fits your signature style.

Black tights? Leopard print tights? Leather shorts? Denim shorts? The options are endless!

4. It Provides Extra Coverage

Generally, wearing skin-colored tights (or hose) is thought of as an “old lady” thing. However, I know mature women (or anyone for that matter) can appreciate the extra coverage that tights provide.

Whether you want to have a slimming effect or camouflage varicose veins, wearing tights with your shorts does just that, while also looking intentional and stylish.

There you go-4 reasons why wearing shorts with tights is a good idea. One thing I love about this style is that it takes two classic items and pairs them in a way that feels unique and fresh.

Wondering what other classic items you should have? Learn more in this post- Classic Fashion Master List | My All-Time Favorite Clothing Pieces


Carolyn Arentson
Carolyn is the founder and creator behind My Chic Obsession. When she's not dreaming up new content, you can find her watching a funny tv show with her husband, raising her two boys, or planning her next trip to Paris.