What Color Pantyhose to Wear with a White Dress

Anne Hathaway goes nude-legged at the "One Day" European premier, 2011.

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Color matching with white is tricky only because you've got so many options that pair well that you really need to see how you feel. Being in control of this look lets you combine the dress, shoes, panthyhose and other accessories to create a smoking outfit. If loud tights are your focal piece, keep the shoes muted for a balanced look.

Nude

In the summer, wearing panthyhose with a flirty white dress just keeps you feeling hot and looking bothered all day long. Skip it in favor of nude legs. In cooler seasons, you can still opt for the nude look with sheer pantyhose that match your skin tone. Nude legs keep the focus on your dress or any other fabulous accessories you might rock, from a wild hat to super-bright shoes.

White

White tights can be pretty tricky to pull off, and you might be fearing this matchy-matchy look could appear childish. Not if you pull it off right. Pick sheer white tights that match the white hue of your dress. Textured tights make the white-tight, white-dress look sophisticated, and the white tight pairing is so unexpected that you make a big statement.

Black

Thick black tights with a white dress create a modern classic look that's practical yet chic. Especially in the winter, wearing opaque black tights keeps you warm enough to rock a dress and gives your outfit the dark tones for a winter look. Julianna Moore adopted this technique successfully at a Human Rights Campaign event.

Colored

White goes with everything, so if you're itching to break out a pair of high-contrast tights, this might be your neutral canvas! Try muted patterned tights that incorporate white, like a plaid. Or go for bright hues like red, eggplant or tangerine, or sheer metallic bronze or silver stockings. Colored tights are pretty loud, so they might take some attention off your dreads and toward your legs. Of course, this might be just what you want.

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