What Color Tights Do You Wear With an Army-Green Dress?

Coleen McLoughin keeps neutral legs with an olive dress at the Elle Style Awards 2006.

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Olive green or army green is a power color, and it deserves power tights. Fall 2011 trends include super-bright primary hues and bold splashes, some of which look super-hot paired with olive hues. More demure gals can still sport high-octane stockings in more classic pairings or stick to safe neutrals. What's fun and flirty for a night on the town might not fly at work, so let the occasion help you decide.

Neutrals

If you want to keep the focus on your dress, your shoes or another accessory, playing down the tights is a good idea. Nude and tan shades match army green, and sheer neutrals that match your skin tone are a safe bet. You can also try black tights with an army green dress, especially if you're going with black shoes. Choose sheer black, matte black or black patterned tights, such as fishnet or ribbed. In the summer, skip the tights to keep your legs cool.

Secondary Accent Colors

Red, purple and orange can all match that army dress, if you choose carefully. Look for wine- or jewel-tone purples, like burgundy, eggplant, cherry or blackberry. Rich burnt-orange hues can make a striking contrast against the green. These colors are particularly fallish, so be inspired by the season and bust this look out to celebrate autumn.

Primary Accent Colors

Yellows and blues offer cool contrast to the olive-hued dress. Warm mustard or canary-yellow tights offer high-level contrast, while navy or cobalt are still bright but less risky. These colors have no seasonal association, so you can wear them any time you're craving a bold color block.

Tips

If your legs are thick, opt for darker-color tights and leave the electric ones to skinny minnies. Print or multihue patterned tights get tricky to match and work best with black or white ensembles. Not every hue of blue, purple, yellow or orange will look right with your dress. If you're uncertain, try the outfit on and stand in natural and artificial light to see whether you harmonize. Also, you can match tights either to your shoes or your dress. Make sure your shoes look hot with the tights color you've chosen to avoid a color overload.

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