Style on Trial: Short Shorts With Tights

Shortswithtights Dear Fashion Police.

I’ve noticed a lot of girls wearing short shorts with tights this year, and I quite fancy trying it, but I’m worried I’ll look stupid! Do you think this is an OK look?" ~ Lindy

Well, personally I have to confess to being a big fan of this look, and the only reason I don’t wear shorts more often myself is because I live in a small town where people will probably look at me like I’m a freak for wearing shorts in the winter. (Seriously, they’re not even wearing skinny jeans here yet, and I wish I was joking about that…) So I understand where you’re coming from, but I think you should go ahead and try it.

It can be a really smart look, if worn right, and very comfortable and easy to wear. This outfit, for instance, uses a pair of lurex tweed shorts from Miss Selfridge (personally I’d wear a darker colour with the black tights, but hey) with a puff-sleeved blouse and tall boots. It’ll also work with ankle boots and a warmer sweater, though. and can be dressed up nicely for evening with some heels and a few pieces of jewelery.

What does everyone else think of shorts-with-tights? (Remember, you’re not voting on the specific outfit shown here – although feel free to comment on it if you like! – but on the look in general.) How would you advise Lindy?


  • November 22, 2007


    I’ve seen VERY FEW people who can carry this look off… i think i can count them on one hand and have some fingers left over. I’ve seen way too many that have tried and failed. It’s a real tricky one.

  • November 22, 2007


    I think dark shorts with dark tights and high heels is very cute. I’ve always quite liked the look myself, but I could personally never get away with it. I think if you do a monochromatic look, it can work really well, though.

    • September 6, 2010


      WOW! Very nice.. Call me, BIATCH! 😉

  • November 23, 2007


    I love shorts with tights, especially with tall, flat boots.

  • November 23, 2007


    Personally, I think it looks like a… very strange jumpsuit.
    But whatever floats the boat.

  • November 23, 2007


    I think it’s quite cute, but like some people have said, it’s also tricky you have to have the right legs, this look doenst look cute on people with big thighs that rub together. I think it looks hot with heels and a girly satin blouse

  • November 24, 2007


    Honestly… I don’t like it. It CAN look pretty nice if you have the figure for it, but if you do, seriously wear something else, it’s a waste of a perfect figure 😉

  • November 24, 2007


    If you have the legs for it, this can be one gorgeous outfit.

  • November 25, 2007


    Never in a million years! When I was in elementary school in the early 90’s, this is precisely what all the overweight middle-aged teachers wore (admittedly, their shorts tended to be longer). Skinny belt holding the shorts over their mommy pooches, matching shorts and jacket (jacket usually adorned with some sort of horrid wooden “ABC” pin or somesuch), white tights and well broken-in loafers. That I can still recall it so clearly is a testament to just how awful the look was then.
    So I’m sure as shootin’ not going to replicate it now!

  • December 3, 2007


    As a catholic school girl alumnus I can’t bring myself to wear two things, plaid skirts and tights. The first we were required and the second to keep warm and I am still recovering 7 years laters.

  • June 7, 2008

    lilly summervill

    do people with wide legs look wright in shorts nd tights

  • September 11, 2008


    I lovee it. I went to France, and everyone dresses like that, and its so classy and cute. Occasionally I do it where I live, but not too many people in America where I live. I think it’s more popular in larger cities where fashion is a big thing. Regardless, I’m still going to dress what I like and start the trend in my city =)

  • October 29, 2008


    Ilove this look and have just bought shorts and the tights to wear with my long boots. It also looks good with leggings underneath when its colder. Flat boots look great, I say go for it.

  • November 20, 2008


    I love shorts and hotpants and bought about 10 pairs in the summer, i love the trend and its so easy
    for day wear (going to college school etc) try denim cuff shorts with black tights (maybey patern tights) and boots or black ballete flats and a t-shirt and short duffle jacket or bomber jacket
    for evening wear try some smart shorts (Top shop has some FAB-U-LOUSE ones lol) with opaque tights, tan tights or no tights and a pair of stilettos (again topshops your place) and a blouse, corset top, or camisole top.

  • November 20, 2008


    btw the styles i said are for winter, just using the shorts i bought in the summer sory if there wws any confusuion

  • January 21, 2009


    I don’t really dig it at all. Short skirts I think are great with tights but shorts with hose/tights in the winter (or for the summer for that matter)? I think it would be better if worn with knee high boots but not dress heels, especially with tights – ew. Yeah the people I’ve seen who can wear these are very tall, thin girls…others? big no no. I fit the tall, thin category but I can’t seem to pull it off either so I dunno. I’m still getting used to wearing leggings with things much less tights and shorts. Yikes. I think people are stretching it a little too far.

  • February 3, 2009


    I am from the New York city, is rarely used. Its mostly seen among Asian girls but not other races where i live at. I think this style is really nice and unique, it doesn’t look ridiculous at all because there are different type of short they sell for winter and the material is different. Not everyone can pull it off. But if you have sense of style. then your good to go

  • September 22, 2009


    As a guy I think this look is really sexy and everyone should try it. I myself love to wear tights with short shorts. Yes I am a straight guy but I love wearing tights. I have an athletic body and legs and love to show them off.

  • March 6, 2010


    I think women look good with tight and shorts if it’s winter. It also depends on what other items worn. As a guy (straight) I wear tights while running in the cooler months. I wear the ones just past the knee. I started wearing running shorts over the tights for added coverage after over-hearing some comments from women. 😮

  • March 30, 2010


    Every girl I know is wearing this style now. I thought cutoffs with tights were cute. Unfortunately, I couldn’t pull it off. The only thing I could pull off were some gym shorts over a pair of kapri tights. I recommend not using ankle tights with really short shorts. You would be attracting more attention to your legs rather then your cute chorts. If you want to look fashionable during gym, try wearing some slightly baggy gym shorts (cotton, not the soccer or nylon shorts) with some cute, different colored kapri tights. Or if you have some cutoffs (or anything cute, really) wea it with some short black tights with lace on the bottom. It makes a cute and fancy look at the same time. But if you some curves, you might want to try a little tighter look. If you have great legs, go for it! You’ll look great. Don’t make it look too crazy though, try some monochromatic colors. Crazy color mixes, like yellow and red, will almost never look good. Try not to make yourself look stupid, just a little trendy now and then. Hope this helps!

  • April 24, 2010


    I have very very very very fat thighs im 14 stone 12 years old and 5 foot 1 im also morbidly obease im also size 18 i bought a pair of shorts size 18 and they are very tight i have selulite all over my thighs so i have to wear leggings or tights but my thighs are so big that the leggings and tights are a bit clear please help me what to do :)

    • May 16, 2010

      Jand Doe


      Lose weight?

    • November 3, 2011


      I think that your tights/leggings aren’t big enough. They shouldn’t stretch to transparency…they’re supposed to be opaque. First, ignore the height and weight chart when selecting you tights. There are obese people with thin legs and thin people with thunder thighs. Go bigger and dont get your head wrapped around that size! Good luck.

  • June 22, 2010


    I think the twill or cotton shorts that are like the ones worn are great with tights and boots. Shoes may be worn with tights and shorts for a more dressy look. As for the office you may want to check. For casual going out times, absolutely!

  • November 20, 2011


    I have worn tights in cotton and nylon and running tights with shorts for cycling. I have seen young women wearing this with boots and heels. Looks nice. I noticed this Asian young person wearing what looked like leggings and boots. She was trying on boots. She took hers off and she was swearing cotton tights not leggings. She had a shirt dress worn over it. She looked quite pretty and even more the way she was dressed. Tights or leggings with boots and mini shorts is ok!

  • November 20, 2011


    Also saw on tv today. Lifetime movie. A girl was wearing burgundy tights with shorts. WOW. Like it!