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I hate wearing pants. Truly. I live my life in slip dresses, vintage skirts, flirty loungewear, and cute cut-offs. I also live in New York City, where commuting means at least 30 minutes of walking and sitting on public transportation in below-freezing temperatures for 3 months out of the year. But I don’t have to compromise my comfort for the warmth of a pair of wool pants or heavy jeans, and neither do you! Tights and hosiery aren’t just for fun in the winter; they’re totally functional, too. Having gone pretty much pants-less for over a decade, I have a wealth of knowledge about the warmest winter lingerie and I’m here to share it with you.
1. Super-warm skin-tone tights. This is the absolute essential for avoiding pants all winter. Tights come in all sorts of colors, prints, and knit designs, and they’re a blast to layer all winter long. Black tights are a staple too, especially in NYC, but they aren’t great for every outfit. Sometimes I don’t want to distract from the cute dress I’m wearing. A pair of cotton-lined wool, fleece-lined, or wool blend tights in a nude shade of cream, caramel, or cocoa will keep you warm and put the rest of your outfit in the spotlight. Plus, they’re so easy to wear – no thought needed.
When they’re wool, they tend to be a bit of a splurge (I know I like to spend my lingerie money on cute things, not nude tights!), but I wore my first pair of cream cotton-lined wool tights almost every day for four winters straight before I needed a new pair. And, honestly? They’re way warmer than jeans. So when someone asks you, “Aren’t you cold?” You can do a little twirl in your skirt and tights and say, “No! Aren’t YOU cold?”
2. A great suspender belt. Since the popularity of tights, garter belts have become more of a novelty item, meant to be worn just for fun or special occasions. But if you have narrow hips, a big booty, thin legs, or any sort of proportion that makes ready-made tights ride up or fall down, I really recommend a good, everyday suspender belt with stockings. Retro styles are a good place to start; there were no tights until the 60s, so suspender belts had to do their job.
In general, look for something that sits at the narrowest part of your waist, or has a shaping aspect, which means it will be snug enough to stay up. It should have at least 4 suspenders (for even tension around the stocking and no sagging!), grips big enough to hold up thick high socks, and sturdy materials that won’t stretch out or get pulled down by the weight of your stockings.
3. Thick high socks. Pair thigh high or over-the-knee socks with that sturdy suspender belt, or wear them on their own with body adhesive or sock garters. They can be more comfortable and, arguably, look cuter than tights. Plus, the layering opportunities are endless. I’ve even worn them over thin lycra tights, which help them stay up on their own and add warmth.
Look for cotton and wool blends, or synthetics specifically made to trap heat while still being breathable. The tops of high socks can peek out underneath shorter skirts, or stay hidden under longer ones. And they look sooo cute with the rest of your lingerie. A cute knit bralette, matching panties, and coordinating high socks? So cute. And all of the styles listed here come in a myriad of colors, so you’re not stuck with just neutrals.
4. The warmest boot socks. Nothing is worse than pulling a winter or waterproof boot over a thin cotton sock. Nope. Invest in a few thick, warm boot socks that you can wear over the above-mentioned items and your toes will be cozy all winter.
What do you think of these winter weather lingerie suggestions? And would you wear tights or thigh high socks instead of pants all winter?
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