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It's an easy way to make old outfits feel fresh.

By Samantha Sutton
Dec 08, 2020 @ 5:50 pm
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Taylor Swift Tights
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If there's one celebrity whose style has influenced my shopping habits, it's Taylor Swift. Perusing my closet, you'll likely find various items that the singer owns as well, whether it's purses, T-shirts, or dainty pieces of jewelry. As both a fan and a fashion editor, I've followed her lead when it comes to outfit ideas and styling tips. So, when I spotted Swift's new spread for Entertainment Weekly's Entertainers of the Year, I was pleasantly surprised to see an item that I've already loved for years.

It seems as if she, too, recognizes the power of plaid tights.

Personally, I'm a big fan of various pops of print and rarely leave the house without adding statement accessories to an otherwise simple look. It's a habit that gets easier to follow during the winter months when items such as scarves and berets end up being practical as well as cute. Years ago, in an effort to spruce up a boring black dress, I began swapping out my basic black tights for something with a pattern — polka-dots, zig-zags, and, yes, plaid. With one quick switch, old pieces felt fresh again, and I've continued to pull this trick every winter, especially during the dressed-up holiday season.

Swift's outfit was particularly festive in this case as well, combining the colors green and red. And, thanks to the Instagram account @taylorswiftstyled, I now know that the exact pair she's wearing cost $30 on freepeople.com.

Plaid tights
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Sure, it's not the most bank-account-friendly price tag, but I can already imagine all the ways these babies can be styled. You can throw them on with the aforementioned LBD, spice up a sweater dress, or dare to coordinate with a pleated, schoolgirl skirt. The green pair that Swift wears is a bit subtler than the red alternative the store also sells, but I can easily picture the latter styled with combat boots and leather, channeling more of a punk rock vibe.

Either way, these stunning photos of Swift remind me that printed tights are worth keeping in my closet. And, if Free People's version isn't for you, a similar look can be achieved with Halogen's $15 pair or something spotted from Urban Outfitters.