1. Get a super opaque look. You can spend $30 on a pair of absolutely opaque tights (and risk snagging them the first time you put them on) or you can layer two pairs of inexpensive tights for the same look.
This works well with two pairs of black tights – or try a black pair under another dark (but a little too sheer) color like maroon, purple, or evergreen.
2. Add textural interest. Layer an openweave pair of tights over a solid pair for three-dimensional legwear.
3. Tone down a bright color. Perhaps you’re a bit leery of bright purple legs. The visual impact is lessened by layering a neutral-colored, openweave stocking over the bright tights:
Or create an entirely new color by layering sheer, cream-colored hosiery on top. Cream/Purple = Lavender:
4. Weatherproof openweave tights. I love the patterns of open-weave tights – chevrons, florals, stripes, diamonds – but they can leave your legs a bit chilly. I’ve had success with layering a solid tight beneath the open-weave tight.
You can be really sneaky and wear a pair of flesh-toned tights underneath an open-weave pair and be both warm and "exposed."
As long as both pair of tights are well-fitting, I’ve never found it uncomfortable to double up on hosiery. It's warm, stylish, and fun.