Patterned Tights Under Shorts: A Quick Style Guide


Tights under shorts, a style you either love or hate. What’s not to love in this style? It’s a pure spring style. Right as many people are ditching the tights with the arrival of Spring, we see this season as the most amazing time to show off legwear. As days get warmer, skirts and trousers get shorter. Still, some days get colder or rainy, so going bare leg is never the right choice at this time of the year. Spring is the season to prove you’re a fan of hosiery.

How to prove you lose it for a pair of tights? One of the best ways is wearing patterned tights under shorts. We know many of you are fans of this style, which is not only practical but also really cool. So, we’ve created this quick guide to show you our favourite patterned tights to wear under your shorts and skirts.

Let’s start with the basics: Wearing fishnets under your shorts! 
Trasparenze Ananas Fishnet Tights
On trend: Trasparenze Ananas Fishnet Tights

If we had to choose a single style of patterned tights under shorts for Spring or Summer, it’d have to be a pair of fishnet tights. All fishnets are perfect to wear with shorts, from micro-nets to whale nets. Our favourite for the season would be the Trasparenze fishnets above. The reason, its wonderful pastel colours!

Peonia is really close to the colour everyone’s been talking about in the last year: Millennial pink. Do you know what colour is meant to be hot in 2019? Lilac! Just like the Glicine tone in these fishnets. A coincidence? We don’t think so!

Wear them with all kinds of shorts: denim, leather, suede, cotton… even crochet and lace shorts! If you don’t feel like wearing pastel coloured tights, you can go for black, nude, navy or red fishnets, instead. There’s plenty of choices. Still, some combinations seem to be especially hot this season.

The combo of the season: Fishnets and dots

Cecilia de Rafael Pretty Net Fashion Tights
Hot in 2018: Cecilia de Rafael Pretty Fishnet Tights

When Cecilia de Rafael told us about its new fishnet style, we didn’t look back and went straight for it. It’s not a secret that we, at UK Tights, love polka dot tights. Imagine how amazing we felt when we saw our two favourite patterns, nets and dots, all together in one style. Pure perfection!

Right on trend: Geometric patterned tights

Oroblu Knot Fishnet Tights
Geometric inspiration: Oroblu Knot Fishnet Tights

Not only spots are on trend these days. Diamond patterned tights are super popular both for opaque tights and fishnet styles. Well, actually, geometric patterns are, in general, super popular these days. A reminiscence of the prints of the 70’s maybe?

All things explained, it shouldn’t come as surprise to you the fact that any fishnets with a geometric pattern are being hugely popular in 2018. These Oroblu fishnets in the picture are the perfect example or how a geometric pattern, a hexagon, can make a lovely pair of tights. These fishnets look fab with plain shorts with minimal style or denim. Nothing too complicated that could steal the attention from your wonderful pins!

Still, do you think red tights are too much for you? Don’t worry, the Oroblu Knot tights are available in black, Marine 10 and Sun.

We aren’t forgetting about the lace tights!
Wolford Cyndi Lace Net Tights White
Get the look: Wolford Cyndi Lace Net Tights

Of course not! A guide about patterned tights under shorts couldn’t miss a pair of lace tights. We have gone for a summery version of them by Wolford. These tights are available in both black and white, but we think these tights in white are shouting out ‘Summer’!

Other legs styles you can wear with shorts and skirts:

  • Polka dots, of course! If we haven’t included them in our list is only because we want you to try fresh new styles. Dotty tights under shorts are always a good idea!
  • Coloured sheer tights! Both pastels and bright tones are hot this year, so let’s free your imagination!
  • Tattoo printed tights (how not!)

What of these styles are you going to try first?


  • corsair

    Totally agree. In any case, the arrival of the beautiful days of spring can not be the stopping of tights, quite the opposite. We store opaque tights and place fishnet tights and fine tights so nice to wear whether with shorts, a mini-skirt or a summer dress. There is a great and nice choice at Wolford that I alternate colors gobi, caramel, honey, sand

    • UK Tights

      Yes, of course! Black opaques and shorts and a must-try. Now that summer approaches, let’s hope we can move towards fishnets, weather permits!
      Thanks for your feedback!
      UK Tights team

  • Denise

    I love the lace tight look. They’re comfortable and super cute. I bet we’ll see a lot more this season on social media. I’ll be taking a lot of my IG shots. I like the summery versions of tights, it’s cool that we can wear them all year round!

  • ian CD

    OMG! I will be ordering. Love the lace and fishnet tights. Sound to be a wonderful idea for wearing under shorts in the summer. Especially when there will be gay pride events to wear them to.

  • Medea

    Hmm. Thanks for the article. I love wearing tights with shorts.

    I know you’re trying to sell tights, but it’s disappointing that none of the pictures actually show shorts, which is an essential part of the look, and ostensibly what the ‘style guide’ is about. Without such pictures, it all seems a bit hypothetical.

    Not all shorts are alike! I wear different shorts in autumn and spring (thicker, heavier, more structured) compared to summer (loose, light), and even have some wool-mix ones for winter (and yes, tights are very necessary in this case). The particular combinations are important.

    Also, all these examples are openwork/lace/fishnet styles. What about closer knit (opaque or sheer) patterns and textures such as ribbed? Are they ‘out’?

    • UK Tights

      Hi Medea!
      We know about the pictures! Believe us, we’ve been trying to find some good ones, but we cannot use just every picture we find out there for copyright reasons. As our blog is part of a store, copyright law is more strict (it’s a commercial use) and that limits us. We’re sorry about this. Feel free to visit our Instagram and Twitter, where we often share looks we love.
      Thicker tights and opaque patterned tights are not out of fashion, of course! It’s only that we’re heading to summer and we try our posts to reflect it. Ribbed tights are actually totally cool! Let’s hope weather improves and we can move towards fishnet patterns and ditch the thick styles until October (fingers crossed!).
      Thanks for your feedback, Medea
      Kind regards,
      UK Tights team

  • ian CD

    When are Jonathan Aston 15 denier coloured tights in Ivory and/or White going to be back in stock|?


    Very nice article and a trend that has progressed beautifully in recent years among young people. The shorts are an opportunity to show off your legs, especially if they are long and better still display with high heels in winter, see with pumps or sneakers in spring / summer, provided of course dress your legs in ladies tights. Ah the arrival of the first rays of spring, those legs who love to find the light of day and shine under these soft rays and to do so, adorn themselves with its most beautiful assets that constitute nude tights. These are taking me back a few years and the spectacle captivated me. As of the following winter, the impatience of the return to spring made itself very quickly felt for the man that I am. The early spring was announced at the end of February and I took the step showing myself for the first time in nude tights and shorts to discover Paris in a first hesitant approach before quickly gaining insurance in the streets then the grand boulevards of Paris. What a feeling of both sweetness and confidence at the idea of ​​walking in the commercial arteries, in the department stores, the legs radiating under the Wolford Fatal 15. A style often repeated since, and even in winter, wandering in shorts and pantyhose became regular.

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