The Prettiest Tights and Socks Combos To Wear This Holiday Season

Because a girl's got to have options.

This time of year is inevitably difficult. The cold weather begins to set in, summer is reduced to a distant memory, and carefully curated outfits become less about expression and more about warmth (that is, for most). And then there's the whole holiday factor. Though I'm absolutely a sucker for a properly basted turkey and my fare share of candied side dishes, my reputation as the "the one who works in fashion from New York" allows for much outfit anxiety.

How to look cool and appropriate—all the while staying toasty—is the issue. And in my humble opinion, tights and socks (with some varying shoe options) are the answer. Here, I've scoped out any and all events you may run into, and what to wear for each.

1. The Office

Human, Leg, Product, Human leg, Joint, Standing, Sock, Style, Knee, Shorts,

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2. The Girls' Night

Human leg, Joint, Fashion, High heels, Foot, Sandal, Beige, Tan, Calf, Close-up,

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3. The Art Opening

Human leg, Joint, Costume accessory, Fashion, High heels, Knee, Sock, Foot, Ankle, Costume,

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4. The Date Night

Footwear, High heels, Fashion, Black, Basic pump, Leather, Foot, Fashion design, Court shoe, Dress shoe,

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5. The Sunday Brunch

Blue, Human leg, White, Style, Pattern, Sock, Fashion, Polka dot, Black, Costume accessory,

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6. The New Year's Party

Human leg, Leather, Fashion design, Foot, Boot,

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7. The Christmas Party

Textile, Red, Plaid, Tartan, Pattern, Costume accessory, Carmine, Sock, Maroon, Christmas,

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8. The Snow Day

Human leg, Style, Costume accessory, Black, Boot, Grey, Sock, Silver, Leather, Synthetic rubber,

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Photo Credit: Kathryn Wirsing

Hallie Gould

Hallie has worked in beauty editorial for ten years and has been editorial director at Byrdie since 2021. Previously, she was a senior editor at Byrdie since 2016. During her time at Byrdie, she's written hundreds of high-performing stories on skincare, wellness (including fitness, diet, mental health, body image, et al) makeup, and hair. She's a regular on set, helping to source inspiration for makeup and hair looks, as well as interviewing celebrities, models, and other notable women and men in the beauty space.

Before that, Hallie ran Marie Claire's social media and wrote beauty and culture stories for the site, and helped launch Time Inc.'s digital-only beauty brand, MIMI. After college, she contributed to Time Out New York’s Shopping & Style section before landing her first beauty editor gig at Hearst's Real Beauty. Hallie's writing has also appeared in ELLE, Cosmopolitan, and InStyle. Hallie graduated with a BA in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.