I Tried on 50 High-Street Dresses to Work Out Which Ones Go With Tights

Here at Who What Wear UK, we're all about delivering the latest and greatest shopping edits, as approved by our team. That's why Team WWW UK has created this offshoot shopping column as part of our We Try Before You Buy franchise, in which I, Joy Montgomery, will be heading to all your favourite stores to test out new-in pieces IRL. From summer dresses to intriguing brands, prepare for changing room selfies aplenty. Is there something you'd like me to cover? Make sure to tweet or message me via Instagram for requests.

We Brits are no strangers to tights. From the laddered woollen pairs we wore on the playground to the sheer pairs we wore for nights out in university, tights have been our constant companions during long, bitterly cold winters. I've never understood the tights snobbery that exists about them in the fashion world. There seems to be a "survival of the fittest" mentality as to who can stay bare-legged the longest. What I love about tights is that you can use them to extend the shelf life of your summer dresses, which can only be a good thing for our bank balances. (As a child, I insisted on wearing my summer frocks even in the depths of winter, so you can't say I don't practice what I preach.)

While I could spend hours waxing lyrical about the joys of tights, I understand they're not always the easiest thing to style. Annoyingly, there's no exact formula, but I generally find that most longer dress styles look good with thicker tights (luckily midis are everywhere at the moment). When it comes to wearing hosiery with shorter dresses, it's best to stick to black boots to create a seamless line—although I do think some of this season's vintage-inspired minidresses would look great with snakeskin boots. Need a bit of inspo to help you on your way? I went to some of my favourite high-street stores to try on the dresses that look stylish with tights. Scroll down to see and shop my edit.