It’s that awkward time of year again, the transition from fall to winter. If you’re living in Athens, Ohio (like me) then it’s impossible to predict the weather. One day it will be nice and sunny then the next day it’s cold and rainy. These days it can be impossible task to get dressed, especially when it comes to figuring out how to cover up those legs when wearing dresses and skirts. While tights are always a warm and classy option, another option that has become popular this season is thigh high or knee-high socks. We saw socks boom on the runway for last spring but since wearing socks in warmer weather isn’t exactly practical this trend didn’t exactly pick up till now. Fashionistas all over the world are switching out their tights and leggings for the more fashionable choice of knee-high or thigh-high socks. Fashionistas of all kinds, from trendsetter Rhianna to fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker to young stylish star Blake Lively on the set of Gossip Girl, have been spotted sporting this style.
The appeal of thigh-high/knee-high socks is that they give you the warmth and coverage you need for the fall/winter season but also show a peep of skin to give any outfit a little bit of sexiness. The key is to pair these socks with a shorter, flowy dress or skirt so that there is that peep of skin between the bottom of your dress and the top of your socks. If you plan on wearing a longer dress or skirt then be sure to pair it with knee-high socks rather than thigh-highs to prevent overlapping. This look gives a little bit of a schoolgirl vibe to your outfit but they key is not to look like a schoolgirl. Stay away from plaid skirts, being mistaken for a catholic schoolgirl in college is not appealing!
When it comes to picking out socks the obvious thing to avoid are tube socks. Thigh-highs and knee-highs are what are in style not all socks in general. Tube socks and heels do not make for a good combination. Sheer socks are great for areas with a little warmer weather. While a more knitted sock is better for colder climates. Be careful to not but over knitted socks or bulky socks as that is not the look your going for. You can stick to more neutral colors to create a look that flows or add a pair of colored socks to a neutral ensemble for a pop of color. For dimension add a pair of sheer patterned tights under your socks. Don’t de afraid to mix colors and textures; it will give you a more unique look.
These socks look great when paired with oxfords, booties, most pumps and flats, and the most popular choice: boots. With thigh-high boots all the rage this season, adding a pair of thigh-high socks will give your knee-high boots a more thigh-high look. You can also pair knee-high boots with over-the-knee socks for just a peep of color. When picking out the shoes stick to fall footwear. Just because you add a pair of thigh-highs to strappy heels does not make them ok for fall.
This look is great in transitioning from fall to winter. Simply add a winter coat, a scarf and a hat for a warm, stylish winter ensemble. It allows you to mix up your style. While tights and leggings are great legwear, it’s nice to stand out. And these stylish socks are perfect for making a fashion statement.