How to Wear Thigh-High Socks

By Laura Richter , last updated December 10, 2011

Anyone keeping up with trends should know how to wear thigh-high socks. These accessories are fabulous alternative to stockings. Thigh-high socks can keep your legs warm and stylish during the cooler months. They can also turn a casual outfit into a fun ensemble. With creativity and a keen eye, you can easily incorporate thigh-high socks into your wardrobe.

Types and fit of Socks

Many fashionistas think thigh-high socks are only for women with perfect legs, but that is not true. If you are comfortable in skinny jeans or short skirts, you could wear thigh-high socks. They come in many sizes, textures, and colors. Women often find that thigh-high socks are easier to wear than stockings. They last longer and will not tear like average nylons.

Shopping for these socks is similar to buying thigh-high boots. You will need to know your shoe size and the circumference of your thigh. Most manufacturers will list measurements on the product details. The fit will also vary according to your height. Tall women who want thigh-high socks to reach their mid-thigh should purchase extra-long socks.

Thigh-high socks come in conservative and wild styles. The Cronert Cotton Overknee socks from Sock Dreams, for instance, are perfect for businesswomen. These monochromatic socks are heavier than stockings. The top band prevents the socks from slipping down your legs. They will fit thighs up to 21 iinches around. These socks are a useful addition to any woman’s wardrobe.

Women who love wearing vivid colors will adore the Sock Dreams’ Extraordinary Tie Dyed Thigh Highs. They have a full spectrum of color in a psychedelic striped print. The ribbed cuff on top will fit legs up to 20 inches around. Tie-dye is a popular pattern in legwear. Fashionistas will enjoy coordinating these wild socks with their wardrobe.

Skirts and Dresses

Depending on your taste, you could wear thigh-high socks as a substitute for stockings. Monochromatic socks will work well under a sweater or sheath dress. With so many distinctive thigh-high socks on the market, however, you could also create a hip, new look.

American Apparel’s Stripe Thigh-High Socks resemble classic, athletic socks. These solid color socks have three stripes at the top. They come in an array of colors. Pair them with American Apparel’s Interlock Turtleneck Tent Dress. This frock has a turtleneck bodice, full-length sleeves and draping fit. The hemline reaches your mid-thigh. Mary Jane pumps will complete the look.

You could also layer thigh-high socks to create a funky look. For example, black-and-white striped thigh-high socks would go well over solid black socks. The secret to this style is to choose socks that have a thin texture. Knee-high will create the same effect. Wear these layers with a flare skirt, cropped sweater, and slouchy boots. The contrast in lengths will create striking ensemble.

Skinny Jeans

Wearing socks over pants was a hot trend in the ‘80s. You could achieve the same look with thigh-high socks. Wearing them over skinny jeans is an intriguing combination. Complete this outfit with an oversized sweater and knee-high boots. It will make a fabulous retro outfit. Scrunching the socks will create a casual, cozy look.

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