7 different ways to wear over the knee socks

By on December 5, 2014

In the past few years we have witnessed celebrities and models parading in over the knee socks. It means that now it is about time that we introduce these items from wild 90’s into our own wardrobes. It still remains  a mystery for many of us how to wear over the knee socks with style without running into the risk of looking like an overgrown naughty schoolgirl or a character from a saucy movie. These seven simple guidelines will help you find your way in the diversity of looks and styles one can build using over the knee socks.

  1. Layered legs.


One of the easiest looks. It is ideal for those who are still learning the skill of wearing over the knee socks. Can be used with dashy printed tights for a bold look, or with modest sheer black tights for something more traditional and conservative (well, you cannot really look very conservative in over the knee socks, though!)

  1. With shorts (denim or any other kind).


Have you always considered wearing shorts with tights to be a fashion crime? I would be happy to not only bust this myth but to add a pair of over the knees to the whole outfit. Believe me, there is nothing wrong with it, in fact, it gives you an opportunity to wear your favorite denim shorts in fall and winter. The key rule here is as follows: dress your upper half well in order not to have a misbalance between your summer top and your winter bottom. A sweatshirt will help you achieve intense results.

  1. Urban chic.


When paired with a simple office dress, these socks add a deep dramatic touch. A pair of over the knee socks instantly changes your stern outfit into a sexy and sophisticated one. The thing about over the knee socks is that they already carry sexual seductive innuendo just by their mere existence. Pairing them with an ascetic dress brings the whole image onto a new level of a perfect balance between purity and sensuality.

  1. Over the boots.


You can wear over the knee socks with most shoes- oxfords, combat boots, sneakers, and even sandals, but no matter which trends fashion designers suggest, these socks is firstly a fall/winter accessory. That is why, the best effect is achieved when they are paired with high boots. Indeed, over the knee socks are just made for high boots! They will keep your knees warm and your whole image aesthetically pleasant and noteworthy.

  1. Girly edge.


This look is much favored with the teenage girls and everyone who feels young and playful. If you are not a teenage girl anymore, it might be not easy to pull off this look, but it is not impossible. First, avoid tiny plaid skirts. Leather or wool skirt can be an adequate substitute and it will keep your image girlish without appearing inappropriate. Second, choose adult shoes to go with this outfit. The skirt, though, can be any shape and style. Adding over the knees to a short skirt is a wonderful mode to wear a short skirt without looking too leggy. Besides, it adds a fresh edgy tone to the whole outfit.

  1. Leggings and a baggy sweater.


You can always substitute leggings for a pair of sheer tights if you are bold enough, but the key message of this look still remains the same: winter is here and you are ready to face it. This outfit gives the impression of warmth and coziness and you would love to put it on when going for a cup of hot cappuccino with your bbfs.

  1. In bright colors.


This is an ultimate trend for those who have already mastered the basics of wearing over the knee socks, and are ready to go advanced. The variety of bright colors if breathtaking and for those who are all set to go even further, there are plenty of over the knees of funky cool designs.

Over the knee socks are fun and practical. Play with your looks and you will see there is no more need to stop wearing your favorite clothes because of the cold gloomy weather.

(all images sourced via pinterest)


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    Ariel Sparkz

    August 9, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Hey! I am 14 years old, and I have these black over the knee socks that I got from forever 21. I normally wear them under jeans in the winter, but how can I wear them with shorts, skirts, and dresses without looking slutty? I don’t have a boyfriend and I don’t want one, so I want it to look as appropriate as possible. Not to mention that my parents would KILL ME if I did look like that! I had a hard time already asking for them. ? Please help!

    • web admin

      web admin

      August 10, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      If you are concerned about what your parents would think, then speak directly and honestly with them about your thoughts and feelings. It is true that people treat people in negative ways based on the way that they are dressed. There are many people who choose in dress in a certain way to protest cultural norms. Determine what you want to do at this time. Have a great day, Ariel!

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    December 4, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    I have always loved over the knee socks and always trying to figure out how to wear them but not look slutty. I am 5ft tall and I have big thighs (the first place I gain weight and the last place I lose weight. A lot of the over the knee socks are too tight and look bad or roll down. The faux thigh high tights are awesome I love the non opaque ones from urban outfitters that are shear black on top. But I do wish I could find the perfect over the knee sock that would actually keep me warm and stay up and not pinch in on my thighs…..this is my quest any suggestions? I liked this article a lot btw I never write on these kind of forums but liked your article xoxo

    • web admin

      web admin

      December 5, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      Good luck on finding the socks that you need. If you can sew or know someone else who has the ability, then purchase your socks and make the tops a little larger. You can also cut the socks and create draw strings for a touch of personal style. There are many alterations available, so be sure to make your socks your own. Thank you for your positive comment! Best of luck, Amanda!

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    September 26, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Great ideas!

    Where can I buy that soft, comfy looking cable knit sweater the model is wearing in the “Leggings and a baggy sweater” example picture? It’s wonderful!

    Thanks! 🙂

    • web admin

      web admin

      September 27, 2015 at 7:40 pm

      I am really not sure. You could try searching for a cable knit sweater online and see if something similar pops up. One of the things that I do when I find a style I love, but cannot find it at a store, is I make it myself. Currently, I have been buying up mens flannel shirts and tailoring them so that they are dress-like with leggings. I also changed around a few shirts to make over-sized vests. If starting an entire outfit seems daunting, you can always sew and modify the clothes that you find on clearance or at a second-hand store. In addition to being super fun, it means that you will have a style that no one will ever be able to copy. 😉

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      September 27, 2015 at 9:38 pm

      you can find them at torrid,they sell really soft black and cream colored ones

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        web admin

        September 27, 2015 at 10:09 pm

        Thank you! I was not sure where they were available, so I am glad that you were able to help. Thanks for commenting!

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