What Do You Think of Knee Socks?

10/24/2006 at 05:00 PM ET

For many of us, knee-socks are something we wore with school uniforms as children or now refer to as “trouser socks” that stay hidden under pants. But along with all things 80’s — t-shirts, haircuts, booties— they are making a resurgence as legwear meant to be seen on adults. To counteract any unflattering effects of visually blocking off your calves, be ready to flash some thigh to balance them out. Try them paired with a mini-dress, like Lindsay Lohan (left) or Molly Sims (right), or with shorts, like Kirsten Dunst (middle). Just don’t pair them with a pleated skirt unless you are going as Mary Catherine Gallagher for Halloween. Tell us: Will you try this trend? Are you going to rock knee-socks?

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ucla girl on

I am mid 20’s and have always been a fan of knee sox. I wear ’em, love ’em and get compliments-from both guys and gals. Yes, I see the school girl thing: I totally look the innocent kid part. But Girls applaud my guts in wearing them. They are a bit strange and funky yet feminine and girly at the same time. Maybe I just like the 50-60’s look too much!!

Ed on

Another guy here! I hate kneesocks on women because I love calves. On the other hand, short socks, or…kneesocksthat are pushed down look sexy as hell!!

Anthony on

My big sister gave me a pair of bright red cable knee socks to wear when I was seven, at 40 I still love to wear all the different styles and lengths of womens cotton socks. I love the eighties styles most with the bright striped, argyle cable or plain cotton knee socks, worn with a sweater or top that matches, dress slacks or blue jeans and either clogs, wedges, sandals or high heels. It’s very sexy to me to know that a woman still knows that white toube socks with a colored top and dress slacks still and will always be worthy of throwing up in a garbage can at the sight of it. I have worn them all my life all the time and especially when they were “Not Popular” to wear. I am so glad to see women wearing them proudly again, showing true character and style in my opinion, looking absolutely red hot! I am a guy with a fetish that I’m proud of for womens knee socks. Mens socks do and alweays will suck. I Love the look and feel of knee socks and don’t like substitution of the real thing. Womens socks are the sexiest and most comfortable to wear, sure I get classified as gay wearing them but there is no way to replace true class. I Love the ladies in them and I’m so glad they are coming back!!

Pauline Teh on

I like wearing white knee socks, it so comfortable
and cool. Sometime I just flip down towards ankle when
the socks start to loose. I like the feeling when the knee socks start to slip down on your shoes. Most of the time, I’m wearing them around the house and to work and outing.

Try it out and you will like it.

Anon on

I think kneesocks look terrific on women of all ages. I don’t see them as ugly or only for young kids.

Barry G. Smith on

Hi Y’All,

I LOVE women wearing skirts with socks! My preferences go to knee high or shorter socks with some space to show some leg! In this vein, you can wear shorter skirts with most any socks from anklets to knee high. If you wear a longer skirt (below the knee down to about mid-calf) go with shorter socks or anklets. This latter style goes back to the ’30’s thru the early ’60’s. This longer skirt-shorter sock style can be worn by more women of all ages.

So,gals go for it!

Barry G.Smith

Abby on

I LOVE them!

Someone PLEASE tell me where I can get some! x

Rach on

My boyfriend thinks they are the best thing ever and wants me to wear them all the time,i recently bumped into my boss at the weekend who saw the knee socks and insisted i wear them for work,this winter they where pretty much a 7 day a week item i love wearing them and always with a skirt.
Men love them and i enjoy the attention!.

Mike on

Rach, will you marry me?

Jennifer on

I think knee-socks look and feel amazing…I will admit that some styles look ridiculous, but for the most part they are the hottest thing you can wear! I would wear them whenever possible!!

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