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Trend Trial | Knee Socks and Over-the-Knee Socks for Spring 2014

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According to Glamour, knee socks are trending for spring 2014, and we have Taylor Swift to blame for it. She was spotted out and about in New York City last week, wearing a pair of short-shorts with a pair of knee socks, and remarkably, it didn’t look nearly as bad it sounds like it should: you can check out the images here if you don’t believe us.

Can one person start a knee socks trend? Well, probably not. Orla Kiely also featured knee socks in her spring/summer 2014 collection, though, and retailers like ASOS and Topshop are stocking growing collections of both knee socks and their bigger sisters, over-the-knee socks (Also “on trend” this season, apparently), so we think Glamour could be on to something. Which, of course, means we have to ask what you think of the look, and whether or not you’ll be willing to give it a go.

Speaking for ourselves, we can see both pros and cons to this trend.

On the plus side, knee socks/over-the-knee socks have the obvious benefit of keeping your legs warm if you’re wearing a dress or skirt. Given the UK climate, bare legs can be impractical even in springtime, so anything that keeps the goosebumps at bay can seem like a good idea. In the case of the over-the-knee versions, if your skirt or dress covers the top of the socks, they’ll look no different from tights, although in our experience, they can be more comfortable to actually wear, which is another point in their favour.

On the minus side, however, this is a look that requires careful styling. If you’re not careful, knee-high socks can look very juvenile (the “schoolgirl” look…),while over-the-knee socks can look just a little bit too adult, if you get what we’re saying. We’re not keen on any of the looks shown on this page, for instance, but as we said, we didn’t hate the look on Taylor Swift, so we’re torn.

Where do you stand on the knee socks/over-the-knee socks issue? Do you welcome the return of this trend, or do you consider it to be a crime of fashion?

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