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

knee socks fashion trend

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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?

7 Comments

  • May 12, 2014

    Claire

    I like over-the-knee socks because they accentuate my long legs. 🙂 Knee socks don’t work quite as well on me but I think they’re still cute.

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  • May 12, 2014

    Noza

    Lovely if you have the legs, and under 25, otherwise you look like your playing naught school girl which doesn’t suit every occasions 🙂

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  • May 13, 2014

    Sharon Baker

    I am not sure I understand why you would wear shorts and long socks. If it is shorts weather, you bare your legs. If it is not shorts weather you wear slacks/jeans or skirts/dresses and tights. Am I missing something here?

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  • May 13, 2014

    Katja Oksanen

    I love my over-the-knee socks, but I always wear them on top of tights (Scandinavia weather…) and never without because a) if you don’t need tights you don’t need high socks and vice versa b) without tights underneath it looks a bit to much like adult play time for my liking.

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  • May 14, 2014

    Susan W

    Unless you’re really thin – and have THIN legs…. this look doesn’t work! Brands tend to give you that “stuffed sausage look” – and NO one wants that!

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  • May 15, 2014

    Alison

    This reeks of 1995. I don’t think it looks bad exactly, but 1995 is a little too recent for this style to be back again.

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  • May 15, 2014

    Anna

    I loved the look in the 90’s, but I was in junior high then. It now only works for me if I’m cosplaying or if you happen to be a character in an anime series.

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