Over the Knee Socks
Over the knee, or thigh-high socks are all the rage this season, and with good reason. If you take a look around you will find that there are tons of fun, elegant, sexy and creative options to choose from, not to mention a lot of positive functionality in many as well. Today’s fashion conscious woman doesn’t have to make a decision between looking good and staying warm any longer as thigh high socks can give you great looks while at the same time keeping you comfortably warm on those chillier days and nights as summer weather becomes a more and more distant memory. And without spending a whole lot of money, you can add a wide variety of looks to your existing outfits just by changing up what kind of long socks you wear with them.
All it takes is a quick web search for thigh high socks and you will see that the choices are huge. From standard, conservative socks or stockings in black, grey or burgundy that give a nice touch of class but are primarily focused on keeping your lovely legs nice and warm, to all manners of fun and creative print designs. For example, you can find tie-dyed thigh highs (which is just fun to say!), or multi colored, rainbow stripes to have a lot of dash and fun to your outfit. You can also find elegant, sexy themes from true fishnet stockings (with or without a garter necessary to hold them up), which, while they look fantastic certainly won’t do a lot to keep you warm, to faux fishnets, which suggest just as much sexiness but WILL help to keep you warm at the same time. There are countless other print options available to choose from, as well as options that include bows at the top of the socks, sexy seams going down the back, or even the look of extra long athletic white athletic socks with colored stripes at the tops.
If you visit a site such as Amazon.com to read up on some customer reviews, you’ll see that the vast majority of people who have purchased thigh high socks, whether for themselves or for their significant other, are very pleased with their purchase. The typical downside of the reviews have more to do with shipping issues than with the look or style or fit of the socks themselves. With that said though, reading through the reviews can provide you with some very helpful and informative insights when it comes to ordering a pair of over the knee socks yourself.
For example, you can read that a certain manufacturer or model of socks seems particularly long, so if there is a design or accoutrement at the top that you want to be sure is visible and you know you’re legs aren’t the longest, then you might want to pass on that particular option or brand. Another example is that some people with slightly thicker legs comment that some brands, while they do stretch ‘up’ the leg, don’t stretch ‘out’ as much as they would like, and they feel a bit tight for their liking. Checking to see if they have a change of opinion after washing them once or twice could help you from making a less than ideal purchase for yourself if you fall into the same category.
Other points that you can pick up is that certain brands of socks seem to spend an extra amount of attention on quality construction, such as reinforcing the heels and toes of the socks. If you’re just looking for a costume accessory, this might not be a big deal for you because anything you get beyond the single use is just an added bonus. However, if you plan on making this a staple of your winter wardrobe, it certainly would be frustrating to have your fun (or sexy) new thigh highs wear out on you after just a couple of uses. Of course this kind of extra quality construction is usually reflected in the price of the item, so like so many things in life, you usually get what you pay for.
Finally, you can get a sense for what kind of care can be expected when washing your socks. Are they machine washable, or will you be forced to hand wash and line dry them to make them last beyond your first use? Some labels indicate hand-wash only, yet you can read users’ experiences of washing on the gentle cycle producing no adverse effects. To me, that is worth a lot!
The bottom line when it comes to thigh-high socks is that the sky is the limit. Between the fact that they are fashionably ‘in’ and the fact that there is a huge selection to choose from, especially if you’re willing to do a bit of shopping on the web, you should have no problem expanding your wardrobe with a cadre of new, above the knee socks to dress up and jazz up many of you outfits. Have fun with it!