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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Brett on

Kneesocks don’t look good on all ladies, but when they do look good, they look VERY, VERY good. The catch? Not only do you need great legs/knees to wear them, but a (semi) thin frame as well. Don’t know why, but kneesox turn me to mush…

Bearz on

One should wear what they wish & regardless of what others feel, or think about it. Fashion rules are for birdbrains! Besides knee socks look fabulous. One shouldn’t stop having fun nor keeping ones legs warm, simply because of some silly arbitrary age.

Wear what makes you happy everyone & enjoy life!!!~ :)

Chris on

Ladies please. These women look very nice and please remember these are socks. I am a 44 man who happens to love kneesocks and I am thankful that my wife (42) wears them for me. She wears them in public and yes she gets stares matter of fact 2 types of stares. The first are from other men who happen to think she is cute and second from women who are jealous, and small minded. For some reason women seem to stereotype kneesocks with the schoolgirl outfit. When you ladies complain that he doesnt give me attention, try wearing some kneesocks and see the attention you will get. My wife gets all my attention and I become very protective of her and she is so thrilled. Try it before you knock it

Michael on

It’s about flippin time kneesocks are worn/shown in public. Kneesocks are the hottest item of clothing an adult women can wear! Sexy ankle socks are next!

An adult women wearing a denim skirt two inches above the knee, with a form-fitting top, matching kneesocks and maryjanes is the best look ever. (No one is suggesting that they are worn with super mini-skirts, midrift tops and stilettos…) Yet, they are rarely seen. Somehow stupid-looking footless leggings coming down the leg is fashion, but kneesocks are taboo. Ridiculous! Furthermore, wearing kneesocks do not constitute a costume for Halloween. They should be worn/shown in public 365 days a year by attractive adult women.

melissa on

i think they’re very cute, and a perfect touch 2 an outfit

Kim on

What is all the fuss!!! Knee socks are a part of fashion and clothing.It was a huge fashion trend in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, . Everyone wore them in those days.Knee socks were big on campus all over the world….Also ladies, and girls wore them often. I say bring them back… They are cute and sexy.I think ankle socks are more for little girls.Knee socks are for anyone who wants to wear them.I am in my forties, and still wear them.Don’t let anyone tell you what you should wear or not wear.Thumbs up on the knee sock issue….Kim

ann on

What’s wrong with knee socks! Glad they’re back. Drives my husband crazy when I wear shorts, white knee socks and cloggs.

Relax and have fun

RBN on

Girls look so sexy wearing knee socks. I love them, and i hope to see more……….

Susan on

The women who commented they do not like knee socks, and will not wear them for their men who love them, just do not get it. When I first started dating my current boyfiend, he told me he would LOVE to see me in knee socks. At first I thought he was a bit off kilter, but when I saw how he related to me when I wore them, I began to discover how much fun it was to turn him on and keep him turned on. Some women may think it looks silly, but whenever I wear them out when I’m with my boyfriend, I get a LOT of attention from other men too.

Brian on

My girlfriend occasionally wears white knee socks when we go out.
The other evening she wore the socks with a black pleated mini skirt, white top, natural tights and mary jane type shoes.
The looks which she attracted were incredible. The comments she received were all very polite.
She also has some white ankle socks which fold over and are trimmed in either dark blue or pink.
Once again, the looks she gets when wearing these are amazing.

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