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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Barry on

What can I tell you. I have been waiting years for this to become an acceptable style. I understand most adult women would be reluctant to wear knee socks but for those of us that like them that is disappointing. I think the women look great but that is my curse as most women don’t like knee socks.

Janet on

You young girls have no clue as to how many men love the knee socks look. I’ve been wearing them all my life, and continue to get nice complements and lots of smoling stares when I wear them. My boyfriend loves the look.

LeeAnn on

i like them whith the outfit lindsey is whearing its cute

william on

My wife started wearing my oTC dress socks with several skirts and dresses and finally bought some cable knits to wear–in balck–brown–navy–white. She gets many compliment from other friends and likes the warmth the knee socks provide vesrus trouser socks or nylons. She wear either clogs, low-heeled pumps, or loafers.

Emily on

Ah, I remember when I wore the knee high socks. I had to actually, because it was the dress code. You know, the Catholic girl uniform. Yup, I had to wear it, along with the knee high socks. Of course many men like that look, and for those that are reading this, no what I’m talking about, lol. I on occasion wear the knee high socks look. I don’t wear them to be provocative or meaning anything sexy, I wear them because I’m comfortable or something. Most of the time, I’m wearing them around the house and into bed. I have on occasion went out with them on, but I always paired them nicely with a knee length dress or something that Lindsay is wearing. I don’t wear heels with them, mostly ballet flats or Mary-Jane shoes. I like the look on Lindsey and Molly, but don’t care for it on Kirsten.

Ton on

With nice legs kneesocks in ‘speaking’ colours as black and dark red are very sexy. A very good alternative to that military look: boots.

christine on

this trend is so popular in other asian countries. i think it only looks cute if you wear it the right way. no matter though…i think its adorable

Ton on

It is obvious that americans have very different ideas about kneesocks. That is, i think, kneesocks or knee higs have a very different form. Stripes, argyle….
It is what you like to see.
I like plain colorfull (blue, black and red) socks around pretty legs.
Therefore I hate that horrible masculin boots behaviour that seems to be modest. Military look!
Back to the 80’s with nice sexy socks so we saw in Europe, especially Paris.

victor moran on

knee high socks look great on anyone with the right legs,not too fat or thin.just remember to color cordinate them with the shorts/hot pants/mini skirt,shirt and shoes.for me i prefer the dark knee highs over the white ones.

catherine on

I absolutely love Lindsay Lohan. She is one of my favorite celebrities. Whatever she wears she makes it work. She inspired me to love fashion and now I am obsessed with fashion. Since Lindsay is wearing them, I love knee socks!

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