Test Drive: Over-The-Knee Socks

The fashion department delivers the verdict on thigh-high socks

While over-the-knee socks are one of our favourite winter trends (done best at Carven, seen here) attempting this look can be a bit daunting. Thankfully, FLARE fashion intern Daniela DiStefano took a few pairs out for a spin and we evaluated which socks were tops.

Before her trial run, Daniela would never have considered buying a pair of thigh-highs. But now that she’s given them a shot, she’s eager to swap them into her regular legwear rotation.

Our number one tip for styling these socks is to be mindful of keeping the look more coquette, less sex kitten. To achieve this, avoid tight, overly short skirts and limit the amount of skin you’re showing.  A sliver of upper thigh is just enough to do the trick.

Look #1 – Hansel from Basel, $32 (available at Fawn and Robber)
Daniela’s first pair was thin and light-weight, with a nice texture and cheeky knee detailing. Unfortunately, the knee-patch made these a tricky fit and the tight elastic band around the top of the sock was uncomfortable.
Style Tip: Channel cozy, chalet chic style by pair with layers of alpine knits and loafers.
Verdict: 6/10

Look #2 – American Apparel , $21
This pair was much thicker, keeping Daniela’s legs warm on a dreary afternoon. With elastic running throughout the socks, they were comfortable to wear and stayed in place.
Style Tip: Go for a music festival-goer look (think Kate Moss and Alexa Chung at Glastonbury) with military boots and a waxed jacket.
Verdict: 9/10

Look #3 – The Gap, $14.50

While we loved the look of this classic cable-knit version – which was similar to the style seen at Prada – Daniela found them to be on the itchy side. Not for the thin-skinned.
Style Tip: Channel the sophisticated polish of the ‘50’s by wearing these with a classic swing skirt and bustier top.
Verdict: 8.5/10

––Caitlin Agnew