Whether it’s socks, stockings or boots, thigh highs are a bit difficult to incorporate into your wardrobe. Reasons vary from person to person. One might say that they don’t feel comfortable on her thighs, while someone else might feel they’re a little too skimpy for her taste. Clearly, the correct size and tips from the experts would resolve the above issues, so to answer our titular question, it’s yes. There’s not a single woman out there that cannot pull off the thigh high look.
Of course, that isn’t enough to convince anyone to switch their regular pantyhose with thigh highs and a lace garter belt, but the only way you’ll know is to test the waters yourself. You’ve never owned a pair of OTK boots before, so how do you know they’re not for you?
Then again, diving in head first won’t do you any favors. Thus, you want to ease your way into the aesthetic, and maybe you’ll realize that thigh highs aren’t so bad after all.
Not sure where to start? Here’s a beginner’s guide for styling anything over the knee:
How to Wear Thigh High Socks
There are a couple things you have to consider when wearing anything thigh high: how much leg you’re showing and the fit of your clothes. Celebrities and Instagram models will fearlessly pose in tight sweater dresses and long socks, but as a rookie, it’s best not to take the risk.
As previously stated, first thing you want to consider is the length of the sock. The higher the sock, the less skin you’ll show (if that’s what you’re concerned about). To balance the tight fit of the socks, wear something loose above. Options are endless, including an oversized sweater, a tee and skater skirt, a flowy dress, a romper, you name it. If you want to wear denim shorts, a baggy, high-waisted pair like our Sexy Mary Denim Shorts are a perfect fit. However, make sure to avoid cutoffs. Thigh highs look much better with clean lines.
Look and feel your best in these denim shorts.
Traveling to some place where there’s winter? Double up on layers by wearing the socks over leggings (or even skinny jeans). Finish off the outfit with flat boots. As for the height, that’s up to you. Depending on the design of the boot, thigh highs work can work well with anything between calf-length boots to OTKs.
How to Wear Thigh High Stockings
No matter what brand you wear, pantyhose never sit right on your waist. As the day goes on, those pesky nylon tights find their way down, inevitably lowering the crotch. Although your skirt does a good job covering that fashion mishap, it’s not exactly fun having to readjust your tights every 10 minutes.
You know what wouldn’t need to be pulled up constantly? You guessed it. Thigh highs.
If the thought of thigh high stockings still seem skimpy to you, start off with the plain bands, and opt for hems long enough to cover the bands. And when you’re ready to take it a step further, go for a lacy trim. And once you feel that the lacy thigh highs are too pretty to hide, pair them with our High Waist Side Split Irregular Maxi Skirt. The slit reveals the trim of the stocking, while the maxi hem provides enough coverage.
Show off some leg with this sexy maxi skirt.
For opaque stockings, feel free to treat them like thigh high socks.
How to Wear Thigh High Boots
By far the easiest among the three to get on board with, OTKs are a must for boot lovers. Though we might not have the seasons for them, these tall boots are just as versatile as booties. Skinny jeans and leggings are definitely on the list for beginners’ style tips, going for less frills and basic but classic designs. With all the layering in your bottom half, you don’t want too much going on with the little details. Instead of wearing your favorite distressed jeans, choose something simpler in design, such as the Cropped Skinny Jeans.
Every shoe is a good fit with these essential jeans.
And if you don’t want to wear jeans, leggings or skinny pants with these boots, you can style them as you would with thigh high socks.
Go on, give these style tricks a go. And do let us know if we did enough to convince you of the greatness of thigh highs.
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Sheena is the lead fashion writer here at Pretty Me Philippines and has contributed articles for numerous lifestyle blogs and online publications. Other than keeping up with the latest trends, she loves baking and home DIY projects.