Knee-high socks are back with a bang. The Daily Shift’s Orlaith Farrell socks it to us…
Once upon a time, there was one small trend, a trend that would go on to completely invade the fashion industry and change the catwalks forever. The trend that no-one could have predicted. The knee-high socks.
Knee-high socks first appeared on the catwalk four years ago. It made a huge mark on the AW catwalks, introducing a new winter must-have into our lives. Knee-high socks sprang onto the high street that winter, being introduced into day and night-time looks. The humble knee-high sock, more reminiscent of the schoolyard than the catwalk, became the ultimate accessory for fashion fiends. This style was naturally inspired by the stereotypical American athlete, completing the look with the Varsity bomber jacket and supreme white Converse. The all-American Boy and Girl-Next-Door look sprang right to front cover of the hottest magazines on the shelf.
Although the knee-highs were knocked out of the style ring during winter ’11. The ultimate “must-have” took a change for the worst, and adopted the “over-done/done to death” label. With the lowering of the age bracket sporting the socks, be it teenage discos or drinking cans down alleyways, knee-high socks became the fashion accessory of the dreaded….. teeny-bopper. We tossed our beloved knee-highs away and braved the freezing winters without our loved fashion friend.
However, this year, our old accessory was brought back to centrefold. It has been reintroduced into modern grunge looks across the high street. It has adopted a new, darker, grungier feel and for the most part, it completely works. Teaming them with tartan shirts, black skinnies and over-sized military jackets, the knee-highs have made a huge comeback in the fashion world.
For me, I couldn’t be happier that they have come fighting with a new style behind them. Girls, get out there a pick up the cosiest pair you can find, it’s a fool proof way of tackling the icy winter weather while being uber-stylish at the same time.