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<p>There aren't many garments out there today that can be considered more singularly sexy than a pair of over-the-knee socks. But it wasn't always like this. Ironically, what many now consider to be one of the most feminine of clothing items was originally invented to be worn by men; back in the twelfth century, stockings (or "hose" as they were referred to at the time) were an exclusively male item of clothing. Their length varied, from mid-calf, to the knee, to midway up the thigh, and they were usually richly decorated. Embroidery was especially common, not just for the top of the sock, but for its whole length, as were various patterns, color combinations and stripes, and perhaps one of the most famous wearers of this fashion was Henry VIII of England. Generally, more famous for repeatedly getting married and beheading his wives than for his choice in dress socks, Henry was nevertheless (like most gentlemen of his time) an aficionado of the finer kind of sock. The fashion stuck around for a while too, eventually spreading to women as well, and by the nineteenth century (the notoriously prudish era of Her Majesty Queen Victoria), stockings were worn all over the world by both sexes - this time not as an ornament, but as an added layer of protection and cover to keep the leg as hidden as possible. The sight of an uncovered leg was enough to send a well-mannered lady into a faint in those days, and considering that tailors were making a resounding profit sewing trousers even for the legs of tables and chairs (not kidding, look it up), it's no small surprise that people had to layer up their lower halves as well. It's not until later, in the 1900's that they became exclusive to the realm of women; the exact reason is a little hard to pinpoint, but many point to the popularity and success of pin-up stars like Betty Page and others, most notably among American GI's during the first and second World Wars, as a major catalyst in the feminization of over-the-knee socks. As time passed, their popularity in fashion fluctuated, but the association with all things sexy remained. Thus, stockings were claimed by women, with men being limited to knee-high fuzzy socks at best (and even then, it's become a relic worn only for certain sports and in musty private schools that insist on ancient uniforms).</p>
<p>So now that our history lesson's over, you might be asking the question: how does all of this affect me, the modern woman? I, who spend less time thinking about dress socks than the environment (although seriously, ladies, this global warming thing is getting out of hand)? Our answer: in any way you want it to. Over-the-knee socks are a very attractive addition to any woman's wardrobe, and in most cases their very simplicity allows for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sockbin.com/blog/2016/06/how-to-accessorize-with-socks.html" target="_blank">a stunning amount of combinations and ensembles</a>. A single pair of dark, sheer over the knee stockings, combined in different ways, can add a touch of class, sophistication or even raunchiness to the rest of your outfit - what other clothing items can claim to be that versatile? Well, other than fuzzy socks, anyway... We're going to tell you about a few different ways in which you can harness the eye-catching, head-turning power of these amazing creations and use it to your advantage to look as elegant or as sexy as you choose - or both.</p>
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<p>With a dress especially, over-the-knee socks will soften the often severe look of that garment you like wearing to work, while at the same time giving it a more sophisticated and feminine look (don't look at us like that; a dress does not a woman make, as any Scotsman will tell you). Thanks to their association with all things sexy, the socks will soften the hard lines of any work-appropriate clothing without going so far as to make you look unprofessional. They'll create the perfect balance between looking like you take your job seriously and still looking and feeling like a woman - and feel like a woman you will (cue the Shania Twain song).</p>
<p>With a skirt they become even more versatile; depending on what kind of skirt exactly is being worn and what kind of top you're wearing, they can add a layer of sex appeal, or tone down an overly sexy outfit by allowing you to wear a shorter skirt without showing too much leg. Generally, though, it's a refreshingly youthful and energetic look that all women should be able to enjoy. Just avoid the plaid skirts and make sure you're wearing grown-up shoes; unless you're in the bedroom, that sort of look - stockings, flats, and plaid, i.e. the schoolgirl costume that every man fantasizes about - should not be worn outside to avoid giving people the wrong impression. On second thought, avoid white blouses and ties too... Any other material - wool, leather, denim, even cotton - will go seamlessly with this look, and it works with just about any length of skirt as well.&nbsp;</p>
<h2>THE LAYERED LOOK</h2>
<p>Perfect for looking hot in the winter weather thanks to the added insulation it provides, this look is a blessedly simple one to put together and pull off. It consists of a pair of over-the-knee socks worn over tights and under a skirt and some nice, high-topped boots. This look can even be pulled off with your favorite dress socks, as long as they're long enough to go over the tops of our boots. You can keep each layer as plain or simple as you like, depending on how conservative you want the ensemble as a whole to be, and you probably own the majority of these items already. All in all, the layers make a very pleasing and flattering look for the leg that is anything but boring and will attract lots of the right kind of attention.</p>
<h2>WITH SHORTS</h2>
<p>We know what you're thinking: over the knee socks with shorts? What kind of tasteless operation are you running here?! Well, I assure you, we're doing nothing of the sort. All it takes to tie the whole ensemble together is a nice pair of tights (which really do deserve their own medal for versatility) and voila, a lovely layered look that one associates with summer, but works great at keeping you warm during the colder seasons too. Be sure that your upper body clothing reflects the season well in both insulation and colors to avoid looking too top or bottom heavy.</p>
<p>WITH A SWEATER AND LEGGINGS</p>
<p>A long and baggy sweater is a fantastic substitute for a dress during winter, especially when combined with a nice set of over-the-knee socks. Thick, fuzzy socks that match the color and (if possible) the texture of your sweater are the best choice here, they'll look amazing together and let the world know exactly how warm and comfortable you are in your own woolly heaven despite the bitter cold outside. For an added wintery effect, see if you can pair the whole ensemble with a woolly hat that matches both socks and sweater - there's no better or more seasonal way to tie the whole outfit together, and you'll have that "perfect combination of cute and sexy" thing nailed down.</p>
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<h2>BONUS: WHERE TO BUY THEM</h2>
<p>So now that you know how to wear your over-the-knee socks and are already imagining the many items of clothing you'll combine them with, you've run into a problem: you don't actually own any yet. Here, at Sockbin, you'll find more different designs than you can shake a stick at, and available in sizes that are&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sockbin.com/store/women/over-the-knee-socks/c-56" target="_blank">guaranteed to fit anybody body shape or size</a>. Personally we were dumbstruck by the sheer variety of the materials, patterns, and embroideries; their ribbed stockings especially - fuzzy socks that go over the knee, oh my - would be the perfect addition to the sweater and leggings look previously discussed in this article.</p>
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