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It’s become very common knowledge that the unsung style hero for 2024 is ornamental hosiery. 

Whether it's Sydney Sweeney’s thigh-high lace white tights, Nicola Peltz’s sheer stockings and white mini dress combo or Camille Charriere fashion week fishnets, hosiery in all forms seems to be everywhere and there’s a new variation on the block which is already loved by the likes of Kristen Stewart, Zendaya and Julia Fox. 

Knee-high tights and socks have been around for decades, commonly linked to school uniforms, chic Upper East Side grandmas and nerdy college kids. If there's one thing we know for certain it's that the knee-high tight doesn't discriminate in any way shape or form. 

Bella Hadid is seen on May 10, 2022 in New York City wearing a beige skirt and knee-high socks© Getty
Bella Hadid has been a knee-high sock stan for a while now

Knee-high tights have been on our radar for a few months now, initially sparked by Zendaya's ultra-glam Schiaparelli Haute couture week look where she donned a pair of fishnet under-the-knee options from Wolford. 

Since then our eyes have been on the lookout for more notable names adopting the sock style, our prayers recently answered by none other than Kristen Stewart (whose stylist needs a pay rise) and Julia Fox, who both sported a pair while out and about earlier this week. 

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I personally love wearing sheer knee-high's with chunky boots and a mini dress© Instagram / @orion_scott
I personally love wearing sheer knee-high's with chunky boots and a mini dress

After a quick trawl through a few ‘it’ girls Instas, it became apparent that styling knee-highs for 2024 is actually easier than you might think, just take a look for yourself..

Are knee-high socks still in style?

Knee-high socks have cycled in and out of fashion throughout history, but they saw a significant resurgence in popularity during the 1960s and 1970s. This trend was largely influenced by the mod looks of the era, where knee-highs were often paired with mini skirts and Mary Jane shoes, embodying a youthful, playful aesthetic.

"The style dipped in popularity in subsequent decades but made a comeback in the 1990s and early 2000s, partly driven by the schoolgirl look popularised by pop culture and celebrities," explains Hello! Fashion's Editor Natalie Salmon, "Since then, knee-high socks have remained a staple in fashion, often reemerging in transitional seasons as a stylish way to add warmth and a layer of interest to outfits."

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How to Style Knee High Socks in 2024...

With A Cool-Girl Co-ord 

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wears knee high sheer tights and an Alo mint green skirt suit © @rosiehw/Instagram
The supermodel nailed the aesthetic as always

Rosie perfectly nailed the styling of knee-high socks by choosing a sleek, skirt suit from Alo that complemented the dark, sheer socks. The socks add a touch of sophistication and contrast effectively with her heeled pumps Prada pumps creating a chic, modern look.

With Chunky Boots

 Bella Hadid is seen in SoHo on October 09, 2019 in New York City wearing knee-high sheer socks and a black skirt and coat  © Getty
I will be re-creating this exact look

Possibly my favourite way to wear knee-highs is with a chunky boot. This look from Bella Hadid is giving goth-chic in all the right ways, the socks adding a girly touch to her all-black ensemble.

With Heels in the Same Colour

Gigi Hadid walks the runway during "Le Chouchou" Jacquemus' Fashion Show at Chateau de Versailles on June 26, 2023 in Versailles, France© Getty
Lace is also trending right now

Albeit this look of Gigi’s is taken from Jacquemus’ recent “Le Chouchou" fashion show, the fact still stands that lace knee-highs and heels is having a major moment. 

With Trainers

Kristen Stewart is seen exiting 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' on March 11, 2024 wearing a white t-shirt, black skirt, knee-high socks and white trainers© Getty
How does she do it?

Trainers and knee-highs potentially shouldn’t work together, but Kristen Stewart has proved us wrong. The actress paired her sheer black pair with white trainers, a black skirt and a graphic baby tee nailing the casual but cute aesthetic. 

With Ballet Flats

Julia Fox wears a stripe turtleneck, black skirt and nude knee-high socks while in LA© Getty
I don't care what you say, this look is a slay

Earlier this week our favourite 'weird-girl' Julia Fox donned a nude pair with pink ballet flats, a striped turtleneck sweater and secretary-core glasses, effortlessly exuding Y2K style. 

With A LBD

Sarah Lysander wears black dress, bag, knee high socks outside Valentino during the Womenswear Fall/Winter 2024/2025 as part of  Paris Fashion Week on March 03, 2024© Getty
It doesn't get chicer than this

Instagram’s chicest style mogul Sarah Lysander donned the cutest LBD and sheer black knee-high combo to PFW earlier this month. Typically a LBD on its own is statement enough however the addition of sheer socks elevates the look into a whole new stylistic sphere.

The Best Knee-High Tights & Socks To Shop Now:

  • Sheer Metallic Knee-High Socks


    Editor's note: I'd rock them with a chic mini skirt or layer them over tights for a texture play, finishing with chunky loafers to keep my look grounded yet whimsical. Total vibe!

    I'm all about channeling this season's sheerness trend with these blush-pink, knee-high socks speckled with metallic fibers. They've got a ribbed cuff that stays put, giving both comfort and style.

  • Solid Over The Knee Socks


    Editor's note: Planning to pair these light ones with a floaty skirt and ballet flats, showing off some leg. It's a look that’s both sweet and sexy, absolutely recommend for an everyday statement.

    I'm totally into these cute over-the-knee socks— according to reviews they don’t slip off, and the quality? Chef's kiss! They’re perfect for nailing that balletcore vibe I'm still obsessed with.

  • 15 Knee-Highs


    Editor's note: I’d style them with a sharp mini dress and stiletto heels to play up the confident vibe. Black and sheer, they’re basically the secret weapon of a chic fashion arsenal. Love.

    I'm all about these sheer knee-highs that make skin look flawlessly smooth. The soft, wide cuffs are a dream—they stay up without squeezing. Perfect for a sleek, understated look.

  • Shelina 12 DEN Women Knee-high Socks


    Editor's note: Rock them with a sleek, thigh-grazing slip dress and some strappy sandals for a look that’s effortlessly elegant. Absolutely a wardrobe staple for sunnier days.

    I’m totally digging Falke's ultra-sheer knee-highs—like a summer breeze on the skin. They're the perfect range and caters to deeper skin tones, giving legs that flawless, makeup-like finish. The soft cuff? A dream. No squeezing, just pure comfort.

  • Rosa Lace Knee-High Socks

    Swedish Stockings

    Editor's note: I'd style them with a simple black dress and some chunky heels, perfect for making a sustainable and stylish statement at any soirée.

    I'm totally vibing with these lace knee-high socks by Swedish Stockings. They're made from sustainable materials which I absolutely stand behind. Their delicate pattern is perfect for adding a touch of femininity to any outfit. Plus, they're crafted in Italy—quality meets eco-chic.

  • Animal Print Pattern Sheer Knee-High Socks


    Editor's note: I’d style them with a slick leather mini and a slouchy, oversized sweater. It’s an effortlessly cool look, perfect for brunch or a night out. They're statement socks for statement vibes.

    I'm all about these fierce animal print knee-highs—they're sheer perfection with just the right amount of stretch. They add an instant edge to any look, turning any pavement into a runway.

  • Pois Knee-Highs


    Editor's note: I’d style them with a crisp white shirt dress and chunky loafers for a look that’s preppy with a twist of sophistication. Perfect for transitioning from day to night.

    I'm loving these sheer knee-highs with their classic dot and diamond pattern—it’s all about subtle elegance. They’re super versatile for any occasion with a soft, comfy border.

How we chose the pieces:

Aesthetic: After scouring the internet’s top fashion boutiques, we’ve handpicked knee-high socks and tights that exude a luxurious vibe. Despite their reasonable price tags, these selections could easily pass for high-end designer goods. 

Quality: I looked for exceptional cuts, intricate patterns, and exquisite details that set them apart.

Why you should trust me:

I am Hello! Fashion’s Fashion Features Writer. With a love for all things fashion (the quirkier the better), I can usually be found playing dress-up in my own wardrobe, watching Gilmore Girls for the 8th time or finding new outfit inspo and DIY musts on TikTok, nothing in my closet is safe from a safety-pin bow embellishment. I have been in the styling world for almost 5 years now, specialising in editorial features, luxury campaigns and music videos. As for the world of magazines, I have worked for various digital and print publications around the world, focusing on fashion. Basically, fashion is my bread and butter.

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