Let’s be real, we are all scared to wear thigh-high socks even though we are always tempted to try.
As a curvy girl myself, wearing thigh-high socks is a real battle for me.
Most of the time, my socks just keep falling down and I have to fix them every 20 minutes.
Even when the thighs are welly fixed, my “muffin top” on my thigh ( I tried my best to describe…) just keeps squeezing out and that’s definitely not what I want.
It takes me some time to figure out what kind of thigh-high socks suits me the best and it’s always worth it.
Now, I do find thigh-high socks really flattering on me, and here are my 8 tips on how to wear thigh-high socks for plus-size ladies.
1. Be intentional about the fabric and look for the spandex material
For the first tip, let’s talk about the basics first.
If you want to look good in your high knee socks, it’s always worth it to invest some money in them.
I’ve bought some really cheap socks before and realized there’s no spandex in them.
Spandex is a lightweight fiber to gives some flexibility to the fabric and makes the high knee socks more stretchy and breathable and that’s really crucial for us!
So ladies, always look for the high knee socks with a higher percentage of spandex material to avoid a refund!
Trust me, this is plain torture to wear knee-high thighs without flexibility.
2. Go monochrome for your legs and shoes for elongating effect
For the ladies who worry wearing thigh-high socks will make you look shorter, this is not true!
If you are wearing the common black over-knee socks, you can always wear black heels or black pointed flats for a tone-on-tone look.
With the V shape shoe lining and the same color as your high knee socks, it makes your legs appear to be longer and slimmer.
Of course, you can go dark grey socks with grey shoes, it can look flattering too!
But always avoid wearing shoes with a big color contrast with your socks as this will visually separate your legs into few different chunks and fail to avoid a slender leg figure overall.
3. Wear a sheer thigh underneath the thigh-high socks
As I’ve said before, I can’t help but squeeze the “muffin top of my thigh” whenever I wear thigh-high socks.
One of the easiest ways to deal with that is wearing the invisible sheer thighs underneath so gently squeeze my legs a little bit first before applying the thigh-high socks.
That way, those muffin tops will be less obvious and also hide my cellulite at the back of my leg too!
If you want a more slimming effect, style your black thigh-high socks with a sheer black thigh underneath is always a perfect look! ”
After all, “Black x black” = double flattering!
4. Wear Fake Thigh high socks
If you think tip 3 is too much work for you (which is not actually…), you can always buy the fake thigh-high socks!
Yes, this is a real thing sold on Aliexpress and other places online.
With the fake thigh-high socks, you can look like you are wearing over-knee socks while in fact, you are just wearing a normal pantyhose!
But since this is a relatively new product, their sizing may just stick to at most L.
But still, I want to share these tips with you as I realized not so many girls know about it.
You can always keep an eye out for the oversize fake thigh-high socks in the near future!
5. Pull your over knee socks inside out
Another way to avoid socks from falling is to pull your socks inside out like in the photo above!
You don’t need a knit over knee socks to do that, you can do it on any kind of socks.
With easy folding and some adjustment, it can prevent your socks from falling.
Unless your socks are too loose, otherwise this trick should work!
6. Use Roll-On Body Fixative on your thighs
This tip is basic but I know some ladies out there still struggle should they get one.
Seriously, procrastinate no more as you will need this in many unexpected ways.
Besides applying them on the thigh area to keep your socks up, you can always use body glue for the loose top and tube dresses.
Nothing exciting, I am using JOBST Body Fixative that everyone else is using. All I can say is this little glue meets its slogan – IT STAYS!
7. Wear black garters and elastic clip garters
When it comes to garters, people always think of sexy lingerie.
While that can be one of the ways to style your over-knee socks, you can always try on these functional elastic clip garters to spice up your socks and prevent them from falling in the meantime!
I am really excited that I’ve found these cute pairs from Etsy!
I have to admit that I am addicted to buying different types of elastic clip garters to style my over-knee socks now.
8. Avoid printed over knee socks
Last but not least, avoid the big prints on your over-knee socks.
When it comes to over-knee socks, I do think less is more, and black plain socks are always my favorite.
Not only does it look classy, but it can also pop up on my top and dress as well. If you are really into the printed over-knee socks, at least you stay away from the big prints like thick stripes.
Big prints naturally have an exaggerating effect.
With the big prints on the stretchy over knee socks, it can further widen and shorten your leg, which is a big Nono.
So ladies, here are the 8 tips on how to wear thigh high socks as a plus size! Let’s have a quick recap first.
- Be intentional about the fabric and look for the spandex material
- Go monochrome for your legs and shoes for elongating effect
- Wear a sheer thigh underneath the thigh-high socks
- Wear Fake Thigh high socks
- Pull your over knee socks inside out
- Use Roll-On Body Fixative on your thighs
- Wear black garters and elastic clip garters
- Avoid printed over knee socks
I hope these tips are useful to you!
While it can be a little bit tricky to wear thigh-high socks, with some styling tips and tricks, it can always make our legs appear longer and slimmer!
So all the curvy babes out there, embrace high socks, and get creative to style them!
By the way, if you are interested in plus-size articles, you may find these articles useful! See you there!