Sarah Silverman at August’s InStyle Party, Taylor Momsen at Lollapalooza, and Emily Browning at this summer’s amfAR Inspiration Gala Paris.
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Smart move for those who miss their equestrian or over-the-knee boots in the summer: Instead of going with leather or wool, embrace your inner schoolgirl and let your hosiery creep past your knee…BUT NO MORE. Yes, ladies, we are discussing the thigh-high sock, that welcome-to-fall trend that stands in for a boot/structured shoe/nylons but is cheekier than all three. And in preparation for fall, ladies on the carpet rouge have started busting out their thigh highs, staying summer (upper thigh exposed = ventilation and cooling, plus an addition of sheer as opposed to seasonally unfriendly wool) while hinting at the coming season (knee-high sock = collegiate/incoming autumn look). And each of our trendsetters has taken their own approach, demonstrating that knee-highs do not always communicate the same thing. Except, you know, your knees are covered but your thighs can be freeeee!
Sarah Silverman stepped out to the InStyle soiree wearing a pair of chunky Jeffrey Campbells to keep things fun and sexy, underneath a blocked set of nylons. Smart move for the altitudinous sock style, because it keeps her thigh-high look in place. Which may have been a good choice for MTV Rising Style Star Emily Browning, whose adorable Louis Vuitton outfit is super back-to-school chic—the only possible damper is the slight slouch of her hosiery. (If you are going to do the schoolgirl thing, go all the way with a floppy collar and a sweater-dress, methinks.) Then taking the student thing and adding a tinge of naughty, rocker girl Taylor Momsen switched up her noir look for all-white. The two-tone of white-on-white (shoes/socks) is an interesting and mod choice, but she takes away any innocence by pairing her ensemble with a rough leather jacket.