The Art of Tasteful Stockings — How to Not Look Trashy Wearing Thigh Highs

4 min readNov 18, 2022

In the wise words of the eternally stylish Coco Chanel, “Dress shabbily, and they remember the dress; dress impeccably, and they remember the woman.” Thighs highs have the power to wow with their elegance, beauty, and style — all they need is a little help from you.

Thigh highs are wonderful. They offer women the chance to flatter their lovely legs and indulge their sensuality without sacrificing on comfort or style. However, sometimes, we might find they look a little “off.”

We have asked ourselves the same question many times. Stockings are blessed with a fabulous history and have been worn by some of the world’s most beautiful women over the years. They’ve made appearances on the silver screen, decorated the legs of literal royalty, and even found their way into modern-day trends. Kourtney Kardashian and Hailey Bieber have sported them while they’ve enjoyed a resurgence in popularity.

So, why don’t they look right? Life is unfair, but wearing thigh highs doesn’t have to be.

So, we’re going to fearlessly face the question head-on: It’s all in the Band

The secret to wearing thigh highs tastefully is wearing the band as high as possible on your thighs. When you wear thigh highs, you wield the power of a tantalizing secret, and it’s that very fact that you’re even wearing thigh highs! How thrillingly exciting is it to have the band around your thigh — no waistband eating into your sides — you feel free, at ease, and entirely ready to take on the world. So, why would you let just any one in on the secret?

The ball is in your court, you get to decide who’s let in on the secret and who’s not.

Never underestimate the power of a good fit. Thigh highs that are too small can restrict the leg, causing a slightly “bulged” appearance of the top of the thigh which doesn’t look all too appealing (nor does it feel good!) As well, thigh highs that are too small can rest further down the leg than intended. The result is more exposed thigh than usual.

On the other hand, if your thigh highs are too big for your leg, they’re likely to slip down the leg, leading to a bunched up look. What you want are thigh highs that are just right for your leg’s size and shape, which, if you opt for high-quality options, shouldn’t be hard to come by!

While some may believe they’re too sexy or cute to wear daily, we’d beg to differ. Thigh highs can be worn to perfection 24/7, 365 days a year. If you play it right, your thigh highs socks only elevate your overall fit rather than becoming the centerpiece.

For a casual-chic modern appeal: pair with a pleated skirt, frilly top, and chunky sneakers.

For an ultra-cool, laid-back look: pair with a black body con dress, leather jacket, and black boots.

Heading to the office: match with a button-up collared blouse, tucked into a pencil skirt, alongside heels.

Night on the town: chic leather shorts and the top of your choice — trust us, it works.

While we’re all for striking, bold looks that say, “all eyes on me,” sometimes…just sometimes…it’s best to apply the rule of threes to your outfit’s color palette.

In fact, thigh highs work incredibly well with monochrome fits. They play the role of stunning statement piece like a pro and can adhere to the overall color scheme just as well! So, if you’d like to turn trashy into “pop,” a color block in the shape of thigh highs is right for you!

Sometimes, you just need to have a little faith in your thigh high socks … and yourself. Truth be told, doubts are entirely normal if this is your first time wearing thigh highs! They’re undeniably a daring piece, and it takes guts to sport them the first time around.

Part of looking elegant and impeccably stylish is having everything buttoned up — even your thigh high’s band. So, keep the band low-key and enjoy high-key style. It really is as simple as that!

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Originally published at on November 18, 2022.




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