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Themed Event Outfit Ideas: 3 Ways to Wear Knee-High Socks


It’s almost time to break out the luggage, suitcases that you could probably (and have tried to) fit inside, and millions of hangers. Packing the basics is easy: plain t-shirts, jeans, a simple black dress. But once you get to school and get your first theme party invite, you usually start to realize that you should have explored the far-reaches of your closet back at home and brought some not-so-common items.

We’ve already discussed fashion essentials for themed events in college, but we’ve never talked about how exactly to wear them. Below, I’ll show you how one funky item – a pair of knee-high socks – can be used in a variety of themed atmospheres (because you never do know where you’ll end up).

Girls dressed for an 80s party

How to Wear Knee-High Socks for Themed Events

*Flashback to 1st through 8th grade* As much as we may not want to admit it, we all probably own a pair of knee socks from school uniforms, soccer practice, or an old Halloween costume. The knee sock, although not necessarily recommended for daily wear, is perfect for the right themed situation.

Here are three outfits for fun themed events that incorporate the ever-popular knee sock.

1. ’80s Flashdance Flashback

knee high neon outfit
Knee Highs- Modcloth, Top- Free People, Shorts- American Apparel, Scrunchies- American Apparel, Sneakers- Ralph Lauren

This look can be used for any event that requires a bright and tight outfit – think ’80s party or highlighter party. Modcloth makes a great spandex pair of knee socks for those of you who don’t already own this obnoxious item. Pair your socks with a bright crop top, tight shorts or a bright mini. Scrunchies, hoops, and ’80s cartoon graphics are great touches to complete the outfit. Add some bright eyeshadow and a pink lip for an even funkier look – and don’t forget to tease that hair!

2. Pep Rally

Pep ralley themed outfit: Knee-high socks, shorts, baseball tee
Glasses- Aldo, Top- Nike, Head/Wristbands- American Apparel, Shorts- Abercrombie, Knee Highs- American Apparel

In college, it’s common for pep rallies to be all-day affairs, complete with parties before and after. And at these crazy events, you are often expected to wear crazy outfits – that’s where this look comes in.

Don’t just leave the screaming to the cheerleaders; let your outfit do the talking. Knee socks are the perfect semi-ironic touch to a sporty tee representing your school. Pair your knee-highs with sweatbands, or bandanas (preferably neon – the more obnoxious, the better). This pink-and-gray look is a little subdued for my taste, but will have you looking fun and sporty at your school’s next big game.

3. Ridin‘ Nerdy

school girl outfit using knee high socks
Bow tie- American Apparel, Skirt- J.Crew, Shirt- American Eagle, Bandeau- Modcloth, Shoes- Toms, Glasses- Asos, Knee Highs- American Apparel

They see me rolling on my Segway.. Go from chic to nerdy-chic with this fun schoolgirl-themed outfit. This themed ensemble would be perfect for so many parties: high school stereotype, ’90s, and country club immediately spring to mind.

Knee socks, a pleated skirt, and a simple button-down help channel the pre-baby Britney look. Make the look more modern by popping a couple buttons and pairing the top with a bandeau underneath. Wear glasses? Perfect. If not, invest in cheap see-through frames – they’re super inexpensive and available everywhere these days.

Need More Theme Party Ideas?


Do any of you have go-to items for parties and events on campus that you would otherwise not be caught dead in? What are your favorite themes? Do you have a random or crazy item in your closet you want to wear but don’t know how or where you would wear it? Leave a comment!

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10 Responses to “Themed Event Outfit Ideas: 3 Ways to Wear Knee-High Socks”

  1. 1
    August 4th, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    OMG….love these outfits! Number 2 is so me. In fact I think I might try to get that exact outfit!!

  2. 2
    August 4th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I love outfit #3! :D
    The socks and the horn-rimmed glasses give definitely the perfect schoolgirl vibe.

  3. 3
    August 4th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Go to items for themed parties? Well you can’t go wrong with the basics, a black skirt and a basic white T/shirt you don’t mind getting trashed.

    Back to school theme? Black skirt, white shirt, tie, nerd glasses and some sexy high heals!

    Graffiti party? Wear a white T you don’t mind getting written all over and accessorise with some glow bands and glow in the dark paint!

    Toga party? Obviously a white bed sheet, but don’t forget to wear a t/vest and shorts underneath in-case it comes undone! Last thing you want to happen in-front on your new friends is to be caught standing in your under-ware!

    Well, you get the idea :) I’m sure there are loads more though!

    I love College Fashion :)

    Kathryn Xx

  4. 4
    August 4th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    I’m disappointed. I thot knee-high socks were in… not just for wearing to costume parties. So, are they in????

  5. 5
    August 4th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    really cute ideas :) costume parties are one of the few reasons i’m excited about going back to school. that, and moving out of the house again :)

    Footed tights or leggings are also really great to have to wear to a bunch of parties. Basic white tees (like mentioned above) are also great to have around, too!

  6. 6
    August 4th, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    I love love love knee high socks for winter. With skirts, if they are the cute girly kind, they can look so adorable.

  7. 7
    August 5th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Great ideas- although I wear knew socks on a daily basis :) thanks for the post!

  8. 8
    August 9th, 2011 at 1:10 am

    I love a perfectly good knee sock for ordinary day wear! I have a lovely, semi-sheer white pair that looks so ladylike, a white ribbed schoolgirl pair (literally left over from my private middle school uniform), and two whisper-soft bamboo pairs in deep grey and dark purple. These are all splendid with and kind of skirt or dress and a vintage-esque heel. And, except the school pair, they all look perfectly sophisticated.

  9. 9
    August 9th, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    I agree! if you have the confidence and right style you could totally rock knee-highs for everyday wear. I love the high socks paired with a dress and a slouchy cardigan look!

  10. 10
    July 14th, 2014 at 12:34 am

    I wear long socks with skirts n shorts on any occations i have a relationship with my socks

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