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10 Thigh-High Socks for People Who Avoid Wearing Stockings

Does anyone else find that putting on tights is comparable to mission impossible when it comes to avoiding rips? Or, maybe you see stockings as more of a contraption for constraining and pressing against your insides rather than covering your legs? Or, maybe they’re just not your thing?

Well, you’re not alone. And we are here to help make your day.

For all of the individuals in the world who would rather layer pants under a dress or simply freeze their legs before opting for stockings, here’s an alternative solution: the thigh-high sock. Easy to pull on and off, less hassle and rip-resistant, these pairs still provide full coverage while allowing for a more trustworthy feel. Naturally, they’re great to pair with tall boots to avoid chafing, but they also create a stylish accent to outfits when worn with loafers for a preppy look or sandals for a fashion statement.

And there are tons of styles to choose from. Thigh-high socks range in form from chunky knit pairs to sheer, lace-trimmed designs that could almost pass for your go-to pair of black tights.

No matter your style or budget, there’s an option here for everyone. Our selection includes splurge-worthy designer pairs from Miu Miu and Moncler, as well as more wallet-friendly picks from Ugg and Wolford.

Keep reading to shop them all — starting at just $10.

Yandy Athletic Thigh-High Socks

Add a sporty touch to your look with Yandy’s Athletic Thigh-High Socks. The striped, cotton-blend silhouette comes in 10 different colorways, so you can find the perfect combination for your favorite outfit.

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2. Meihuida Cable Knit Socks

A cotton blend turns these cable-knit socks into a top pick for any season. Accented with a spunky pompom tassel that fits perfectly over boots, Meihuida’s Cable Knit Socks are stretchy and double as leg warmers with a thickened finish to keep your limbs toasty.

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3. Miu Miu Embroidered Socks

If you’re looking to splurge on a glam pair, Miu Miu’s Embroidered Socks make the perfect statement piece when paired with a dress or skirt. The semi-sheer styles includes a dainty, embroidered floral design in a mix of blue, yellow and white shades.

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4. Plush Fleece-Lined Socks

A classic pair of black thigh-highs is a must for any collection. Plush’s Fleece-Lined Socks feature an elastic ridge across the top to secure the pair all day long and keep legs warm during any season.

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5. Commando Up All Night Thigh-Highs

When worn with pumps and a shift dress, Commando’s Up All Night Socks will likely pass for tights and stay up with a securing band and a thickened fabric to avoid rips and tears.

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6. Ugg Chloe Socks

As it gets colder, chunkier socks like Ugg’s Chloe Socks are a must. Equally stylish when worn with shorter hemlines or layered under over-the-knee boots, the cable knit style features reinforced toe seam for durability, too.

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7. Wolford Velvet Thigh-High Stay-Up Tights

Another option that looks like stockings is Wolford’s Velvet Thigh-High tights. The elasticized floral lace band offers a charming detail with a soft-touch fabric that feels silky smooth. An accenting velvet band around the leg adds another boudoir-inspired detail.

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CREDIT: Courtesy of Wolford

8. Moncler + Rick Owens Logo-Patch Socks

Perfect for an après-ski moment, the Moncler x Rick Owens’ Logo-Patch socks is made with a cozy wool-blend. It comes in a neutral dust colorway and includes a branded logo patch for a subtle yet identifiable accent.

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9. Moon Wood Thigh-High Socks

For just $10, Moon Wood’s Thigh-High Knit Socks offer a thick yet breathable cotton blend design. A touch of stretchable fabric also ensures a flexible fit.

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10. Socksmith Fox Socks

Socksmith’s Fox Socks are perfect for animal lovers with an over-the-knee fit for extended coverage; the cotton-blend includes a mix of spandex, too, for stretch.

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