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For or against semi-opaque knee-highs and the much-hyped grandmother’s socks?

Long considered in bad taste, wearing semi-covering knee-highs is becoming a strong fashion trend for spring-summer 2024, as demonstrated by numerous fashion week shows. But how to adopt it without becoming a grandmother? What if grandmothers are underrated fashion icons after all?

If you’re asked to visualize grandma socks, you might think of restful socks in nude or a semi-opaque black shade. Well, this is exactly what has become fashionable for several seasons already. Fashionistas proudly show them off by wearing them with skirts and/or shorts to highlight this accessory with a memorable reputation. But let’s remember the essential thing: grandmothers can be very cool and we have a lot to learn from them, including comfort and style. Autopsy of a controversial accessory.

Where did the knee-high stocking trend come from?

The knee-high trend on the catwalks from the 90s to today
The knee-high trend on the catwalks of: Prada spring-summer 1994; Prada Pre-Fall 2009; Vivienne Westwood Red Label autumn-winter 2016; Fausto Puglisi spring-summer 2017; Rochas autumn-winter 2017; Prada spring-summer 2019.

It is an accessory that Miuccia Prada has always loved and proudly showed off in many of her collections since the 1990s, in the form of high opaque wool socks on the Prada spring-summer 1994 catwalk, or semi-opaque knee-high socks for the collection Pre-Fall 2009 for example. In addition to this precursor, we owe this contemporary rebirth to lobbying activities over several years: to Vivienne Westwood Red Label autumn-winter 2016, Fausto Puglisi spring-summer 2017, Rochas autumn-winter 2017, Prada spring-summer 2019, Christian Dior autumn-winter 2020, Koché spring-summer 2021 or even Lanvin autumn-winter 2022.

How did the semi-opaque knee-high knee-high trend get from the catwalks to the streets?

The knee-length trend on contemporary catwalks // Source: The knee-length trend on the Koché spring-summer 2021 catwalks;  Lanvin autumn-winter 2022;  Christian Dior autumn-winter 2020;  Jacquemus autumn-winter 2023;  Vaillant spring-summer 2024
The knee-length trend on the Koché spring-summer 2021 catwalks; Lanvin autumn-winter 2022; Christian Dior autumn-winter 2020; Jacquemus autumn-winter 2023; Vaillant spring-summer 2024.

Since then, it has been an avalanche, since it became one of its flagship accessories in Christian Dior’s influential spring-summer 2023, Jacquemus autumn-winter 2023, or even Vaillant and Martine Rose spring-summer 2024 collections.

How to wear the fashion trend of knee-highs or transparent socks to show off with pride?

In short, it has become an indispensable trend on the catwalks, but also on the streets, at the feet of the most intrepid fashionistas. It’s an almost modest way of adopting the selfwear trend of wearing sheer clothing that is as revealing as possible. Be it lingerie, a nude top or even fishnet flats nicknamed nude shoes. Grandmas in compression stockings who put their comfort first know everything and can teach us a lot.


To wear this trend simply wear this type of semi-opaque transparent knee-high or knee-high socks with clothes that allow you to show them off proudly. Like shorts, Bermuda shorts or a skirt. Above, you can also go all-in on transparency, for example by wearing a nude top over a bra with a blazer or trench coat. It is down!


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