With all the styling options the fall/winter season has to offer, we love adding one to our list that's not only super easy, but doesn't pose a threat to our budget either. Socks for fall are just such a nifty trick, offering a myriad of ways to literally step up your dressing game, whether in the form of knee-highs, detailed ankle socks, or thigh-highs (in lieu of full-on tights before the temps drop). Better still, fall's latest batch of socks gives us even more ways to bring our platform sandals and high-heeled oxfords (the ones you've been dying to wear!) into autumn days with ease. Check out all our choice socks for fall...and lest you think this accessory is too tricky or trendy to try on for size, think again. We've come up with four cute styles that will give your favorite mini or tailored shorts a whole new look.
1. Thigh-High Socks—A favorite on the fall/winter runway, thigh-highs are best worn with tailored shorts or a mini-skirt with heeled booties; you can also go layered over tights or jeans peeking out of your tallest boots.
Above, from left: Bloomingdale's fall lookbook shot, via Bloomingdale's; DKNY Intimates Ribbed Over-the-Knee Socks, $15, available at Bloomingdale's.
Above, from left: Madewell Over-The-Knee Ribbed Socks, $16.50, available at Madewell; ASOS Two-Tone Ribbed Over-The-Knee Socks, $8.43, available at ASOS; Urban Outfitters Heathered Thigh-High Socks, $14, available at Urban Outfitters.
2. Knee-High Socks—We love the new installment of knee-highs pulled all the way up with the season's heeled desert boots or scrunched down with booties or a T-strap heel. To get the full effect, a knee-length skirt or dress is key.
Above, from left: Vena Cava for Aqua fall lookbook image with knee-highs layered over tights; Hue Cable Knit Knee-High Socks, $7, available at Lori's Shoes; Bloom Boom Boom NOA Knee-High Socks, $16, available at Lori's Shoes.
Above, from left: Topshop Heart Botton Knee-High Socks, $14, available at Topshop; Club Monaco fall lookbook photo, via Club Monaco; Brooks Brothers Plaid Knee Socks, $7.50, available at Brooks Brothers; Wet Seal Military Knee Socks, $6.50, available at Wet Seal.
3. Ankle & Trouser Socks—There's no better way to bring your favorite platform sandals into fall and winter than with a pair of ankle socks; try a bright color under trousers or jeans for a pop of unexpected color.
Above, from left: Madewell fall lookbook photo, via Madewell; Forever 21 Stripes & Dots Socks Set, $4.80 the set of three, available at Forever 21; Urban Outfitters Basic Printed Ankle Socks, $18 the set of 3 pairs, available at Urban Outfitters.
Above, from left: Forever 21 Colorful Ankle Socks, $6.59, available at Forever 21; Pantone Acids Ankle Socks, $10.11, available at ASOS; Anthropologie Sweethearts Stargazing Socks, $12, available at Anthropologie.
4. Chunky Socks—A cross between hiking and camp socks, fall's more textured chunky socks look great bunched up around the ankle with skinnier pants or with a pleated mini-skirt and an ankle boot with a wider shaft (think a micro cowboy bootie).
Above, from left: Land's End Canvas 1963 Wellie Socks, $14.50, available at Land's End; J. Crew Camp Socks (at middle and at right), $12.50, available at J. Crew.

Above, from left: Marc by Marc Jacobs fall runway photo, via Marc Jacobs; American Apparel Ribbed Socks, $12, available at American Apparel; Goldtoe Marled Socks, $9.75 the pack of 3, available at Kohl's; Wren fall lookbook photo, via Wren.

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