Type of Socks for Pump Shoes

by Angela Bakke ; Updated September 28, 2017

Models in silk ankle socks and pumps

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Not since the era of bobby socks and poodle skirts have socks with heels been as fashionable as they are now. Knee-high socks, thigh-highs, ankle socks and lace socks are all finding their way into some very feminine and fashion-forward looks. Pull on the right pair of socks with a stylish pump and a skirt, and you've got an outfit that's sure to turn some heads.

Knee-High Socks

Knee-high socks work better in the fall or winter when the weather is cool. A style with medium-thickness offers a bit of texture to your outfit, especially if you wear them with a suede pump. Try an A-line plaid wool skirt in an autumn color -- navy blue, berry red or a warm brown -- that comes just above the knee and a crisp white-button down with a pair of knee-high diamond rib black cotton blend socks and a pair of black suede pointy-toe pumps. Buy socks that are not too thick, or your pump will fit too small and make the sock scrunch into the toe-box in a peculiar way. Knee-high black fishnets are a bit naughty-looking if you wear them with a skirt above the knee and may be too distracting for work but are the right kind of playful for outside of the office with a pair of classic black pumps.

Ankle Socks

Ankle socks are the most commonly seen type of sock with heels in this sassy trend. Wear a pair of thin silk socks that complement the color of a fancy printed pump. If you're hourglass, rectangular or petite shaped and can pull off a thigh-high skirt, wear a colorful belted A-line minidress with a pair of nude ankle socks -- pushed down so they ruche around the ankle -- and a pair of pumps that complement the color of the dress. This dress style creates an hourglass shape for your figure. The short skirt and heel-sock combination will also draw plenty of attention to your legs. This look is a real head-turner. For a more conservative approach, wear thin ankle socks with a pump and a mid-calf length skirt. You are still on-trend, as well as within office dress code regulations.

Lace Socks

Lace knee-high or ankle socks make a delicate style statement and are a good sock to start with if you want to try this trend. Wear a black or brown lace anklet sock with a pair of cropped tweed trousers and a pump with an ankle strap for a subtle approach to this look. Once you're comfortable, go bigger and try a lace knee-high sock with a tailored shorts-suit and a pair of animal print or silver cap-toed pumps for a head to toe look that's right in style.

Thigh-High Socks

Thigh-high socks and pumps are a very sexy and highly-fashionable pair, but only work with short-shorts or mini-skirts. This is a hard look to pull off for many people, but if you have a thin or petite frame and are heading someplace that thigh-bearing outfits are appropriate -- by all means go for it! A monochromatic outfit of a long-sleeved, lace overlay minidress with matching thigh-high thin socks and a chunky-heel platform pump is an outfit no one will forget anytime soon.

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Angela Bakke is a Los Angeles-based writer and reporter with more than a decade of experience covering fashion, beauty, the arts and entertainment. She has interviewed some of the most famous people in the world and covered stories for Beyond Cinema, Hollywood.com, ReelzChannel, CNN.com and Celebs.com.