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.