Here's an example of how you can wear a pair of ankle socks under some platforms. They also look great under mid-calf boots. Notice how they've made sure to keep the look wintery by adding a trench coat. It's important to make sure you're warm enough and that you're look doesn't say "summer." I personally don't think I'd choose to wear a pair of shorts during the winter unless I was wearing a pair of boots. It gets too cold here for that to be appropriate.
I love this look with the over the knee socks under a pair of boots. It covers up some of that bare leg so it makes wearing a pair of shorts a little more suitable for winter. It mirrors the look of over the knee boots, but instead of having to splurge on a pair you can wear a pair of boots you already have! It's a better option for those of us who have limited income to spend on trendy clothing.
As far as tights go this season, you can always go with the traditional grey and black. If you want to spice it up a bit, you can always try wearing a pair of patterned or white tights.
Designer: Cynthia Rowley/Fall 2010 RTW
Now, if you want to be really, really trendy... you can opt for wearing a combination of both or matching a pair of tights with some leg warmers. Wearing a pair of tights with ankle socks on top is a great look when worn with a pair of great pumps. Chanel shows us how to wear a pair of legwarmers on top of types and it looks amazing. This is such an 80s throwback, I love it!
Designer: Chanel/ Fall 2010 RTW
So there you have it. You'll have TONS of options this winter so just take your pick! I think everything this Winter is awesome and I can't wait to start filling up my wardrobe :).
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