I've never been a big fan of American Apparel, but really fell in love with these socks when they first came into fashion last year.
I bought mine directly from the American Apparel website for £20, which is much, much more than i'd usually pay for a nice top, let alone a pair of socks! I had looked around in cheaper shops but simply couldn't find anything that was similar or looked remotely like the american apparel socks, so saw no other option than to splash out and buy myself a pair. I'll admit i bought them purely because everyone else had a pair and i thought they looked amazing!
The socks are lovely and soft, and are a knitted style. American Apparel state the material as been: 85% Polyester, 13% Nylon, 2% Elastane. The socks are white with 2 blue stripes and 1 red stripe in the middle of the blue stripes. The stripes are at the very top, the rest of the sock is plain white. They're pretty long and come mid thigh on me, i'm only 5'3 so they wouldn't look as long on taller girls. I think they do add a bit of length to my legs though!
They're not ideal to be worn with a leaotard (as pictured above), because that look in my opinion is way outdated and i think people would be a bit taken back if they saw someone walking through town dressed like the model! I wear mine with hotpants, a bodycon dress, a short floral dress or a bodycon skirt. Shoe wise i wear them either with pumps, brouges or heels. I don't wear them with jeans because at £20, i want to show them off! I think they'd be nice in the winter though underneath jeans or over the top of leggings.
The socks add lots of character to any outfit and are instantly noticeable to most people as an american apparel product. They also keep my legs nice and warm and are stretchy & comfy.
Overall, i'm not sure if i'd reccomend them. The price is a big put off, and thigh high socks can be bought in primark etc for £2-£6, but ofcourse there aren't any socks that are identical to these. I've not seen many people about wearing them apart from a few uni friends, and so i feel the socks look unique when i wear them. They seem to last well and i've had mine or a while and they've not shrunk in the wash or bobbled and they feel & look good quality.
As a 19 year old student, I've found that there is a certain sort of brand-and-social-image that comes with wearing American Apparel. Like carrying around a take-away Starbucks cup, or wearing Vivienne Westwood Melissa shoes, once you are seen in something clearly recognisable from American Apparel, you are branded with this image.
American Apparel clothes are all really quite plain, but are supposed to be versatile and of a high quality. Their hoodies can be seen worn by every American in a pop rock band (think All Time Low or Cobra Starship), and are making a sweep through the UK student scene. The popularity of the brand in this sort of music/social scene probably began when bands were printing images on American Apparel clothes and hoodies to create merchandise to sell at shows (I can safely make this assumption as a music and gig lover who has unknowingly bought and worn a lot of American Apparel).
American Apparel sell quite a lot of interesting items that I haven't really seen anywhere else, such as the typical American, striped, sport socks in a range of colours and lengths, including these extreme thigh-high socks I fell in love with.
I couldn't justify buying one pair of socks for £13, and I had no idea when I would wear them or what I would wear them with, so went without them for a long time. It came to my birthday, and I had decided that, after staring at them on American Apparel's website for so long, I had to have them. There are models wearing them on the website, but in leotards and in ways I just wouldn't dare try out in public.
I have had them now for almost a year, and have worn them in public with a pair of denim short-shorts a total of 2 times. I sometimes wear them around the house, as they do keep me warm and are comfortable, but because they come so high up your leg, there aren't really many things you can wear them with, and weather to be able to wear shorts doesn't come often in the UK.
I'm pretty sure these socks contain little cotton, so your feet can get a little sweaty in them, and because they are knitted they can sometimes catch easily and pull, but I still find myself loving these socks anyway.
Perhaps it is the uniqueness of them, and the fact they are still relatively rare. I have ideas about when and where I will wear these socks, and intend to... one day... when I'm much more confident!