How to Wear Over the Knee Socks Over 40: Take 2 & Link Up On the Edge #23

A few weeks ago, I received a reader request for another outfit featuring over the knee socks. The request actually came from a man who would like his over-40 wife to wear OTK socks more often and feel comfortable in them. You can read the original OTK sock post here.

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OTK Socks

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I am a huge fan of OTK socks with dresses or skirts. It has been one of my favorite trends since I was in high school. I went through a period of time where I felt “too old” to wear this style. But I have since changed my mind and I wear whatever the heck I want!

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Plaid Blanket Scarf 1

Plaid Blanket Scarf 2

I also am loving this 70’s inspired sueded shift dress trend that is popular right now. And of course, blanket scarves are always a must for cool fall weather. What better way to combine all these trends into one outfit than with these fabulous autumn tones!

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Plaid Blanket Scarf 3

Outfit details:

*This is not a sponsored post. All clothing items were purchased by me and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

Dress: Old Navy Sueded Shift Dress (currently on sale for $19.97).
Turtleneck: Kohl’s (from last year, similar here).
Blanket Scarf: Shelbee’s Shoppe.
Socks: Sock Dreams Super Stripes Longer (I bought these socks about 7 years ago. It does not look like they carry the same color combination of pumpkin and gray any more. But there are so many great patterns and colors available!)
Boots: TJ Maxx (from last year, but these wedge boots are available now).
Backpack: Target (No longer available, but similar options here and here).

I want to thank everyone who stops by every week and joins my link up! I really appreciate your loyalty and support. I love seeing what you are all wearing, sharing, and discussing each week. I also want to thank everyone for the kindness and love that you continue to share on your own blogs as well as in my comments. Now more than ever, we need to continue spreading love and kindness. #SpreadTheKindness

And now here are your two favorites from last week:

Jaymie of Shop Your Closet with Jaymie Ashcraft sported the most adorable graphic tee in her Denim on Denim post. This is such a perfect look for fall. Well done, Jaymie! Thanks for inspiring us.


Susan of Over 50 Under 20 shared her Style Journey with us all as she brilliantly explains how she “passed through the “wear what everyone else is wearing” stage, the “too poor and too young to care” stage, the “comfortable mom” stage, the “Florida tacky” stage, and the “newly arrived in Georgia” stage.” Such a fun post! Thanks, Susan, for sharing your journey with us and keeping us inspired!


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Keeping it on the edge as always,


I link up with These Fabulous Link Ups.


I am a 40 something Army wife and stay-at-home mother of 2 boys and 2 cats named Dave and Frankie. I have a passion for helping other women feel fabulous in the midst of this crazy, beautiful life.

74 Responses

  1. I think this one of my fave outfits of late Shelbee!!
    And although I haven’t tried the OTK socks yet, i’m realizing I need to. I love the OTK boots, so really, what’s the difference, right?

    • Thank you so much, Jodie! I think the difference is socks are way cheaper than boots! Ha. So you can have lots of variations without the steep price tag on many OTK boots, right? I look forward to seeing how you style OTK socks if you decide to give them a try. And they are super cozy, too!


  2. Great job. Really cute outfit!

  3. That’s a great idea. I already saw buy Nicole how she wore socks in sandals, and I loved that. This look is also something I probably have to copy! Good job!

  4. you are too cute! love how you styled the socks!

  5. A great look Shelbee ! I love black and tan together! The over the knee socks look great and I love that hair colour on you! Thank you for hosting x

  6. That suede shift dress is such a great fall piece! I just LOVE that scarf (the color, how you’re wearing it, everything!) with it and I really need to get on this OTK sock trend! So cute!


    • Thank you so much, Carrie! I actually ordered this dress online and wasn’t sure if I would like it at all. But I really am loving it! And yes, you do need to try the OTK sock trend! I have been loving it for 20 plus years!


  7. I’m loving this dress so much!!!!!!! Thanks for featuring me!!!!!! 🙂

    Jaymie xo

  8. You look awesome and I love the color combo. Thanks for sharing this OTK look and for the link up.


  9. Well done Shelbee!!! This reminds me that it is high time for me to pull out my over the knee socks, thank you! <3

  10. Black and cognac look so good togehter! This is the perfect fall look! Love the colors of your scarf and those otk socks! I need to get on this trend!

    Doused In Pink

    • Thank you so much, Jill! I love OTK socks. They are cute, comfy, super warm, and add so much interest! Plus they are easy to layer over tights if it gets too cold and allow me to wear dresses further into the winter. I look forward to seeing how you style them if you do get on the OTK sock train!


  11. This is one of my favorite outfits of yours! I just love the colors, the scarf and the OTK socks! I’ve actually always liked OTK socks but have never owned a pair! I’ll have to change that!

    Thanks for the link up & have a great weekend!

    • Andrea, thank you so much! Definitely you should try OTK socks! They are so much fun and you can add so much interest to an outfit with a great pair of socks! I like to make them my statement piece when I do wear them!


  12. Such gorgeous colors for fall, Shelbee! I really like your plaid scarf and super cute striped socks. Now I really want to find some long socks of my own. 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Jennie! Definitely check out Sock Dreams if you are going to try OTK socks. (I have no affiliation with them whatsoever, but I have purchased so many fabulous, quality socks from them over the past decade.) I look forward to seeing how you will style long socks!


  13. Super dress, looks cute with the scarf. Thanks for hosting the link up Shelbee. x Jacqui

  14. Great look! Because I’m tall, I have a hard time finding over the knee socks that actually go over my knee! But you’ve inspired me to keep looking!

    • Thanks so much, Lana! Definitely check out Sock Dreams, they carry the super long socks! (I am not affiliated with them at all, btw, I just really love their socks!) I hope you have a fab weekend and I hope you find some fantastic socks!


  15. Love the dress and the scarf Shelbee, great look 🙂

  16. Love this look! Perfect for a double lunch date, in my opinion 😉 The colors are great and I love the Shelbee’s Shoppe add in 😉 On the edge and over the knee!!!!!

  17. This is such a cool outfit, Shelbee. I am sure that it would inspire the wife of the man who asked you about OTK socks in the first place. Actually, it is a great inspiration for me too.

  18. Very nice. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful weekend.

  19. I’m loving this suede shift dress! Such a perfect fall look with the scarf, and the sock are so fun!

  20. Such a cute way to layer OTK socks with boots to extend that length!

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

  21. I am so in love with this shift dress! The added scarf is so perfect. I adore knee socks too. I have never tried wearing them but I might now after your post. Thanks for the link up!

    • Kathrine, thank you so much! I am so excited that so many women are considering trying over the knee socks now! I look forward to see how all of you lovely ladies style them! Have a fabulous weekend.


  22. I just adore that dress! I can’t believe it’s under $20 too! I need to head to Old Navy ASAP!

  23. So fall, so lovely on you! Love that dress and paired with the boots and socks. Thanks for linking up at Whatcha Wearing Wednesday too.

  24. Love that shift dress.

  25. You’re so cute! Love the outfit 🙂 Happy Friday!

  26. I love your sense of style! you look awesome in this outfit. that scarf is on point!

    stop by and chat with me 🙂

  27. The socks look great peeping over the top of the boots! The dress is fabulous, lovely colour.

    Emma xxx

  28. This outfit is so so cute! I love the plaid blanket scarf over the camel mini dress. And did you see that you were one of the featured bloggers this week on Thursday Moda?

  29. Hi Shelbee! You definitely pulled this look off! Thank you for hosting and for sharing with my party! Have a terrific weekend 🙂

  30. What a lovely man, that male reader of yours is, lovely and sweet 🙂 and I adore your dress, Shelbee, reminds a little of my school pinafore uniform (although it had an umbrella skirt and was an insipid shade of blue) xoxo

    • I am always shocked, for some reason, when a male compliments my clothing. I don’t know why and I suppose I shouldn’t be. Thank you, Sheela, for the lovely comment! I never had to wear a uniform, but I always find it so funny when those who did harbor a hatred for something about said uniform! I am guessing that you never wear that insipid shade of blue. Ever.


  31. That is fun outfit! Greta for the weekend. Yey! It’s Friday, finally!

  32. I love your suede jumper! So trendy and really cute how you styled it with OTK socks! Have a great weekend!

  33. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

  34. Love this look, Shelbee. The colors are perfect for fall and that dress is very flattering on you. Never really was into the over the knee sock myself, but they do look very cute on you with your boots. They hit at the perfect spot to show a tad bit of skin, thus making a warm and comfy outfit a little sexy! Great idea. Thanks for posting and for hosting. Have a great weekend. (I know it is Saturday already, but I worked this morning so my weekend just officially got started…ha, ha). – Amy

    • Thank you, Amy, for the very sweet comment! I definitely love how OTK socks can be cute and cozy and sexy all at once! I worked all day today as well, so I am just starting my weekend now, too! I hope you enjoy what’s left the weekend! We have a lake effect snow storm moving in, so we may be snowed in tomorrow.


  35. Aren’t blanket scarves the best? The school I work at over here in Spain isn’t heated very well, so I find myself wearing mine as a shawl half the day.


    • They really are, Nina! I find that when I do wear one, its purpose shifts throughout the day….from scarf to wrap to blanket! Thanks so much for stopping by. Stay warm, my friend!


  36. Gorgeous outfit!!! And congratulations, you are this weeks featured most viewed beautiful blogger @

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