Fancy Victorian stockings and over the knee socks (or Edwardian knee highs) were a spectacle of color and design. Underneath all the layers of petticoats and skirt, they were never seen in public, but in private women loved these fancy, colorful designs. Made of silk, cotton, or wool they came in vertical stripes, horizontal stripes, checks, plaid tartan and windowpane in both small and large prints. Some stockings were clocked, with designs on the front shin or sides only, especially in the Edwardian era 1890-1919. Others had small embroidered designs scattered about such as hearts and flowers. A few were even novelty designs of a favorite sport. Of course, plain ribbed or smooth stockings were worn more often in black or white for fancy occasions. See more pictures and history at the end of the page (click here to jump).
The following stockings, socks and tights feature the common patterns available during Victorian times. Some are more authentic looking while others are for the romantic Victorian-inspired lifestyle.