In fashion editorials, thigh highs are often styled in a way that suggests lingerie as outerwear, but this is a hard to pull off look in real life. I would stick to the look of layering, with a great mixture of casual daytime pieces. Another way to keep this look from becoming too costume-y is to wear dark colored socks, rather than white. White suggests the school girl look too strongly, but grey or brown socks look great for everyday wear.
Some designers added their own touch to this trend, including Alexander Wang's football inspired collection that featured backless knee socks. Other designers layered socks, paired them with ankle boots, or styled the socks with more evening-like pieces.
Alexander Wang's Spring 2010 Collection
Gaspard Yurkievich's Spring 2010 Collection
Cynthia Steffe's Fall 2010 Collection
Besides the runway, this look has been featured in many fashion editorials.
There are so many fun ways to wear this trend. Here are some suggestions:
With ankle or knee high boots
With Short Shorts
With a Short Skirt
For Colder Weather
For Warmer Weather
With a Dress
Dressed Up For Evening
Worn with Tights
*I do not own the rights to any of these pictures, most are from fashionising.com or lookbook.nu