High tub socks are very great addition to a short dress. Argyle should be a definite choice when looking for a pair. Try them with one of your awesome dresses instead of leggings or stockings. The higher the better. a pair of regular sized socks are also a good look with a killer pair of heels. (pull them down to your ankle though).
To get a god look of how this look is pulled off check out the Sex In The City Movie Friday. (Sarah Jessica Parker wears a great ensemble with a pair)