Anyway, the term blue stocking carries with it a negative connotation that has lived on to this day. I guess it's the adult equivalent to girl nerd or girl geek. It's based on the implicit assumption that an intellectually-curious woman is an anomaly, if not a total abomination! In my opinion, this is not the most socially adaptive way to function. Thinkers and fine minds are, unfortunately, still at premium. Any society that minimizes the use of possible brainpower of 50% of its population is self-handicapping itself stupidly.* Literally.
However, it is also not the best thing for bright girls and women to be shoehorned into the exclusively brainy role. The fact is, we're not just thinking beings; we're also feeling and sensitive ones. We have our minimum requirements for self-esteem support, to be noticed, and oxytocin release.
In short, appreciate our minds; but also appreciate it that we have nice legs! Our wearing candy stripe knee socks is a way of calling attention to them! As a matter of fact, candy stripe knee socks can reflect your moods or be obtained in the school colors of your choice!
*This is also an argument against the "dumb blonde" stereotype that some people mistakenly console themselves with. However, I'm reminded of La Rochefoucauld's maxim that "The height of cleverness is to be able to conceal it." At the very least, it reduces certain expectations and raises others.