Yes, fashion, it does swing back and forth.
I remember when I was growing up, I used to cringe when my dad pulled out his high work socks, always dark-colored, with his shorts.
Teen-aged me would only wear my white, gym-class-style socks with any or all type of shorts. (Cut-off jeans were in then, by the way. My mother preferred me to wear the Bermuda-style, store-bought, of course, but I’d take the scissors to my grown-too-tall-for jeans myself.)
Nowadays, I notice, younger people are wearing dark, high socks with their shorts.
Although I have cut down to ankle-length instead of higher, I still will only wear white socks with shorts.
I am now the old man who earns the cringe, I suppose.