You’ve seen them with sandals, you’ve cast them off in summer heat, and you’ve worn them adorned with Christmas patterns. So what could we possibly be talking about? Socks “ and more specifically, the right way to wear them with shoes. With so many options available and a serious lack of sandal weather in our midst, we’ve made the ultimate how-to for this potentially disastrous fashion coupling.
If the past week has taught us anything, we may have some bare leg weather ahead of us yet, but instead of digging up your favourite gladiators from last season, opt for the girlie look by pairing shorts or a mini with light-weight socks that hit slightly above the ankle. Like the 50s have returned with full skirts this fall, pay homage to your earlier decades by committing to a youth-oriented throwback. Coupled with a printed dress or shorts and a cardigan, socks and oxfords will take you from 2010 to the mid-century while looking fabulous.
Pants and Socks
Perhaps the most questionable look of all, pairing black socks with ballet flats and skinny jeans is the fastest way to cement yourself as a walking fashion faux-pas (and trust me “ we’ve all been there). But how do you go about rocking shoes and socks when the temperature for bare feet is less than desirable? One of two options exists: first, you could embrace a kitschy thrown-together look, throw caution to the wind and risk the stares and headshakes of passerby. (Read: bright socks and shoes.) Or you could opt for grey “ a safe colour that won’t like you’re hiding your socks but won’t evoke the Michael Jackson comparisons circa Thriller.
Above the Knee
Thankfully with the everything old is new again mantra, knee socks have returned and brought the 90s along with them. Now an option for those colder autumn evenings, socks that go above the knee are the perfect solution to shorter skirts or trouser shorts that can be carried over from the summer. Pair them with clogs, oxfords or even ankle boots, and you automatically edge up your outfit substantially. What’s great is that you can also pair them with sheer black tights “ upping the edge factor and making socks in general much less taboo.
Everyone wears socks, and while we may want to freeze for fashion, to neglect the tried-and-true wardrobe staple is to risk blisters and cold feet. This season, chains are offering subtle patterns that mesh perfectly with the retro looks that hit runways. Meaning? Slouchy socks with clogs, heels and oxfords are just as in-style as black tights and thigh-high boots. If you’re going to commit to a statement, commit fully “ and while our moms may have opted for nylons and knee-highs (which have also begun a comeback), the beauty of this season is that we can have a little more fun.