You either love the normcore trend or you hate it, but no one can deny its presence. Socks and sandals are no longer just for middle-aged dads and out-of-touch aunties. They’re chic, comfortable, and surprisingly alluring.
During the Spring 2015 Fashion Week, high-profile fashion shows like Rochas, Hunter Original, and Prada sent models down the runway sporting socks with heels and open-toed shoes. It’s an endearing alternative to the cold-weather uniform of tights or pants, especially when it seems like winter will never go away.
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FLATS / SLIDES
Comfort at its finest. The secret to making socks and slides chic is showing some skin, whether it’s a strip of flesh between the bottom of your pants and the top of your socks or a whole lotta leg under a mini. Ideally, the more relaxed you look, the better. An oversized cardigan or boyfriend jeans are our top coordinating picks.
An adventurous pairing that instantly dresses down any outfit (in the best, most carefree way possible). Choose a pair with thick platforms or none at all. It’s the straps that are making the statement here. Depending on the pattern of your sandals, printed socks are a bold, refreshing choice. Cuff them around your ankle and brush off all the girls stumbling around in their high heels next to you.
Here’s where the trend gets a little trickier. If you’re daring enough to pair socks with a peep-toe sandal or heel, make sure the fabric is lightweight. No one wants to turn the playful look into a fashion nightmare with an unsightly pouf of excess sock sticking out of your shoe. Men’s dress socks or lace ankle socks will be your best bet. Team them with a skater skirt or shift dress for a sophisticated evening look. Stick to these tips and you’ll turn the look from faux pas to fashionable in no time!
CLOSED-TOE / WEDGES
It’s a down-to-earth look that actually takes you a few inches off the ground. When choosing a sock, stick to the color scheme of your outfit, or go with a neutral that’s close to your skin tone. You don’t want your socks to be too bulky here, either, since the excess fabric would bunch up around the edges of the shoes. Perfect with a mini or denim cutoffs.
Essentially, any silhouette works, just choose your color palette. Go simple and match the color of your socks to your sandals, or get playful with polka dots and nude straps. Try the sporty trend with color-blocked socks and buckled heels. Or if you’re intimidated by the trend, take baby steps and go for neutrals.