Socks and sandals. God no? Surely I am not the only person who firstly thinks of Jesus and then secondly middle-aged golfer types? Okay, so I know it’s not quite like that but can socks and sandals really ever be on trend? Well, according to the world of fashion, they are the coolest look of summer 2013 and with a little bit of patience (and a few tips from the internet) I am fully on my way to loving this look.
A (very) large part of me wants to hate this look because by definition it should be hideous (and, let me reiterate, Jesus does always spring to mind on hearing the two ‘s’ words) but done properly it does really work. So, so that you don’t make the same mistake as SJP (see here) and to prove that I am almost 100% convinced, here are some tips on how to rock the socks and sandals look without looking like a disciple…
- Frilly socks best with most shoes because the detailing it at the top and therefore will show above trainers, brogues etc. Be aware tough; the more delicate the shoe is, the more sock will be on show so be sure on your choice of colour.
- Short ankle socks work best on thinner, longer legs.
- White lace will give any outfit a girly edge – best with strappy heels but also works great with brogues and a dress!
- Longer, thinner socks bunched at the ankle will create the illusion of longer, thinner legs but also work best in neutral colours.
- Choose the right sock with the right sandal. Not all sock and sandal combinations will work so experiment with different colours and styles. If in doubt, choose some neutral heels and add socks of a similar colour (if these are nude they will also make your legs look longer!)
- Colours and patterns can work but it’s tricky to get right (heads up SJP). If you want to play with colour, but you’re not sure how, try blocking two bold colours. For example, lime/neon green socks work well with a pale grey shoes or for a bold look try a blue/red combination (think GCSE art at which colours work together).
- Most of all though, socks are fun so don’t worry too much
I am hooked on fishnet socks and my Dr Martens at the moment but as soon as we have a little bit more sunshine, I will be saying hello to some frilly numbers and bye bye Jesus connotations.
Best socks: Topshop, ASOS, eBay.
Oh, and check out Jenessa’s brilliant ‘How To’ on frilly socks here!