As Emily demonstrated in today's outfit post, there's a major trend happening right now involving socks worn with mules, loafers, heels, sneakers, sandals, and slides. The socks in question aren't mid-calf, they're not knee-high, and they're definitely not the below-the-ankle gym kind you wear to work out. They're thin, short styles hitting at just an inch or two above the ankle (or slightly higher, but effortlessly scrunched), that are made to be seen—and I am loving the look. They add a cool, prep-school or punk vibe to your look depending on the pair and how you style them. Below are some inspiration images I've been cataloguing for weeks (I screenshot any/everything that strikes my eye, which is partly why we started this new series!), as well as a few tips for trying out the trend.
Simple Tips to Follow for Styling Socks with Shoes:
1. The crazier the sock, the simpler the shoe. If you're going for a fishnet (which are their own micro-trend within the sock trend right now), a sparkly sock, a patterned sock, or a sheer sock, stick with a flat and/or neutral-colored shoe. If the shoe is going to have a heel, it should be an un-detailed and daytime-wearable style. For example, a brown or black leather, block-heeled, round or square-toed pump or ankle boot (see: top-right, bottom-left, and bottom-right above).
2. The converse to that rule is the crazier the shoe, the simpler the sock. If you've got a fun pair of furry slides, reach for a basic neutral pair of socks (gray, white, black, tan), and skip the pizzaz (see: bottom-center).
3. If you're going to do a sock with an open-toed sandal, the sandal should be flat or extremely low-heeled, and a clean, sleek style (i.e. nothing lace-up or too strappy)—middle-left above being the perfect example.
4. If you're doing a bolder sock like a fishnet, or an open-toed shoe (which is more daring than a closed-toe shoe), make sure that there's only a little bit of leg showing (top and middle-left, bottom right above).
5. If you are wearing a mini skirt + socks look, the shoes you pair with the outfit should be flat, like top-center above.
6. For a sporty sneaker look, a neutral sock is best—pairs with patterns don't work as well with the inherent casualness of the shoe as simple pairs in basic colors do (see photos middle-center and middle-right above).
7. For a below-the-ankle sneaker + sock look, a cropped trouser is a great pant to pick—the more formal style (versus, say, jeans), is a cool juxtaposition to the sporty shoe, while the cropped cut showcases the sock.
8. In general, the thinner the sock the better. This look isn't about warmth so skip the camping socks and go for streamlined pairs.
9. Though a higher-heeled shoe and sock can work, it's less versatile and effortless than mid to low/flat, as evidenced by all the photos above.
A pair of simple white-rib socks that I got at Urban Outfitters—I like that they work just as well peeking out of high-top tennis shoes as they would with a prim and proper pair of mid-height heels.
1. Ribbed Orange Metallic Sock ($8.50)
2. Rachel Comey Crew Socks in 'Silver' ($41)
3. Jonathan Aston Luminosity Socks ($9)
4. Crochet Lace Ankle Socks ($6)
5. Sheer Pink Striped Sock ($9)
6. Shimmer Dot Socks ($15)
7. Mesh Socks in Black with Polka Dots ($38)
8. Mesh Socks in Navy ($36)
9. Sheer Blue-Striped Socks ($9)
10. Fringed Black Socks ($40)
11. Blue Metallic-Striped Ankle Socks ($50)
12. Rachel Comey Gold Ribbed Crew ($41)
13. Sporty Ribbed Ankle Socks ($6)
14. Fishnet Socks ($5)
15. Rachel Comey Crew Socks in 'Blush' ($35)
16. Sheer Glitter Frill Sock ($8.50)
17. Shimmering Short Trouser Socks ($50)
18. Metallic Trim Mid-Calf Socks ($52)