Monday 18 December 2017

Shoes with socks?

Dress by Therapy at House of Fraser.
Dress by Therapy at House of Fraser.

Bairbre power

You may have cringed at the sight of your dad wearing his socks under his sandals on holidays, but little did we know that dear daddy would become a muse for many of the top fashion houses for 2009 and 2010. Top labels such as Galliano, Burberry, Dior, Chloé and Alexander Wang featured the sock-and-sandal look in their catwalk collections.

However, for a look considered typically preppy, Wang was the only one, in my opinion, who managed to keep his cool, edgy stamp with patent, black leather shoes and chunky knee-highs.

So what celebrities have already caught on to this craze? Well, fictional fashion darling Blair Waldorf has been known to channel this school-girl look, while the real deal Leighton Meester has also been known to take a few fashion risks on the red carpet, and was seen at a recent event rocking the new style statement.

Then we have your typical quirky dressers, such as Fearne Cotton, Chloë Sevigny and Agyness Deyn, who have all been attempting this look over the past year. Some even did so before the designers brought out their collections.

But how can you attempt this look without looking like a six-year-old girl? Think Carrie Bradshaw and Ugly Betty -- we hardly want to make Pippi Longstocking a style icon. Team with bare legs and go short; body-con dresses or cute skirt/top combos are perfect for a sexy evening look, while layering cardigans and shirts over or under dresses works well during the day.

Be selective in your sock style -- leave the grubby ones in the bottom of the drawer. Try Topshop, American Apparel, Wolford and Falke for the best varieties.

Why not sparkle like Christian Dior did and go for a glittery sock? I found cute gold ones for only €8.50 in Next. If you really don't like the look of the peep-toe sandals with socks, try pop socks as seen on the Chloé catwalk (but wait for warmer weather).

Or attempt the Wang look and toughen simple sandals with men's ribbed army socks ... you might not want to borrow your dad's, though.

A great way to ease yourself into the look is to match your socks to your sandals, then it's not too big a statement and very wearable. For the more daring, go for clashing and complementing colours.

There are so many choices: go hard with chunky socks; sweet and innocent with ankle socks; quirky and stylish with knee highs; or sassy and sexy with thigh highs.

Yes, the sock world is at your feet.


Courtney Smith

Irish Independent

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