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Socks… with heels?! 5 sock trends and how to pull them off

Try these sock trends as the weather cools down.

Now that sandal season has officially come to a close, many of us find ourselves in a fashion conundrum. What should we pair with different shoes? How do we make the best outfit choices, especially when it comes to socks?

Style & Fashion Contributor Casey Matheny shares how to purposefully wear socks, and pull off five different sock trends.

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How to Rock 5 Sock Trends This Fall

The idea of using socks as a fashion statement may seem shocking to some. Socks, after all, have traditionally been relegated to the background as functional items. But, according to Casey, it’s time to change our perception. Socks can be the secret ingredient that transforms your outfit from ordinary to extraordinary.

Socks as Accessories: A New Perspective

Casey believes that it’s time to treat socks as you would jewelry. Just as you choose different colors, textures, and sizes of jewelry to enhance your look, socks can serve the same purpose. They don’t have to be an afterthought. Socks can make a bold statement and add a unique touch to your ensemble.

The Role of Socks When They Don’t Show

There are times when your socks will remain hidden, especially when wearing closed shoes. During these instances, Casey suggests treating socks as functional undergarments. Opt for black socks that match your pants, as it helps maintain a streamlined look. After all, their primary function here is to keep your feet warm and comfortable.

Socks and Heels: A Creative Combo

One of the more surprising trends is pairing socks with heels. What was once considered a fashion faux pas is now a stylish statement. The combination of socks and heels can bring creativity and character to your outfit. According to Casey, it can make your look slightly more casual but incredibly creative.

When rocking this trend, ensure that your socks and shoes steal the spotlight. Keep the rest of your outfit simple, allowing your socks and heels to shine. The goal is to have a statement sock-and-shoe combo without any elements competing for attention.

Loafers and Socks: A Cozy Combination

As winter approaches, many of us still want to wear our beloved loafers while keeping our toes toasty. Loafers and socks are a match made in comfort heaven. When styling this duo, consider the sleekness of your loafers. For chunkier loafers, go for socks with fun patterns, while slim loafers pair best with simple white socks.

When it comes to the length of your pants, Casey advises making sure the sock goes under the pants, avoiding any exposed skin. This not only keeps you warm but also creates the illusion of longer, streamlined legs.

Boots and Socks: A Practical Pairing

Pairing socks with boots is likely the most straightforward trend on our list. It’s practical, especially as we move into colder months. Pants like leggings or skinny jeans work well with this trend, as they allow your socks to go up and over the pants. However, for wider leg pants, tucking your socks under the pants can create a seamless look, making your legs appear longer.

Socks with Clogs: The Casual Choice

Clogs have been making a comeback, and Casey is here for it. These casual shoes pair well with socks but require a simple and understated approach. Stick to neutral socks like whites or creams, in various materials such as wool or cotton. The focus here is to keep the look relaxed and easy-going.

Whether you’re ready to embrace socks as a fashion statement or take a more conservative approach, there are plenty of options to explore. Socks are no longer mere necessities; they’ve evolved into versatile fashion accessories that can elevate your style game.

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