Saturday, 30 October 2010


If you haven't already, there is no better time than the present to rummage amongst your sock drawer and pull out your favourite pair. Whether the idea thrills you or sends a shiver down your spine; it is time to pull your socks up and embrace the socks-and-shoes trend.

A key feature in the Spring/Summer 2010 catwalks, ankle-socks and knee-highs are keeping a grip of ankles for the cold winter months too. If you're doubtful, look no further than fashion favourites Alexa Chung, Fearne Cotton, and Florence Welch to learn how to effortlessy carry off the look.

If, unlike Alexa and co., you are not blessed with never-ending pins, you can ensure your legs don’t look shortened further by sticking to mid-calf socks and finer fabrics that don't bunch too much at the ankles. On the other hand (or foot; in this case), a low-sitting ankle sock will also ensure your legs look long and lean.

Six socks tips:
  • Use a pair of socks to inject a pop of colour in your outfit.
  • Team ankle or mid-calf socks with boy-ish brogues and lace-up oxfords for a feminine twist and geek-chic look. 
  • Team cosy wool knit socks with lace-up winter boots for an ultimate autumn country look.
  • Bring a pair of brown wedges or summer clogs up-to-date by teaming them with grey socks. As a general rule: pair marl grey with lighter browns/tans, and charcoal grey with dark/chocolate browns.
  • Take inspiration from Dior and pair sparkly ankle socks with heels for instant night-time glamour.
  • If you don't fancy braving the icy weather, wear your socks over the bottom of casual, tapered trousers.

Who rocks the socks?:

Topshop - basics, from £3; fancy, £6-£7; over-the-knee, £6 (0845 121 4519; )

Jonathan Aston - plain cotton, from £3.50 (0127 723 201; )

Falke - wool/cotton, from £8 pair ( )

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