The faux pas of socks and sandals or socks and shoes is a total thing of the past. For years now, we’ve been combining them to create quirky, nostalgic and altogether practical ensembles. But how can it be done right? Unfortunately, it’s a tricky enough trend that sometimes it can still go wrong or not look quite right.
We’re looking to the designers who created exits featuring socks and shoes for autumn/winter 2014-15, so we can get it right and on-trend. At Band of Outsiders, black brogues were paired with medium denier black socks, which were kept at their full height for a clean look. This offers an almost geeky aesthetic, which we adore. But if you paired this with, say, high-waisted denim shorts, it would look all kinds of wrong. Instead, they were teamed with a ruffled skirt that fell just short of the sock length.
For something different, how about the casual approach at Emporio Armani? Black patent shoes were matched with thick, grey socks effortlessly pulled on, while the rest of the outfit was loose and lovely – think baggy tops, oversized shorts and trench coats.
At John Rocha, there was a juxtaposition between floral, feminine midi dresses and an almost pirate-esque pairing of socks and shoes. The shoe buckles looked strong, and the outfit would have been totally incomplete without the black socks. It also worked well with oversized fur coats.
Have you been inspired to try out a socks and shoes combo this season?