Out of all the most overlooked fashion pieces on our list, socks have got to be our favorite. More often than not, people associate socks with sports, innerwear, utility, and comfort. While all of these words ring true when we talk about our comfy woolies, street style stars of the post-modern fashion era have found a new way to transform the seemingly uncanny socks with heels combo into an ultra cool and contemporary trend. Below, your ultimate style guide to ace the trend.
First Things First
Before we get to the how-tos, here's a rundown of things to remember before you start your game of mix-and-match.
Know the basics.
The sock vocabulary is one that requires a little review, but fret not–we’ve got you. If you're all new to this trend, take a quick look at some of the most basic sock types you can combine with heels, and where to get 'em for your next #shoefie.
They're soft, elastic, and versatile, so there’s no doubt why ribbed socks are the most comonly worn when we talk comfort. They fit well with sneakers, but make a better addition to any pair of heels with their cute colors and print variations.
Ribbed socks, P595, BERSHKA, SM Mega Fashion Hall
Sheer socks are the thinnest and most lightweight in the bunch, but don’t let the delicate appearance fool you. They’re pretty sturdy, and don’t tear as quickly as tights do. Grab a pair, match it with stilettos or heeled sandals, and you’re set to add a feminine touch to your whole look.
Sheer socks, P400, CITY LADY, Zalora.com.ph
Also known as fishnet socks, the mesh alternative is a sultry accessory that goes well with both casual and grungy street style. Pair ‘em with chunky platforms or heeled ankle boots for the perfect balance of street and sexy.
Mesh socks, P495, BERSHKA, SM AURA
Patterned or printed
Much like ribbed socks, patterned or printed socks are often made from soft and comfy material, like wool or cotton. If you’re looking for a way to add some quirk to an ordinary look, match a pair of these with court shoes or peep toe wedges for an instant, camp feel.
Striped socks, P245, ZARA, Greenbelt 5
Lacey or not, frill socks are the ultimate secret to adding a youthful and fresh accent to any serious, office outfit. Don the school girl trend by pairing them with Mary Janes and platform pumps, or match them with bright, heeled jellies for a more summery vibe.
Viscose-blend socks, P499, H&M, Robinsons Magnolia
Athletic logo socks with matching sneakers make a statement, sure. But why not take your shoe game to the next level and flexing your styling muscles by using them to sport the socks-with-heels combo? Wear them with joggers and strappy heels, and you’re all set.
Glitter crew socks, P700, ADIDAS, Uptown Mall BGC
Comfort is key.
Myth: All socks generate the same amount of ease and comfort. We hate to break it to you but truth is, not all socks are created equal. Some are too snug, thick, rough, and itchy, while others are just plain loose. Remember, the key to making the most out of this trend is to ensure that the fit and size of your socks are just right to avoid a minor wardrobe malfunction.
Don’t forget your whole look.
Mixing and matching socks with different types of heels may be all sorts of fun and entertaining, but the combinations you make should go well, or at least, complement your entire look. Instead of focusing on the socks and heels combo alone, look at the bigger picture and imagine how it would look with your whole outfit put together.
How to wear
Now that we’ve listed down the ABCs of sporting the socks with heels trend, it’s just about time that we spill the know-hows to get you going. Below, we give you some tips on how to rock different looks!
1. Go sophisticated with sheer.
To make your subtle look extra sophisticated, slip on a pair of plain or printed sheer socks that can go with almost any footwear color. Although they go best with neutral and muted tones, you can pair them with brighter and more daring hues to add a little drama to your whole outfit.
Tip: There are many types of sheer socks out in the wild (tulle, lace, dotted, and embellished among others), so the key here is to experiment to discover what works best for your preferences.
2. Play with pattern.
Looking for a way to break the monotony? Stand out from the crowd by throwing on some pattern party from head to toe. Simply complement your already-fun-and-quirky ensemble with a cheeky pair of patterned socks, and you’re good to go.
3. Make a statement.
Sometimes, all it takes is a pop of bold color to add statement to any outfit. Take your shoe game to the next level by combining a statement pair with socks that are just as flashy, and you’ll easily transform your mundane look into something that’s more.
4. Show some skin.
Yup, you can wear socks with heels and look sexy too. Here, the trick is to make your legs look slimmer by showing some skin and creating zero color contrast. To achieve the look, opt for ankle length fishnet socks and match them with dark colored stilettos or strappy, heeled sandals.
5. Spice it up with a little bit of sparkle.
If you think that sparkly outfits are reserved for nights out and parties, then you’ve got it all wrong. Glittered pieces (socks included!) are a great addition to any attire and in fact, you can wear them even on the most casual of days.
6. Adopt the athleisure trend.
The athleisure hype has been around for a few years now and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. To get on this trend, grab a pair of logo-laden socks from your favorite brand and combine it with your heels of choice. Make sure to match your socks and heels combo with cozy pieces such as hoodies or sweatshirts to complete the whole “athletic” look.
7. Get flashy with bold colors.
For days that need extra brightening, elevate your socks and heels combo by going all out with color. You can also match your socks with statement accessories like boxy purses or bold colored bags (or your hair!) for that added oomph.
8. Match your socks with statement heels.
Truth be told, there’s no cuter way to sport the trend than to wear printed socks with an equally eye-catching heel. Match 'em with cute mini dresses or slip skirts to put the spotlight on your tootsies.