Heels with Socks: A Stylish Combination for Trendsetters

Is this the key to transitional dressing? We’re delving into the socks and heels trend that’s everywhere rn.

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Heels with socks may sound unconventional, but it’s a trending fashion statement. From knit socks with pumps to color-blocked heels, there are numerous stylish ways to rock this trend.

This year has truly been the year where fashion trends have challenged what counts as stylish. Claw clips are a fashionable accessory again, chunky (dad) sneakers are in, and even glasses chains are trending! So it’s not surprising these are trending — together.

I know that wearing socks with anything other than boots and sneakers (and perhaps the odd time when you slide on your Birkenstocks to get the mail) seems like a fashion choice that only a dad would willingly sport, but maybe dads are on to something! I mean, seriously, I’m starting to think I should start copying my dad’s wardrobe.

Fall is slowly creeping in, so this trend actually comes to us at the perfect time. What better way to continue wearing summer sandals and heels than pair them with socks? Not to mention that socks make breaking into new shoes much easier.

Still not convinced? Allow me to walk you through some of the ways you can style these trend, from low-key, to statement.

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6 Types of Socks for Your Heels

1. The Basics

The most important thing to note with this trend is that not every sandal or heel will work with socks.

Since socks add width to your foot, a mule, for instance, might not fit with a sock. A strappy shoe might restrict the sock or pinch your socked foot in an unflattering way.

It comes down to trial and error since some mules actually look fabulous with socks, and some strappy sandals offer enough room for the sock to look chic. Based on my research, a basic pump or ankle strap variation is the best shoe to wear with a sock.

2. Heels with Fishnet Socks

This is the perfect way to ease into this bold trend. Fishnet socks give a little bit of edge but are much more subtle than tube socks.

Style a pair of fishnet socks with your favorite loafers for a look that is both campus-chic and comfortable. Or, opt for a pair of heels with your fishnet for a glam look.

3. Monochromatic Heels with Socks

Another way to wear this trend is to match your socks to your heels!

Depending on your color scheme, this method could be a bold way to make a statement, as model Doina Ciobanu does with her all-pink outfit above.

Or, for a more subtle look, pair a black heel with a black sock (or a white heel with a white sock!). That way, it looks more like a sock boot than a heel with a sock.

4. Sheer, a la Cher

Sporting a pair of sheer socks with heels is definitely something a modern-day Cher (from Clueless) would do, and that is exactly the kind of 90’s fashion inspiration we all need in our back-to-school wardrobe!

Cher always went the monochromatic route and matched her sheer socks to her shoes, but opposites do attract! Contrasting a pair of white heels with a sheer black sock looks very chic, as model Doina Ciobanu proves above.

6. Socks and Tights

Like the monochromatic combination, this styling method depends heavily on the color scheme you choose to go with! In the photo above, stylist Emili Sindlev pairs yellow pumps with abstract tights for a fun and quirky look.

However, if you want to wear a more subtle version of this look, matching tights to your pumps looks seamless and chic.

7. The Tube Socks

This is definitely on the bolder side of the trend! Wearing tube socks and heels is a polarizing fashion issue – you either love it or you hate it. I personally think it can look amazing with the right shoe.

It’s definitely a preppier look, so playing that aspect up with a skirt and blouse will make the these combination look put-together.

Another great way to wear it would be to take another cue from Clueless and play up the 90’s appeal with a plaid set or a layered camisole!

Tips on How to Style Socks with Heels

  • Socks and heels can be a versatile combination, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different sock and heel styles. Try different kinds of socks to create unique looks that suit your style.
  • Consider the occasion and dress code when choosing socks and heels. You can opt for playful patterns or colorful socks for casual or everyday wear. Choose neutral or sheer socks that blend well with your heels and outfit for more formal events.
  • Consider the length of your socks in relation to your heels and the hemline of your outfit. If you wear a shorter skirt or dress, ankle socks can create a balanced and trendy look. With longer skirts or pants, knee-high socks can add a chic and sophisticated touch.
  • Use socks as an accessory to complement or contrast your outfit and heels. You can match your socks to a color in your outfit or choose a contrasting color that adds interest. Be mindful of color combinations to ensure they harmonize well together.
  • Ensure your socks fit well and don’t bunch up inside the shoes. Ill-fitting socks can cause discomfort and create an uneven surface, affecting overall comfort while wearing heels.
  • Before wearing socks and heels for a long period, try walking around your home to ensure they are comfortable and don’t cause any rubbing or irritation. This will help you identify any potential issues and make adjustments if needed.

Ultimately, wearing socks and heels is a fashion statement, so wear them confidently. Embrace your unique style, experiment with different combinations, and proudly rock your socks and heels.

Remember, everyone’s comfort and style preferences can vary, so feel free to adapt these tips based on your personal needs and preferences.

I want to hear from you!

What are your thoughts on this trend? Will you be wearing socks with your heels this fall? Which method is your favorite? Let’s chat about it below.

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