It used to be considered embarrassing to be seen with someone who wears socks under their sandals. Lately, though, it seems that this once fashion faux pas is no longer. Many celebrities have been spotted wearing socks with their heels, sandals, and loafers. So much so that socks have become the new hot accessory of the season, even beating out bags and jewelry as the detail that matters most.
Designers this season have focused on embellishing socks with everything from velvet ribbons to sequins to expensive crystals. Miuccia Prada’s latest resort collection had nearly all of the models walking down the runway with knee-high printed socks and heels. Fendi, Nicholas Kirkwood, and other shoe brands are even selling socks with their heels for an all-in-one easy fashionable combination.
70’s and 80’s style disco socks threaded with glitter fabric, originally made popular by Madonna, were another big hit on the latest runways. Models like Gigi Hadid wore these on the runways of Gucci and Isabel Marant this season. These sparkly socks have also been spotted on the feet of Suki Waterhouse and Beyoncé. Asos reported that it sold nearly 15,000 pairs of glitter socks this season, which is a 60% increase from the previous year’s sales.
Wearing socks with sandals is now a mainstream fashion hit. Semi-sheer socks were donned with gold Jimmy Choo sandals on the red carpet at Cannes by Kylie Jenner, and Sienna Miller was recently spotted wearing slouchy knitted gray socks along with a pair of loafers. These statement socks available in sparkly, ruffled, or embellished fabrics are likely to be a defining accessory worn at many holiday parties this season.
This season’s sock trend can be traced back to the very popular sock boots designed in past seasons by Stuart Weitzman and Yeezy. These boots are intended to look as though you are wearing long, stretchy socks. They are a favorite of celebrities like Hailey Baldwin, Kendall Jenner, and Beyoncé, who have worn this trend for several seasons.
This high-low fashion trend has been worn by celebrities at NBA games and Polo Classics to glamorous red-carpet events. The sock boot’s appeal is that its fitted style hugs ankles and slims the figure. They are also available in a variety of colors and styles, making them easy to walk in with lower or chunkier heels. Kylie Jenner even prefers wearing her nude-toned sock boots with fishnet ankle socks for a look that combines both last season and this season’s sock trends.
Recently, celebrity songstress Rihanna posted an image to her Instagram of her wearing a pair of elegant socks embellished with crystal interlocking Gucci logos along with her pointed white mules. The socks, pictured below, are an astounding $1,340 and part of this new embellished sock trend. Reactions flowed in from her over 60 million Instagram followers, with many praising her fashionable look.
By combining white heels with a pair of embellished white socks, Rihanna is reinventing this trend. The look elongates her legs and gains the essence of the sock boot in a new, fresh way. While the average person cannot afford to spend over a thousand dollars on socks, there are many ways this new sock trend can be incorporated into everyday style.
Rather than shelling out thousands of dollars for designer embellished socks, consider purchasing a pair of premium cotton socks instead. Look for socks like ours made of luxuriously soft Turkish cotton that will last you many seasons. These socks can be paired with metallic heels for an on-trend style or embellished yourself for a more glamorous celebrity look.
Visit your local fabric or crafts store to get inspiration for your DIY embellished sock project. Shop for items like ribbon, rhinestones, crystals, beads, or sequins, and pick up glue, thread, and sewing needles to affix them onto your socks.
Assemble your materials in an organized workspace and begin drawing out your design onto the socks. Do not glue or sew anything until the entire design is laid out. If you are looking to embody Rihanna, consider placing your initials in crystals along the socks in a style inspired by her Gucci socks.
Dip tweezers in a drop of glue to carefully place crystals along the socks, and make sure you wait 1-2 hours to let the glue dry before wearing your newly embellished socks. After your socks dry, you are ready to rock this season’s hot accessory with a pair of heels just like your favorite celebrity.