Socks and Sandals – Say What?!

Sometimes there’s a fashion trend that makes us shout  ‘say what?!’ and other such disbelieving words. Socks and sandals is one of those. BUT…it’s actually brilliant.

Trust us. Socks and sandals is NOT a fashion faux pas. It’s been in and out of fashion for a few years now – the uber-cool have long-embaced it. Check out Fearne Cotton and Alexa Chung in their socks and sandals combos over the years.

Fearne Cotton Alexa Chung socks sandalsIf it’s good enough for Florence Welch and Chloe Sevingy – two top fashionistas – then it’s good enough for us.

Florence and Chloe Sevigny socks and sandalsHowever, there are rules for this trend that you MUST obey. We are not advocating Birkenstocks with socks here. We’re not suggesting you grab the nearest white socks and a pair of good-old Jesus sandals and turn in to 1970s man, okay?

What we are suggesting is you wear socks and sandals together in an uber-cool fashion forward way. And here’s how.

Sandals must be chunky. Platforms, flatforms, block heels. No strappy sandals need apply, got it? If you’re wearing floral print or patterned sandals, then keep your socks simple – try complementary pastels or brights with your shoes. Little ruffles and trims add a cute Harajuku Girl style touch.

socks and sandals for summer one

l-r, from top to bottom: Navy floral heels, £27.99, ruffle frill mint socks, £2.99, both New Look, yellow socks, £2.99, GAP, tropical print platforms, £24.99, H&M, tropical platforms, £22.99, New Look, pastel socks, £3.99, GAP

Contrast is key to this look – a pretty print deserves to be shown off, so keep your socks plain. This socks and sandals look works brillantly with shorts, and even more so with this season’s full midi skirts – it adds and edge to the look.

socks and sandals sumer two

Liberty print Hush Puppies, £55, Schuh, ankle socks, £8 for 3, BHS, bright Hawaiian print platforms, £44.99, New Look, five pack socks, £5.99, H&M

If your sandals are a plain colour, add a contrasting sock, or a bold, bright pattern if you’re brave enough! Or maybe a muted polka dot sock with a natural sandal is your style? Sheer socks can look fantastic with bright coloured sandals.

sandals and socks summer three

l-r, top to bottom: Brown wooden heeled sandals, £50, Schuh, polka dot socks, £4.50, White Stuff, white cork sole platforms, £55, RJR John Rocha @ Debenhams, flamingo and pink socks, £4.99 for three, H&M, ice-cream sundae socks, £1.99, wooden platforms, £tbc, both New Look

Black sandals? Add a patterned sock in monochrome, or a fun print.

socks and sandals four

l-r, from top to bottom: Black flatform sandals, £34.99, check frilled socks, £2.99, both New Look, fast food socks, £3.99,black wooden heel platforms, £24.99, both H&M, pale pink wedge heels, £19.99, H&M, Argyle style socks, £4, GAP, peach ribbed ruffle trim socks, £2.99, New Look, coral and white sandals, £115, French Connection

So, there you are, our easy guide to wearing socks and sandals and looking like Chloe Sevigny and not a dad at the beach in 1975. Sorted.