How to wear socks and sandals: 3 Style Panel tips that prove this look is anything but frumpy

how to wear socks and sandals
how to wear socks and sandals

Without a doubt, the sock and sandal trend has been making waves via street style stars, instantly becoming sartorial eye candy for photographers standing outside the tents during Fashion Week Month. And judging from the Spring 2014 runways (Saint Laurent, Chanel and Miu Miu to name a few), it looks like socks and sandals (or heels in this case) were definitely on the minds of many designers. Although many would think this look could come across frumpy (socks and Birkenstocks, anyone?), with the right pieces, this look just screams high fashion. And besides the fact that it’s the ideal look to transition from season to season, you cannot deny socks and sandals also makes for the perfect cover up for those toes that aren’t quite ready to debut for sandal season. It’s definitely no easy task to master the art of this trend, but Style Panel is here to show us tips and tricks on how to wear socks and sandals for everyday.

The Pretty SecretsSandy Joe Karpetz is all about making sure her feet are the focal point of her outfit when it comes to playing with socks and sandals, while Barbara Ann Solomon of Barbara Ann’s Style Blog is not one to shy away from mixing with different colours for her ensemble. And if you’re still skeptical of pulling off the trend, Kayla Short of Short Presents shows us one full-proof trick on how to rock this look with confidence.

Question 106: How do you wear socks and sandals? Read the answers now! »


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Sandy Joe Karpetz, 25
Edmonton | The Pretty Secrets

When working the socks and sandals trend, I like to keep my feet as the focal point of the outfit. By pairing a subdued white sweater dress and black sandals with bright green socks, the pop of colour immediately draws the eye downwards to this fun trend.

Sandy’s wearing: Sweater, The Nowhere Fast. Socks, Vintage. Sandals, Zara. Purse, Liz Claiborne.

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Photography Trevor Negin

Barbara Ann Solomon, 25
Toronto | Barbara Ann’s Style Blog

My favourite way to pull off this look is by pairing ankle socks with a pair of peep-toed pumps. Keeping the socks in a bold colour allows for them to remain a focal point in the outfit. By dressing up, while still being playful with colours, this outfit looks less awkward than it feels.

Barbara’s wearing: Dress, Zara. Socks, Joe Fresh. Shoes, Pierre Hardy. Watch, Movado. Bracelet, Banana Republic. Earrings and bracelet, Nektar De Stagni.

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Kayla Short, 26
Halifax | Short Presents

When it comes to wearing socks and sandals I think the best way to avoid looking frumpy is to wear a sandal with height and straps. Whenever you wear a shoe with some height you make the outfit purposeful, which I think helps to prevent the look from entering frumptown. If it looks like you meant to do it then you make sure that people don’t think that you just ran out of your house with whatever was lying around. Wearing a silk skirt can’t do anything but help the situation, right?

Kayla’s wearing: Skirt, Thii. T-Shirt, Joe Fresh. Sunglasses, Joe Fresh. Sandals, Mudd. Bag, Forever 21. Necklace, Shop For Jayu.

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