In fashion, the “statement piece” is the item in your outfit that people notice first. You plan your whole look around it to make it really pop. It can be any item of clothing or accessory, but for women, it’s commonly a fun necklace or a dress, and for men it’s often a cool graphic T-shirt or bold shoes. Well, we’ve got a new take on the statement piece: statement socks.
Crazy novelty socks are perfect for helping make a fashion statement, because they’re inherently bold, bright and eye-catching. We sock fairies have spent a lot of time coming up with ensembles that make our socks the stars, and we’ve learned a few tricks over the years!
Here are three tips for styling your fun socks to make a major fashion statement!
1. The bolder the better.
Any statement look starts with that singular piece that you build the rest of your outfit around. When it comes to socks, we suggest you go as bold as possible. They’re way down on your feet, partially covered by shoes and often pants, so they’ve gotta work extra hard to get attention.
Choose sock styles with the brightest colors and wildest patterns you can find. A mismatched knee high pattern? Heck, yes! Neon green cartoon turtles? Mmhmm. Sassy pineapples on hot pink? Hot dogs on royal blue? Perfect. The bolder the better!
2. Keep your outfit simple.
Coco Chanel once said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” We’re talking about silly socks here, not haute couture, but the lesson still tracks! It’s all about simplicity.
If you want your socks to stand out, the rest of your look should fade away. Keep your clothing and other accessories neutral and simple so that your cool socks really pop. You can’t go wrong with earthy colors, jeans and wardrobe staples like classic T-shirts, sweaters and button downs.
Of course, there are days when it feels great to wear bright, eye-catching clothes all over, but keep in mind that no single item can stand out if they’re all equally bold.
3. Choose your shoes carefully.
If you’re a fan of quirky novelty socks, we’re guessing you’re probably also a fan of cool shoes. Our hard-working partners in foot fashion, shoes can really complement your socks and help them stand out even more!
As we’ve discussed here on our blog before, we love socks and sandals together. There are few better ways to show off your fun sock pattern than with sandals that reveal so much! We also love cool sneakers, either in neutral tones that let your socks really shine or bold, colorful patterns that help draw the eye down to the feet. Both can work, depending on your taste.
For a more formal look, we also adore crazy socks with dress loafers. That’s such a fun way to spice up your work attire or add a touch of thoughtful style to an evening hangout with friends. And as we get ready shift into fall, we must mention boots! Let a little color peek out between your nice autumn booties and cuffed jeans for a playful, textured look.