Knock your socks off

They’re just some­thing you put on so that your shoes don’t rub, right? Not any more, says writer and stylist Lucy Walker.

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who would pay R900 for socks? Nine. Hun­dred. Rand. For a pair of socks? Well, the an­swer is 500 peo­ple in just one week, ac­cord­ing to the lux­ury shop­ping web­site NetA-porter. (In case you’re won­der­ing, the socks in ques­tion were by cult French brand Vete­ments). Of course, this is a crazy sum to spend on a func­tional ac­ces­sory, but state­ment socks are hav­ing a big mo­ment – and for many of us, they can be an af­ford­able en­try point into the world of de­signer brands, giv­ing us a lit­tle hit of Vete­ments, Gucci or Miu Miu, even if the rest of the out­fit is H&M, Zara or Mr Price.

When it comes to mak­ing fash­ion state­ments, I gen­er­ally pre­fer quiet lux­ury to loud lo­gos, quirky bags and at­ten­tion-grab­bing heels. Nev­er­the­less, I dipped a toe into the state­ment sock trend via coloured fish­nets (a big trend), and I liked how they made me feel a bit edgier.

En­cour­aged by that small step, I de­cided to go big with a Gucci pair in sporty white cot­ton. (If you don’t want to go de­signer, there are plenty of op­tions at Top­shop, Cot­ton On and Wool­worths among oth­ers).

What ini­tially struck me was the need to flip the way I thought about socks. In­stead of putting them on as an af­ter­thought, they sud­denly be­came the start­ing point for my en­tire out­fit. And that of­ten in­volved a process of trial and er­ror. I had planned to wear them with cropped trousers, for ex­am­ple, but I soon dis­cov­ered that the com­bi­na­tion of socks and cropped trousers made for a se­ri­ously leg-short­en­ing ef­fect.

Even­tu­ally, I set­tled on a smart shirt, which kept the look from ven­tur­ing too far into ath­leisure; a denim skirt, to show off the socks; heels, to elon­gate my legs; and a luxe bag in a bright colour, to tie the look to­gether. As I dis­cov­ered, state­ment socks re­ally are trans­for­ma­tive. With­out them, my out­fit would have been fairly con­ven­tional.

Sim­i­larly, you could team socks with a form-fit­ting dress, retro skirt and blouse or even a suit, which would in­stantly take a two-piece from the of­fice into cooler ter­ri­tory.

All in all, that’s a pretty small in­vest­ment for a whole new at­ti­tude. Un­less, of course, you were one of those 500 peo­ple who spent R900 on the Vete­ments ver­sion!

“State­ment socks re­ally are truly trans­for­ma­tive. With­out them, my out­fit would have been fairly con­ven­tional.”

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