Okay all you knitters, crocheters, fashionistas, and recessionistas stretching your pedicures. The spring/summer 2010 runway word is out. Socks—yes, with sandals—are rockin’ the look this season.
According to everyone from The Daily Telegraph and The New York Times to Kelsi Smith’s wonderful blog Dedicated Follower of Fashion, it is no longer a major fashion faux pas—at least for this brief window in fickle fashion time—to put socks on under our sandals and wear them any way we like them. Pulled up on our calves. Scrunched down around our ankles. Knee-highs (“the new tights”) with vintage platforms. Lacy little things with strappy flats. Aiming for casual and slightly quirky (no problem). Wearing the look with confidence (no question).
Of course, there are detractors. “First of all, don’t even try this at home if you’re over 30,” advises The Telegraph. Hey, come on! What do you think, readers? I know some way-over-30s with great style (and that aforementioned confidence), who could pull this off without a thought.
And one fashion company creative director warned, “socks are not the sexiest thing on earth.” I know about 30 designers of knitted sock patterns who’d beg to differ:
So, feed back, people. Would you try the look? Even if you’re over 30? Are socks sexy? And honestly, don’t you think socks that are knitted or crocheted by hand—with all of their detailing and distinction—help make it all work?