I hate to be a constant reminder that summer is on its way out, but this does mean we can start bridging the gap between our summer and autumn wardrobes after a disappointing end to August.
Although it may be tempting to jump head first into hardcore winter trends, it just isn’t cold enough. During these style doldrums look to transitional pieces instead to warm up a late summer’s day without looking out of place. At the moment, my favourite fashion transformer is the humble sock.
Socks may not initially scream glamour, but cute ankle socks and knitted, ribbed school girl over the knees were a huge hit on the autumn/winter catwalks. From colourful cable knit knee highs at Prada, to prim grey ankle socks at Marc Jacobs and sheer striped hold ups at Marni, socks and shoes were a key look this season and are set to replace the reign of footless tights. Take the opportunity to experiment and try socks as the focal point of your look before temperatures put the trend to rest.
Going ankle, slouchy, knee high or above the knee is admittedly a Lolita-inspired look intended for the long and lean limbed, but this does mean you can push the trend to its limits. Pair OTKs with mini skirts, ankle socks with shorts and heels and slouch down knee highs to ruche at the ankles with anything. If you opt long go classic in grey, black, navy, cream, chunky, ribbed or cable knits. Be bolder with ankle socks, try contrasting colours to your shoes, sheer, ribbed (again) or luxurious printed devore.
Of course, we aren’t all nubile eighteen year olds blessed with perfect pins, and may feel a bit silly parading around in socks, but don’t let it put you off completely. Look to Prada where the grown up Mad Men trend showed knee high socks that met knee length skirts exposing just a slither of flesh. Or go for a statement sock under cropped trousers (looks great with those pesky peep toe boots from my previous post). Still not convinced? Forgo socks altogether and invest in ribbed tights – cosy, warm and on-trend without the dreaded sock lines…
Try Falke, Jonathon Aston, Tabio, Wolford, House of Holland for Pretty Polly, asos.com and also check out Kurt Geiger’s new range of socks which hit stores in October too.
Am quite loving the Prada look myself, if I decide to experiment I promise to post the results on this blog – good or bad!