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Socks with Heels

The fashion faux pas is now a hot fashion trend, but proceed with caution.

By Kristin Larson Sep 3, 2010 3:12AM

Marc Jacobs Fall 2010; Courtesy of Getty ImagesSometimes, there's a fashion trend that seems so wrong but everyone is doing it so you suddenly start questioning whether you should try it too.

I'm talking about socks with sandals, shoes or heels—I mean socks on bare legs so you can see them, as shown here at the Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 fashion show in New York.

The model looks cool and chic. Now imagine someone twice her age wearing the same look. Not the same effect.

I realize this socks and shoes trend is everywhere (from J.Crew to Loft), so it might seem tempting. I mean, retailers and designers create clothes and outfits that are intended to make us look better? Right? Not always.

I am not saying I don't like this look, but what I am saying is that it's really tricky to pull off without looking like a wanna-be trendy young thing.

So, here are five reasons you should not sport socks with your sandals or heels:

1) You lived through this trend the first time.

2) Your ankles and calves are on the chunky side.

3) The last thing you are is trendy. Your style is more conservative and classic a la Talbots or Ralph Lauren.

4) You hate your legs. Socks will draw lots of attention to them.

5) You have fat feet. If you put socks on, your feet will look that much fatter and your shoes might not even fit.

If the socks trend is not for you, don't fret. There are so many other ways to look fashionable and current—like bold fabulous jewelry (love the Art Deco-inspired necklaces and bracelets at Banana Republic right now), lace (try a blouse or a dress), faux fur or real fur, booties or animal-print anything. Pick your fave. It's all about creating your own style and what works for you. Some trends are just so silly, you just have to ignore them.

Tell me, what do you think about socks with shoes?

 

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69Comments
Sep 6, 2010 3:53AM
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Let's bring back the fanny pack while we're at itSick
Sep 6, 2010 3:46AM
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 this was bad the first time. why bring it back.. it is right up there with leg warmers.
Sep 6, 2010 3:38AM
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Socks with heels (or sandals) are just plain tacky.Don't tell anyone
Sep 6, 2010 2:38AM
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Been there, done that.  Too old to do it again Open-mouthed
Sep 6, 2010 1:42AM
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I used to wear socks with heels, I had a pair of cute polka dot socks I would wear with patent platform pumps...but that was in the 80s...some girls can, and some shouldn't.

Sep 6, 2010 1:04AM
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In my opinion the problem with fashion is that too few of the designers are attracted to women.  They design for manikins, not women.
Sep 6, 2010 12:41AM
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I DETEST bare legs with heels---it looks cheap and trashy--how did that get to be fashionable?

 

But SOCKS with heels?! ---oh good grief!!  I would say what is WRONG with fashion designers?----but then, I started watching TV--and I KNOW what's wrong with them. 

SO  folks,  quit being robots and wear what looks good.  If you saw it on someone on the off-street and went "EEWWWWW"----well it's EEWWWWW on the runway, too!

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