Category Archives: legwear

Here’s the deal with: socks

                  image from Nordstrom
Now that we’ve got the whole tights thing down, it’s time to examine that often scary abyss known as the sock drawer. Sure, you should have your cozy ones to slip on under boots, but there should also be an ample supply of nice-looking socks you wouldn’t mind flaunting in public.
Here are some general rules to follow when it comes to socks:
          image from Net-A-Porter                                                    image from Kohl’s
Always opt for a very thin trouser style. This way, they won’t bunch up where the sock meets the shoe. Textures can spice things up, so feel free to experiment with ribbed patterns, dots, or even a subtle lace as long as there’s not too much of a color contrast. But don’t go too crazy, as you don’t want your socks to be the focal point of your outfit. The thinner the better, so sheer, tight-like material (a.k.a. knee-highs) will also work. Or seek out ones made from microfiber, as these will stay put when pulled up.
              image from Bare Necessities
Whenever possible, socks should match the color of your pants. This will work to make your legs look longer and allow the socks to blend in with the overall ensemble. They can either be the same color, or in the same family. (For example, it’s okay to pair a black pant with a charcoal grey sock, or a light camel trouser with a cream sock.)

Stick with closed toes and heels when wearing socks. This means no peep-toe or sling-back. An open toe can look okay with tights, but with socks, it’s a bit too trendy.

-Above all else,  never go with white, thick, or anything too boldly colored. I repeat, you don’t want your socks to stand out on their own. They should remain a mere complement to your overall fabulous look.

Some good brands to check out: SPANX, Wolford, Goldtoe, and Apt. 9.

It’s tights time…

Bare leg weather is finally wrapping up, which means it’s time to bust out the tights. I’m quite excited for tights this season, as there are a ton of fun styles to choose from.

Tights obviously affect the overall look of your ensemble, so be conscious of what colors are going to work with your wardrobe. Black is a sure bet (unless your outfit is brown), and grey acts an amazing neutral too. Don’t pick a bold hue or pattern when other components of your ensemble stand out. For example, if you’re donning a vibrant printed dress, let that hold the spotlight and keep your legs more muted. Conversely, if you’re rocking a calm black dress, opt for jazzy lace or funky dots on the legs.

Some brands to seek out: SPANX reversible tights, HUE, (both very opaque), Worthington (inexpensive yet long-lasting), DKNY, and Anthropologie.

Jump on over to The Three Tomatoes to check out my latest article on the big legwear trends of the season.

And I may sound like a broken record, but be sure to stock up on basic opaque black, as these will never let you down (and will always be in style).

 

Images courtesy of Bare Necessities and DKNY