So you want to try some socks with your shoes to show them off a bit, I got you! You may also be struggling to figure out which socks to wear with your jeans when you show a bit of skin between the shoe and the hem of your pants.
The sock situation has totally transformed for 2022 and 2023. It used to be all about the no-show sock. God forbid your sock showed at all, GASP. But along with all the Millennial style changes happening, socks are one of them.
What Socks To Wear With Your Shoes
The Best Socks When You Don’t Want Them To Show
Let’s start with the basic no-show sock. Because yes, for many of our shoes we don’t want our socks to show. This still rings true for me with a lot of shoes in my closet. While the sock and shoe trend is a thing, it’s not mandatory, and it’s not for everyone. And it’s not for every style of shoe either.
The best no-show sock I have found that doesn’t budge and covers just enough, but not too much, are these from Amazon. Love them so much. I even wear them with my loafers and they’re great. Also, wear them with my Converse.
What Socks To Wear With Dad Sneakers
I’ll never forget the day I was on a walk with a friend around a popular park here in Atlanta. I was in all my old workout clothes because my good stuff was in the hamper. So I already felt not cute.
We walked past a girl on a total Rich Mom Walk wearing leggings, a crop top, dad sneakers with scrunched white socks and a fanny pack slung across her chest. She was also rocking a sleek bun and cool shades.
I turned to my friend and was like “I have never felt older and more uncool than I do now”. That afternoon I added a few new things to my closet like Dad sneakers, more biker shorts and a few more oversized crop tees. And of course, some white crew socks to scrunch down with my sneakers!
So yes, if you want to do the legging or biker short trend with socks, that is exactly how to do it! The sock should go over the leggings but still be scrunched. And you can wear them with your biker shorts too.I feel like you have to do a chunkier sneaker.
This is not to be done with a Converse, a Ked, or your go-to Nike running shoe. You gotta match the vibe. Below are my favorite chunky dad sneakers and the socks to go with them. You can even do this type of white sock with the Birkenstock Boston clog trend too.
What Socks To Wear With Loafers
The trend right now is a white crew sock scrunched down with a black loafer. But I have to be honest here, this feels so awful when I try it. I support the move on others and just love the vibe so much. It’s giving me private school uniforms but cooler, you know?
I saw my friend Camille of Charmed by Camille do a black loafer with a black sock and I texted her immediately saying “THANK YOU”. I didn’t think to do this and I just loved the more clean line look of it. It felt a bit more polished, and albeit a bit less trendy, but still felt cool.
There are also some cool fun socks you can pair to add something more interesting. Maybe a little ruffle, or lettuce hem style could be fun too.
And if you don’t want your socks to show at all, hi that’s me most of the time, I love these no-show socks from Amazon. I wear black ones so that if a bit does show, no one really knows the difference.
What Socks To Wear With Chelsea Boots
Whether you’re pairing your Chelsea boot with a skinny jean or a straight wider leg option, I really love a peep of a sock. I like to do this when it’s really cold out and I don’t want my ankles to get cold.
For me, it’s either show all the skin, or show none. If you choose a sock, match it to your outfit and add a bit of color or print. I’d avoid your white socks and instead lean into your color palette.
Doing a brown Chelsea boot with denim? Try a burgundy printed sock, or a navy one. Doing a black outfit, try printed black socks or dark grey ones. Search for trouser socks, these will go higher up on your leg than a crew sock.
What Socks To Wear With Heels
So this may not be a trend I would choose for myself, but it is so different and playful. I love when people are bold and fun with their fashion and rock the shit out of this. Blair Edie is the master of this one. A fun printed sheer sock with a little ruffle or lettuce hem is all you need!
Socks To Wear With High Tops and Dr Martens
If you’re wearing any sort of high-top sneaker or Dr. Martens where it goes up a bit higher on your leg, you can do one of two things. Hide your socks and wear whatever you like that’s comfortable and doesn’t show.
But I really love when you see a little sock with high tops too. Again, play with your outfit color palette here! It’s also about proportions here. You don’t want to see tons of sock. Just a little sliver is all you need!
Cute Outfits With Socks
Socks With Loafers Outfit
This is such a classic look for pairing a skirt or dress with loafers and socks. But you can also do this with straight leg jeans that might be a bit cropped. Just add a sock!
Socks With Straight Leg Denim
If you’re wearing straight leg denim and your shoe allows some skin to show, you can totally wear a sock! This is great for cooler weather to stay warm. Here are two perfect examples when wearing a sneaker or a trendy loafer or heel.
And no, you don’t have to do a white sock. I know the contrast is a bit jarring. But you can totally do a printed sock and something that coordinates with your look. If I was doing a brown boot with denim, I’d try something in an earthy tone.
Socks With Dad Sneakers
This trend doesn’t have to just be for your daily walks or lazy Sunday brunch with friends. You can totally add third pieces like an oversized blazer and trench to make it a full outfit. Wear this out to feel more put together or if you’re on a travel day. This may be my new travel outfit as it’s comfy and put together.
Socks With Clogs
Yes, you can totally wear a sock with your Birkenstock Boston clogs, or your classic wooden clogs. Lean into the slightly granola aspect of this shoe trend with a chunky wool sock. Think cozy vibes! And always coordinate it with your outfit so it looks intentional and not like you slipped on your shoes to head out to the store to grab milk.
My one tip here, is I find a leather or suede high heeled clog to feel a little more nice and dressy and feel like it can do without the sock. But a more flat clog, I think works well.