Fall fashion trend: socks appeal

Properly styled hosiery can be as impactful as a high-end shoe.

Fall and early winter, before the chill sets in, is my favorite time to max out style; this season offers endless opportunities forlayering, playing with textures, structure and volumes. Therunwaysare always overflowing with new ideas, but many are unachievable and unrealistic for real life. So I havecurated the trends that matterfor those of us that lead an active life on the move, prioritizing pragmatism, those of us needing fashion to work for us, not vice versa—otherwise why invest? Fall in love, go on, I dare you. There is plenty here to whisk you off your feet, or just keep them squarely on the ground. Follow along as I provide guidance on these trends, one by one, over the next several weeks. Previously, I've discussedathletic layering,getting political,practical bags,spice colors,plaids,hiking boots,oversized overcoats,hats, sorbets, andgraphic designs.Below, the eleventh trend:

Trend 11: Finishing Lines For The Feet

Hosiery is often overshadowed by more high visibility accessories such as bags and shoes, but this season—and for next coming summer—designers have revisited other lucrative ways to engage entry point audiences, notably in stretch nylon. Today, it’s not just the high-end shoe that warrants attention, but its quieter siblings around the ankles and legs. In this case, it’s more the styling than the product. The mishmash approach is the most fun and playful, and easily achieved without veering into eccentric grandma territory. Try breaking up the line between cropped pants or skirts and shoes with a standout surprise accent, much like you would add some sriracha to your entree. Stripes work for both socks and tights, but the rule is horizontal for socks only as they add width to the leg. Fishnet works when not paired with other obvious punk-y or vampy apparel; use it to break up tailoring or block colors. Another great styling trick is adding tone-on-tone fine gauge socks to evening shoes to wear them for day.

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