Hate All Your Clothes? Meet the Cheapest Way to Instantly Reboot Your Look

We're talking less-than-a-tenner cheap.

We're talking less-than-a-tenner cheap.

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What's the best part of this Orley look? Is it the hair tuck? The pleated midi skirt that has two tones so it's different from all the other skirts-of-the-moment out there? Neither! It's the Fashion Sock, which is what we're going to talk about for the next few minutes because it is both practical and style-affirming, a rare combination indeed.

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First up: Pandora Sykes, a staunch proponent of the FS and its ankle-warming properties. Worn alone, these Topshop mid-heels are 50 percent buckles, 50 percent toe cleavage. With the burgundy knit socks underneath, they're 100 percent witchy.

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Another great combo from Pandora, who is doing a great service by providing close-ups of her feet. If the Lurex turtleneck is the hero of winter layering, the glitter sock is its hosiery equivalent: Pop into your local H&M for a lookalike silver pair or hit up ASOS for these contrast-band ones, which I just added to my cart. They're great for evening too.

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What did I tell you? Really into the idea of a super sheer, shimmery ankle sock to pair with my Armani couture shorts. But you could just wear them with jeans and heels in a coordinating color. P.S. These would be so good with pointed toes and a Saint Laurent-type minidress.

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Now onto work. Shake up the standard dress/blazer/heels equation by throwing in a sock in the same shade as your shoe. It's kind of like the girl version of getting caught with your stock-broker sock garters out, but cute because it's on purpose.

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PRADA! Marrying pretty and off-kilter is what the brand does best, and it's what you should do for *balance.* Bookish argyle knee-highs + satin platforms = heaven.

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Here, we've got the most utilitarian iteration of the FS, so much so that it's more of a Survival Sock. When it gets cold but you don't want to give up your short skirts (can't blame you), take one from Column A (the best black opaque tights tested by yours truly) and one from Column B (your sock drawer), and smush it all together. You could do some pre-scrunching to flatter your calf, but experience has shown that, sometimes, gravity makes the best stylist.

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