Unless you're a sock aficionado, you probably buy socks out of necessity and not for fun—you're likely to buy a six-pack of socks and call it a day. We're here to convince you that you'll find joy in sock shopping if you opt to invest in eye-catching designs or quote-unquote "fashion pairs" in addition to your more practical options. More good news: We found the perfect mix of socks that check off every category on that list. Going forward, think of socks as an extension of your personality or style—and choose a pair that's slightly out of the box, if you dare.
You've always wanted to try fishnet tights, but can't make the jump just yet. Ease yourself in with a pair of fishnet socks. They're subtle enough to wear with your everyday sneakers, but just as statement-worthy thanks to the punchy Prada logo on top.
In a foul mood? Feeling cheeky? These socks printed with the words "Mother F*cker" will express your real feelings without any verbal cues. The rainbow stripes give it a playful vibe, so it won't offend but instead draw laughs from your colleagues.
You might not be able to splurge on a Dior dress just yet (one day!), so opt for a pair of the fashion house's designer socks instead. It's a small way to give your ensemble that fashion-girl style boost.
You're wearing your black pumps for what feels like the hundredth time. Add a little intrigue to your holiday outfit by pairing your shoes with these Italian tulle socks. The black seam on the back adds a minimalist detail and the slouchy shape gives the sock a cool, effortless look.
I can't tell you how many times I've stolen my boyfriend's polka dot socks to wear with my white sneakers and jeans. Maybe it's finally time to get a pair of my own (which would fit better, too). I'm eyeing this classic black-and-white one from Dolce & Gabbana, so, bae, if you're reading this...you know what to do.
Maria La Rosa proves that socks don't have to be boring. This pair is made from a silk blend and laminated with vibrant holographic foil, so it shines with each step you take. Rock with low-tops in the winter to show off the unique detail. In the spring, pair with your favorite pair of sandals.
Wear these knee-high socks rolled up all the way for a preppy vibe. To make them feel less Catholic school uniform and more runway, style with loafers or sneakers and a leather minidress like this one from Ganni.
Velour tracksuits not your thing? How about velour socks? (They're definitely more fashionable.) Ditch your basic white socks for this two-toned pair. They're sheen, stretchy, and soft to the touch.
These socks are the kind you put on at home when your only goal is to feel cozy, warm, and safe. Though they're on the thicker side, they're still thin enough to wear with your snow boots and chunky sneakers for winter.
Here's a pair of socks you'll be proud to show off. The multicolor volcanic print will catch everybody's eye as you walk by. Fold the hem of your jeans higher to show off the graphic design.
Did you reject those see-through fishnet socks? Here's a sheer pair that may change your mind; the floral design is much more feminine and romantic. It'll add a touch of elegance to all your footwear.
If your New Year's Eve outfit involves wearing a minidress, plan to style it with a pair of thigh-high socks like these. Not only will your ensemble look sexy (just imagine this dress with those socks!), but it'll also give your legs some coverage in the cold.
Don't give me flowers on special occasions—give me these socks. These are designed and made in Los Angeles from a mixture of nylon and spandex. The floral print is both sweet and romantic.
Nothing will make you feel more luxurious than slipping your feet into a pair of Comme Si's cashmere socks. They're made in Italy from ethically sourced Mongolian cashmere and are naturally super soft, light, and insulating. Your toes will be warm and cozy all winter long.
One of our editors is very passionate about her love for Richer Poorer socks. "They're super soft, affordable, and honestly give me BDE," she explained. Enough said.
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