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Stylish Socks That Will Immediately Elevate Any Outfit

I need that Gucci pair.

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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.

Most Unique Design
Logo Intarsia Fishnet Socks
Prada mytheresa.com
$91.00

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. 

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For Spirited Personalities
Baby Steps
Mother motherdenim.com
$24.00

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.

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Most Chic
Technical Cotton Socks
Dior dior.com
$210.00

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.

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For Minimalists
Embroidered Tulle Socks
Pan & The Dream net-a-porter.com
$60.00

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.

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The Classic Print
polka dot socks
Dolce & Gabbana farfetch.com
$95.00

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.

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For Wearing With Sandals
Holographic Coated Silk-Blend Socks
Maria La Rosa net-a-porter.com
$60.00

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.

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Most Preppy
Bee Wool Blend Knee High Socks
Gucci nordstrom.com
$345.00

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.

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Most Adorable
The Pointelle Socks
The Marc Jacobs shopbop.com
$24.20

These socks are the definition of cute and doll-like, thanks to the scallop cuff, pointelle stitching, and floral print. Wear yours with a pair of black Mary Jane pumps, but if that screams too sweet, let them peek out of these spike embellished sneakers.

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For a Textured Feel
Velour Crew Socks
Tabio tabiousa.com
$18.00

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.

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For Staying Cozy
Camp Socks
J.Crew jcrew.com
$14.50

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. 

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For Extroverts
Volcano Intarsia Socks
Henrik Vibskov farfetch.com
$21.00

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. 

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Best for Elegance
Floral Lace Ankle Socks
Gucci farfetch.com
$100.00

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.

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For Party Girls
Up All Night Thigh-High Socks
Commando nordstrom.com
$34.00

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. 

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For Romantics
Floral Mesh Socks
Darner https://darnersocks.com
$38.00

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.

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For Cashmere Lovers
Cashmere Nonnino
Comme Si commesi.com
$75.00

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.

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For a Pop of Color
Women's Cheeks Socks
Richer Poorer
$12.00

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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