Stylish Socks That Will Immediately Elevate Any Outfit

Making a case for the world's most underrated accessory.

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(Image credit: Tyler Joe)

As an accessories editor, what shocked me the most about this job was the heavy emphasis that stylists put on socks. At Marie Claire, we've worked with renowned stylists, many of which have been adamant about having the perfect pair. To them, they're vital, just as important as every designer look on the rack. Initially, the value was lost on me. How could something so menial, that seems purely pragmatic, be so essential to creating a look? Are socks really that indispensable?

No longer solely utilitarian, socks can also be the perfect finishing touch. More than that, they can transform a look. The ways that they can be styled are endless: Pair with a lug-sole loafer, style with an ankle boot and cropped jeans, add a sporty sock to an open toe heel for a little contrast. Have an all-leopard look? Why not add a leopard sock for some full-on printed fun. Socks are a quick way to give your wardrobe more versatility. After many years at this job, I am officially a sock aficionado. Below, some of the best pairs to buy now.

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Katie Attardo
Katie Attardo

Katie Attardo is the Accessories Editor at Marie Claire, covering all things fashion and jewelry-related.