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Stylish Socks That Will Immediately Elevate Any Outfit

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

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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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1 Velour Crew Socks
Tabio tabiousa.com

What's more luxe than velvet socks?  This two tone pair from Tabio is chic and looks great under a two-strap sandal.  

2 White Oriental Cherry Blossoms
Fatfatin redbubble.com

The Brooklyn Botanic garden has been closed since March, but you can still get your cherry blossom fix with these bad boys. 

3 Pointelle Socks
Calzedonia calzedonia.com

These pointelle socks give any look a feminine flair.  Plus they have an adorable cherry decal on the back. 

4 Laminated One Socks Pink
Maria La Rosa smallable.com

The most coveted sock brand around the office, Maria la Rosa socks hail from Milan and are made from the finest silk. They come in a variety of different materials; the above happen to be laminated metallic. 

5 Superfine Swarovski Tulle Socks
Pan & The Dream revolve.com
$42.00 (32% off)

The perfect evening sock. Pair these jeweled bad boys with with a black pointed pump for a chic twist on a black tie look. 

6 Lurex Athletic Socks
Elizabeth Reid elizabeth-reid.com

Athletic socks get an upgrade. I wear this sparkly lurex pair from Elizabeth Reid whenever I need an extra pep in my step. 

7 Floral Knitted Socks
Marni farfetch.com

No wallflowers here. These cotton socks from Marni are a standout. 

8 Pink Socks (3 Pack)

These socks from Uniqlo are practical and cost-efficient, and come in a variety of colorways you can choose from.

9 Angelina Lace Socks
Fogal fogal.com

The sexiest lace you'll get for $9.  

10 Cashmere Ribbed Socks
Hansel from Basel madewell.com

What's more luxe than cashmere on your feet? This ribbed pair from Hansel from Basel comes in this delicious shade of carmel. 

11 Striped Rib-Knitted Cotton Socks
Prada matchesfashion.com

Prada or nada. These socks were a hit on the runway and it's your turn to give them a spin. 

12 Ginza Crew Socks
Natori natori.com

Pair with heels or sneakers, this soft floral print is both chic and versatile.

13 Tie-Dye Print Ankle Socks
Arizona Love farfetch.com

Channel some major summer camp vibes with this ribbed tie-dye pair from Arizona Love.  

14 Hot Fuchsia Pink Mesh Socks
Darner darnersocks.com

This bold sheer sock is the perfect complement to a more subtle shoe choice. 

15 Merino Wool Rossa
Comme Si commesi.com

Another office favorite, Comme Si is your new go-to for luxe socks in a mix of colorways. 

16 Lamé GG socks
Gucci Gucci

This logo pair from Gucci has our Accessories Director's stamp of approval—she rocks them weekly. 

17 Women's Hofman Socks
Richer Poorer richer-poorer.com

This lightweight pair from Richer Poorer make a case for ombré. 

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