Today, December 4th, believe it or not, is National Socks Day. I know, right?! So to celebrate, I’ve updated my snazzy socks guide, because I’ve discovered so many more brands since I originally did this, AND I just so happened to be on BBC Woman’s Hour talking about party socks on Friday, so I’m all geared up on the subject. You’re welcome!
I had so many requests for this post the first time around. As a flat shoe lover, so it goes that you become both a beautiful floor lover (#tileporn) and a snazzy socks lover. I know many of you fall into this category too! So there comes a time when the 3 for 2 offers at Gap just don’t cut it anymore. You want socks that are more individual, more of a statement and, well, more snazzy. And once they become an important part of your outfit, you’re willing to spend more on them. So here, especially for you, is my ultimate snazzy socks guide. You’re welcome.
Hysteria by Happy Socks
I’ve always loved Happy Socks, but they recently released a new line called Hysteria which is BEYOND gorgeous. There are sparkles, nylon, silk, block colours – you name it, they do it. They might be pretty out there but they are still really chic, too. In my book that makes them perfect. I’m yet to get my hands on a pair myself but I am dropping MASSIVE Christmas hints to Mr Brogue.
Chevron socks, £12 (maiklondon.com)
These lovely folks got in touch this week as they thought I might like to try a pair of their socks. They were right! As well as selling socks as pairs, they do sock boxes, which would make a brilliant gift. The socks themselves are really lovely, with a focus on geometric designs. They are also sustainably sourced and ethically produced. Winner.
& Other Stories
You’ll find one of the most comprehensive selections of lurex socks around in & Other Stories. I got this pair last year but they have some very similar ones in store now, as well as LOADS of other options, including sparkly stripes and block colours. Most come in at around £8 and are really good quality (hence why I’m still wearing my old ones!).
Flyer socks, £16 (de-parture.co)
This label is brand new – so new in fact, that they only launched on Friday and just so happened to be listening to Woman’s Hour when I was on there waxing lyrical about party socks. How serendipitous! So they dropped me a line and now I can tell you all about them. De-parture is a street sock brand, and they make everything from organic or recyclable material. You can check out their collection at de-parture.co.
COS is my go-to for a slinky sock, and I’m happy to report that slinky gets sparkly at this time of year. Their slim fit means they are perfect for shoes you would ordinarily wear with bare feet, like sandals.
Odd socks specialists Oybo are just fantastic. I love them! They are an Italian brand and if you buy online they can ship to the UK, but I’ve noticed lots of smaller boutiques stocking them recently, and they’re also available at the brilliant new female sneaker online shop, Second Store.
There’s more lurex loveliness at Anthropologie, but I wanted to draw your attention to their more novelty offerings, including these Russian dolls and some gorgeous Llamas courtesy of Catherine Tough.
I’ve been harping on about Stance since I discovered its amazing invisible trainer socks, but its visible socks are just as brilliant. Plenty of snazz, lots of glitter options (so great for party season) and best of all, a choice of lengths. And by that I don’t just mean knee-length or ankle-length. They have calf socks too! .
I’d love to see how you’re wearing your snazzy socks – tweet me or tag me on Instagram!