The best kind of outfits usually have one thing in common: they feel complete. That finishing layer, a refined bag, stylish earrings, and the ilk are all reliable approaches to ensuring that when you head out the door you look polished. While the aforementioned pieces are all solid options, a slightly underrated item that can accomplish this completeness is a pair of stylish socks.
Now that it’s winter (AKA freezing), black tights are typically the accessory of choice. But anyone who’s had to reach for their noir hosiery day after day knows this can get real old, real fast. The alternative? Yep–socks. Thankfully, there’s a slew of styles and moods that can be achieved with a simple pair of socks. Plus, you can wear them with everything from blue jeans and loafers all the way to a midi dress and ankle boots. Whatever winter outfit you’re concocting, there’s probably a pair of socks that can go with it.
Whether you lean toward the sportier side of the spectrum or tend to reach for whimsical pieces, our favorite sock picks ahead should give your cold-weather wardrobe the reboot it’s needing.
If all-over prints aren’t your bag but you’re still into the idea of repping your favorite designer label, consider a pair of socks that check off the box.
Even if you’re headed nowhere near a gym, a pair of sporty socks styled with your favorite separates can be the perfect way to embrace an athleisure aesthetic.
Socks that offer a touch of texture usually pair well with loafers and sneakers. Wear now, wear often.
Add a pop of color to an all-black winter outfit with a pair of boldly-hued socks.
Fun fact: The mixed pattern trend can also involve a pair of socks.
When in doubt, a pair of neutral-colored socks will do the trick. Give the hosiery a break and reach for one of these, instead.