The dark world of mommy vlogging takes another blow
The dark world of mommy vlogging takes another blow

Holly O'Neill

This Georgian Leopardstown home full of country charm is on sale for €2.7 million
This Georgian Leopardstown home full of country charm is on sale for €2.7 million

Megan Burns

The treatment of the women’s rugby Interpros is sadly indicative of all women’s sports in Ireland
The treatment of the women’s rugby Interpros is sadly indicative of all women’s sports in...

Lauren Heskin

These luxurious modular homes are anything but basic
These luxurious modular homes are anything but basic

IMAGE Interiors & Living

My life as a fashion buyer –the glamour and the grit
My life as a fashion buyer –the glamour and the grit

Abbi Gilbourne

‘The life we are living may not be the one we want’: Meet the career women pivoting because of the pandemic
‘The life we are living may not be the one we want’: Meet the career...

Dearbhail McDonald

Elsa Hosk poses nude with daughter, internet blows up
Elsa Hosk poses nude with daughter, internet blows up

Sarah Finnan

Ikea’s autumn/winter collection has arrived, here are our favourite picks
Ikea’s autumn/winter collection has arrived, here are our favourite picks

Megan Burns

Garth Brooks: No, we are not doing this again
Garth Brooks: No, we are not doing this again

Sarah Finnan

Culture Night is tomorrow, here are some of the events you can still attend
Culture Night is tomorrow, here are some of the events you can still attend

Megan Burns

Image / Fashion

Why socks are the secret to wardrobe perfection


by Niamh ODonoghue
30th Mar 2018
blank

Never underestimate the power of a good sock. Yes, really. Sometimes the answer to your fashion quandry might be right under your nose….or the soles of your feet to be exact…


It might seem frivolous to be talking about the mundanity of socks, but there is a method to my fashion madness. The simple sock has come a long way – from basic necessity to frivolous accessory – and it deserves a moment. They are tiny but powerful vehicles for channeling your personal style, not a wardrobe afterthought.

What should a sock do? A good sock should provide comfort and warmth during winter. But it should also make a style statement. You can buy a pair for less than a cup of coffee, or at the other end of the scale, the equivalent of a weekend away in the sunshine (case in point below: embellished Gucci socks for €350 at Net-a-porter). Your choice of hosiery should be ambitious, yes, but it shouldn’t leave you hungry for the rest of the month. A happy medium between the two is these colourful limited edition socks by Happy Socks that will add playfulness and sophistication to any pencil skirt or trouser and T-shirt combination.

screen-shot-2017-02-24-at-13-09-19

With with each passing season, designers are focusing more on the modest sock as a source of inspiration and the anchor of an outfit, rather than just an afterthought. For ss18, Jill Stuart dressed up a modern tea dress with neat laser-cut socks and a popping shoe, while Gucci took inspiration from the 1980s, harmoniously teaming mid-heel loafers and a shell tracksuit with punchy mustard knit socks.

Left-right; Jill Stuart, Gucci; both ss18 catwalk

Here’s a thought for you; before you buy your next five-pair of basic woollen grey socks, consider stepping outside your comfort zone. Instead, polka-dot it, zig-zag it, stripe it, or bottle green knee-high it (see below). Take inspiration from some of my favourite SS18 looks in the gallery above and be your best self, from head to toe (literally).

I really wanted to wear bottle green knee-highs recently, so I constructed an entire ensemble around them.

 

Also Read

Met Gala gowns
FASHION, OFF THE CUFF
The most iconic Met Gala gowns through the years

With the Met Gala mere minutes away, take a walk back through memory Met steps with these iconic gowns.  The...

By Jennifer McShane

blank
premium FASHION, OFF THE CUFF
50 years on and we’re still talking about Coco Chanel

Intelligent, talented, tough, sometimes deceitful and always ambitious – Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel’s abiding influence in fashion in undeniable. From...

By Rose Mary Roche

blank
FASHION
Happy birthday Iris Apfel! A throwback to when Iris met IMAGE

Today marks the 100 birthday of New York fashion legend Iris Apfel. The nonagenarian has had a long, varied and...

By Erin Lindsay

Zendaya leather dress
FASHION
You will not believe how they made THAT Zendaya Balmain dress

The leather Balmain dress the actress wore at the Venice Film Festival last week was certainly not off the rack....

By Lauren Heskin

jewellery
FASHION, SHOPPING
10 IMAGE staffers on the everyday jewellery they never take off

A dependable piece of jewellery is just as essential a backbone in your wardrobe as great jeans or a classic white shirt. Team IMAGE all have an everyday quintessential piece they don't leave the house without.

By Holly O'Neill

Ciara Flood
FASHION
Need clarity of mind? Start with a cathartic Covid wardrobe cleanse

Style consultant Rose-Mary Roche takes us through her step-by-step guide to the ultimate wardrobe cleanse. Start by pulling out your...

By IMAGE

shopping
FASHION, SUSTAINABLE STYLE
I went a whole year without shopping and it was a complete eye-opener

A year of no clothes shopping sounded so completely insurmountable to Sophie White that initially, all she had planned to...

By Sophie White