Socks and sandals - cool at last

Published: 03rd November 2014

Socks and sandals - cool at last

For years it's been seen as a big fashion no-no, with those sporting the look often viewed as a laughing stock.

But, as with many trends, socks and sandals it seems are now acceptable together. And according to leading fashion experts - have even become the latest must-have accessories.

Grazia magazine's senior fashion news editor, Katherine Ormerod, says those wanting to perfect the look should opt for chunky, ribbed socks and double-strap flat footwear.

She singles out Birkenstock - the German sandal maker - for providing an affordable alternative to designer brands, dubbing the new look 'Stocks and socks'.

But she says to stay looking cool people should avoid covering up their whole leg and should keep some bare skin on show.

Avoid tights, says Ormerod, and team the socks and sandals with bare legs, a chunky jacket and a pretty dress.

And when it comes to the socks, she says, people should avoid pulling them up and go for hiking-style brown, grey or olive.

Ormerod says the trend can also be followed by men who can pair the socks with rolled-up jeans, lumberjack shirt and a beard.

The look has been sported by British singer Rita Ora and the Olsen twins - the US actresses and fashion designers - as well as being seen on various catwalks and mentioned in leading fashion blogs.

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