Ankle socks have been a core trend for the last few summers, and as this year it looks as though it’s going to extend through the autumn as well (we’re already dreading the chilly legs we’re going to endure in the name of fashion) we’ve decided that, if you haven’t already, now is the time to dip a toe (pun intended) into the ankle socks trend. Helpfully, we spotted two famous faces rocking the trend at the Glamour Awards this week and demonstrating exactly how to wear the trend – and how not to. Ronnie Corbett’s wife Sophie faced off against songstress VV Brown – and poor Sophie learnt the hard way that when it comes to ankle socks, there are a few hard and fast rules that even the most daring of fashionistas must adhere to…
1) Colour Coding
DO: Blend your colours. VV Kept a clean palette, with beige ankle socks teamed with a beautiful pale yellow gown and brown strappy wedges; all set off beautifully by her warm skintone and glossy, rich brown locks.
DON’T: Be too matchy matchy. Matching your ankle socks to your accessories is never a good idea unless you want to look like a five year old. Sadly, Sophie chose to ignore this and matched her bubblegum pink ankle socks to a scarf which, for a reason unbeknown to anyone but herself, she had decided to tie around her waist.
2) Dressing them Up
DO: Make your ankle socks work for evening with luxe fabrics in silks, chiffons and satins. VV’s silky yellow robe was an unexpected stroke of fashion genius. Or else try anklets in dainty lace for an instant evening update.
DON’T: Wear a floor length leather dress, unbuttoned to mid thigh. Not just when you’re rocking ankle socks – ever.
DO: Keep it minimal. VV Brown kept it sleek and chic, with no jewellery or patterns and minimalist strappy sandals. Even her hair was fuss free, pulled away from her face in two pretty but fuss-free plaits.
DON’T: Accessorise with a husband that is ever more poorly dressed than you. Particularly if he’s wearing tartan trousers.