Much like a bad dream, this next trend just keeps on recurring. Once a style penned by dancing dads, or those cool enough to be deemed alternative, paired with Doc Martens or, as you may more commonly recognise them; afoot a tourist. Yes, those encumbering Big Ben glarer’s with their 800mm camera lens and the obscenely large backpack. They’re a safety hazard whichever unfortunate angle you find yourself at, but the real peril is down below. No, not down there. Lower. There.
Wearing socks with sandals has been such a deplorable fashion no-no, I can hardly remember a time when the look has been anything other than a sartorial joke. However, if the spring runways have anything to do with it, it’s time to dump our old prejudices and welcome a new way of dressing.
Ankle-socks and knee-highs have long been a favourite look to accessorise the flat lace-ups, platforms, wedges and stacked heels on the catwalk for Marni, and Margaret Howell. Dior sent its models down the catwalk wearing high-heeled sandals and bobby socks, while Chanel dressed models for their Spring 2012 campaign in boucle suits teamed with socks and sandals.
Annoyingly there will always be someone who makes this trend look worthy of heading to the kids section to find some frilly ankle socks to try with great optimism and anticipation, the hope of pulling off such a risky look. Especially to find, with equal great disappointment the images you had of Alexa Chung poised delicately in her own ensemble denounced to no other than your cankles glaring ruthlessly back at you.
It’s far from being a holiday romance this time either; the combination looks set to see us through to another season with, Chanel, Miu Miu, John Rocha just a few of the names embracing the look for Autumn/Winter 2012.
Now with your new trend embraced, I shall leave you with one last thought. White socks and flip flops. Shuddering yet?