This past Saturday, Mark and I were wiped out from busy work and travel schedules. Since the weather was also dreary (raining on and off), we decided to take it easy: no blogging or working were allowed! I didn’t even touch social media all morning – wow!
I decided to try out a look I had been considering for a while but never thought I could pull off: ankle socks with a dress and/or sandals.
After all, I didn’t have anywhere important to go, I really love my platform sandals and can’t stand shelving them until next spring, I wanted to wear something lighter-colored on my feet, and last but not least, I decided that this weekend was a mini vacation – a time to try new things.
Speaking of new things, we ended up trying out this great British-style pub, Madrona Arms, near the consignment shop where I bought my first anniversary dress. Nothing like a fun outfit and a shared pint of beer with a bowl of steaming mussels to lift the spirits on a cold, windy day!
In gloomy weather, I’m just naturally drawn to bright colors or preferably, white to elevate my mood. Although I love this little wool dress, the colors are on the dark side, and so, I layered it over an ivory-colored long-sleeved tee. (My seamstress added ribbon straps to match the belt and keep it comfortably in place, since I have a very narrow upper body).
Layering can be so fun with a strapless or strappy dress, using a tee like this, a white button-down blouse, or a sleeveless/sleeved turtleneck – sometimes, even a sweater.
What makes the socks with sandals look work? In my case, I think that the classic cut of the dress – fitted at the waist and flaring at the hips – creates a flattering silhouette. Next, high-heeled sandals are visually slimming; contrasting socks and lower heels, on the other hand, would give an appearance of heavier calves and/or legs. A midi dress or skirt also keeps the “girlishness” in check.
Of course, I ducked into consignment heaven (Driftwood) after lunch and found an amazing handbag – didn’t need! – and an olive green John Galliano military style jacket – drool!
What do you think of ankle socks with sandals?
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I love the how ankle sock and sandals look but never worked up the courage to rock it myself but you’ve inspired me to try it! Look fab hun xx
I’m happy to hear that you are inspired to try the look, Doninique. I’m sure you’d pull it beautifully! XO
Love this!! I’m definitely gonna try this out!!! 🙂
So glad you’re inspired to give the look a try, Kyna! XO
I just can’t get over how pretty this dress is; such a gorgeous colour and could absolutely be mistaken for Chanel in the way you’ve styled it! I love the unusual touch of wearing socks inside the sandals 🙂
Thanks, Gabrielle! XO
The socks are very elegant. They work fine with sandals. xx
Glad you like them, Andrew! xx
This mix looks so cute and lovely.
Thank you, Merima! Have a great week. XO
Thanks, David! 🙂