Socks get a bad wrap. Grandma got me socks? How boring.
Despite their lackluster holiday appeal, I have found that the wool sock is an item packed with nostalgia, penetrating all generations (In a recent small poll, almost everyone who responded mentioned that grey wool work socks were part of their winter wardrobe).
As a child, I can remember dreading a bundle of socks under the tree, yet there they were, day after day on my feet before I put on my boots. This pattern continues to occur day after day, yet because of its consistency, we rarely take time to reflect on how stylish a pair of basic oatmeal, garnet and white wool socks can be.
The simplicity of these socks is what makes them an ideal winter accessory, one that until today has gone overlooked as something truly fashionable.
Women and men wear these socks, yet we rarely find an opportunity to expose them until it is time to take our shoes off at home.
Even the smallest glimpse of the garnet stripe draws attention to what would normally be a simple pair of military lace ups. I could wear a pair of socks with neon colours or prints, but a basic wool sock offers a polished and more sophisticated way to add interest to my wardrobe (bonus: they keep me warm).
As for women – given the bulk of your average men’s work sock, it becomes the perfect accessory for layering over your winter leggings.
So, the next time you get socks for Christmas, say thanks, because your best interest was at heart. Maybe it was not a fashion-conscious decision, but having the option gives you the opportunity to warm up your winter wardrobe in style. The winter is a tough fashion season for some, because the immediate assumption is that winter means 10 different layers. Even if you have to layer, you can make calculated choices to improve what would otherwise be a drab outfit. At Dressed for Dinner, I like to start one sock at a time.