How To Wear Socks With Sandals…Mom-Style


Screen shot 2011-04-05 at 3.47.07 PM The socks-n-sandals pairing have been all over the runways and the blog-o-sphere for….well…over a year now.  While there was some backlash initially, socks-n-sandals is now considered de riguer for the avant guard fashion set. And since I've never been one for following traditional fashion rules…I kinda like it.

The easiest way to wear this trend is to pair (thin) socks with wedges or heels in a similar color (as pictured from Burberry Prorsum Spring 2011 RTW).  You can mix up the colors a bit (gray with black, etc) but sticking to tone-on-tone is the most fool-proof pairing. Yes?  Heels are best?  No surprise there. 

So now that we agree on how to wear socks-n-sandals on date night (which is just what our guys want to see – a man-repelling trend saved exclusively for our romantic nights)…let's talk about how to incorporate this trend into our everyday, toddler-chasing, outfit rotation.

Here are my takes:


(wearing: current/elliott boyfriend jeans in super destroyed, j.crew v-neck tee, madewell socks, dv by dolce vita regina sandals in blush, tissot watch, chan luu necklace)

I like the way the socks and sandals somehow make this boyish outfit a bit girly.  And much more interesting.  Also, the socks make sandals much more practical in these cooler temps while I wait (and wait and wait) for summer.  While I tried a few different sandal options, sandals that had serious detailing around the ankle looked the best.  Sandals without ankle straps looked a bit too much like the birks-n-socks I wore in high school. 


Funny how jeans and a white t-shirt is still the basis for most of my favorite outfits.

For fun, I also played around with exposed socks and ballet flats.  I like how this combo spoofs an ankle bootie.  And since I don't usually accessorize much when home with the kiddos (statement necklaces, as much as I love them, make it hard to hold a baby without hitting him in the face or run around without hitting myself in the face)…doing something unexpected with legwear helps keep boring seperates from being totally boring, in the absense of cool jewelry.


(wearing: j.crew factory skirt, man's v-neck sweater, and ballet flats, madewell socks)

 The trick to these outfit photos is to take 'em when you can. So you'll have to look past the swords.  The pic below is the one I posted to my Weardrobe account (which I'm pretty sure I'm too old for).  I can't imagine what those 20-something hipsters think of my "accessories".


They probably think I'm really into D&D. OMG.   




  1. I love your blog but I just can’t get behind socks and sandals, even when done in such a fun way as you have here. Sorry, girls! But I do love jeans and a t-shirt :).

  2. I’ll second KellyBecko. Love your style, but this one made me throw up in my mouth a little. Socks with heels, yes please. Socks with sandals for casual wear? Yikes. Not so much. This does not, however, dampen my overall love for you! πŸ˜‰

  3. Socks with sandals let’s me work my boyfriend jeans in the Fall before I fully commit to boots and early Spring when it’s still a little chilly to sport sandals alone! I am a fan for sure..

  4. third vote with KellyBecko. love your style generally, but socks with sandals is just all kinds of wrong to me. sorry, it’s been ingrained for 30+ years.

  5. TOTALLY WORKS FOR YOU S!!! Love what you’ve done w/the gray socks & white strappy wedge sandals, super cute. I think this means you officially are the most fashion-forward Mom out there. I on the other hand would look like I was channeling Liz Lemon. No thanks!

  6. I really like this look on you. Not sure it would work on me, though. πŸ™‚
    OT, but where do you get your white t-shirts? I’m looking for some that are thick enough that my bra doesn’t show through, both crew necks and v-necks that aren’t too low-cut.

  7. What’s wrong with Liz Lemon????? OMG I love that show. πŸ™‚
    Kay – this particular v-neck was from J.Crew Factory. I can’t remember WHICH one (and annoyingly, I can’t look online until it opens back up on the weekend)…but it was slightly more expensive than their other options. I do like it, but the drape isn’t quite perfect. I should do an article on the best white tees. Quest on.
    But so much sock hate? LOL Ahh, well. Clearly not for everyone. πŸ™‚

  8. Socks with sandals will never be flattering on anyone. They’re something that the “fashion set” might arbitrarily decide is in… just to feel like they are somehow more hip than others. But those same people will look back in 5 years and wonder what on earth they were thinking. Some looks are just not flattering, but still go in and out of style among women. Socks and sandals/heels is just one of these looks. (Men don’t really tend to go for the unflattering looks that women embrace for the sake of “fashion.” They call it like they see it and then women get mad. Oops. lol.)
    In my opinion it’s a no-brainer to pass on this one. That isn’t meant as anything personal against you or your personal style. I firmly believe this is a look that’s meant for no one, so it’s not personal. Just my opinion. That said, I’ve been reading your blog and I do like most of the posts. =) Have a great day.

  9. The flats with gray ankle socks are adorable. I never got why a practical sock is regarded as unflattering, it decorates your ankle just like an anklet.

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