CLOSET STAPLE: Printed Socks
Wearing printed socks is a trend that's been around for a while now, but lately I've noticed that its popularity has risen to new heights. I was sitting in a coffee shop in Greenbelt last week trying to finish reading George Orwell's 1984, when in came a group of four guys, all wearing similar ensembles: a t-shirt, shorts, boat shoes in bright colors, and printed socks.
While at first I didn't pay too much attention to them, I started noticing throughout the day that almost all of the guys I saw around Makati were wearing printed socks. That's when I realized that the trend was here to stay -- especially in the Philippines.
What I love about printed socks is that it's a trend that not only caters to all genders -- girls, guys, and gays -- but it's also extremely versatile in the sense that you can wear them practically with anything and anywhere. You can wear them with slip-ons for a hipster feel, or with heels if you want to go for a funkier look, or you can even wear them with your business attire! I actually have a professor who wears them to class and no it doesn't even look inappropriate (he wears them with his slacks folded up just enough so the socks can "peek through").
Whether you're into casual ensembles or like to dress up a little more extravagantly, there's room for printed socks in your wardrobe.
(photo taken from dgmanila.com)
As you can see, everyone from Hollywood actress Sarah Jessica Parker to local blogger David Guison loves them! I've only recently started getting into the trend, but I'm sure you've noticed in my recent OOTD's how quickly I've fallen in love with it.
The appeal of printed socks is simply that it's a fun and creative way to express one's individuality. You can wear the most minimalist outfit and still make it look interesting just by wearing a pair of socks with a graphic print. The quirkier, the better!
They're a great way for you to showcase bits of your personality. With the wide selections available featuring a diverse range of different designs, you're guaranteed to find pieces that suit you and your personal style.
Think of printed socks as the exclamation points of your ensembles. They give you that extra "oomph" and make you stand out more, so this summer, try to find a way to incorporate them into your daily outfits. After all, life's too short to be boring.
If you live here in the Philippines, be sure to check out Iconic Socks!