This $10 Fashion "Afterthought" Is Now a Wardrobe Staple

Socks. Yep, the last item you probably think of when putting together your outfit. Sure, they’re critical to making your favorite pair of flats or sneakers actually comfortable, but aside from that, you probably don’t think much of them. Okay, okay, perhaps you’ve noted the festive, colorful iterations out there to give your ensemble the perfect finishing touch, but what about the more athletic styles in your drawer? While they’re often an afterthought (reserved for the gym or bumming around), they’re actually becoming a new fashion staple.

As the street elite proved recently during fashion month, sportier socks—white crew styles and the like—are actually holding their own as “outfit makers.” That’s right. Look at Veronika Heilbrunner for example—she consistently showed off her white Nikes to highlight them in a fashionable way, and not just for “function.” We’re particularly feeling the look because a pair of athletic crew socks can cost under $10 (you can even get a six-pack for that price). Fashion’s new It accessory at that price point? Done and done. Keep scrolling for proof on how street style stars are putting their white socks front and center. Plus, shop must-have pairs, too.

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As mentioned above, Veronika Heilbrunner is basically the leader for this white athletic socks movement. Her dress look becomes instantly cooler with her Nike crews here. 

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Socks and heels are certainly not a new trend, but it’s usually the glitter or patterned styles that we usually see with sandals. Here, white socks feel incredibly fresh with a forward fit of sweatpants and a logo jacket.

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Even if you’re going for an all-black ensemble, test out a pair of white socks to make your outfit pop even more. 

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Going sockless is not an option when the temps start to dip. Consider going for an old-school striped style with your pumps, jeans, and an on-trend patent coat.

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Sporty socks feel incredibly unexpected with a pretty floral dress situation. So right now.

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Further proof that white athletic socks and heels are the way to go this season—especially with track pants and an oversize button-down.

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For a fun party look, pair your socks with strappy sandals, a metallic skirt, and a sleek top and jacket. 

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Want to nail all of this season’s trends in one go? Follow this style setter’s lead with a pair of plaid pants, dad sneakers, a checked top, a bucket hat, and tall white socks. 

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Spending a day running between meetings? Keep cool (well, warm) with your coat, socks, and stylish mules.