It’s true, cool socks are the easiest styling trick out there

If you don’t know, now you know.

March 19, 2018

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Socks are often overlooked in the process of getting dressed, and it's time that stopped, and they started becoming the center of attention. When it comes down to it, there's nothing easier than livening up a fit with a striking pair of statement socks. Whether they're peeking out of a demure pair of mary-janes, serving as a contrast to some squeaky clean sneakers, or boldly being worn with sandals, socks are the ultimate way to upgrade your look. To prove our point, we compiled looks from fearless style leaders like Rihanna, Bbymutha, Jungle Pussy, and more rocking our favorite takes on the staple, so that you can make the looks your own in time for spring.

1. Pair in-your-face ribbed socks with sleek sneakers

Give a crisp pair of sneakers an extra boost with a pair of socks that talk for you. Korean brand Ader Error, pictured above, gives off serious attitude, while the always meticulously cool Alyx opts for a blunt and to-the-point approach. Either way, we're in.

2. Create an old school vibe

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Yes, we know this photo of FADER cover star Kali Uchis is a little dated (peep those platinum blonde locks), but a pair of knee or calf-highs are always current. A low-key, patterned sock adds definition to an otherwise simple outfit with very little effort required.

3. Try sheer for a night out

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Rihanna can pull off any look, but socks with heels is actually something mere mortals can achieve, too. Assuming that most people don't have the budget for sheer, crystal-encrusted Gucci socks, options like Rachel Comey's barely there tulle socks will get you the look without breaking the bank.

3. Opt for a colorblock

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Bbymutha knows how to have fun with color. Take a cue from her and find a striking sock for an quick pop of vibrancy that eschews all rules of clashing, like the Darner x Opening Ceremony velvet sock that's as soft as it is beautiful.

5. Relax with socks and sandals

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Socks with sandals get a bad rap, and most of the time, it's deserved. Nail the comfiest look out there — shown on the queen of striking the balance between sexy and comfort, SZA — with a pair of thin shimmering socks with an elegant cutout and no one will ever consider you a fashion casualty.

6. Upgrade your fishnets

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We love a good fishnet, especially when it peeps out against a pristine, feminine fit. Find inspiration in Jungle Pussy's fishnet styling for when an outfit needs a slightly subversive touch — a can't-miss cobalt and orange pair will do the trick while adding a striking contrast.

Thumbnail image via Ader Error's Instagram.

It’s true, cool socks are the easiest styling trick out there