Lauren Conrad's advice on how to pull off socks with sandals

I know what you’re thinking: Isn’t wearing socks with sandals supposed to be a major fashion faux pas? It’s true that this sartorial combo often conjures up images of fanny pack-clad tourists pairing cotton gym socks with Velcro-closure sandals. But if current street style trends are any indicator, wearing statement socks with your favorite fashion forward footwear can actually be incredibly chic. (If you need additional proof, look to Valentino’s 2018 resort collection.) In addition to being a popular look with fashion bloggers, pairing socks with sandals is a seamless way to transition your footwear as the weather warms up. There are just a couple styling rules to keep in mind…

The easiest way to pull off this trend is to stick to statement socks that are delicate and ladylike—think sparkle, lace, playful prints and semi-sheer materials. As for shoes, there are so many sandal styles that pair well with statement socks, depending on how bold you want to go. Block heels and styles with an ankle strap are some of the easiest to pull off. You don’t have to stop at sandals, either. Statement socks can look chic with ballet flats, oxfords, and beyond. I’ve rounded up some of the best statement socks, plus a few shoe suggestions too (including the LC Lauren Conrad heels I’m wearing in the photo above)…

Statement Socks

party store blush socks

1. Party Store Blush Rose Socks, $12

hansel from basel tulle dalmatian sheer socks

2. Hansel From Basel Tulle Dalmatian Sheer Crew, $28

Madewell x Hansel from Basel sheer eye socks

3. Madewell x Hansel From Basel Sheer Eye Socks, $20

velvet galaxy socks

4. High Heel Jungle Velvet Galaxy Socks, $22

Hansel from Basel heartfelt crew socks

5. Hansel From Basel Heartfelt Sheer Crew Socks, $30

UO sheer starry socks

6. Urban Outfitters Out From Under Stars Tulle Sock, $12

Adidas striped quarter socks

7. Adidas Originals Mesh Striped Quarter Sock, $10

how to wear socks with heels

8. High Heel Jungle Flamingo Tulle Sock, $28

Madewell night sparkle socks

9. Madewell Night Sparkle Ankle Socks, $8.50

Anthropologie colorblock crew socks

10. Anthropologie Filippa Colorblock Crew Socks, $18

Sock-Friendly Sandals

LC Lauren Conrad Admirer high heels

1. LC Lauren Conrad Admirer Women’s High Heel Sandal, $40

Madewell Claudia sandal in velvet

2. Madewell The Claudia Sandal in Velvet, $128

J.Crew Stella bow heels

3. J.Crew Stella Bow Heels, $218

4. Vince Camuto Corlina Ankle Strap Sandal, $100

Loeffler Randall Vera ruffle slides

5. Loeffler Randal Vera Ruffle Slide Sandal, $325

Would you wear the socks with sandals trend?

It’s a trickier trend to pull off, but I for one love it.

XO Lauren

Photos: Yoni Goldberg Studio/LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s
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