Florals to Spring are like brandy-soaked plum puddings to Christmas: it could exist without them, but just wouldn’t be the same. And so it goes that each time the Spring/Summer collections roll around, some designer will find inspiration in the blooming flowers and creeping vines that awaken with the change in season. For Spring 2011 one of those collections was D&G‘s. There was little their florals didn’t touch. They found their way onto dresses (both short and long), jumpsuits and playsuits, Spring espadrilles, headscarves, bags and bras. The style was less prim garden-party and more peasant farm-girl, with splashes of gingham and pocketed apron cuts only reinforcing that feeling.
Whether or not the idea thrills you, the evidence is clear: wearing ankle socks under your favourite pair of heels is no longer a faux pas. If you’re skeptical it’s time to start looking on the bright side – socks are cheap, won’t take up lots of space in your wardrobe, and are wholly practical. And while ankle socks with sandals may be a big trend currently, we’re here to tell you they’ll also be perfect for indulging in Fall 2010 fashion trends.
Socks with shoes in 2010
We’ve already looked at knee-high socks as a trend; so what about their shorter counterpart? Ankle or mid-calf socks create a completely different look. They can be paired with man-style flats (such as lace-up oxfords or brogues) for a female dandy look,
or with heels for downplayed glamour.
Concerned that ankle socks don’t afford you the most amount of warmth? Don’t worry – they don’t necessitate bare legs. In 2010 you can wear your socks on top of stockings or tights to create an interesting layered look.
Having socks bunched up at the ankles can appear to shorten one’s legs. It’ll come as no surprise to you that this looks best on longer legs and those with defined ankles.
There are, of course, ways around that conundrum for those not blessed with models’ legs: try mid-calf versions, finer fabrics that don’t bunch too much, or very low-sitting ankle socks that just show a peep above your shoes.
- Use a pair of socks to add a pop of colour to an outfit. The same goes for patterns.
- Bring a pair of brown leather sandals or wedges into the now by slipping on a pair of grey socks underneath. As a general rule pair marl grey with lighter browns and tans, and charcoal grey with dark and chocolate browns.
- Remember those little sparkly ankle socks Dior sent down the runway for Spring? No reason those can’t work in the cold weather – especially for hitting the town come night time.
- Try your socks over the bottom of pants, a la Rag & Bone. Stick to sophisticated casual though – pants should be slim cut or tapered at the ankles, not too baggy.
- Experiment with different colours. Cosy wool knit socks in earthy tones, cream or forest green are so perfect for creating a country ‘I’m just heading out for a spot of hunting’ look. On the other hand delicate pastels can have a subtle, feminine feel. Simple black, grey or white can be perfect for sleek, sophisticated minimalism.
It’s no wonder the guy in the background is smiling. Abbey Lee Kershaw not only looks amazing with her bob hairstyle dyed an on-trend shade of bottle blonde, but she’s also wearing something of a daring sheer skirt.
The overtly sheer look can be tough if you’re not a model. Fortunately for Abbey she more than has the figure and confidence to pull off the skirt; but what’s even better is the new polish and heightened sense of refinement she’s carrying off with this outfit.
With a family tree that includes Paula Yates and Bob Geldof, it’s no surprise that Peaches Geldof has a covetable sense of style. Whether she’s DJ-ing with Fifi Brown, burning up the dance floor at a Boombox party or rubbing shoulders with the A-list backstage at Glastonbury, Peaches always looks hot. Is it her eternal nonchalance or just a genetic disposition to cool?
What is it about French women that they just seem to have this innate sensuality..? Marion Cotillard, one-time Edith Piaf, can be so classically sweet. But put her in a grand setting and some delicate pieces of come-hither lingerie and the whole dynamic changes. Suddenly she’s all legs, draped in silk and looking completely at home in sensual poses. Karl Templer‘s styling is lovely, in a word; and hits the perfect balance between being exposed and being clothed.
Amongst the plethora of fashion trends for Summer 2010 you’ll find the season’s new take on military fashion. While heavily influenced by 20th Century army and air force styling, nautical influenced pieces have hardly got a look in. And I’m afraid I’m not here to change that. But for those fashioniser who are nautically inclined, this Summer still has something in store. Don’t think of it as a nautical military trend, however. Rather, it’s the navy and white colour palette, worn as dominant stripes.
Note that I didn’t say bold stripes, but dominant stripes. While navy and white stripes are a must for the look, the real key to Summer’s take on nautical stripes is that they dominate the outfit. While they do so in the above look easily (though the plum Doc Martens still seem somewhat heavy), in other outfits it’s about drawing attention to the stripes above all else in the outfit.
The Pieces To Wear
Don’t think of this Summer stripes just as a clothing trend: you can work them into any part of an outfit (just not all at once, please).
To Nautical Or Not To Nautical?
While Summer’s navy and white striped fashion trend isn’t a true take on navy inspired fashion, it’s likely to appeal to those who are in to the nautical aesthetic. If that’s you and you’re after some inspiration look to Anja Rubik’s sailor inspiration from the June 2010 issue of Vogue Korea. The shoot utilises the season’s stripe trend in the form of a dominant blazer, but takes the nautical motifs to far less subtle proportions.
The natural inclination for layering nautical pieces in an outfit is to do so with complimentary colours (read ‘navy and white’). And I can’t fault that logic. It’s the easy option. But may I offer up one piece of inspiration that differs from the safe? Nataliya Piro in Cosmopolitan magazine mixing (admittedly non-dominant) stripes with floral prints. The stripes don’t dominate, but in a crowded room the look certainly will.
If you’ve never explored the hub of creativity that is Design made trade
then perhaps it’s time you did. If you need a good reason to venture out into the cold I’ll do even better and give you three:
- There’s always dozens of unique furniture, fashion and industrial design brands and products to discover – from cool contemporary lighting to sustainable coffee cups and jewellery made of buttons.
- There’s also a host of workshops, talks, exhibitions and displays.
- It’s at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building. Who could tire of such a beautiful space?