9 Sophisticated Socks To Pair With Your Winter Ankle Boots — PHOTOS

I think we can all agree that socks are the best items of clothing. They keep you warm and fuzzy during the cold winter months, and let's face it, so many of them are just gosh darn cute. Showing them off has been quite a big trend lately, especially sophisticated socks that can totally elevate an outfit. It's like the incognito accessory that can take your look from just meh to a total showstopper.

I, like the rest of the fashion world, have been obsessed with shorter hems (we can thank Thom Browne for this!), and showing off your ankles has pretty much become somewhat mandatory. Especially with the rise of the raw hem and the comeback of culottes, it seems that trousers are only becoming shorter and shorter. I'm totally on board with that...for spring and summer that is. But what happens when it gets too chilly, and our ankles are left exposed?

That's where socks come in. I'm guilty of buying an eight-pack of white tube socks and wearing them under riding boots. But since cropped pants and ankle boots are all the rage lately, I've had to take a step back and actually invest in some sophisticated socks that perhaps don't have Hello Kitty plastered all over them, or doughnuts printed on every square inch. Don't get me wrong — I love these socks too, and often wear them to more casual settings — but if you're looking to chic-up your look, the right sock can do just that.

Check out some of our favorite picks below.

1. Speckled

Metallic Marled Trouser Socks, $12, Madewell

I'm seeing these with some black trousers and Chelsea boots.

2. Florals

Secret Garden, $12, Stance

In case you need some brightening up during these bleak days.

3. Nautical, Baby

Hansel From Basel Nautical Crew Sock, $18, Steven Alan

OK, these are almost annoyingly cute.

4. For Metallic Lovers

Chelsea28 Shimmer Roll Top Crew Songs, $8, Nordstrom

Who can resist glitter? Not me.

5. Knee Socks

Hue Cuffed Tweed Knee Socks, $8, Nordstrom

Because sometimes, you still bust out your knee-high boots.

6. A Twist Of Fun

Tintoretta Conversation Crew Socks, $15, Anthropologie

Sophistication and fun are not mutually exclusive.

7. Polka Dots

ASOS Glitter Spot Ankle Socks, $7, ASOS

Maybe you shouldn't wear this on the coldest day, but with the mild weather we've been having lately, thee are perfect.

8. For Wordsmiths

All That Glitters Sock, $12, Banana Republic

Just here to give you something to read as I walk away.

9. Colorblock

Marni Colour Block Socks, $70, Farfetch

Who doesn't love a good color block, especially when we're in a sea of neutrals?

Yo, socks, I just wanna say: You're the real MVP. Thank you for keeping us warm and stylish all the time.

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