Today in New York City, the weather hit the single digits, and yesterday, we were in the low doubles, yet I still see the exposed ankle trend roaming around the city — Yikes. The solution? Cute socks, of course. While I, too, am a lover of the cropped pant and exposed ankle (it just looks so, so playful and chic), I absolutely cannot bear it in this weather. In the 40s, sure, maybe I can deal with it. But when it's so cold that it hurts my face? I can't do it.
We can thank Thom Browne for making the exposed ankle look so popular. When a trouser or pant is perfectly tailored, it looks so much more put together, and an exposed ankle does just that. Especially with the rise of the raw hem trend, bare ankles swept through New York City faster than Mansur Gavriel bags sell out. In other words, swiftly.
But like all trends, this one has its limit. To me, at least. Evidently, not to other New Yorkers! Now — I'm not here to judge what others are wearing. Their body, their choice! But I do have to feel bad when the temperature is in the double digits, and I see a piece of skin exposed. Especially when it doesn't have to be! Socks are a thing, and while it looks ~tres chic~ to keep your ankle bare, I know you're suffering. I'm suffering from watching you suffering. Let's stop this torture and put on some socks, okay?
Luckily for us, socks don't just come in white tube form anymore. There's an array of socks out there, from different patterns, to textures, to even crazy colors. And they're all pretty wacky! You've got all spring, summer, and early fall to rock the bare ankle trend, so why not take the late fall and winter as a sock opportunity? Check out some of my faves, below.
1. The Classic Polka
Hansel From Basel Large Polka Dot Sock, $19, stevenalan.com
Seriously — These are way cuter than cold ankles.
2. Slight Speckles
Stance Frazzled Pipebomb Socks, $18, shopbop.com
I have several pairs of Stance socks, and I can say, without a doubt, they're the most comfortable sock brand I own.
3. Floral Beauty
Darner Nude Floral Socks, $36, needsupply.com
Seriously, these are too beautiful.
4. The Simple Stripe
Marni Glitter Socks, $70, lagarconne.com
A little pricey, but these soft babies are worth it.
5. The Classic Camp Sock
J.Crew Marled Camp Socks, $16.50, jcrew.com
You can't tell me these don't look crazy warm.
6. Cozy Stripes
Hunter Boot Striped Loop-Knit Knee Socks, $55, niemanmarcus.com
These will keep you so warm with any knee-high boot.
7. Hodge Podge
Paul Smith Women's Black Polka Stripe Socks, $30, paulsmith.co.uk
If you want stripes and polkas, this one's for you.
8. For The Artsy Types
Hot Sox I And The Village Crew Socks, $8, shop.nordstrom.com
Trippy and super cool, this is for the ones that love a little art in their life.
9. Kitty Love
ASOS Valentines Kitten Ankle Socks, $7, us.asos.com
I need these socks, just because of the kitty's face alone.
NastyGal Garden Party Socks, $30, nastygal.com
Plus, you can wear them with sandals like this!
11. Pizza, Because, Pizza
Topshop Pizza My Heart Crew Socks, $6, shop.nordstrom.com
These socks are for everyone. Because everyone loves pizza.
12. Cutesy Flowers
Tossed Verbenas Trouser Socks, $9.50, talbots.com
For when you need a little sunshine in your life.
13. Hodge Podge
Madewell Patternmix Ankle Socks, $10.50, madewell.com
Why settle on one pattern if you don't have to?
14. A Little Color Block Action
Long Marled Two-Tone Trouser Socks, $16.50, jcrew.com
Love the idea of these sticking out with a pair of white tennis shoes on.
15. Throw Me A Bone!
TeeHee Women's Spotted Dog Cotton Multi-Colored Crew Socks, $4.99, overstock.com
Ok, seriously, talk about cute socks.
I love me a bare ankle as much as the next person. But please — Think before you step outside! After all, spring is just around the corner (despite how it feels right now), so flats and sandals will be coming your way. For now, enjoy the feeling of cozy socks!