Sure, sure, sure, handbags are fancy and all, but do you own a pair of designer-name socks? From logos and embroidery to tie-dye and glitter, the humble sock is getting a stylish makeover. We can track this recent upgrade to 2016, when Gucci sent a pair of knitted socks — adorned with the Italian house's signature red-and-green stripes — down the runway. Since then, it's become a staple item among Alessandro Michele's wardrobe arsenal, making multiple cameos during his shows in Milan. Plus, the spotlight on socks has been growing beyond just a simple pairing with sneakers. Street style stars and best-dressed celebrities are wearing socks with sandals, heels and even Crocs.
Retailers and designers have been following suit, too, amping up their offerings to cash in on the new "It" accessory. According to Business of Fashion, MatchesFashion.com has witnessed quadruple-digit growth in socks sales between 2015 and 2017, making the hosiery type as much of a must-have as logo vintage items, sunglasses, bags and shoes.
In the gallery below, we picked out 21 of our favorite fashion socks that you definitely won't forget about in the dark corners of your dresser. And while there are a few high-end versions that cost more than $100, we made sure to include a few more stylish pairs with a budget-friendly price tag.
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