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11 Pairs Of Colorful Socks That Are Anything But Boring by Kari Molvar

Now that the weather is turning colder, you might be thinking about socks for the first time in months. If your collection could use a little sprucing up, consider looking beyond the merely functional options and exploring the recent wave of colorful dress socks that have been popping up on social feeds and the ankles of stylish people everywhere. Ideal for work and play, statement socks add personality and, depending on the vibe you go for, a dash of humor and wit to your looks. Granted, fashion socks won’t save your toes from frostbite on top of a mountain or deliver compression during workouts but they will keep your feet comfortable in everything from low-top sneakers to sparkly heels and save you from fashion boredom.

Maybe you love stripes, tiny dogs or bananas—all are welcome on your dress socks, which typically hit mid-calf or higher on your leg and are made from light to medium-weight fabrics that layer well with slacks and skirts. If you’re the type of person who normally doesn’t wear loud colors or bold prints, taking a fashion leap with your socks is an easy way to experiment and dip a toe, so to speak, in designer labels without spending a fortune (Gucci makes beautiful socks that cost far less than the Italian brand’s handbags, for example). Ahead, find 11 pairs of colorful dress socks to inspire your sartorial creativity and punch up your looks this season.

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Colorful Socks for Women: Kule The Women's Check Dress Sock - Pumice/Loden

Kule Check Dress Sock

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New-York-based Kule elevates basic wardrobe staples with unexpected color combinations and clever details that make you smile. These snazzy nylon dress socks feature a cheerful checkerboard pattern and the brand’s signature stripes at the top.