Every occasion demands a different type of sock. So after bringing you the best in underwear, jeans, and white tees, we present you with the socks real women love to wear for every event, from working out at home to hitting the town in open-toe sandals. As a bonus, we’ve also gotten super specific (because we love toes), so if you have archless feet and you’re looking for no-show socks, read on.
For Open-toed Sandals
“I am currently obsessed with these socks from Wolford. They’re great with jeans and an open-toed sandal for spring.” — Tiffany Gifford, stylist
For a Pop of Color
“We all love Maria La Rosa socks — I’m fairly certain all of us here have at least a pair. You can’t get just one! We have fun and classic color options, as well as different lengths and materials — silk ankle socks, ribbed cotton mid-calf socks, and from last fall, knee-high, cashmere socks. All super chic! We love pairing them with MNZ sandals and shoes for an unexpected combination and pop of color.” — Carnelia Garcia, buyer and store manager, Maryam Nassir Zadeh
For Archless Feet
“For me, it’s all about comfort and functionality. From my YSL Court Classic sneakers to Nike Air Pegasus, Bombas socks are my go-to. These socks incorporate everything from a blister heel to a stitched support (for those of us who are archless), and the quality of cotton makes these socks super cozy, comfortable, and breathable.” — Jasmine Caccamo, stylist
For a Really Soft Touch
“I’m very into matching my socks with my shoes right now. I have a lot of different colors of shoes, so I’ve been collecting a pretty big sock wardrobe to go with them. The Hansel From Basel superfine cashmere socks are my go-to. They come in a ton of different shades and are so soft. Plus, they hit the ankle at just the right spot to wear with sandals or boots.” — Adele Tetangco, founder, Garmentory
For an Oxford Platform
“I love Darner Socks because they have so many different types of fabrics, and I love how they hit where a tube sock does — super chic and a little dorky, too. My favorites are the mesh socks worn with sneakers or an oxford platform.” — Christina Pacelli, stylist
For Knee-high Boots
For Work Pants and Workouts
“Is there a better feeling than putting on a new pair of socks? Working in the city and always on the run, I prefer socks that are slim enough to wear under work pants, and are suitable for my workouts. Stance stocks are my go-to. Weekend mode calls for Fluff with a grip! My current fave is Lemon’s Marshmallow Boottie with faux fur.” — Marisa Corrado, owner, Cameo Nouveau
For a No-show Look
“The best no-show socks ever! I had to go through so many brands before I found one that didn’t slip off. They’re perfect for flats, booties, sneakers, everything. ” —Dolley Frearson, co-founder and creative director, High Fashion Home
For SLT Class and a Long Run
“I have tons of pairs of Sticky Be socks. They’re super thin and have a great grip, allowing me to go from an SLT class to a long run. Depending on my mood, I choose the motivational statement I’m most in need of, and of the course the color I’m feeling that day. They are comfy, easy to put on, and inspiring.” — Amanda Freeman, founder and CEO, SLT
For an Unexpected Pattern
“There are a lot of novelty sock brands out there in the market. Hansel From Basel, in my opinion, is the one that creates fun-to-wear socks in the smartest and most aesthetically appealing way. Somewhere between subtle and loud, they strike the perfect balance of eye-catching interest and thoughtful design. I’m also drawn to Darner for their use of unexpected patterns and fabrications — sheer socks, velvet socks — standout socks meant to be shown. Wear Darner socks with sandals and show them off.” — Krystle Kemp, fashion director, Need Supply Co.
For the Long Haul
For Working Out at Home
“These are my favorite workout and at-home socks. They are super gripy, and great for lounging around the house, instead of wearing slippers, and also for their actual intended purpose of Pilates and barre.” — Iva Pawling, co-founder, Richer Poorer
For Being Sustainable
“I love the fit and fabric, and they aren’t traditional, which makes me feel fashionable and not fussy. Also, I believe in their vision of building a sustainable company by using recycled yarn for every pair.” — Christina Viviani, co-founder, the Great Eros
For a Winter No-show Look
“That’s where Keysocks — knee-high no-show socks — come in. Kind of like a pair of Peds on steroids — they’re meant to cover your toes, foot bottom, heels, and calves, while still leaving the top of your foot and ankle exposed. This means, you can wear them under jeans or pants with high heels, moccasins, oxfords, ballet flats, or even Toms (seriously, have you gotten a whiff of your Toms lately?), and absolutely nobody will be the wiser. Not only are sweat and odor cut in half (Keysocks are made with 80 percent Coolmax polyester, a moisture-wicking technical fabric invented by DuPont), but your toes also stay toasty when you’re wearing ankle-baring jeans in the winter.” — Alison Freer, costume designer
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