Marchesa has really led the way with this unassuming bridal trend. In 2013, we witnessed the pairing of eyelash-hemmed sheer socks with classic black pumps, giving brides a unique inspiration for their wedding day look. This vamp styling would be ideal for a fall or winter wedding, matched with statement drop earrings and slick low bun for maximum levels of sophistication. Stealing our hearts again this year was the combination of delicate lace socks with preppy heeled sandals, not to overlook the statement fur detailing on the shoes that almost outshine the socks themselves. Fastened at the ankle with a thin strap and black ribbon – a signature detail for the designer – this marriage of accessories creates a cohesive look that adds a regal dimension to the wedding ensemble.
A winner with textured mini dresses and tailored pieces, sheer socks create a mysterious and feminine accent that can be complemented with contemporary silhouettes and fabrication. Marchesa plays with tonal variations of black and white, opting for white sheer socks in her most recent Fall 2018 collection. Dimensional florals were used to highlight the white shoe-sock combo, mirroring the lacework and intricate detailing of the garments. Collection after collection the accessories vary, and yet the overall aesthetic really has not changed – a romantic yet illusive beauty, reminiscent of the Victorian-age, channeled through textural contrast and proportional balance. The socks help to complete the look, offering a touch of whimsy and romance to an already elaborate ensemble.
We can also draw inspiration from some of our favourite ‘femme fatale’ looks on the runway this year. Dotted opaque tights were featured in the Saint Laurent show alongside a pair of black patent heels, making a chic and very sophisticated statement. This ensemble would look ideal with a tailored, low-neck jumpsuit for a modern take on traditional bridal wear. Reem Acra journeyed down the line of vintage ‘bobby socks,’ pairing feminine, grey ribbed socks with classic pair of Hollywood stilettos. The black lace trim and ribbon bow offers a nice accent that takes full advantage of this paradoxical look; sexy but sweet, innocent yet dangerous. And of course, Dolce and Gabana has captivated our hearts with embellished socks and accessories for many a season. Clearly a statement of form over function, these stunning sheer socks with delicate beading from the 2015 collection would complement the silhouette of a fit and flare midi gown for an overall contemporary shake-up on a classically 50’s-inspired wedding look.