Socks & Sandals: Have You? Would You?

socks and sandals

Socks and sandals have been generally considered as the biggest fashion faux pas of all time. So big that if you look up “fashion faux pas” in a dictionary, you will probably see a photo of sandals and socks. The British tabloid newspaper Daily Mail has mocked the football player David Beckham and the singer Justin Bieber, for wearing socks with sandals. And according to Brian Shea of  The Evening Sun, wearing socks and sandals is popular among the older generation and Germans. Also socks and sandals were noted as a “high crime of fashion” when introduced as an Xbox Live player avatar accessory in 2009. And the list goes on…

As far as I’m concerned, this is just another one dumb fashion rule that was made for breaking! Besides, fashion rules always infuriated me. Imagine a fashion world where we could not wear (according to many dumb fashion rules) pink with red, white after Labor Day, mixed patterns, denim on denim etc. These rules must have been invented by boring people who want all of us to look equally boring and the same. And having a great style is all about being unique and different, and most importantly, interesting!

So is it ever ok to wear socks and sandals? You bet it is!

Celebrity fans of the look, include Sarah Jessica Parker, P Diddy, Kelly Osbourne, Jake Gyllenhaal, Alexa Chung, Vanessa Hudgens and even the ever stylish David Beckham. Still not convinced?

Beginning with the Men’s Fashion Week Spring 2016 collections, which debuted last summer, a tide started turning among designers. Socks and sandals reigned supreme in Milan as the footwear of choice for Spring 2016 with the look tromping down many a runway including those of Versace and Bottega Veneta. Calvin Klein Collection and Marni among other luxury labels also showcased the socks-and-sandals pairing.

At New York Fashion Week Spring 2016, Robert Geller even took it a step further with toeless socks and mandals.

And there’s even an official Twitter hashtag (#socksandsandals), where there is no shortage of footsy inspiration.

Having said that, there are some terrible ensembles of socks and sandals out there. Like there are other bad outfits and combinations that make no sense. That does not prove that socks and sandals are ugly in general. You just have to wear them with taste, just like anything else.

About my look:

I am rarely proud of my outfits but for this one, I am. It was not only a risky choice with the socks and sandals, but also a last minute dress-up in a super messy hotel room with a car waiting downstairs! I suppose that it was a risk worth taken as there were photographers asking me to pose for them while were outside. And  it was not for the fashion police. I hope! What’s more, we found an amazing vintage beetle car outside of a cathedral during a wedding, which was the perfect asset to photograph this look! I have a photo of the wedding below, cause otherwise you would not believe this photo shoot was not staged, and it really wasn’t!

So what do you think about wearing socks and sandals? Have you? Would you? Is there any other dumb fashion rule that you just love breaking? Feel free to share it with us! I would love to hear about it in the comments section below!

Thank you so much for visiting. Wishing you a great rest of the week, and see you on Friday!


I was wearing:

Pinko vest (also similar here and more affordable option here and here)

Levis shirt dress (no longer available, similar here and here)

Chanel bag

Fendi sunglasses

Stuart Weitzman sandals

Alto socks (similar here and here)

Photos by: Anestis Iliadis

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  1. 12/10/2016 / 07:58

    You look amazing Stella! So pretty! I love this style but I don’t think I could pull that off, it would probably look awkward on me! And I love your photos you took while in Rome, I cannot wait to visit Rome someday 🙂 x


    • Stella Asteria
      12/10/2016 / 11:17

      Thank you so much Yiota! I think you would support it very well too! You’ll never know unless you try it! 🙂 And Rome is definitely worth visiting! Have a great day!

    • Stella Asteria
      12/10/2016 / 11:17

      Thank you Marie, glad you like it! 😀

  2. 12/10/2016 / 10:19

    I haven’t but I definitely would. This is how inspired I feel after this look.
    Thanks so much for the inspiration Stella! I was wondering where is the brown bag you were holding from?
    Have a great day.

    • Stella Asteria
      12/10/2016 / 11:21

      Oh what a compliment to hear that you feel inspired my look! Such an honour Tatjana mou! I would love to see a style like this from you, I bet you would look adorable! As for the brown bag I have no idea! There was a photographer with his model right next to us taking pictures and as soon as we went there he kindly asked if I could pose for him with their bag! I totally forgot to ask and now I regret it!
      Thanks so much for stopping by darling and have a great day too!

    • Stella Asteria
      12/10/2016 / 19:02

      Thank you Lindsey!

  3. 12/10/2016 / 16:25

    Love this look and honestly I think it is so fun to take things that are seen as unfashionable and turn them on their head, re-invent them, and go for it! You have done so fantastically here! Honestly, so many things that were seen as unfashionable are super trendy at the moment, like simple base caps and white socks.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • Stella Asteria
      12/10/2016 / 19:12

      You are so right Rae! Not only fun, but also lets us explore our style even further! Sometimes style, just as life, begins at the end of our comfort zone! 🙂 Thank you so much for reading and have a great day!

  4. 12/10/2016 / 17:09

    I really really love your style dear Stella…
    I never had courage to mix sandals and socks but seeing this photos made me want to try it on immediately…
    Amazing and inspirational as always

    • Stella Asteria
      12/10/2016 / 19:08

      My dear Zorica, thank you so much! If you think about it, it’s just a fashion taboo that needs to be broken! Please let me know if you try it, I would love to check it out! Thank you so much for visiting and for your nice and original comments, it really means a lot! Have a great night! xo

  5. 12/10/2016 / 17:46

    Its a risk I took a few years back and it did not work for me… and honestly I am not too sold on the look. I do however love the dress and vest and the beautiful pics.

    • Stella Asteria
      12/10/2016 / 19:15

      Thank you Lorena, I am glad you like them!

  6. 13/10/2016 / 11:39

    One of my favourite looks ever on you; you TOTALLY pull this off. I don’t blame you for being proud of this look, it is absolutely perfect. I do socks and sandals too… I always wish there were a wider range of thin interesting socks to wear with sandals rather than just solid colours. I ADORE the ones you are wearing. Perfect, perfect, perfect. xxx

    • Stella Asteria
      21/10/2016 / 19:46

      I am sure you do socks and sandals too my Lisa! You are such a fashionista and never afraid to get out of your comfort zone when styling! Really glad you like it my dear! Thank you and have a great weekend! <3

  7. 13/10/2016 / 13:50

    Brilliant and creative Stella! That’s what I like in you, you’re never scared of setting a trend and successfully launching it. You look really good, those socks finished this look wonderfully. The white crisp shirt dress is divine. Love it heaps girl.

    • Stella Asteria
      21/10/2016 / 19:47

      Thank you so much Mercy! Your comments always make me smile! <3
      Have a great weekend!

    • Stella Asteria
      21/10/2016 / 19:47

      Thank you so much!!

    • Stella Asteria
      21/10/2016 / 19:47

      Thanks so much Monique! 😀

  8. 13/10/2016 / 18:24

    I’ve always felt like Socks and Sandals is such a chic look when done correctly. So cute!

    • Stella Asteria
      21/10/2016 / 19:47

      Thanks Deanna!

  9. 13/10/2016 / 19:23

    Oh, dear Stella, yes, to your fantastic look and the socks with sandals! How good your are proud on this look – as it is definitely perfect! You really can be proud as you combined everything perfectly<3 As already mentioned it belongs still to my challenges to wear socks with sandals and you inspired me now even more to try out this trend.
    Thanks a lot for the wonderful inspiration and the beautiful pictures.
    Have a wonderful start into the weekend!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    • Stella Asteria
      21/10/2016 / 19:48

      Thank you so much for your lovely and well thought comment Rena! The amazing thing is that you are the one who always inspires me to try new things, so I am very glad to hear this from you! Have a great weekend! 😀

  10. 13/10/2016 / 22:36

    I have not, but I would! Definitely in a more passive way because I have to warm up to the idea, quite literally. But maybe with a peep-toe mule. Love how you’ve pulled this off, tho.

    Xo Jen |

    • Stella Asteria
      21/10/2016 / 19:48

      Thank you Jennifer! x

    • Stella Asteria
      21/10/2016 / 19:49

      Aw thank you so much! 🙂

  11. 14/10/2016 / 01:11

    Omg I love how you styled your socks and sandals! I never thought to wear knee high socks with sandals and loved that you chose strappy sandals to pair them with. I definitely would wear socks with sandals, I’ve just never been able to execute the look successfully. You’ve given me some big outfit inspo though so now I need to see what I can some up with! Thanks babe!

    xoxo Rina

    • Stella Asteria
      21/10/2016 / 19:50

      I would LOVE to see something similar from you Rina! You are such a fashionista and can pull off everything you wear successfully! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! <3

  12. 14/10/2016 / 11:17

    I’ve not worn socks and sandals before, but your look is seriously making me want to! The socks look so cool and quirky with these heels and the long socks actually make your legs look super long. Your layering of the vest and the white top is stunning too! How gorgeous!!! And your photo spots are seriously gorgeous too

    Rachel xx

    • Stella Asteria
      21/10/2016 / 19:50

      Thank you Rachel! I am really glad you like it! xo

  13. 15/10/2016 / 09:10

    Hehe, I’ve tried this combo before but with all the curious looks I received, I don’t think I would try it again. By the way, I totally LOVE your new blog design, it’s amazing!!

    xx freshfizzle

    • Stella Asteria
      21/10/2016 / 19:51

      You can;t imagine how many curious looks I received that day, especially when I had to mingle between a group of tourists who were there for sightseeing! But I couldn’t care less! 🙂 Glad you like the new blog!

  14. 15/10/2016 / 16:43

    trying new things is always fun
    I don’t think it would look as good on me as it does on you however. lol

    • Stella Asteria
      21/10/2016 / 19:52

      Ah thanks so much! You will never know unless you try! 😉

    • Stella Asteria
      21/10/2016 / 19:52

      Thank you so much Maja! Have a great weekend! xo

    • Stella Asteria
      21/10/2016 / 19:52

      Thank you Marina! <3

  15. 17/10/2016 / 15:29

    This look you created is so funcy and cool! I love the styling and those socks look great with those specific sandals! 😀
    I remember I used to wear socks with sandals or heeled shoes a few years ago and I was so proud of it!

    • Stella Asteria
      21/10/2016 / 19:53

      I am sure you would my gorgeous fashionista! Do it again! I would love to see it! Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by! Always glad to read your comments! 😀

  16. 18/10/2016 / 03:03

    Hello my dear Stella,
    wowww your website is so beautiful! I love your design and your layout.
    Your pictures are a dream and your styles a true inspiration.
    This look you present here is stunning. You look so chic and divine!

    I wish you a wonderful week, take care sweetie.
    Hugs & kisses

    • Stella Asteria
      21/10/2016 / 19:53

      Thank you so much my dear Michaela! You are so inspiring for me as well! Can;t wait to see photos from your trip to Milan! Have a wonderful time! <3

    • Stella Asteria
      21/10/2016 / 19:54

      I am sure you can darling! I will check Diana’s too! 😀 Have a great weekend and thank you for stopping by! x

      • 08/11/2016 / 03:02

        Thank you for the reassurance! Who knows…I may try it when I come back! Hope you’re having an awesome week so far! Xx

    • Stella Asteria
      21/10/2016 / 19:54

      Thank you Wioletta!

  17. 28/12/2016 / 08:55

    They seem quite difficult to style with, those stockings. Shiny and beautiful but difficult to use.
    Yet you pulled it off with this look and another.
    It’s so fun reading your blog. I should probably restrain myself doing so or I won’t have enough time to work -_-
    I knew that long ago though 😀


    • Stella Asteria
      28/12/2016 / 12:27

      Haha you are so nice my dear Lin and I am so glad to read your comments! And really happy that you enjoy reading my blog! What are you up to these days? xoxo

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