Monday, October 18, 2010

Skirts with Socks



I think it is fair to say that in general skirts don't go at all well with socks. Skirts look fine with nylons or bare feet, but with socks the look is not good. A young woman in her twenties might be able to get away with wearing a pair of brightly coloured socks with a skirt, creating a slightly preppy or schoolgirlish look, but on an older woman this would look disastrous.

My ex-girlfriend pointed this out to me one time. She had removed her shoes at the door when wearing a long, pencil skirt and later complained that her stocking feet were cold on the kitchen floor. She asked if she could put her shoes back on. I suggested she put on the socks she had brought for with her (she had a change of clothes for when we went walking later). She did so, but said she felt very silly. She looked cute, but had looked far more elegant before she put the socks on. After this, she started bringing slippers when she visited me.

On the other hand I once invited over a girl with her husband for Sunday lunch. She was dressed very smartly and wearing a skirt with pantyhose. After she removed her shoes at the door I offered to lend her some socks in case her feet got cold. However, she had planned ahead and had brought a bright red pair of socks with her. She was obviously happy to make socks work with her formal wear.

I have a friend whose sole objection to the shoes-off rule was the worry that she might be asked to remove her boots when wearing athletic socks underneath with a skirt. Obviously, that would not need to happen if she was visiting an home where she expected shoes-off at the door. She could plan on wearing trousers or just nylons under her boots.

What if a lady with socks, boots and skirt visited a home and was asked to take her shoes-off unexpectedly? My own view is that it is okay to ask for shoes at the door without prior warning if needs be. If somebody makes an unannounced visit, the host is not likely to be dressed up, so she need not feel too self-conscious. If she is very bothered, she could always take the socks off quickly at the door.

8 comments:

Sandro said...

I think a host is in charge of the floor warm enough for nylon feet; and a guest can put on thicker tights. From my experience, I remember girls quickly taking off their socks and putting into their boots to disclose stockinged feet. Once I even saw a girl at a party who managed to take off her must-be socks within her boots half-removed.
It's always better to provide oneself for unexpected visits.
BTW, CF, I know the background of the top photo (it's a sock-hop party in US), yet could you please advise that for the lower one in the original post?

Sandro said...

Just watching that lower picture and thinking: what is wrong with those knee-length socks and what is nice with heels hurting both feet and floor? People are so irrational in their habits...

Celestial Fundy said...

The photo is of a party at a photography studio. A fashion parade was part of the entertainment.

The guests all had to take off their shoes to protect the floor.

Sandro said...

so did the models?

Sandro said...

let me reformulate my question: that girl in the photo, is she a model?

Celestial Fundy said...

Yes, she is a model, and without shoes as you can see. Though I don't know if she was a professional or just a friend of the host.

Sandro said...

Thank you, CF

Moderate Mouse said...

If I wear a skirt and socks at the same time, it'd have to be at least a somewhat casual skirt (such as a denim one).

The times I'm most likely to do that at my house is if 1) I'm out of clean jeans and it's the wrong time of year for shorts or capris (having any pants to my name makes me feel oligated to give them priority consideration when I'm at home) or 2) I'm getting ready for my volunteer work at a local thrift store and have elected to wear a skirt that day (It's not really necessary for me to dress up for this, but I like to at the very least wear clean jeans a shirt that is slightly nicer than a t-shirt that screams "casual".)

In both of the aforementioned scenarios, when I'm at home, I am far more likely to still have my ballet flat slippers on top rather than have the socks stand alone, especially if I'm up and about taking care of something. But that's just me.