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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Old School Socks

Socks have been around for many centuries to protect the feet from cold. The earliest socks were likely made from animal skins. Since that time, wool, cotton and many other fabrics have been used to make socks in a wide array of lengths, styles and colors. When we think of old school socks, the mind usually brings up those that have trended within the past few decades. Here are descriptions of several styles of those socks.

Toe Socks

Toe socks were trendy during the 1970s and have made a comeback in recent years. As the name indicates, these socks are knitted in a way that encases each toe individually. Toe socks are typically designed in bold, whimsical colors and patterns, with horizontal stripes being the norm. These socks are great for any casual, fun occasion or for wearing around the house. Men can wear these, although it is usually women and girls who are drawn to the bright colors and fun look.

Pompom Socks

Pompom socks are old school socks that have trended occasionally for women, mostly among the younger crowd. These are cotton anklets with a small, colored pompom attached to the back. The pompom is about the size of a cotton ball and is intended to be displayed above the back of a sneaker. These socks are for wearing for workouts or for any casual occasion.

Argyle Socks

Argyle socks have never really gone out of style, although their mainstream popularity has waxed and waned through the years. The Argyle pattern originated in Scotland and the socks are sometimes worn with kilts. These calf-length or knee-length socks add a preppy style to outfits and they are most often worn with trousers.

Knee-High Socks

Knee-High socks were popular with women in the 1960s and 70s, although the socks were around before this time. These socks are usually, but not always, made of thinner material than ankle-length socks and can be worn with short skirts, with jeans or with pants. You can find these socks in a variety of colors and patterns today.

Tube Socks

Tube socks can also reach the knees but they are differentiated from knee-high socks by their thicker, cotton-knit fabric and the sporty stripes at the top. These were trendy in the 1960s, 70s and 80s and were worn with jeans, shorts and athletic clothing along with sneakers. Today, these socks have some popularity among those who are going for a retro look.

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