The Italian way, well anyway but just not the Germanic way. Sorry. Not a birkenstock in sight just lots of fabulous strappy shoes and various selections of delicate socks, except at Prada this season, where there were thick ribbed and pompom-ed versions.
The trend has been bubbling for a while. Going back a year, look at Burberry SS10, Christopher Bailey sent out his girls in the beige hues of wrinkled silky cotton around their ankles. Now Miuccia Prada has reinforced the idea that tights are not the only way to keep your legs warm this winter, her bejewelled socks at Miu Miu were another nail in the coffin of the lowly 40 denier tights.
Experiment by all means but if you end up looking more like this,
then go back inside and change!
opening image: Jaq