Create your Christmas look: How to turn everyday footwear into party shoes by having fun with socks


Party season is looming. So you’re likely to be pondering the age-old question: What to wear?

Lucky you if you’ve got a little black dress that is likely to work for every party invite on your desk. But how do you spawn new looks from that one dress? Should you race out now and buy party shoes in every shade of the rainbow?

You should know that there’s a much cheaper way, not to mention, fun, way to do this.

Instead of breaking the bank by buying several pairs of new Jimmy Choos, all you really need to invest in is a couple of pairs of new socks to turn everyday shoes into bona fide party footwear.

Yes, socks. Scroll down for a look and learn sesh to dip your toe in.

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Asymmetrical mule, S$765, Tory Burch and geometric socks, POA, Lazada. Patent leather ballet flat, S$765, Tory Burch and knee socks, POA, Lazada. Patent leather slingback stiletto, POA, Alexander McQueen and frilled socks, US$27.60 (S$37), Sock Candy. (Photo: Kelvin Chia, art: Chern Ling)

Less is more – you’ve heard this adage before so you’d want to take a cue. Style tip: The simpler the shoe, the simpler the socks should be.


Leather loafers, S$1,260, Tod’s and sheer knee socks, POA, Lazada. (Photo: Kelvin Chia, art: Chern Ling)

You really don’t have to give up the comfort of those beloved loafers just because it’s a cocktail party. Just give them a gleaming polish then funk them up with knee socks. Style tip: This sheer pair slims down the calves, creating the illusion of slender pins while its geometry adds a hint of whimsy.


Escarpin Fatale 85 Chevre Velours heels, S$1,250, Hermes and printed socks, US$24.84 (S$34), Sock Candy. (Photo: Kelvin Chia, art: Chern Ling) 

Be it Christmas tones or your favourite shades, a hit of colour is a fantastic style trick to turn even the simplest outfit into a head-turning one. Style tip: Play up on colour contrasts to achieve maximum impact.  


Specadior duo-tone Mary-Janes, S$1,650, Dior and printed socks, US$24.84 (S$34), Sock Candy. Idylle slingback heels, S$1,450, Dior and printed socks, US$24.84 (S$34), Sock Candy. (Photo: Kelvin Chia, art: Chern Ling) 

Who says classic shoes have to be boring? Style tip: Turn classic styles on its head with the most unusual or brightest socks you can get your hands on. These floral hot pink ones instantly brighten the black slingbacks while the jewellery sheer socks make like you’re wearing ankle jewellery, now how cute is that?


Femme Fly Maille sneakers, S$1,700, Hermes and printed socks, POA, Lazada. Suede and leather sneakers, S$1,130, Tod’s and printed socks, POA, Lazada. (Photo: Kelvin Chia, art: Chern Ling)

Give your fashion kicks a leg up. Style tip: Play matchy-matchy with the colours on your sneakers and socks for a curated look.    

Photography by Kelvin Chia, art direction by Chern Ling, model Anna Unger/Mannequin.
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