I’m not particularly fond of the cold, but I do love dressing for it. I really need a pair of those fur-trimmed socks for winter!
Sock it to Me, Po Hing Fong
The Dictator rules: Right. Fur for your ankles. Because that’s the part of your anatomy most likely to feel chilly. Presumably, you’ll wear them with bare legs. This is the type of fashion item that raises more questions than it answers. At least the black faux-fur patch is removable on the cute brown and black striped ankle socks at wonderful Hong Kong store Initial (HK$640; 60 Des Voeux Road, Central). California sock brand Stance is yet another company to collaborate with Rihanna, and the Fenty for Stance Holiday Collection includes the striped, sheer Fro$t Bite anklet with a fur-like feather trim in red, black or burgundy (HK$186; www. stance.com). They’re more bedroom than boardroom, but it’s your life.
If you really want to hold onto that Christmas mood, there’s the candy cane, red-and-white-striped knee-high socks at The Sock Drawer (HK$78). In the bewildering category of “lounge socks” (as if we need more stuff), Asos has a pretty pair of slightly longer socks that reach mid-calf and are made of grey, fairisle-pattern acrylic knit topped by faux fur (HK$96), but hurry, they’re selling out fast.
Another bizarre sub-category is the “boot cuff”, socks featuring novelty trims designed to not only show but decorate the tops of boots. At Walmart.com, we found a wide range of them in sock form (HK$62 and up), but what really caught our eye was the faux-fur leg warmers by Simplicity in off-white or black (HK$93).
Other brands skip the sock part altogether and make cuffs that sit around the top of the boot, as at Donna Salyer’s Fabulous-Furs (HK$419 to HK$847).
I know white after Labor Day is a no-no, but I’m quite taken with the white shoes (not sneakers) they showed on the runways for next season. Are these something I can start wearing now?
The White Stuff, Mid-Levels
The Dictator: Forget seasons! White footwear is the biggest no-no there is. The only exceptions would be bridal shoes (you can do better), and the bright white trainers that continue to be a fashion favourite. We need to believe that designers are being ironic. If you can convey rule-breaking style confidently, then go for it. Flat mules are relatively safe and on-trend. Opening Ceremony’s Livre mules from last season offer a gentle transition to total white-out with a mix of light grey, white and black base on pointy mules (HK$2,463). Tibi’s Cecil loafers achieve the same look with a bit more versatility, allowing you to wear the slipper with the soft calfskin back up or down (HK$3,400; Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Central).
On Pedder has a fabulous pair of mules in a crossover design with pointy toes in white kid leather for only HK$990 (Shoespace, Queensway Plaza, Admiralty). Nicholas Kirkwood’s Beya comes in a pointy-toed loafer mule design with metallic details on the heel (HK$3,830; Lane Crawford), or a full loafer (HK$4,100). Stella McCartney’s architectural V-Throat faux-leather mules are about as high as you should go, and look like a piece of art, with sharp angles from the pointy toe to the triangular, 3.4-inch block heels (HK$5,040; Lane Crawford).
If you want to go-go for it, MM6 Maison Margiela’s retro ankle boots come in patent white with covered block heels (HK$4,320; www.net-a-porter.com). A final thought: all these foot-focused questions are highly suspicious. Too stuffed after the holidays to consider clothing?
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