Carrie Bradshaw’s Most Underrated Accessory
11.10.17

To be perfectly frank, I’m a little confused as to why Carrie Bradshaw’s shoe collection received so much attention. Sure, she had great shoes, but she didn’t really have a specific stylistic point of view on shoes beyond “expensive and staggeringly high.”

Her socks, on the other hand, tell a different story. I’ve been re-watching the series and started to notice them in a way I never had before — perhaps a side effect of Prada and Miu Miu’s Spring 2018 collections, both of which were chock-a-block full of chic knee-high and over-the-knee sock looks.

Carrie doesn’t wear them often, but when she does, oh, man. Talk about a point of view: knee-height or over-the-knee, oftentimes eye-catchingly patterned and frequently reserved for more casual activities such as running errands or sipping wine indoors.

Albeit indicative of a “low-key Carrie” vibe, the socks themselves are decidedly high-key, acting as the statement piece of each outfit in which they’re permitted involvement. Granted, it would be hard for them not to make a statement given how unusual it is for adult women to accessorize with knee socks, much less rainbow-striped ones.

⚡️STAY ALIVE IN 85⚡️ As far as we can tell, Carrie is completely apolitical. She doesn’t even fucking vote. So it was a tad surprising to see her wear this iconic Katharine Hamnett slogan t-shirt in the first SATC film. Hamnett designed the shirt in 1985 as a show of solidarity with a group of female anti-nuclear activists that held an ongoing protest outside of a military base in England. We doubt that Carrie is aware of the history behind this garment, it probably just looked really good on the rack at Resurrection. But thankfully what Carrie lacks in political adeptness, she makes up for in styling. #FuckingCarrie #KatherineHamnett #Givenchy #ArgyleMoment #StayAlivein17 #WomensMarchLook

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Though observing the various risks Carrie takes with her style has made me more willing to experiment with my own on numerous occasions, I always wrote off her adventures in knee-grazing socks as worthy of appreciation but ultimately not for me (too closely linked with memories of my elementary school uniform, perhaps).

Apparently the combined endorsement of Carrie Bradshaw and Miuccia Prada is my kryptonite, so much so that I’ve sailed right past the justification stage and settled comfortably in the armchair of creativity. I now find myself ideating a million and one ways to bathe my calves in argyle as soon as possible, wallpapering them to the “Figure Out How to Approximate, STAT” Pinterest board that’s posted up inside my fickle, fickle brain.

Indulge me in the following outfit fantasy: an enormous sweater (like this) paired with a gray felted wool mini skirt, red over-the-knee socks and some juicy platform loafers. Mmmmmmmm I’m salivating just thinking about it.

What about you? Yea or nay on treating your adult shins to a little schoolyard nostalgia this fall?

Collage by Edith Young; Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage via Getty Images. 

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