The Craziest Fashion Sock Trends And Patterns For 2021

July 13, 2021

Colorful and zany socks have been a popular trend over the past couple of years. Rather than the traditional black dress socks under suits, men have been opting for colorful, eye-catching patterns. Somehow, socks and sandals became fashionable with the younger generation. In a nutshell, socks rock.

In 2021, the sock trend is evolving. Here are some of the craziest fashion sock trends and patterns for the year, which you can also buy from

Mix-and-Match Patterns

The mix-and-match pattern trend is the best of both worlds. It allows people to veer away from the conformity of matching socks without looking sloppy or discordant. With this pattern, you will see socks that have blocks of clashing patterns, such as polka dots and stripes or flowers and plaid.

To take advantage of this trend without going too far out of your comfort zone, look for color block socks that give you the same contrast without the conflicting patterns.

There is one key element to remember when rocking this look: do not let the pattern on your Nordic socks match patterns on the rest of your outfit. For example, if you have a pinstripe suit, you had best be wearing polka dot socks.

Ankle Socks

While the mid-calf sock had become normal for men in formal wear, there is a considerable shift toward ankle socks right now. You can even get custom ankle socks with patterns or monograms.

This sock trend is not just for men, either. More women are rocking ankle socks with their flats and even sky-high heels. The trick is to make sure the sock pairing looks planned, rather than an afterthought. For example, adding a feminine, frilly pair of socks with a cocktail dress or Mary Janes can be the piece that ties the look together. Alternatively, adding a pair of monochromatic socks with a black ensemble looks edgy and chic.

Neon Colors

While subtle-yet-playful novelty socks are on their way out, neon colors are making a bold comeback. These eye-catching socks pay homage to leg warmers of the 1980s, without the casual (possibly regrettable) fitness-inspired look. 

Striped Cuffs

Speaking of fitness-inspired fashion, the athleisure trend has taken the world by storm. As such, it should come as no surprise that the striped cuffs of vintage athletic socks are making a comeback. 

This combination of trends is peak athleisure and often gets paired with Adidas or Nike sandals or runners. The more fashion-forward trendsetters are pairing their athletic stripes with designer heels to make a bold, head-turning statement that’s fresh off the runway. If you are an aspiring fashion Models, take note of this new trend in 2021.

Texture And Ribbing

Wearing textured or ribbed socks is a fantastic option for those who do not enjoy the bold colors and patterns. Do not limit yourself to thinking only of the cheap hiking socks available at department stores. Designer brands like Prada have been releasing everything from fishnets, to lace, to baroque textured socks. 

Luxe fabrics are also on trend with fashion socks. Think of the feel of cashmere on your tired feet as you go about your day. Eco-friendly materials are also becoming more popular, with bamboo being preferred for both its rich texture and moisture-wicking capabilities. 


What better way to add a subtle touch of glitz and glam than strands of metallic fabric woven through your fashion socks? This look works especially well with more formal outfits, but can also be a fun pop of glitter when heading out on the town.

Make no mistake: the metallic trend is subtle when it comes to socks. That being said, it wouldn’t be too shocking to see purely metallic socks make waves by the end of 2021. 

The crazy sock fashion trend is a fun, fresh way to add a pop of personality to your look. Think outside the box and experiment with your socks.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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