The Smith Sartorial: Sock ’n Roll

Photo by Carolyn Brown '16 | Socks and loafers are a classic combination that can transition easily from winter to spring.

Photo by Carolyn Brown ’16 | Socks and loafers are a classic combination that can transition easily from winter to spring.


Anya Gruber ’16
Associate Editor

Though it seems eons away right now, spring will be right around the corner when we all return to campus at the end of J-term. Of course, the best part of J-term is using the time away from classes to go on an adventure, score a job or internship, spend time with family and – best of all – sleep! But if you’re home over J-term, it’s also a good time to start thinking about what clothes to bring back to campus in preparation for when the snow (eventually) melts.

Light, flowy dresses many not seem particularly practical for a harsh New England winter, but even the most spring-like dress – think floral patterns and bright colors – are a lovely sight when we’re all waist-deep in snow. Try pairing a spring dress with thick tights and a sweater, maybe in a dark, wintry shade to bring your ensemble back to the typical look of the season. Even a short-hemmed beach cover up could work well in the winter.

Time to take those lightweight button-up shirts out of the closet! Thin collared shirts (preferably with a cute little pattern, like polka dots or pinstripes) are sweet under a knit sweater, but I’m sure you’ve seen that before. This season, try layering a button-up over a warm long-sleeved t-shirt to fancy up your winter staple. You could leave it only halfway buttoned to show off a peek of the t-shirt underneath or to reveal a design. This layering is also a great exercise in experimenting with textures, patterns and colors – play with your different pieces to find some unusual, out-of-the-box combinations.   

Loafers! With a nerdy kind of charm, loafers of all kinds are perfect for the end of winter into early spring and are the perfect way to subtly show off what is my personal favorite accessory: interesting socks. Start out in January and February wearing thick, cozy, wool socks – maybe go all out and commission a friend or family member to hand-knit you a personalized pair – with your loafers and transition into spring with ankle socks in lively colors with subtle flourishes. For example, one of my favorite pairs of socks to wear with loafers (or oxfords, or even sneakers) is cream-colored with a tiny lace trim at the top. Simple and adorable!

When it’s freezing cold outside and all you want to do is snuggle in your blankets with a mug of hot cocoa, cheer yourself up by rummaging through your closet and coming up with some ensembles to look forward to wearing once the temperatures rise.

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