Is anyone wearing boring socks any longer? How cool is it that fun socks are a thing now and on such a profound level? My husband no longer wears socks that aren’t striped unless he is going to the gym. This is a man whose sock drawer once looked like a black hole. Perhaps people figure, if they’re going to wear socks, they might as well make them fun? Fun socks offer a covert amount of fun to any look, even conservative looks.

As much as I love fun socks I rarely wear them because I generally hate having to wear socks and having a bit of tactile sensitivity, I don’t like the feeling of intarsia, which is how most printed socks are knitted, because I find the yarn floaters and strands found inside the socks from this technique really uncomfortable. If you are someone with the same issues, stripes, or socks with the prints printed on the socks vs. knitted into the sock. That said, I love knitting socks. They’re super easy and fast to knit and make a great gift. Also, if you someone ever offers to knit you a pair of socks, say yes. Nothing is better than the feeling of hand-knit wool socks on a cold day.

Socks I knit for a friend.


Given the popularity of fun socks, It put together some outfits using them as a fashion statement. Get ideas below and shop for more fun socks at the end of the post.

Outfit #1

fun socks

I styled these cute polka-dot socks from Happy Socks with a burgundy chunky knit sweater from Free People, a pair of skinny jeans from Wit & Wisdom, a light blue bag from Coach, and navy slip-on sneakers from Söfft.

Outfit #2

leopard socks

These fun black and ivory leopard socks add some optic fun to this bold outfit. I styled them with slim black pants from M.M. Lafleur and a twisted-shape sweater in ivory from Cos. I finished the outfit with a black handbag from Thacker, black booties from Steve Madden, and two-tone modern linear ear jackets.

Outfit #3

fun socks

I am such a supportive fan of John’s Crazy Socks, which we featured as a Fab Find. John’s Crazy Socks is a father-son venture inspired by co-founder John Lee Cronin, a young man with Down syndrome. This company shows what is possible when you give someone a chance. Every day, they demonstrate what people with intellectual disabilities can do. We all need to support companies such as this.

John’s Crazy Socks sells lots of amazing socks and I love this hummingbird pair. I styled this pair with a pair of plaid pants from Banana Republic, and a maroon sweater from Boden. I finished the look with of burgundy heeled loafers from Aquatalia, taupe tote from Longchamp, and peachy stud earrings from Kate Spade.

Outfit #4

striped socks

Stripes are likely one of the most beloved of fun socks. They’re fun, playful, and full of whimsy. For this casual at-home look, I styled these socks from Anthropologie with a pair of navy joggers and a sweater hoodie from Caslon. I finished the look with a pair of mid-top sneakers from Ecco and a blush backpack from Herschel Supply Co.

Outfit #5

argyle socks

This fun preppy look is complete with these bright argyle socks. I styled them with straight-leg jeans, a chambray shirt, and a bright persimmon pullover, all from J. Crew. I finished the look with navy booties and a nylon tote from Tory Burch.

Shop for Fun Socks

Want more fun socks? Check out these additional styles.