Trend Alert: When Did Red Socks and Tights Become so Widespread?

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This season shades of red are becoming more popular than ever.

From cherry stockings and crimson crew socks to sanguine thigh-highs, it's that precise hue of red.

The crimson wave has inundated Instagram, made its way onto TikTok, and even made appearances in my local coffee shop. While wearing red socks is not an entirely novel fashion statement, this oddly specific trend has ignited curiosity, prompting the burning question: Why?

Although red socks have been a part of the fashion scene for a while, their prevalence is on the rise. Menswear references are also abound. We saw the rise of Pink inspired from the Barbie premiere earlier this year but that has quickly shifted to all tones of Red, from vibrant to deeper colours. While Pantone declared Viva Magenta as the colour of the year, vibrant cherry seems to have taken center stage.

Recent runway collections from brand including Max Mara, Prada and other retailers including Zara and Mango have all embraced the colour in various forms. Tomato-themed fashion took flight, with colour blocking red shoes, socks, tights and clothing. The floodgates opened, and the pop of red, whether in the form of a cardigan, ballet flat, or an entire outfit, became a fashion essential. Red accessories, from bright red handbags to mohair cardigans, are currently dominating the fashion space.

However, as with any trend, there is often a deeper reason behind its resurgence. Many say that this red sock trend is a product of the 2000s resurgence.

The colour Red has a rich history in fashion, dating back to before the 1960s. Red dye was one of the first introduced across various cultures, carrying strong sociopolitical associations. In some Chinese cultures, wearing red socks is believed to ward off bad luck. In ancient Rome, religious figures wore red socks to distinguish themselves, a tradition that continues with the Catholic pope wearing red socks today. In Renaissance Europe, red tights and stockings indicated high social status, showcasing the wearer's access to expensive innovations in dyeing and weaving techniques, as well as their excellent sartorial taste.

How can you incorporate Red into your daily attire?

Start simple, with plain socks and tights before building your outfits. Choosing the same or similar tones of reds helps to create a matching ensemble. Mix and match with Cherry Reds, Brown and deeper grey toned clothing.


Fine Roll Top Low Crew Socks

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This fine pair of low crew socks is made from the finest quality cotton blend. The sock presents a roll top. They are essential in any wardrobe, for everyday use.

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Suvin Gold Cotton Fine Ribbed Crew Socks

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This pair of ribbed crew socks are made from the finest and most luxurious cotton in the world. Suvin Gold, also known as "phantom cotton" is an extremely rare cotton made of extra-long staple fibres.

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Premium Colour Tights 30D M - 42 Red

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Ultimate touch of luxury. »Sheer fluidity »Breathability »Even coverage Tabio's innovative pleating technique provides a flawless even tone and breathable texture.

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Merino Wool Backseam Knee High Socks


A lovely new pair of knee high socks made from the finest merino wool blend. The socks present a line on the back, giving a sexy look to your outfit.

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Lambswool Roll Top Plain Low Crew Socks

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Lambswool Roll Top Plain Low Crew Socks are a classic choice for those who appreciate both comfort and style. Their high-quality lambswool construction provides warmth, softness, and breathability, making them perfect for colder seasons.

With a minimalist design and versatile length, these socks are a reliable and fashionable addition to your sock collection.

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Luxe Merino Wool Ribbed Crew Socks

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These incredible soft and warm ribbed crew socks are made from the finest merino wool. They will keep your feet warm and dry at the same time. Perfect for an everyday use.

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Plain Crew Socks

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Everyone needs their classic go-to socks!

Crafted with a cotton blend that have the perfect amount of coverage and stretch. Available in several colours for any setting.

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