Trends I’m Loving: Socks and High Heels, the Bag Lady, Mori-girl Look

Burberry Prorsum socks and heels combo 1Burberry Prorsum socks and heels combo 2

Back when I was in kindergarten, my mother made me wear a pair of frilly white socks to match my patent Mary Jane slip-ons and dreadful moss green school uniform. Somehow, she thought them very fancy and pretty! But for a feisty and rowdy toddler, the socks seemed like the perfect testament of my mother’s attempts to torture and spite me. I detested them so much–they were itchy and so, very, tight. When it rained, they would cling on my legs like seaweeds and I absolutely loathed clinging seaweeds. So whenever I’d step into my classroom, I would roll them down to my ankles and tell all my friends:  ”Look! I made perfect sock-doughnuts, yay!”

Now, at twenty-one, I’ve spent three or so months going all over various department stores to look for frilly, ribbed socks. I recall telling a sales lady: “I don’t care if the frills are made of cotton or organza, I don’t care if it’s int he kid’s department, just get me one!” I was a size six after all and a lot of fifth graders wore size 6 socks and shoes. Unfortunately, no one could point me to frilly socks–and to think, I’m not very picky! All I want are frilled socks to pair with my lovely platform pumps, why the scarcity?

So I opted to settle for well, plain ribbed socks from the men’s department.  Or should I say, the elderly men’s department, for ribbed calf-high socks, (no thanks to) inspired by Christopher Bailey’s Burberry Prorsum Spring 2010 RTW collection.

Although the plain socks with the muted colors were very European, I wanted something quirky. I went through several Asian Fashion magazines and Asian Fashion websites and saw tiny, cute models with frilly socks. FRILLY SOCKS! Why were they so hard to find? They weren’t even available at high-street stores like Topshop, Zara, and Forever 21. People call me socks-obsessed, I’m not inclined to disagree.

Because my attempts proved to be futile, I thought of possible ways to go around it–I mean, since I already did the sock and high-heeled sandal trend in the safest way possible with my blah coloured socks (ala Burberry Prorsum, which you can view in my previous post: Spontaneous Fashion and Mori Girl Knits). How could you be more creative with socks if you can’t get the frills?

Then I thought, “What if, I bought random colored socks?”–there should  be no shortage of that!

Dominique Tiu wearing green socks and nude heels

Eventually, for the shoot, since it was raining and like I said, I hate soggy socks and err, anything remotely resembling clinging, damp seaweeds, we ended up removing both shoes and socks:

Dominique Tiu barefoot

Upside? I’ve a new appreciation for my hair! So how about you, guys? Indulge me, how would you make the Sock and High Heel trend your own? :)

Oversized grey knitted top: Promod | Long necklace with Orange pendant: H&M | Yellow Floral Print tube dress: Keyscouture | Green Socks: H&M | Nude Pumps: Custom-made (Don’t you ever wonder why I’ve so much custom-made shoes? If you want to know more, send me a message via my contact form)

Photo by: NYMag.com for Burberry Prorsum and Edric Chen for my photo | Makeup and Hair: Kris Bacani and Dimple Callada

Before I forget, the winner of my precious giveaway: pretty little earrings contest: Hessel Anne Domingo of Eyebreathfashion.tumblr.com! I will send you an email regarding the process. :)

Also, I got myself an account at Blog Lovin‘–I should be following all your blogs soon so drop me a line with your blog URLS and come, follow me too! <3

  • http://fashionistafortunecookie.blogspot.com/ Lloyda

    i super love this trend too! you look great doms! :)

  • http://domzistumbling.tumblr.com/ Dominique Tiu

    Thank you, Lloyda! I agree, there’s just something so, I don’t know, hipster with this trend. Then again, I pretty much categorize everything new and quirky as “hipster.”

  • Margarita

    i love the “greenness” of your socks! haha (my favorite color!) anyway, the socks pop out I like it. I think it’s great :D

  • Anonymous

    love! the socks does not only add to the quirkiness of the getup, but also comfort :) i’d love to walk around in high heels and very soft socks :) plus that shade of green looks awesome on you.

    lovely as always, Domz!

  • http://domzistumbling.tumblr.com/ Dominique Tiu

    I love the color green too–but urk, I happen to love a lot of colors. XD Thank you!

  • http://domzistumbling.tumblr.com/ Dominique Tiu

    Thank you! I agree, they do make pumps very comfortable! Especially since that pair is slightly loose so adding the socks makes it more stable and less prone to dropping off! <3

  • http://frostgravity.tumblr.com Rommel

    Wow It fits you perfectly… promise! Hahaha Amazingly the Baggy Clothes look fits you well and like the socks a nice combination overall.. ^^

  • Kookie B.

    I haven’t been that adventurous when it comes to wearing socks. My failsafe choice is always the sheer black ones worn with boots. I think the choice of a dark green pair to go with those nude pumps is a pretty good one. i would love to experiment with different colors and lengths soon. :)

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  • http://domzistumbling.tumblr.com/ Dominique Tiu

    Thank you! :3

  • http://domzistumbling.tumblr.com/ Dominique Tiu

    I agree, sheer black ones can never go wrong (and I got ones that were pretty cheap). Thank you Kookie, I am pretty sure you’ll be able to rock the look–or any sort of look, for that matter. :)

  • Elisabamber

    This is really ironic as we think frilly socks as an asian trend , yet the other day in Manchester I saw them in the window of American Apparel , Urban Outfitters , Mango and Internacionale (part of the back to school range!) a poster of a Canadian model in the window of Aldo as well!!

  • http://domzistumbling.tumblr.com/ Dominique Tiu

    That is true, I’ve been seeing frilly socks on the runway and catalogs. To be honest, the line between Asian and Western fashion is slightly blurred at this point, especially since we’re having a more global approach in Fashion and trends.

  • Alix

    This totally reminds me of grade school. Except, in a more fashionable aspect :) )

    DOMZ! I posted the pictures! Although, there’re only a couple of pictures with my friend Aly since we’re not really good or used to being the ones taken pictures of. So, it’s mostly of the ones who really dressed up. :)
    And the private shoot, probably sometime next week :D Once we get over being camera shy. ha ha

    http://alyxrebel.tumblr.com/

  • Dominique Tiu

    Great! I followed you! They look cute! <3 I mean, you all do! Where was this shot though? High Street? D: You should all get a lookbook!

  • http://domzistumbling.tumblr.com/ Dominique Tiu

    Hi Alix! Yes! I just saw! :3 Were those mostly your friends? Did you shoot or did you style? I added you up in Tumblr by the way, it’s nice to keep track. ;) Haha, let me know once you’ve shot yourselves! I swear, it’s fun! <3

  • Alix

    Yes, they were mostly of my friends. Aly and I had our pictures :) ) Aly was the one with the blue bow and I was the one with the yellow shirt. :”> hi hi. Seriously camera shy til now. I took half of the pictures and we did a bit of the styling, but they brought what they had and all we had to do was look for the perfect scene for their shot :D It was was fun! I can’t wait for the more seriious one. THANK YOU FOR FOLLOWING US :D

  • Jo

    hello domz! i love your asian take on european fashion. it makes dressing up for us so much more unique and comfortable. :D as for the socks, i haven’t tried it myself, but i think it’d be interesting to try knee-high stockings (ones that are not so sheer and not completely solid in color), especially the patterned or textured kind, with open-toed heels. i’m not so sure how they’ll look with pumps, but you’re so awesome that you can get away with wearing anything naman. :P haha! stay pretty! :)

  • pax

    ooh i love the effect of the green socks with the nude pumps! i dunno why but they look great together. Hehe. And i want your oversized sweater. Very pretty you!:) I have bloglovin’ too! I’ll follow you:)

  • Dominique Tiu

    Hello Jo! Thank you so much! I think I will most definitely try out the solid knee-high socks out with heels. A bit tricky though since my legs aren’t really that long but I think it will be an interesting match! At the same time, I’m also keen on the patterned and textured tights/stockings but good ones are hard to find here. :<

  • Dominique Tiu

    Thank you dear! I haven’t gone around adding the blogs I like yet with Blog Lovin’–I think that shall be my task this weekend.

  • http://domzistumbling.tumblr.com/ Dominique Tiu

    Hello Jo! Thank you so much! I think I will most definitely try out the solid knee-high socks out with heels. A bit tricky though since my legs aren’t really that long but I think it will be an interesting match! At the same time, I’m also keen on the patterned and textured tights/stockings but good ones are hard to find here. :<

  • http://domzistumbling.tumblr.com/ Dominique Tiu

    Followed you!

  • skye

    I got my frilly socks at Urban Outiftters! I used to wear them to elementary school, too!

  • dreamyprincess

    Domm!! I love your blog! I just found out about you in Chictopia, and.. YOU’RE AWESOME!!!
    I like the way you put outfit together. It’s just… BEYOND! :D

    Cheers,
    Dreamy Princess
    ~I wonder what it’s like to live in Paris~

  • http://www.facebook.com/michmariem Michelle Marie Faustino Manese

    I also hated those frilly and lace-y socks with a passion way back. And they made their revenge for being a trend. I also want to find some. :)

    Nice post!

  • Maxine

    can i ask where you got your custom made nude pumps and around how much a pair costs?:) thank you!!

  • tsaiiiii

    now im your fan…thumbs up for you domz..you’re so pretty

  • http://domzistumbling.tumblr.com/ Dominique Tiu

    Ngaw, thank you! :)

  • http://domzistumbling.tumblr.com/ Dominique Tiu

    Please email me. :)

  • http://domzistumbling.tumblr.com/ Dominique Tiu

    Kid’s section! :)