Why stop with only one pair of socks when two or even three
looked so good?
Layered socks, as a fashion style of the 80’s, was a stand out
among some pretty outrageous fads. If you had multiple colors on
(and who didn’t?), you layered on multiple colors of socks to
match. This trend started near the time that
socks came back into fashion. No other decade spent so much
fashion energy in the hosiery department.
NOTE: A big 80s "thank you" goes
out to our reader, Jody, for helping find this totally awesome picture
to illustrate the layered socks fashion fad.
slouch sock was created to make several layers of sock colors show. The
top was very elastic and stretchy, so they
could overlap each other
easily. They could also slouch down or fold over to keep them closer to
To layer your socks effectively, you had
to use multiple styles or colors. If your shirt was red and blue, you
wore both red and blue socks. On the same foot – at the same time.
Temperature be damned. If you really wanted to be creative, you could
add on three pairs of socks or more.
If you wore three colors of socks or
more, then you could partake in patterns. One side would be worn red,
then white and then blue. The other side could sport white, then red and
then blue. Sock manufacturers were smart during this time period and
made socks thinner, keeping sock bunching in shoes at bay.
To take this 80s fashion trend one step
further, one could even wear two socks, but of different colors. The
left might wear the blue, the right might wear the red. Extreme versions
of this pattern extended out to the shoes - a matching pair of shoes is
just so 1970s.
Girls were the biggest advocate of this
fashion fad of the 80’s. Boys and men didn’t like to coordinate sock
colors, much less layer them for effect (thank goodness for that!).
Layered socks were worn with jeans, spandex pants and even skirts. Stars
on popular TV shows, like Family Ties and The Cosby Show furthered the
popularity of this 80s fad. A classic use of layered slouch socks
would be a brightly colored top, mini skirt, slouch socks to match the
top and a pair of hi-top Reeboks. So cool.
If you are planning to attend an
80s-themed fiesta, this is just the sort of authentic 80s detail that
will have others exclaiming how totally awesome you are!
Update 08.23.11: We
love this picture of
one of the original five VJs on MTV. He is sporting some seriously 80s
slouch socks, and we love that they are red. An excellent choice. He can
be seen here with Martha Quinn in 1985 at Live Aid in Philadelphia.
These were the classic 80s slouch socks by maker EG Smith.
You can still buy these, although they’ve been updated a little
(addition of nylon and spandex to help the slouch stay put). Our thanks
to Alan for sharing this great pic with us! He says of this pic, “We
were 20 yards stage left of the most amazing acts on the planet.”