Although dad jokes and dad jeans are decidedly uncool, dad socks are having a moment. Socks that hit at mid-calf began to emerge on Fall 2017 runways and are making a strong showing for Cruise 2018. Intarsia patterns look particularly appealing, but novelty also comes from sparkly accents, brushed yarns, colored marls, fair-isle knits and sporty stripes. Neutrals and brights both work, especially when color is matched to shoes.
With the abundance of velvet saturating the runways in recent seasons it’s no surprise that corduroy, the plush material’s workwear cousin, has emerged in full force for fall’s daytime looks. Paired with cozy sweaters, hefty wide wale cords take the shape of slouchy pants and roomy sack skirts, while fine pincord is cut into 70s-inspired pantsuits. New ways with the material include novel XXL wales and unexpected piecing with luxe fur, but the familiar earthy brown palette maintains a classic, vintage feel.