FALL FASHIONS: layers & Layers of Colorful Footwear
Fall should be a
good season for socks as legs take center stage
as the hot spot for accessorizing.
Layering will be the trend as cooler
weather moves in. Kneehighs, legwarmers.
over-the-knees and tights will be the key
players as consumers seek to dress up (or down) their wardrobes.
influence of the ‘80s when hosiery was an important part of the
total fashion look is expected to push legwear to the forefront of
fashion. Short skirts and the consumers’
continued interest in boots are also pushing the
“Its about accessorizing, says Jody Eskenazi of HUE. “It’s about
wardrobe. It is less expensive to accessorize with socks than to buy new
which made their comeback as a hot accessory item last fall and winter
will be back on the scene in hot new colors and are expected to be
very good sellers.
Over-the-knee styles and
kneehighs also will be big draws: the key element in
all three styles being the fact that they lend themselves to layering.
“Over-the-knee socks will do well with ladies, especially younger ones.
They are worn over tights.” says Bloomingdales’
Donna Wolff, divisional merchandising manager for
still a lot of interest in fishnets. We have done very good with the
Consumers do love fishnets. Manufacturers are prolonging that love
affair by offering
new and different variations each season.
For fall, we’ll see a variety of fall colors that can be worn alone or
layered with tights as well as styles that portray the
layering look. Wells Hosiery is
introducing a shaper fishnet as well as a two-tone fishnet. In the
two-tone fishnet, the black
remains constant and an overdye gives the hosiery an
additional color. They come in black and denim, black and chocolate
and black and burgundy.
making legwear that calls for layering. For the less-creative consumer,
manufacturers are packaging layers together. The
more adventurous can mix and match.
customizing easy with two new categories it is introducing for fall.
HUEtique offers the latest looks and colors in
tights, leg warmers, kneehighs, over-the-knees and leg tubes. They come
with special embellishments such as crochet and felt flowers.
HUE’s ButtonUps offer the assistance in layering by providing layers that
can be connected with a button. Consumers can connect two or three pieces
together for a customized look.
with the sock buttonup and then choose a coordinating connector and then
the add on,” explains Eskenazi.
Moretz Inc. is making fashion tights in a cotton blend that can be
paired with their over-the-knee and knee-highs
or legwarmers in wool blends, angora, and cashmere.
Because of the layering trends and continued popularity of boots,
Moretz designers expect the hottest sellers to
Fall will usher in a chunkier look in fashion socks, according to Carol
Schierlmann of Neuville Industries which
makes Keds socks.
“The boot look is
back so we’ll see raggy, slubby and chunkier looks in fashion socks,” says
Denim looks will experience another big season as
apparel fashion houses continue to experiment
with new and different applications for denim. Jeans and denim capris for
fall will sport big boot cuffs that will call
for socks with a denim appeal.
Corporation relaunched its Bonnie Doon socks and legwear accessories brand
during March market week. The brand, recognized by its popular
Scottie dog in the 1960’s, premiered its fall line of socks and
legwarmers. The line includes argyle prints,
whimsical patterns, logo details and darker hues such as mulberry,
midnight navy and charcoal.
“We’re confident retailers and
consumers are ready for a new fun line of socks and
hosiery that is in keeping with the current whimsical fashion
direction,” said Lisa DePriest, Director of
Marketing for Bonnie Doon.
Bonnie Doon, which was established in 1919, was acquired by Renfro
Corporation in 1994.
Comfort socks are still a hot-selling item, according to retailers.
And, sock manufacturers are continually
introducing new varieties to catch consumer’s eyes.
Keds fall line
will include lounge socks for ladies in heavy fluffy fibers that are soft
to the touch in playful colors which will include
patchwork and hand knit styles. HUE’s new Feel Good Socks for fall
include fluffy socks, furry socks and a creamy crew that has an extra
Keds featherweight line has transitioned from a
primarily cotton construction to microfiber nylon styles.
“It gives the consumer a nice soft, slick, thin style,” explains
Schierlmann. “Keds is making a big play with its micro-stretch shoes, and
the socks with microfibers will tie in.”
In the Peds line, Americal is
offering some new styles in their lowcuts including seamless styles in a
heavier cotton and a low-cut footie with a
ribbonlike foldover elastic around the edge.
They also are introducing a CoolMax liner with arch support in red, navy,
gray, black and white.
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