The Only Hack You Need To Nail Transitional Dressing

Photographed by Victoria Adamson.
Update: This post was originally published on March 23, 2016.

When a new season rolls around — especially spring — it's easy to get a little overly excited in the clothing and accessories departments. Before it's truly hot enough outside, though, all of our favorite stores, from Zara to Barneys, seem to roll out their warm-weather wear (think opened-toe shoes and tank tops) just to taunt us. (It's like those new arrivals stare at us, whispering, "Yes, I'm pretty, but you can't wear me for the next six weeks, at least.")

There's one tried-and-true fashion-girl trick, however, that lets you actually take advantage of all those gorgeous new heels, sandals, and slides before the season starts: the sock-sandal combination. Since it can feel a little crazy to rock an open-toe shoe when morning temperatures are still in the 30s, all you really need to do is throw on a sheer or printed sock (the color and pattern, of course, depends on the type of shoe) to make that can't-wait-to-wear pair of kicks work for transitional weather. Click on to see exactly how it's done.
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A classic slingback gets some edge with a hit of faux-fur that adds ankle warmth and style points.

Tibi Jillian Heels, $525, available at Tibi; Topshop Fur Trim Ankle Socks, $8, available at Topshop.
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Dress up a velvet platform even more with a sheer embroidered sock.

Zara Velvet Platform Sandals, $89.90, available at Zara; Tabio Floral Ankle Socks, $10, available at Opening Ceremony.
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Go crazy for pastels by color-blocking some light blue socks with slip-on pink mules — this with jeans and a cozy sweater is your new weekend uniform.

H&M Mules, $17.99, available at H&M; Rochas Ribbed Socks, $144, available at Farfetch.
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Funk up a chunky black sandal with a wild printed option that'll catch eyes (and compliments) from a mile away.

Charles & Keith Laced Rope Sandals, $39, available at Charles & Keith; Kenzo Blue Tiger Stripe Socks, $12, available at SSENSE.
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How epic does a punk-y Mary Jane look with a sparkly ribbed sock?

Gucci Queercore Brogue Monk Shoe, $1,450, available at Gucci; & Other Stories Shiny Rib Socks, $12, available at & Other Stories.
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Unexpected pairings are key: An athletic-inspired ankle sock with a fashion-approved slip-on is a match made in heaven.

Alexander Wang Amelia Suede Sandal, $595, available at Alexander Wang; ASOS 2 Stripe Ribbed Ankle Socks, $3, available at ASOS.
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Do a little print-mixing by pairing a sheer stripe with some snakeskin.

Mango Snake Design Loafers, $99.99, available at Mango; Finery Cadiz Sheer Stripe Socks, $15, available at Finery.

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