… FAKE SOCKS.
So, as you all know I’m a pretty lousy DIYer. But know what I’m fully capable of doing? Lopping the sleeves off of a done-for, moth-eaten sweater and using those sleeves as fake boot socks!
This trick has been roaming around Pinterest for at least a year, probably longer, so there’s no way I can take credit for it. There are a million tutorials, but here’s one that’s pretty close to my hack-and-wear process. Those of you with actual DIY follow-through might want to consider stitching, knitting, or crocheting the unfinished edge to avoid unraveling. In my experience, so long as you stick the unfinished edge inside the boot and leave the sweater cuff exposed, no one is the wiser and unraveling is barely noticeable. I’ve been using the same pairs for more than a year an hardly a thread is a’danglin’.
What’s the point, you ask? Well, certain pairs of boots cause just about every pair of boot socks to gradually slide down until they’ve settled into an uncomfortable wad at the heel. Certain pairs of boots fit oddly or tightly if a full boot sock is shoved inside. Utilizing a cuff instead of a full sock allows you to fine-tune how much sock is showing above the boot opening. And boot socks can be weirdly expensive, while recycling already-ruined sweaters is satisfyingly FREE.
It’s been so warm this season that I haven’t had much of a chance to don my little collection of fake socks, but I will. Oh friends, once winter truly settles upon the land, I will be fake-socking it up for months.
Have you ever tried this winter styling trick? Would you?
Image via Try it On Me.