Life is a Catwalk: Make the most of your ‘ugly socks’

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WITH Christmas day itself just over a week away, many an excited fashionista will be going to bed on Christmas Eve hoping Santa has left her – or him – something stylish in their stocking.

What a great surprise it will be when they pull out a pair of novelty socks from Grandma, a hand-knitted jumper from Great Aunty Marge or a floral tie from Bob next door.

But, I beg of you, fear not, for even the most gruesome jumper, socks or tie can be turned into a chic addition to the fashionista’s wardrobe if only considered in the right manner.

Take, for example the knitted jumper. You only have to look at most of my jumpers to be under the impression they were knitted by a relative. Indeed one was, the others, though, are all vintage.

The vintage-style jumper has made a daring comeback so team your woolly one with skinny jeans, vertiginous heels and some bold jewellery and you’ll instantly have friends asking where they can lay their paws on one, to which you just utter the words: “It’s bespoke darrrling.”

The socks, no matter how eye-searingly bright, can be worn over tights with strappy shoes for bare-face I-don’t-give-a-damn cool, or else hidden beneath boots if they really are too shameful to be aired.

Boys, when it comes to the scary tie section, as long as no cartoon characters appear in the design – for there is little can be done here – wear it with your sharpest, plainest suit and you can make the most hideous pattern look like something straight off the runway.

Whatever you do just remember that no matter how unappealing to your fashionable taste a gift may be, someone lovingly bought it, or even made it, with you in heart and mind.

So smile and say thank you, and if worst comes to worse, hope they included a gift receipt.