If you've ever seen Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink, or The Breakfast Club—hopefully, you've seen them all—you'll remember that the best scene of every 1980s movie is the montage showing all of the wild fashion happening in those high school halls. Permed hair, shoulder pads, and neon unitards were undoubted hallmarks of the 80s teen style. (Who didn't want to be Molly Ringwald?)
While many of the 1980s style trends belong to be kept far, far away from our modern closets, there is one in particular we're not mad about seeing reemerge online and in stores. Pull out your old pair of slouch socks, because they're back and bringing major cozy vibes to 2021.
Slouch socks were the It accessory of the 1980s—sorry, scrunchie lovers—primarily because they transcended all of the bounds of being in a particular clique. Prepsters sported crisp-white slouch socks with Keds and cheerleader uniforms, while New Wavers could double-up on two pairs with ripped tights and burnt red lipstick. The trend then bled into the 1990s, and Princess Diana famously rocked slouched tube socks in public.
Slouchy socks are so naturally versatile that they don't require a whole lot of updating to wear with present-day 'fits. It doesn't hurt that retro style—think Rachel Green-inspired mini skirts and oversized blazers á la Andie Walsh—is already restocking our wardrobes. Pair slouch socks with leggings, a vintage sweatshirt, and sneakers for major athleisure attitude, or layer over a pair of sheer tights with boots and a long cable-knit sweater for a preppy-meets-fashionista look.
Whatever you do, don't sleep too long on this comfy 1980s comeback trend. Shop some of our favorite modern-day options below.
Classic White Slouch Socks
These socks feature the quintessential extra wide, heavy material that scrunches into the perfect slouch.
Shop It: $10.99; amazon.com
Slouch Sock Trio
Pick between an assortment of colors to bring home a trio of extra wide slouch socks, so you'll never be without on laundry day.
Shop It: $21.99; etsy.com
Knee High Crew Socks
This modern take on slouch socks is for all the cool girls who aren't afraid to rock these in public—anytime. Choose from six colors.
Shop It: $14; freepeople.com