How to Style Boot Socks Two Ways

Boot Socks + Ankle Boots

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Typically, when I think of boot socks, I imagine pairing them with classic riding boots. However, I’ve seen a ton of fashion bloggers and Instagram stars wearing a pair scrunched down with ankle boots. So unexpected and so cute! The key to achieving this look is to find a pair of socks that aren’t too thick and can be pushed down a few inches above your boots.

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Boot Socks + Riding Boots

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riding boots with socks

For a classic look, boot cuffs also look great with riding boots! The important thing to remember when styling your socks or boot cuffs with taller boots is to choose a pair that is long enough to peek above the top of the boot. This looks best with skinny jeans or leggings!

Thankfully, these adorable accessories are starting to hit gliks.com! If you’re looking for a little something extra to pair with your dresses, skinny jeans, and Piko sweaters this season, we’ve got you covered.

Once you grab a pair (or two), I’d love to hear how you style your boot socks! Are you stepping outside the box and wearing them with ankle boots? Or are you staying perfectly classy and pairing your boot socks with riding boots?

How to Style Boot Socks Two Ways

Elan Clothing: Meet the Man Behind the Brand

Elan Clothing
Photo source: http://www.elan-usa.com/

Meet Elan Savir, founder and designer for the high quality womenswear brand, Elan clothing. With flattering silhouettes and a touch of international flair, the brand continues to blow out of Glik’s stores and online. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Elan about everything from his humble beginning to how the brand has evolved and where the future will take the unstoppable design team.

Elan Clothing
Photo source: http://www.elan-usa.com/

Can you tell our readers how your brand began?

I began designing and manufacturing clothing when I was 20. I had worked a number of retail jobs and although I had no prior experience designing, I knew that I had an eye for fashion. At age 21, I truly embarked on my quest to become a designer and start my own clothing company. After borrowing money from my parents, I made 150 dresses, loaded them up in my Trans Am, and being trying to sell my apparel door to door. I immersed myself in the industry and began networking with more established wholesalers in the area. In the beginning, the focus was on resort wear for men, women, and children. Today, the brand has grown and solely focuses on womenswear. With the growth of the brand, the design process has evolved into a group effort. Working together with a team has allowed Elan clothing to generate fresh ideas regarding designs and keeping up with current trends.

You mentioned being a self taught designer, how did you learn tricks of the trade?

I learned as I went. I learned it was okay to make mistakes, but not to make the same ones twice. I realized that sometimes you have to fake it until you make it and that others in the industry will start acknowledging you once you actually begin to get your work out there.

How do you stay on top of current and upcoming trends?

We look at magazines and draw inspiration from certain companies that inspire us. A lot of our designs are also influenced by our travels to Europe where we visit high-end stores. Elan clothing is not aspiring to be a trendsetter in the industry, but to design clothing that women will be attracted to for every day wear. We want to make casual, comfortable, and chic clothing that women can wear to run their every day errands, but that they can also wear to a nice dinner. I try to let go of any personal biases when it comes to trends and ask for group opinions to keep everything fresh.

What is the most rewarding part about being a designer?

The most rewarding part is seeing people wear your clothing. It feels great to see women wearing our clothing and loving it. Having that support from your consumers and getting their feedback is always important. I also love to see how stores merchandise our product.

What is the most challenging?

I have found that the most challenging part of being a designer is to find ways to keep outdoing yourself from season to season. As a designer, you have to constantly find ways to make your products better than they have been before.

If you’re in a creative rut, what is the best way to drag yourself out?

Sometimes it is good not to try and force yourself to come up with ideas. You have to change your environment to change your state of mind. I often times will leave my office when I feel stuck and I’ve found that changing your environment will do a lot for your creative mindset.

How would you describe your style aesthetic?

My style aesthetic is casual but dressy. I like to describe it as “casual chic.” I like to create looks that are not form fitting, but more loose and flowy. My designs are feminine and have a bohemian vibe.

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Can you please describe your design process from mood boards to choosing fabrics to production?

We start by going to fabric suppliers and seeing what is new. Sometimes we will buy samples of what we like and begin to create mood boards based from that. If we find a fabric that we like, sometimes we will produce many items from the same fabric.

If you could choose any celebrity to be a spokesperson for your brand, who would it be and why?

Nichole Richie. She is stylish and has the image of a woman that represents our ideal customer.

Where do you see Elan Clothing in 5/10 years?

In 5 or 10 years, we would like to become a more focused brand that has a larger presence in major department stores. We are working on building brand recognition and are striving to improve our social media presence for Elan clothing.

Making in the fashion industry is no easy feat. What is the best advice you could give to an aspiring designer?

My best advice is to put yourself in the proximity of those who are doing what you want to do. Get a job as an intern and surround yourself with people who have valuable experience. Money doesn’t matter as much as the experience that you will gain. Be the best version of yourself and grow as a person. Be part of the world. Don’t sit around and wait for something to happen. It is important to work and find your value. Sometimes, you have to start small and work to grow your company.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share?

It is not impossible to succeed with building your own business! You have to be passionate and believe in yourself first. If you are interested in fashion, there are a number of jobs in the industry that you could do if you position yourself in the right place and work hard.

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Elan Clothing: Meet the Man Behind the Brand

The Poncho Trend: Fall’s Must-Have

Poncho, shawl, cape, wrap— however you describe it, the poncho is absolutely one of this season’s essential pieces. From London Fashion Week runways to chic street style bloggers and celebrity airport sightings, the poncho is popping up all over the place. If you haven’t gotten the hint yet, this trendy piece is here to stay.

Worry not, my fellow fashion enthusiasts; ponchos are not solely reserved for Internet famous bloggers and runway models. Any woman can rock this trend because there are so many styling options offered by this garment.

Calling all prepsters, meet your new go-to layering piece. If you personally believe that pearls pair perfectly with everything and nautical themes work just about everywhere, then you too can rock the poncho trend. Elan has crafted a flawless sweater poncho that can showcase your classy style when layered over a plaid button up or long sleeve striped shirt. Complete your preppy look with riding boots and, of course, your faithful pearls.

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If your style is more casual and reserved, don’t rule out this trend. Ponchos are still totally appropriate for those of you who feel more comfortable sticking to the basics. Look by M has a variety of solid colored knit ponchos that are less Coachella and more sophisticated lady. Layer one of these stylish separates over a long sleeve thermal, pair with a basic dark wash skinny jean, and throw on some ankle boots for a look that goes far beyond basic.

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Bold and edgy trendsetters can put an alternative twist on the poncho trend with a few staple pieces. Love Stich has designed a plaid poncho that will leave you looking consistently chic and a little bit rock star. To unleash your inner edgy glam gal, couple this plaid poncho with a fitted Piko dress and black combat boots.

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No matter your style, a poncho can definitely work for you. Once you get the hang of styling them, the possibilities are endless! You can check out our entire selection of ponchos here and find one that speaks to your inner fashionista.

The Poncho Trend: Fall’s Must-Have