Caught on Fishnets

It’s a fishnet fall—but not necessarily the full, sexy, boom-boom kind of a season this time round. Somehow, the idea of large-scale mesh took over entire looks in the Spring shows—in collections as completely dissimilar as Simone Rocha’s and Balmain’s—not, I think we will agree, fashion at its most wearable. But these cues have a way of sinking in and popping up somewhere else. And now the useful form has arrived: May we suggest the fishnet sock? Yes, as tiny and inexpensive a purchase as they are, this is the moment when a pair of fishnet socks will sneak an inordinate amount of pleasure into a daily repertoire. As the days turn draftier, they’ve turned into a perfect styling flip: great as a New Wave–ish device for glamming up the gap between turned-up denims and spiky pumps; a neat surprise when flashed with trainers; or—if the eccentric-lady mood is upon you—worn as the fully visible knee-high version, with a skirt.


To trace the thread of how this minor trick hit critical mass, we only need to glance at Proenza Schouler’s Fall show, where the web of intrigue began with the label’s large-scale, chunkily knitted tights and socks. By the Spring collections, fishnets were popping up at Maison Margiela and Ashley Williams. Just a footnote to fashion, of course—but one to have plenty of fun with right now.