It’s only 3 months into 2016, but shit is already getting weird. Kim K took up the feminist cause (sort of), we have the human personification of a strip-mall tanning salon running for president, and telling your girlfriends you’re turned on by dad bods is no cause for question.

It’s as good a time as any for rule breaking in fashion. Enter: Socks and Sandals. I’m officially declaring 2016 the year young adults reclaim this comfy ass look from dads who need to get it together. Let’s explore, shall we?

First off, you’re going to need a good pair of socks. This is the core of your look, so invest in a pair you really like or at least are comfortable in.

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Next, you need a pair of sandals. Any of your favorite pairs will do. Tevas? Yes. Birkenstocks? Yup. The trendy platform ones with tons of straps? You betcha.

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Now that you’ve got your basics set up, you are likely asking, “What the hell do I actually wear with this?” Never fear, dear reader. Depending on your sock situation, you can dress this look up with a dress to be feminine, take it funky with a patterned trouser, or just go straight comfy at with a tshirt and jeans. See below for examples!

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The moral of the story is that you should wear comfy things and relish in it. As a personally petite woman, heels are an inevitable staple of my wardrobe that socks help make a tad bit more comfortable. If you feel best in your Louboutins or Birkenstocks without socks, so be it! There are no such things as fashion “don’ts” if you own your style and tell the rest of the world where they can send it. It’s 2016 and god damn it, socks and sandals are sexy.

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