Celebrity Style on Trial: Lily Cole in ankle socks

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We know this may be an unpopular ruling for some of you, but The Fashion Police don’t like to see ankle socks and Mary Janes on anyone over the age of ten. To us, it’s just one more dangerous step towards the ‘Dress Like a Toddler’ trend, and you all know how we feel about that. Try as we might, we just can’t understand why grown women would want to infantilise themselves like this, but it seems that some of them do. Take Lily Cole, for instance: a beautiful woman, and one of our very favourite models. Why, then, would she want to dress like a five-year-old. Why?

Despite our reservations, however, we’re putting Lily On Trial rather than simply committing her immediately to the bowels of the Fashion Police jail, because we seem to see this look constantly at the moment – most frequently on the pages of ASOS.com, where frilly ankle socks for adults can often be found. Are we missing something? Is this, in fact, a stylish and alluring look, and we just can’t see it?

Enlighten us, Fashion Police Jury. Is Lily Cole guilty of Crimes of Fashion, or are lacy ankle socks acceptable attire for grown women? 

13 Comments

  • June 26, 2008

    randimae

    I think so long as you’re not decked out head to toe in toddler garb, they’re okay. Given the latest and greatest trend of Aggy hatred, I really like how she wears ankle socks… v. punky.

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  • June 26, 2008

    MsBirda

    Somebody lock her up now!

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  • June 26, 2008

    Livie

    sure, go ahead and be a toddler. what do i care? i mean i flinch when my 5 year old sister is dressed like that. my first reaction when i see a grown woman dressed in mary janes is GAG. so if u like people to be sick when they see you then follow the frilly socks trend. your feet, your choice!

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  • June 26, 2008

    gokarm

    if anyone can pull off lacy anklets and mary janes, it’s her. But I’m not a fan of that dress.

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  • June 26, 2008

    feike

    Well, if they’re on the way to Alice in Wonderland auditions…
    I am much more appalled by Ms. Cole’s knees.

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  • June 26, 2008

    Jazz

    I actually like the socks if they were worn with some punky shoes (converse, doc martens). But the mary-janes just make me worry: did she get dressed in the dark or in a fashion police jail cell?

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  • June 26, 2008

    Chica

    I think they can look good …but her whole outfit is horrible, not a fan & I normally love what Lily wears

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  • June 26, 2008

    Natasha

    Ms Cole, what with her hair and this entire outfit, looks like she just stepped off the set of an “Annie” remake. I personally hate the frilly socks look. On the other hand, she did recently have a role in St Trinian’s, so she does seem to lean a bit towards the infantile.

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  • June 27, 2008

    sarah

    You know, ankle socks and mary janes on an adult woman could work in some case with some outfit on some occasion. I’m not sure which very specific occasion this would be, but I’m pretty sure it’s not this occasion and I know it isn’t this outfit.

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  • June 27, 2008

    Olivia

    I think she was trying to channel a Lolita look or something like that, but she’s too old to be dressing like that, especially with the may-janes which are for very young children.

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  • June 27, 2008

    corina

    I appologize for my catastrophic lack of taste, but I think she has an alien face..not so beautifull

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  • June 28, 2008

    Maggie45

    I’m afraid I agree with feike. OMG, those KNEES! I can’t see anything else!

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  • July 10, 2008

    Chantelle83

    I love this site, but I am appalled by the amount of apathy here. You can’t say she hasn’t got style – that’s definitely a look. I don’t think she looks horrible.
    As a designer, I definitely see her idea, with all that awkward little girl gear on a grown woman, there’s a concept there. And, actually, I think I like it. I wouldn’t wear it and I wouldn’t advise anyone else to try though.

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