The sock bun has sustained the transition into fall following a summer of undoubted popularity. While I still find the whole concept somewhat odd, I can’t seem to ignore its elegance. High-profile fashion icons from Whitney Port to Mila Kunis to Sarah Jessica Parker have tapped into their thrifty side, utilizing the trustworthy sock to pump-up the volume in the bun department.
It’s actually rather refreshing to see a modern take on the traditional ballet buns that waltzed the fall runways. For one, Yves Saint Laurent’s f/w 2012 collection mastered this classic style. The sleekness of the bun mimicked the overall assertiveness and power behind his daring fabrications and bold tailoring (including leather and chainmail). Meanwhile, Valentino used low-sitting buns to further evoke the brazenness of his clean-cut, monochromatic collection full of decadent embroidery and refined silhouettes. I therefore associate the ballet bun with a somewhat masculine vibe that exudes endless sophistication. On the other hand, the sock bun embodies the essence of femininity. It captures the spirit of the old ballet, transforming it into a modern beauty phenomenon.
This Fashionista transitions the effortless femininity of the style into an everyday look. She perfects fall’s simplistic color blocking with plum colored skinnies and a basic white tee, meticulously finishing the look with metallic Sperry Top-Siders and a lightweight infinity scarf. Adding to the style's versatility, it’s virtually foolproof. Simply cut an old sock around the toe area, slip the circular shape around your ponytail and secure with bobby pins. A bun with that much volume doesn’t get any cheaper. And what’s more, it easily transitions from day to night. Honestly, could it get any easier? Its no wonder the trend has secured a spot in every Fashionista’s beauty repertoire.