'Tis the season for legwear--knee-high and thigh-high socks, tights, and leggings to keep our legs toasty warm and our selves from shivering in the chill autumn air. Although I normally review beauty products, I couldn't resist when Ozone Socks contacted me, offered to send me free socks, and asked me to review their products. This was back in the summer; I pleaded heat wave and postponed the review for another time, but now that the weather has cooled I really have no excuse to procrastinate any longer, do I?
Founded by fashion industry veteran Laurie Mallett, Ozone wants to lend socks and legwear the same fun and fashion cred given to other garments: "For too long the sock has been ignored by the world of fashion and we’re going to change that." Among the various innovations this company has introduced to the sock world, perhaps the most interesting one is their whimsical designs. I browsed through their website and chose the 'Fashion not Bondage' knee-highs to review. (The company rep I spoke to threw in a second pair because I only picked one pair.)
The socks are densely knit and very good quality. In fact, the over-the-knee striped socks that Ozone threw in proved so warm that I may pair them with a mini sweater dress instead of my usual tights. I can definitely see myself layering them under tall boots, but Ozone's designs are meant to be seen. Would these socks work as visible components of my outfits? I styled a couple of outfits around the socks to find out, and the answer was a resounding yes!
Forever 21 plaid blouse, Target skirt, over-the-knee Ozone socks, Payless shoes
Dynamite skirt and shirt, Wise and Proper necklace, 'Fashion not Bondage' knee-highs, Payless shoes
The only downside I see to Ozone is that the price points are a bit high. Prices generally range from $12-45 for a single pair. As a consumer, I'd be discouraged from buying Ozone socks--having to order online, pay shipping, wait for my parcel--when I could pick up a less expensive alternative at a local store and wear them immediately.