Monday, 22 August 2011

Oh how she rocks, in Keds and tube socks.

I’m not gonna lie, if you asked me what I’d like to change about my body, I’d come back with a list as long as my arm (oh yep – arms would be on there). I know it’s not very empowered of me, but I’m a typical girl, and will probably spend my entire life wanting to be slimmer, taller, blah blah blah. But if I had to choose one part of my body to change, it wouldn’t be a flatter stomach or skinnier arms or more toned thighs, it would be the one part that I know I can never, ever change without some kind of weird, experimental surgery - my CALVES. I hate them! As I always say, I was blessed with hockey player’s calves, but not the ability to play hockey. My skinny-legged sister, however, was told she could play for the county. UNFAIR.

I suffer from SUCH leg envy. Mine could be worse, I know, but due to my muscular calves, I have had to resign myself to the fact that there are certain accessories I just can’t wear. Knee high boots are one (see rant) but the other one is SOCKS. I love socks. When I first watched Gossip Girl, I couldn’t get over how adorable the girls looked in their ankle socks and heels and argyles and brogues (those girls give good leg).

I look on jealously as my fellow fashion bloggers effortlessly pull off over the knee socks and short skirts, or layer socks over tights, or rock a pair of ankle socks with heels.

So, when MyTights contacted me, asking if I would take a pair of Burlington Argyle socks and style them up in different ways, I had to ruefully decline. I can’t do socks. But! If I COULD, this is what I’d team them with…

Classic Preppy Chic
Red & Blue Matchy-Matchy
Quirky LBD

Cute & Girly

Also, MyTights have kindly allowed me to give a pair of their socks away to you lovely people - any pair you like from their fantastic range - plus a pair of adorable gingham flipflops – and 2 runners up will get flipflops too!

  • You must be a follower of this blog. 
  • Include your email (or way to contact you) in the comment
  • International entries welcome
  • Giveaway will run for TWO WEEKS, closing Monday 5th September 19:00 MIDNIGHT (GMT)
  • Winner will be selected using
  • For an extra entry, either tweet or post to your blog something along these lines: Fancy winning a pair of argyle Burlington Socks and gingham flipflops? Enter @essbeevee's giveaway at note, you MUST comment here to be entered in the first place, even if you tweet it).

Good luck!


  1. I love knee high socks, but I dont have the confidence yet to wear them! I'd love to though, I really love those black ones :) I follow via GFC! xoxo

  2. You've been spoiling us with giveaways recently! Please enter me :)
    I quite like my legs but haven't had the guts to try knee highs yet, so I'd love the black pair to wear with cute dresses.

  3. If this is open to international readers, I would love to enter :)
    I think I would want to try some knee highs with my skirts. I've always been a little scared to do it.
    Follow with google


  4. Oh this rings a bell. I have a tiny waist, a fairly hour-glassy figure but I HATE my legs. I have such leg envy, what I would give for a pair of smooth, long, endless pins... none of those milk-bottle calves and thunder thighs :( I've tried EVERYTHING though, nothing shifts it. Grrrrrr

  5. I think ankle socks or over-the-knee are the most flattering styles on me. I'd love to win a pair of Burlington socks!

    I'd like to war the ankle socks with peeptoe heels.

    I'm already a follower on google and my email is miss.christina.sanders[@]


  6. Ugh I totally understand, however, I think you're fine and probably being too hard on yourself <3

    I love the looks you came up with! You have exceptional taste.


  7. I have loved this look since Clueless and used to wish that school uniform was as cool. I have seen some kids wear their uniform like this (don't they get told off for not sticking to the rules!!) I'm well jel! xxx

  8. Oh, so cute! Lovely giveaway, please enter my email...

    Ta, lovely! xx

  9. I like the classic preppy best because they're the tallest, but I love them all because I'm OBSESSED with argyle. lol

  10. Ooooh socks! I'd love to enter =]

  11. What cute socks! :) I'm following via GFC as Jasmine1485

    kate1485 at

  12. I tweeted about it here:!/NTFancy/status/106336946711834624

    kate1485 at

  13. Enter me please :)


  14. I actually love wearing knee socks so I would love to win. I follow you via bloglovin bc that is my reader of choice.

  15. Ooh, I love socks! Possibly, as someone with the face of a thirteen-year-old and a penchant for dressing in frocks and ribbons, I should try to steer clear of primary-school chic socks, but I just love them!

    Needless to say, I would like to enter!

  16. I've followed your blog for a while (under Sara). I love all your dresses - very jealous:) I've been after some socks for a while to try (I'm a bit scared I'll look silly with cute socks and shoes, I don't really know why) so I'd love to win this!

    My email address is

    I tweeted about it too (@sara_book).


  17. I have out of proportion calves too :( It totally frustrates my ambitions to dress like I'm in Clueless. Have you tried dark-ish coloured knee highs (not over the knee, they're not flattering on anyone who doesn't have Twiglet legs) over black tights though? It worked ok for me the one time I had the balls to actually try it. Wish I wasn't so scared of looking all muttonish.

    Could I enter please? I'm a GFC follower and my email addy is

  18. ohh love this preppy look :)

    Would love to enter this competition -

    I tweeted!/YanasDollHouse/status/108639193999216640

    thank you dear ;)

  19. One of teh best things about Autumn is buying new hosiery and I've always loved Argyle style socks.

    I follow through GFC.

    katsharman at gmail dot com

  20. I fear I have these hockey-calf issues to which you allude, but i like to kid myself i can 'do' knee highs nonetheless..So please can I enter- i follow GFC and my email is

    #i also tweeted. (@dinoprincesschr)

  21. I've recently fallen in love with long socks through various blogs I read. I would love to experience their delights for myself. my email is Thanks x

  22. I've also tweeted as reverbe.

  23. I love socks! Of any description :)
    mustbeadreamer [at]


  24. I've been considering them for a little while now, they must be great for the autumn when it's starting to get a little chilly.


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