Is it because Rihanna needed something to wear under her custom thigh-high Manolos? That’s the question hanging in the air as we consider her third collection with Stance socks, which goes live starting tomorrow. Comprised of 19 standout styles, the baby doll–meets-tomboy hosiery collection is right in step with the pop singer’s unconventional approach to fashion.
Case in point? Her sheer and Lurex “ankle biter,” a cheeky spin on the varsity sock that would pair just as well with Rihanna’s Manolos as it would with the new fur-lined Fenty x Puma slides, set to be released later this week. The footless over-the-knee sock is somewhere between Betty Boop’s lingerie drawer and a ’70s locker room, and the kind of thing you can imagine RiRi working into one of her many pantless street style looks.
There is, of course, a nod to her eighth—and most personal—album, Anti, with the number eight woven along the knee or across the ankle of several pairs. And given that statement stockings have been all over the runways lately, getting a chic, um, toehold on the trend just got that much easier.