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Sock trend update: mismatches are in. Thank goodness! I know, I’m probably one of the few diligent sock watchers out there. But here’s the deal, with three school-aged squid-eaters around my house socks disappear and reappear on a regular basis. And despite my push that socks come in two colors–white and black, which are easy to mix and match, my kids go for socks with various designs, colors, sizes. Inevitably these socks come in packages with one pair of each design. Once you’ve lost one of the set, the other used to be doomed to either become a sock puppet or a dusting cloth.

No more–mismatched socks are all the rage right now. Watch any episode of iCarly to confirm that not only are clashing socks in, but mismatched patterns with clothes too. (Note to self: I was ahead of my time when I used to wear plaid shorts with striped shirts in middle school.)

So what does this have to do with your dinner table? Time to mix and match. Red plates, green, yellow, white, different patterns, sizes, use ‘em all in one setting. Especially when guests come over. Hey, even the experts at Fashion Week are calling clashing ‘in’: ‘Rainbow Colors: The New Neutral.’ Love it. Not that I’m a style-watcher (did you see the comment about middle school?!), but any excuse to let my kids get creative in the kitchen from the food prep, right down to the plate settings.

Your turn: Do you mix and match your place settings?

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