Some trends turn into styles that stay and others just start getting on your nerves after a while. The sock bun? On my nerves. I'm just a little sick of seeing it. That being said, I still like a top knot of sorts especially when my hair is looking a little blah.
So all you need to do is put your hair in a pony, take pieces and tease them, then take turns on each side and pin them behind with Bobbi pins. It's a messier look than the sock bun but it's a nice change.