Friday, August 10, 2012
The great sock debate................
From Men's Heatlh:
There’s a liberation movement happening down south, and it involves your feet.
Guys are doing one of two things to free themselves from boring black socks. They’re wearing bright, colorful socks that break all the rules you’ve heard (“socks always match trousers, blah blah blah . . . ”), or they’re skipping them entirely. A suit and dress shoes sans socks? Why not? Jeans with orange and red striped socks? Right on trend.
Whether you’re over socks or just need some guidance, it’s high time to get the rules down.
Ditch the socks if you’re . . .
. . . wearing well-tailored pants. The of-the-moment, warm-weather look pairs a slightly short pant leg with scene-stealing shoes. Two things you don’t need? Socks. Choose pants (without a break) that hover around the ankle, cut short enough to show off the wingtips, bucks, or whatever kicks you’re rocking. Or, for a more casual take, roll up your jeans a few times so they skim the tops of the shoes. Stick with low-to-the-ground sneakers (like any of these) as opposed to cushioned running shoes.
. . . wearing sandals. This should go without saying, but we’re saying it anyway.
. . . at the beach. Sitting down to take off your shoes and socks makes a dip in the ocean way less spontaneous. The casual beach environment calls for flip-flops or boat shoes, neither of which requires socks. As a general rule of thumb: go sockless in the warm months.
Tip: If you’re concerned about foot stench—and you should be—arm yourself with foot powder (we like Gold Bond Foot Powder).
Keep the socks if you’re . . .
. . . not ready to go bare. If it’s too extreme for you, there are other options out there. You can still amp up your below-the-calf style with colorful, patterned socks. They offer a peek of personality when you cross your legs and easily add style to a basic black suit. Check out Richer Poorer, Happy Socks, and Paul Smith, and ease your way into the bolder patterns by starting off with horizontal stripes.
. . . exercising. Blisters speak for themselves.
. . . sticking with a low cut pair. Get the cushion and stink-saving benefits of socks with the stylish, sockless look by wearing a pair of low profile athletic socks (like no-show socks from Hanes) or loafer socks (like these from Banana Republic) Make sure they’re low enough to go unnoticed, ideally in a similar color to the shoe to blend in.
NOTE: If anyone ever comments that you are not wearing socks, always respond that you are "wearing matching boxers also".