This Sunday’s New York Times “On the Street” photograph collage shot by Bill Cunningham featured an interesting menswear style that I’ve been noticing myself the past month or so: No socks. And I’m not talking about college students or hipsters; I’m talking about men in business suits clearly running between meetings or on their daily commutes. Their suits are well tailored, their briefcases prepped for a full workday and their shoes are shined. The only thing missing is the pair of socks.
In the video showcasing his photographs, Bill Cunningham states that this is a common wardrobe edit for men in the summer. However he said that this summer is a bit different. He states there is now a “parade of young men with no socks and very highly decorative shoes.”
Despite the taste in footwear, is this clothing item removal appropriate for the office? Unfortunately, I would say not. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean that you can’t add socks when you get to the office. Don’t worry, men, I’m not asking you to suffer during your commute in this heat for a dress code that doesn’t take effect until you walk into your office building.
However once at work, do what women do. While your female coworkers swap their sneakers or flats for pumps, match those newly-shined shoes with some matching socks.