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The Working Man: Socks or No Socks?

by Rachel Yeomans | July 25th, 2012   

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.

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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.”

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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.

8 comments
carbonware
carbonware

These rules really only apply to NY. Most other cities go sockless since the 80s in the summer and leave it that way while at work. and for people in creative work, marketing, eCommerce, advertising etc going sockless has been a trend since, well forever.

 

I have to call you out for saying it's not just hipsters and college kids yet your three example photos argue with the text. One very young guy who looks to be off ot a fashion shoot and two older guys looking to be cool, neither of which are in actual suites. Try again please.

ski prop
ski prop

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advice

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annedreshfield
annedreshfield

I can't imagine those shoes smell very good after a commute! And I bet J.Crew is behind some of this...their catalogues are full of men wearing dress shoes with no socks.

theworkwardrobe
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 @PhilipNowak LOL love the comment, Phil! Thanks so much for the compliment and for the article link! Hope all is well on your end!

theworkwardrobe
theworkwardrobe moderator

 @annedreshfield Haha - perhaps indeed! And per your point, I do hope they're putting baby powder in their shoes before wearing them! That's my solution when I wear flats.