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"Fun" socks for the office - yay or nay?

post #1 of 36
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I was just wearing red recycled yarn beauty & youth socks to lunch with a couple of close friends.

Now I've always been the guy in the office to wear fun socks daily e.g. argyles, bright colors, stripes, polka dots etc. Never been called out before. In fact just had a quick 20 mins meeting with the region's VP today. He didn't say anything about my socks either.

However during lunch, my close buddy commented on how my socks are "unprofessional". Is he right? I work in accounting, he's in corp finance, we both work in Singapore where office style is either really boring and ill-fitted or too tight and metrosexual. And nobody wears "fun" socks.
post #2 of 36
depends on the socks and the outfit.

if the socks stand out because they clash then they are probably unprofessional.
post #3 of 36
You're going to stand out in Singapore. How your office takes this is largely a matter of office culture and work environment unfortunately
post #4 of 36
Thread Starter 
My boss hasn't commented at all (4-5 months @ current job). In fact, I like that it's a great convo starter with office ladies / women I go out with after work.

So given the circumstances, should heed buddy's advice?
post #5 of 36
If you are more remembered after your meetings for your socks than what you presented, then I'd say wear something else. Save the color for you tie/squares.
post #6 of 36
I suspect that wearing a square will get you more notice than fun socks. Dare I ask what industry you are working in? PS: I will be returning from the US to SG in August so if you want anything proxied as in your sig, do tell me and we can sort something out.
post #7 of 36
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I'm actually an intern for Thomson Reuters. 1 more month before going back to school for my final year. No point in wearing pocket sqaures because almost no one here wears a suit. Too hot.
post #8 of 36
I was under the impression that some of the offices were very frigid? I know it's incinerating the moment you step outside though. I'd toe the line slowly with the socks. But then again, if you look at some of the shirts other people wear in Singapore (floral, weird details everywhere), I doubt anyone will care about mere patterned socks.
post #9 of 36
Singaporeans dress very gay.

The inclusion of Fun-Socks in the equation would only add to the problem, rather than create one.
post #10 of 36
Thread Starter 
^ Is it because of the prevalance of nipple-showing tops with nut-hugging capris, topped off with spiky faux- justin bieber meets a mullet haircuts?

If so, I can understand your point.
post #11 of 36
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Originally Posted by Flame View Post
I was just wearing red recycled yarn beauty & youth socks to lunch with a couple of close friends.

Now I've always been the guy in the office to wear fun socks daily e.g. argyles, bright colors, stripes, polka dots etc. Never been called out before. In fact just had a quick 20 mins meeting with the region's VP today. He didn't say anything about my socks either.

However during lunch, my close buddy commented on how my socks are "unprofessional". Is he right? I work in accounting, he's in corp finance, we both work in Singapore where office style is either really boring and ill-fitted or too tight and metrosexual. And nobody wears "fun" socks.

To be fair ,when I see guys with fun socks , an prat alarm bell is ringing in my head...

I know it's wrong but i'm thinking the guy is trying too hard at being different.

Wear them casually not at work.
post #12 of 36
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Originally Posted by lasbar View Post

Wear them casually not at work.
+1. I don't mind dress socks with a subtle pattern, but not "fun" socks with a city suit. IMO, attention shouldn't be drawn to your ankles.
post #13 of 36
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Originally Posted by Flame View Post
I'm actually an intern for Thomson Reuters. 1 more month before going back to school for my final year. No point in wearing pocket sqaures because almost no one here wears a suit. Too hot.

Since you're an intern, you should be focussed on trying to fit in as a professional-in-training, not stretching the limits of the dress code. So don't wear fun socks. The guys who look good in fun socks on this forum are like serious old guys so they can "pull it off."
post #14 of 36
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Originally Posted by Makoto Chan View Post
The guys who look good in fun socks on this forum are like serious old guys so they can "pull it off."
In the professional circles that my job takes me, not even old guys get away with fun socks or worse, no socks at all.
post #15 of 36
Depends on your office, I think yay for our office. But I avoid the ones which play tunes and have flashing LEDs(same for ties), unless there is some special occasion like Xmas or Birthday. You work in accounting, I guess that's rather sober and conservative, so wearing Spongebob Squarepants socks or similar, might not be a good idea.
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