Can anyone explain red socks to me?

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  1. Financekid

    Financekid Member

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    Allow me to explain then.

    England is a place of uniformity and uniforms. As a child, you wear a sombre uniform to attend school. This can be from age 4-18. When you attend university, the dress is equally as sober, and then you graduate and get a job where you have to wear a suit.

    The only place for a little bit of personality to show through here? Socks. Socks are about the only thing in the school uniform that a teacher or prefect could not tell you off for, as they weren't stipulated in the school uniform list. The same goes for suits, socks are a personal thing, and it would be out of place to comment on a mans choice for them. Therefore, wearing colourful socks is a rebellious and individual thing to do, in order to separate yourself (in uniform) from everybody else.

    I doubt it would catch on abroad, where personality is expressed through other means seen as you don't have to wear a sodding uniform for fourteen years of your life plus.



    Ah, yes that makes sense. Thank you very much, that's just what I wanted to know.

    I'm not a brit, but I do live in london, and as you might be able to infer from my screen-name I aspire to work in the city. I think pinstripe suits and black oxfords are both fantastic, but I can imagine going nuts after years of the same outfit five days a week. Not sure it'll be too long before I can be spotted sporting red socks.
     


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    Found this random pic of me in the wild.

    You mean, you go out in public?
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    Where to buy a nice thick pair?
     


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    Of red socks?
     


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    I'm not english but I am australian (commonwealth nation), and have been in private schools. Thus I had to wear a uniform from age 6 - 18. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to wear colourful socks. I expressed my rebellion in looking better, putting a fedora bash into the uniform pork-pie, and wearing a tie that, while looking good when the blazer was buttoned, was noticeably short when the blazer was off.
    As for red socks, I have a couple pairs I pull out when it feels right, goes best with black leather or a suitably dark and muddy brown. It has gotten a few comments though not nearly as much as the shoes themselves. ('Oh, blue suede shoes, COOL!")
     


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    Where to buy a nice thick pair?

    I am wearing a nice thick cashmere/wool pair now by Falke. They are pretty easy to get hold of in the UK.
     


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    Therefore, wearing colourful socks is a rebellious and individual thing to do, in order to separate yourself (in uniform) from everybody else.

    Socks are a bit like the knickers in the French Can Can: now you see "˜em, now you don't.

    All other things are either permanently on display or permanently hidden (underwear). With socks (presuming you wear long trousers)
    you can be outrageous for short moments, but not all of the time.

    That said, red as a sock colour is such a clichÃ[​IMG] for naughtiness. More advanced are sherbet colours: yellow, raspberry, baby blue, pistachio.

    But under no circumstances ever: white or the various shades of beige.
     


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    What about with beige pants? I match pants to socks.
     


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    max b Senior member

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    as bright color tie is a way to give "new life" to an old classic suit.
    same for socks. the difference is that the socks are not so "evident".
    so I suppose wear red socks somehow are "refreshing" old cloths as other bright colors like sky blue, yellow or orange.
    but of course red is a special color
     


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    not in real life for me, well..
     


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    To cut through all of this pseudo-fashionista bullshit, the prevalence
    of red socks, especially in the United Kingdom is more than likely genetic.
    It is well known that colorblindness is more common among males
    in northern and western Europe, particularly the British Isles and Normandy
    and Brittany in France. According to the latest research, the halpotype
    that is theorized to carry this trait converts the color red to gray or black
    in the vision of the carrier. In these cultures male dress, in the dominant
    classes, is very understated, even dull. On the basis of this analysis, the
    choice of red socks, for that portion of the male population in these classes
    who are colorblind, is merely an act of conformity with the paradigm of
    understated dress.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_blindness
     


  13. lawyerdad

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    They're like sneakers on a telephone wire. It means the wearer has drugs to sell.
     


  14. lawyerdad

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    Found this random pic of me in the wild. You get the idea.

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    I have that same pair (ok, a very similar pair) of Nagranis. [​IMG]
     


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    I get mine from Gammarelli's.

    Leon
     


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