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  1. Bradford

    Bradford Current Events Moderator

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    OK - I just looked down at my feet and realized that I am wearing blue socks - no problem - except that I am wearing black pants and black shoes and I thought I had put on black socks this morning. Yes - the lighting by the dresser is a bit dim and clearly I wasn't very awake this morning when I got dressed [​IMG] I'll probably just ride it out today - but my first thought was to run out at lunch and get a new pair of black socks. Bradford
     
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    Quick, grab the Sharpie. [​IMG]
     
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    I'm leaning toward making up a couple of canvas bags or other storage divisions to separate navy from black throughout the wardrobe, and maybe even marking the linings of jackets and trousers. I've wasted far too much time running around trying to tell the difference via incandescent, fluorescent, daylight, wife, etc...
     
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    I picked up some RL socks the other day that handle this problem. The navy pair has a blue polo player; the black pair has a gray polo player; the gray pair has a black polo player. Maybe the other companies could adopt a similar scheme for marking socks. [​IMG]
     
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    Wait - I vaguely remember some TV show or movie where the guy took a Sharpie and just colored his bare leg because he didn't have a pair of socks... Don't remember what I was watching though. Bradford
     
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    i know what you mean..sometimes even in the best of light blue and black are easily confused..same thing happen to my wife with tights..we usually hold item next to something definitively black like the telephone
     
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    Yeah, but is it really a BLACK polo player, or navy?? [​IMG]
     
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    I solve that by only having black socks. a great solution is those socks where the black has red heal and toe and the blue has light blue heal and toe. very easy to tell apart. I think Brooks Bros and Ben Silver sell them amoung others.
     
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    My ex once went out of the house with one black shoe and one navy shoe. Somehow or other as the resident "style expert" I wound up with the blame. [​IMG] I also took a different colored suit coat with similarly colored suit pants. Needless to say, I didn't wear the coat doing sales calls that day. [​IMG] You could also try patterned socks...Or separating black and blue in different drawers.
     
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    steve, I actually did the same thing once - I had two identicaly cut suits, one midnight blue with a faint chalk stripe and one charcoal gray with a faint chalk stripe. I was in a meeting and looked down at my leg and realized that I had mismatched the pieces.
     
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    Odd, my navy Polo socks have a red Polo player... Jon.
     
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    (j @ 14 Dec. 2004, 09:02) Quick, grab the Sharpie. [​IMG]
    Wait - I vaguely remember some TV show or movie where the guy took a Sharpie and just colored his bare leg because he didn't have a pair of socks... Don't remember what I was watching though. Bradford
    capital idea.
     
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    Welcome to my world. As my bedroom faces west, I dress each morning in either dim or artificial light. Many a day I carry a handful of nebulously dark socks to the kitchen window to determine which are black, which are navy. Segregating them in different drawers only works to a point, as each pair must be re-identified and reunited correctly after each laundry, but usually there's more time for that on washday.

    Except when I find a pattern with helpful toe stripes (gray with black, pale blue with navy), I try to avoid buying the same pattern in both black and navy, and can generally remember that the herringbones are blue while the pindots are black, for example. Even so, there will probably always be mornings when I get to the office and am embarrassed by my hosiery. When this occurs, I console myself that if that is the worst thing to happen that day, I'm a lucky man indeed.
     
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    I had a case of the limp-collar syndrome the other day, right before an important meeting with the only person who would actually notice that Henry P. forgot something that morning. Let us all learn from my mistake: paperclips make excellent collar stays in a pinch.


    Henry P. Boogers
     
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    If this is really a serious problem, it should take very little effort to solve it by stitching white thread on either your navy or black socks at the top to indicate which ones you're looking at. If you have access to a sewing machine, put it on zigzag with white thread and stitch horizontally across the sock, somewhere near the top edge. Problem solved. Or if you were really lazy, you could use a spot of bleach, but that's pretty sad.
     

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