In this week’s shirlandyou I’m on a subject which is personally subjective and since I’m writing this column, for what it’s worth, you are going to hear my opinion on the subject. At the end of this post there is plenty of room for you to write yours. Before I finish, you will hear a number of opinions. So what’s the subject? It’s men’s argyle socks.
Argyle socks are timeless and became popular here shortly after World War I. You know that I’m talking about a patterned sock featuring a diamond design. However, patterned socks are the most difficult type of socks for men to match with the rest of their wardrobes. Maybe this is why I don’t like them!
I first remember seeing them when young boys wore knickers to school and oftentimes the choice of socks were the long, argyle ones. I say thumbs down on argyles unless they are worn with kilts. Yet, some men will
wear argyle socks but, in no way, will they wear kilts. There is no question that argyle socks and kilts definitely go together. The argyle pattern is derived from the tartan of Clan Campbell, of Argyll in western Scotland. These socks have been worn by Scottish Highlanders since at least the 17th century.
Some years back, it took some men getting used to going sock-less, now they are being reprogrammed to wear socks in the summer. Is there a sock etiquette? I think so. Isn’t there a rule that says you should always match your socks to a pair of pants? If not, then my husband is in trouble! I can almost like argyle socks that are a neutral pattern, but I don’t think that bright socks look good on
men. And argyles should be worn with casual shoes, but never with sneakers and shorts. When men do wear argyle socks, they are generally quite conservative about it. It’s a different story with women.
Yes, women wear them, too. Sometimes they are worn under a longer dress as tights, or
a shorter skirt like the old school style. And women wear them with shorts for the preppy look, some going up over the knees. They’ll tell you that bright socks bring energy to their outfits. However, if an orange dress is being worn, purple and green argyle socks should be left at home.
I am building a case against men wearing argyle socks and there are others who feel the same way I do. Here’s some of the comments I found. One man told his son, “The last thing you want to do is draw attention to yourself by wearing argyle socks.” The
father’s sock drawer is filled with a dozen pairs of black, nylon dress socks. Other comments are,”Only Asians wear argyle socks.” “They’re too much of a hassle to match with tie, shirt, etc.” Then coming from the other side, “It’s simple, when wearing patterned socks, wear a solid suit,” and this bit of information, “Americans are just fat and have no sense of fashion.”
Men almost always wear trousers and a top. So what could possibly go wrong? They could add argyle socks! That’s my opinion.