Sock It To ‘Em!

In this week’s shirlandyou I’m on a subject which is personally subjective and since I’m argyle socks 7writing 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

Now, that goes!

Now, that goes!

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

Not so bad,

Not so bad,

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

At least they match her shorts.

At least they match her shorts.

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

Who's matching who?

Who’s matching who?

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.

16 thoughts on “Sock It To ‘Em!

  1. You are too funny…I myself looooove argyle socks and vests and anything else. Probably because I’m from Scotch and Irish descent. My daughter also is a big fan…as a little girl she took ownership of all her fathers socks and vests. He was born in !925 and that’s what they wore. Today she wears them as you mentioned in your blog. When my son was very little I dressed him in bright…colorful clothes that didn’t match.. Because he is autistic I wanted to stimulate him with the bright colors but I think it probably stimulated everyone around him instead. Does Burl ever accuse you of hidding his socks…?

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    • Karen, you are so sweet. I love your willingness not to become upset with me and my ideas .Usually we agree, don’t we? I knew I’d run across a “rare” someone who likes argyle socks. Just kidding. I, too, can see how bright colors do stimulate cheerfulness, etc. Guess what, my husband doesn’t even notice when socks are missing from his drawer.

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      • I hate clicking noises and my husband constantly clicks something 24/7…drives me mad…my daughter accuses me of hiding the magnets he clicks when they go missing…I forgot to say…”Sock it to me”…Pres. Nixion said that on the show “Laugh-in”…someone bought the old Sweet Valley homestead…It’s finally getting some well deserved love…I’m doing the church service this Sunday while pastor is on vacation…titled…”This Old House”…all about our life in the Sweet Valley home…!!

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  2. Argyle socks….what an interesting blog! LOL I have to tell you that my son LOVES argyle socks. He wears them with shorts and jeans he doesn’t care what color they are, He doesn’t even care if they even match the colors of anything else that he is wearing. He has worn them since high school, and he still wears them. He likes all different colors, and the more unusual, or “uglier” they are…..the better he likes them. I sort of like them, too, but that is probably because I love my son and his uniqueness. Argyle sock are for those who don’t conform and for those who don’t worry about what others think…..people who wear them, wear them for themselves…making their own fashion statement and showing their individuality….and we are all individuals….making our own choices. Hopefully the one choice that really matters is one that we all make,, and that is to choose God.

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    • Loved your reply to shirlandyou and especially the reason why you love argyle socks. Obviously your son has a good, healthy self image. Becoming like God makes more sense than being like others. Thanks for writing.

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  3. hi shirl when I was working I would always wear jeans and I had a pair of argyle socks and also teddy bear socks and quite a few other that had some sort of oddness to them and everyday my co workers would come to my desk and ask to see my socks.. I guess I was trying to make a statement of sime kind…don’t wear socks now to hot 114 degrees today love you and miss you

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  4. So my first thought was, “Go for it!” I think we might as well have fun with our clothes, as long as it’s modest. But then I thought a bit more and wasn’t sure I’d enjoy seeing Matt wear argyle socks. lol. Those neutral ones were pretty nice looking. One thing I’ve seen is that people are sometimes purposely wearing mismatching socks! Anyway, let’s have fun!

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    • Oh no, you don’t mean two different socks, do you? Now that takes the cake. I think I’d prefer argyle socks to that. Thanks for writing Janine. Now I know why Elizabeth sorted the odd socks out of her husband’s drawer.

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  5. All I could think of while reading this was that the young fellas who wear their pants to their knees with their boxers showing should make sure their argyle socks match their boxers. Sorry, I’m just in a strange place today!

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  6. I am a professional male forced to wear a suit and tie every day, and I really love argyle socks as well. People always comment on my socks and how they like them. I think most men are programmed to just wear the safe bet – the boring black sock, but I wold NEVER wear black socks with a suit.

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    • Hi Nicolaj: I loved hearing your comments concerning argyle socks. Who knows, maybe it will encourage men to get a bit braver when choosing colored socks. Thanks for writing.

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