Do you have any thoughts on fair isle?
Just don’t O.D. on it. That being said, it should only be worn during the dead of winter, meaning between December 1 and February 1. If done subtly, as in socks and gloves, I’m all about it—I mean, crazy go nuts all about it. But as per sweaters and the like, be careful, because you run the risk of looking just plain fruity.
DAKS Autumn/WInter 2011 Lookbook
One trend that has been rearing its ugly head with particular atrocity the last couple of AWs for which I cannot tolerate is the socks-outside-pants look. Unless you are hunting quail in New England, there is absolutely no reason to ever do something so ridiculous. And, like ol’ boy above, it’s even more mind-fucking when done with any shoe other than an 8-10” trail boot. Where are you going with that weak-ass bag that requires such a precaution? Last I checked there were no ticks or muddy waters in Whole Foods or Yoga to the People, dummy. Ughch.
After spending over a decade playing professional basketball, it’s not surprising that Keith Van Horn would succumb to the drop-crotch pant. Nice socks, bro.
What’s more amazing is that Mr. Van Horn was on the cover of NBA Jam ‘99.
(Source: styleclicker.net, via epitomeofstreetstyle)
Socks. Should I wear them? Should I not? Which types, with which shoe styles and outfits?
Giving advice on socks is like giving advice on underwear: the two of them are so personal I may as well be giving you advice on how to please your lady. I truly believe most of it comes down to personal preference; however, as I touch on below, I do find Die, Workwear’s guide to luxury socks extremely helpful. That being said, the only “rules” I have when it comes to socks are the following:
- I refuse to wear them as soon as the temperature climbs above 70 degrees Fahrenheit (with exception, of course, to formal settings—always wear socks in formal settings). Once the temperature dips back below 70, socks begin to become part of the discussion again.
- I committed Die, Workwear’s guide to luxury socks to memory. You don’t believe me? Almost half-way down the page he calls Happy Socks uncivilized (and they are).
- Socks belong on your feet, not your junk (see above).
And that’s it—good luck.
I don’t know if we’ll ever really know where to draw the line when it comes to blazers and shorts, but I do know that this train wreck has clearly crossed it. There is absolutely nothing flattering about this man’s legs, and the striped ankle socks do nothing but accentuate this problem. And that scarf? My God that scarf—the only way you could make that thing look any worse is if you were to wear it as some sort of ridiculous anklekerchief.
While I enjoy rolling my pants as much as the next guy, rolling them this high will cause those around you to start rumors that you are unemployed and still receiving hand-me-downs from your older brothers.
If your pants, especially raw denim, are too long to execute a proper roll, take them to the tailor. For selvedge, APC suggests G&G on Grand Street (for those of you who are in NYC). I #cosign that recommendation, even though it just looks like an average, run of the mill drop-off service wash-and-fold joint. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.