With this post Ivy-Style revisits our Somewhere in Time series, based on articles from the Time Magazine archives.
Custom dictates that the bottom button on a vest or cardigan is left nonchalantly undone, a tradition credited to the absent-mindedness of Edward VII.
The origins of socks without loafers are probably similar: Some stylish student somewhere lost his socks in the locker room, emerged from the gym in Weejuns without hosiery, everyone copied him, and the rest is history.
While the origins of going sockless may never be known, the practice was enough of a trend in 1966 for Time to publish a story called “With Their Socks Off.”
The article opens:
“The overall effect,” explains Lloyd Chiswick, 27, a Stanford University senior, “is studied but complete nonchalance.” Says a Princeton junior: “The whole thing is wrapped up in coolness, in both senses of the word.”
And for at least one coed, bare ankles are to women what cleavage is to men:
“It looks sexy,” says Rosalie Netter, in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. “You can see the bone structure, like finely chiseled stone,” says Wisconsin Sophomore Karen Knauf.
Thanks to Maxminimus for providing the image. And might we say, that’s some mighty fine bone structure indeed. — CC