White Socks: Not Just For Old Men

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Funny, one of our earliest posts was about light-colored socks. The last photo is from an Ask Andy thread about the topic. β€” CC

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25 Comments on "White Socks: Not Just For Old Men"

  1. Worried Man | October 8, 2014 at 10:20 am |

    I love creamy Wigwams with the right casual outfit. A very “boom years” practice.

  2. “Crew socks”, shouldn’t this have been mentioned in the rowng thread? πŸ˜‰

  3. Worried Man | October 8, 2014 at 10:45 am |

    Operative word there is “creamy”, not white.

  4. Count me as a cream crew sock fan.

  5. Wore Wigwams for ten years straight, loved ’em. Then the look died seemingly overnight, and I obeyed like the perfect citizen I am. Didn’t think about it for 40 years. This entry should recall fond memories, but alas, a terrible image keeps floating in, causing pain and contempt: Letterman! The worst dressed man on TV, primarily because he thinks he’s the best!

  6. Bags' Groove | October 8, 2014 at 3:42 pm |

    Gene Kelly’s white socks and brown loafers. No one did it better.

  7. Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire had good reason to draw attention to their feet, and while Astaire didn’t wear white socks, he did wear contrasting laces and lots of spectator shoes.

    The Blues Brothers also wore white socks.

  8. Worried Man | October 8, 2014 at 4:04 pm |

    Lest we forget Michael Jackson, resplendent in his white socks and pennies. “Wooo Hooo!”

  9. He was certainly iconic, though that term is so overused. I think “resplendent” might be a bit much.

    Unless you’re a really big fan.

  10. @MAC,

    I’m outraged that someone would wear crew socks without actually crewing. It makes we want to call people Nazis.

  11. Worried Man | October 8, 2014 at 5:30 pm |

    @Christian
    That was a joke.

  12. I’m not sure if the Michael Jackson comment was directed at me, but I did not forget him. I chose not to mention him because he was a child-molesting freak whose existence I would rather forget.

  13. Worried Man | October 9, 2014 at 8:19 am |

    Sorry I mentioned him. It was a joke. Just saying that he sort of tainted the white socks and pennies look.

  14. Wigwam? I thought they only made hunting and ski socks. In Kansas City back in the day, it was the Byford wool cream crew with burgundy and navy top stripes.

    My ex-wife was a coxswain or was it a cock…..? Gee, I’m getting old, my mind wanders.

  15. MAC, are you from KC? Me too!

  16. Worried Man | October 9, 2014 at 4:56 pm |

    I reach for the Wigwam model 625 cream crews.

  17. It’s fine, Worried Man. No problem.

  18. Joey
    Since 1965.

  19. Vern Trotter | October 10, 2014 at 6:11 am |

    The old Wigwams from the 50s would turn a rust color after being washed with bleach. Made them really cool!

  20. I wore white socks all through my grade and high school years. My mother thought white socks were more healthy than color socks. True or not, I was the only kid in public school wearing white socks, and consequently, I was ostracized quite a bit.

    My algebra teacher (also a basketball coach and former college jock, or jerk) wore white socks due to some foot malady. (Like Al Bundy, maybe a problem with foot odor.)

    Haven’t worn white socks, except for tennis since. Now, argyles are my sock of choice. Never looked back.

  21. White / light cream socks, like natural waist trousers and high water khakis or jeans, definitely have nerd connotations at this point in time. You’ve got to be really careful if you choose to dabble in these particular areas that were once prevalent amongst the more youthful and collegiate adherents of the look. But it’s completely fine, on the other hand, to wear white athletic socks if the rest of your outfit also looks like garbage – say, some cargo shorts, slippers, and a graphic tee. Then you’re all set for a day at Disney World without anyone blinking an eye.

  22. I do not even remember Wigwams. We wore Adler.
    The French have already covered this topic.
    http://greensleevestoaground.wordpress.com/2010/04/22/adler-white-wool-socks/

  23. Actually you covered this topic first, in our interview and one of our earliest posts. Probably many of the young ‘uns haven’t seen it:

    http://www.ivy-style.com/southern-gentleman.html

  24. Re: “People on the forums use β€œtrad” a lot, which has its origins in Japan.”

    Christian,

    Is this really so? Did we borrow the term “Trad” from the Japanese?

  25. I have not read your previous post but you have told a little bit about that post, that was about light colored socks. I want to read this. can you tell me that how is it possible? The topic of this post is really very interesting and useful that white colored socks are not only for old men. Most people think so and they do not wear white socks but some dresses in that sense which give attractive look only with white socks.

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