Posted 03 February 2012 - 09:29 AM
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Posted 04 February 2012 - 10:28 PM
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Posted 07 February 2012 - 02:30 PM
FOR barristers in 18th-century London, it was shoulder-grazing wigs. For the Mad men of 1950s New York, it was briefcases and fedoras. For the glass-ceiling-shattering women of the 1980s, it was shoulder pads.
And for today’s tech entrepreneurs in high-flying Silicon Valley, it is flamboyantly colored, audaciously patterned socks.
In a land where the uniform — jeans, hoodies and flip-flops — is purposefully nonchalant, and where no one would be caught dead in a tie, wearing flashy socks is more than an expression of your personality. It signals that you are part of the in crowd. It’s like a secret handshake for those who have arrived, and for those who want to.
“I have been in meetings where people look down and notice my socks, and there is this universal sign, almost like a gang sign, where they nod and pull up their pant leg a little to show off their socks,” said Hunter Walk, 38, a director of product management at YouTube, whose favorite pair is yellow, aqua and orange striped.
Some say the craze took hold because socks are an acceptable shot of flair in a dressed-down, male-dominated culture — and peek out when entrepreneurs present their latest apps onstage at the tech world’s frequent conferences. Others offer a perhaps more universal explanation. “Girls notice,” said Matt Graves, 37, a communications director at Twitter, who prefers orange and blue stripes.
Showy socks hark back to the 1700s, when people wore them embroidered or in outlandish colors, fashion historians say.
Posted 07 February 2012 - 11:47 PM
Nice article; thanks. I didn't realize that I was part of a nationwide movement, though I did notice that yeshiva bochrim in the neighborhood started wearing colorful socks after I did.
"Some say the craze took hold because socks are an acceptable shot of flair in a dressed-down, male-dominated culture"
That's my thinking.
"Others offer a perhaps more universal explanation. 'Girls notice,' said Matt Graves, 37, a communications director at Twitter, who prefers orange and blue stripes."
That's not my experience.
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