Let's Talk About Socks
Sally Kay ~ THA President/CEO
My daughter and I have been watching the television show, "The Carrie Diaries," which is Candace Bushnells's prequel to the "Sex and the City." While the evolution of the character Carrie Bradshaw is the show's primary focus, its 1980's era foundation of fashion is peppered with all sorts of sock styles. My thoughts transition immediately to "socks and the city," followed up by the lyrics to American hip hop trio Salt-N-Pepa's song, "Let's Talk About Sex" ... so, I more appropriately decided, "Why don't we talk about socks"?!
What isn't trending in today's realm of the sock business? Recently discovered photos of the iconic Elvis Presley feature him relaxing "back in the day" while sporting some argyle socks. Did you know that former President George H.W. Bush has an extensive collection of men's dress socks ranging from lavender to patriotic stripes? Most recently, there's a smoking new fashion trend on Wall Street -- bankers, hedge funders and private equity guys are wearing some really funky socks with their suits, but only on Fridays. Championed by real estate investment firm associate Joshua Steiner, "Friday Socks" offers its participants the chance to wake up the last day of the traditional work week and select a pair of socks to match their moods, express their individualism in style or in general terms, make a fashion statement. The determination of what that statement means, however, is truly subjective. Suffice as to say, guys are definitely branching out beyond the basic colors.
NFL star player Robert Griffin III is now known equally for the socks he wears as for his performance on the football field. Whether it's Superman, Barney, or stylized patterns, everyone is curious about RG3's socks of the day. Adidas even awarded the Rookie of the Year his own personalized pair of Team Speed socks. And speaking of the NFL, you can bet that San Francisco 49'ers running back, Frank Gore, has an entirely new appreciation for the phrase "pulling up your socks." Gore was recently fined over $10,000 by the league for wearing his socks too low. The good news is that Gore kept his socks up during Super Bowl XLVII, and the bad, well, I guess that depends on whether you're a 49ers or a Ravens fan.
And I'd be remiss by not mentioning mega music maven Beyonce and company's "over the knee" sock looks during the Super Bowl Half Time show. Single or not, these ladies rocked it like none other.
Actress Lindsay Lohan is again in the news for her legal troubles. What's more interesting to me is the fact that she elected to appear shoeless to the courthouse, thank goodness she was wearing socks. And while we're talking about actors and socks, Robert DeNiro's former lover alleges he enjoys wearing his socks in bed not only while sleeping, but remember we're going to talk about socks rather than, uh hum, you know...
So, let's talk about socks together. Check in frequently with THA's blog, Twitter (@SallyKayTHA), Facebook Page, Pinterest, and LinkedIn platforms for more amazing legwear stories. We curate them every day as an essential tool for keeping you in step with pop culture trends as well as for content sharing with your own audiences.
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