Silly, stupid sock fever

A fashion trend, purportedly started in Silicon Valley, has more than a few early adopters.

The New York Times described it this way: “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.”

Patterns range from stripes to polka dots to super heroes like the Green Lantern.

The Wall Street Journal’s Teri Agins recently answered reader’s questions on the subject.

“Memo to all you fellows who finally got used to slipping your bare feet into driving loafers: You’re behind the curve. The cutting edge now belongs to those geeky guys in their wild and crazy socks. Novelty socks are the technology set’s version of Wall Street’s graphic neckties and silly suspenders of the 1980s.”

She says to forget rules about coordinating socks with pants. Instead, go for a sense of adventure.

“If you’re more downtown to begin with—skinny jeans, cargoes, khakis and hoodies—then, go for the gusto of the wackier sock patterns.”

The sock craze is quickly becoming a popular pastime. “But don’t just fill your sock drawer with the loud argyles and souped-up stripes. Be authentic to your individual style.”

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