December 23, 2015

"... and then I got sidetracked for a moment wondering if the clue on UNCOOL was still correct (7D: Like wearing socks with sandals, say)."

"If you were paying attention this past summer, you probably noticed teenage boys wearing dark socks with shorts, which used to be an UNCOOL old-man look, but apparently no longer. I would not be surprised if socks w/ sandals ended up on the 'cool' side of the ledger sometime very soon."

Writes Rex Parker about today's NYT crossword, and not long after reading that I click idly on a link in my blogroll, to The Sartorialist, and the first picture there shows a young woman — indisputably cool — wearing colorful patterned socks with metallic gold platform sandals.

13 comments:

EDH said...

Sandals are much more comfortable with socks.

And those socks with shorts aren't just dark: they are also being worn pulled all the way up the calf and tight, not furled at the ankle.

Michael McClain said...

The socks hide the ugly toenails of those wearing sandals.

Roughcoat said...

The hipster guy looks like a nancy-boy.

cubanbob said...

Attractive people can wear anything they want and not look uncool. Everyone else has to work at not looking uncool.

Char Char Binks said...

Years back I could never figure out if it was cool to wear my collar up, or my jeans rolled. I finally determined that it wasn't about the collar or the jeans; it was just that I wasn't cool, so I gave up trying.

Biff said...

Indisputably cool? Sorry, but I must dispute that. No one in that photo is remotely cool.

On the other hand, perhaps we simply have different definitions of cool.

Roughcoat said...

I grow old, I grow old, shall I wear my trousers rolled?

Dare I eat a peach?

William said...

It's the pork pie.hat that I find mysterious.. Why the pork pie and not the bowler or the fedora or the boater? It just seems arbitrary and discriminatory against all other types of hats.

Jonathan Graehl said...

Setting fashions successfully and rubbing our noses in it, it's almost as though they intentionally pick the thing everyone was most recently afraid to do and proudly do it while still being acclaimed "cool". Pulling this off, of course, accrues additional cool cred.

Iapetus said...

If you ask me, with those sandals and sox, she'd look much better in leggings. If you're going to affect the schlump look, don't be a rank amateur at it.

StephenFearby said...

The color (plain dark), composition (medium thick merino wool and poly moisture-wicking) height (calf) and elasticity (stays up) of the socks all matter, as well as the scandal itself (leather upper, with sides, adjustable leather with Velcro-backed or buckle straps. After 10 years of so, my old Columbia suede leather scandals wore out; at the end the buckle straps didn't hold well because they had stretched too much. Now wear Merrill Bask Duo (suede and nubuck upper, "clay" color, darkened with mink oil). Unhappy that the Velcro-backed front strap is eccentrically slanted, but maybe I'll get over that some day.



el polacko said...

once again, our hostess is way behind the curve when it comes to fashion. dark socks with shorts and/or socks with sandals have been stylish for at least the last couple of years. i know, having been raised there, that it usually takes about ten years for styles to catch on in the midwest but, if she's been visiting 'the sartorialist' website for any length of time, she should know better.

SukieTawdry said...

Wearing socks, especially dark socks, with sandals may be fashionable, but it'll never be cool.