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Because White Socks Are Boring

By gabrielleblair |

Let’s talk about socks. I read in one of our guidebooks, that in Paris, it’s considered very tacky to wear white socks. And honestly, when I’m visiting the city, I hardly see them anywhere.

Another story: I have a friend who buys crazy knee socks (like super bright with tons of patterns) and wears them under her boots. She said she likes knowing they’re there, even though no one else can see them. She said her favorite source is Sock it to Me, a company that specializes in statement socks for teens and grownups (looks like they have some cute baby legwarmers too).

As for me, I like a subtle pattern on my socks. If I gave you a peek of my sock drawer, you’d spot plaid, stripes, and polka dots. When I see crazy patterned socks, they make me think of the girls I knew in high school who seemed super confident and daring.

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Tell me, what’s your take on white socks and patterned socks? What do you look for in a sock? Have you ever gone through a crazy sock phase?

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Gabrielle Blair is author of the popular Design Mom blog and a founder of Kirtsy — an influential social media community for women. Gabrielle also blogs at Babble's Family Style. She lives with her husband and six children in Normany, France. Read bio and latest posts → Read Gabrielle's latest posts →

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5 thoughts on “Because White Socks Are Boring

  1. Andy says:

    Growing up in the UK, the ‘no white socks’ rule rings true, so it must be a European thing :-)

  2. Danielle Blake says:

    I never wear white socks. I only own a couple of solid colored socks. They usually come from a 3 pack with some more interesting pairs.

  3. Kate the Great says:

    I love– many of their socks are USA-made with local ingredients. I also love that the company is based in Portland, Oregon, which is right in my neighborhood.

    I own at least three pairs of thigh high socks, one of which is purchased from American Apparel. Recently, all of my white socks, purchased nine years ago, have all worn holes in them, all at once. But summer is coming any day now, which mean bare feet for me, not socks. Time to hit clearance sales and buy a new supply of socks to replace white.

  4. Stacey H says:

    I’ve had an inexplicable love for socks for as long as I can remember. I took such delight in funky socks that a teacher at my high school took notice and challenged me to a cool sock competition. Every day he was there at the front of the school to compare socks. Whoever was around was the judge. :) Pretty random but one of my favorite HS memories.

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