Have you ever walked into a friend’s home after not being there for a while and thought silently to yourself, “Wow! The place looks good. New furniture, new window treatments, they still could use a fresh coat of paint but a lot of progress has been made here.” This is exactly how I felt after taking a short bus ride to Harlem. I had not been there in a really long time but they really have done a lot with the place. I was early for the event I had to attend there so naturally I took a stroll around the neighborhood. I wound up walking into The Studio Museum in Harlem. What a quaint museum. They really had a lot to offer for such a small space and I would highly recommend a visit to anyone. As I was walking around the galleries I was amongst other art lovers and museum goers of course. I was admiring a unique exhibition called “Harlem Postcards” when out of the corner of my eye I spotted one of the biggest fashion faux pas of all time.
WHITE SOCKS WITH DARK SHOES
You might ask how I noticed while I was admiring the artwork. Well, a mistake this colossal is difficult to miss. Those improperly worn white socks were glaring at me. It really does not matter if you were late running out of the house or if all your dark socks were dirty. White socks are for athletic sneakers only. In fact, if your sneakers happen to be dark then you need dark athletic socks. Where do men get the nerve to wear white or light-colored socks with dark shoes? I mean, white socks totally negate the nice pair of shoes you are wearing. And do not think for one second that if you are wearing long pants that no one will notice, everyone will notice! You know how you hear about someone who is really poor and living in a trailer yet they have a Ferrari parked outside and it just seems wrong somehow. This is the same thing. I found a really fun website called The Joy of Socks. Check it out. But to be honest, you can get decent dark socks anywhere so there really is no excuse. Don’t be afraid to express yourself with your socks, they always make for an interesting conversation piece. Just do yourself a favor and don’t commit fashion suicide with your sock choice. Always remember what Miuccia Prada said,
“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.”
Quick Aside: I know what some of you may be thinking. “What about Michael Jackson, he rocked the dark pants + black shoes + white socks look?” Sometimes famous people make fashion choices in the name of irony. And let’s face it, MJ can do no wrong. So until you are unanimously named The King of Pop, do the right thing and don’t make any foolish statements.