For many people, the thought of wearing socks with shorts is a big fashion faux pas! But that is all about to change! Welcome to the fashion world of 2017, where it’s O.K. to wear socks—tall or short— with shorts! The look that was once associated with “dorks” and goofy tourists took a turn for the fashionable at the spring 2017 fashion presentations! Labels from J. Crew to Dries Van Noten all sported the once questionable look!
It all started in summer 2016 when fashion designer Garret Munce first noticed teenagers and younger, cool-looking guys around Williamsburg, Brooklyn sporting the fashion trend. Designer Alexander Wang was quoted as saying, “There’s something quite youthful about socks with shorts, especially when pulled up, and I like that.”
The new fashion trend is popping up all across the country, with freelance photographers capturing the latest in men’s fashion, focusing on two celebrities who have been seen sporting the new trend, Jonah Hill and Joe Jonas. But celebrities are not the only ones who have decided that socks and shorts and the “cool” new thing to wear for the summer.
Freelance stylist Eugene Tong favors the new style in his personal life while helping brands such as John Elliott, Second/Layer, and Public School to embrace the new look and find ways to incorporate it into their summer lines. According to Tong, “It’s one of those things you’re not supposed to do. As a stylist, I’m always looking for something that presents this rebellious undertone.”
According to fashion experts, there is more to getting the look right than just throwing on a pair of shorts and pulling your socks up. It is recommended to use an athletic tube sock, which is preferred over thin dress socks. Also, it is important to make sure that you wear the appropriate length shorts. It looks like a throwback to the 70s when the shorts are short shorts, but the look can also come across as sloppy when accompanied with really long shorts.
In order to successfully pull off the new trend of wearing socks with shorts, you’ve got to have a bit of an attitude. Try this new look out, and make a colorful statement. Your path to self-confidence might begin with a pair of bright pink socks!