A strange thing to talk about, especially as most of my life I have worn plain black socks. Well, after I was allowed to wear pant suits instead of skirt suits. *shudders*
First were these awful things called trouser socks for women. Imagine nylons, but in sock form.
They were what I wore for a long time under suits then, as dress codes relaxed further, under dress trousers.
Then Gold Toe started making socks for women. I traded all of those ridiculous trouser socks for Gold Toe. I thought it would make laundry easier as all of the socks were supposed to be exactly the same.
Except they weren’t.
Same socks from different packages were different. It made laundry worse.
Then my company went full-on casual just over a year ago. That means jeans every day. It’s odd to think I started my career in suits every day, and now we can wear jeans. Not only can we, it’s expected. If you wear dressier clothes, people start to raise brows and wonder if you’re interviewing or going to a funeral.
At the same time I was being forced to replace my socks. My older ones were starting to sag as the elastic pulled, but so were my newer ones. As with so many things, they just don’t make them like they used to.
Several sales people where I work, even before the dress code change, wear fun socks. The louder the better.
On a whim, I bought a pair of Zelda socks.
I love them! Yes, they’re men’s socks. They are warmer than any women’s socks I have ever owned. And they stay up. And they are fun.
So, I bought several more pairs.
I now have enough of these fun yet practical socks to wear every day of the week. I am quite happy with this little splurge.
I may never go back to “normal” socks again, and I know I am never buying women’s socks again.