Summer may be waning, but you’ve still got a few good weeks left in your warm weather wardrobe. Heck, if you live on the eternally sunny West Coast, you’re currently thinking, “Oh, that season that comes after summer is almost here … what’s it called again?“
That’s why I think a discussion of the bare male ankle look is in order, and in season.
I can probably get a lot of guys onboard with an exposed ankle when it comes to a more casual outfit. I’ve heard from plenty of readers who let it all hang out in sneakers, boat shoes or even loafers in the summer. As autumn rolls around, you can flash some skin to maintain that summer feel well through October. I could probably even convince some of you to bare your ankles in a more “fashionable” outfit like rolled-up chinos and a quote-unquote “dressy sneaker.” A little more out there, style-wise, but nothing you’d get funny looks at on the street.
But what about going sockless with a suit?
Here in New York where I live, I see guys doing it more and more – especially young ones who have broken free of “traditional” business wear when it comes to dressing up.
Personally, I love it when a guy incorporates more of his personal style into a suited-up look, freshening it up and making it feel more youthful. And I’m sure a lot of that has to do with NYC being a more fashion-friendly locale. It’s a city where trying a new trend – at the gym, at a restaurant, in your wardrobe – is encouraged. Maybe more so than other places … maybe not, but that’s what it feels like to me. There are certainly pieces in my closet now that I never would have bought while in college in Pennsylvania, or back in Wisconsin, where I’m from.
That being said, I think the suit-sans-socks look could truly work in non-NYC locales as well. Just keep the fit slim and the shoe polished, because people will definitely be looking.
Of course, there’s logistics to consider in addition to style. If you know me at all – and I hope that by now you do – you know that I suffer neither fools, nor discomfort, gladly. As such, I will not sacrifice feeling comfortable for fashion (and I won’t be friends with idiots).
That mantra asserts itself in my own wardrobe in everything from the shoes I wear (love my heels, but in a wedge, not a stiletto), to the types of materials I buy, choosing natural fiber clothing over synthetics whenever possible. (Less itchy! Less smelly!) So while I’m a huge advocate of the no-sock look, I’m not in favor of the no-sock feel. Or the no-sock smell.
That’s why I recommend no-show socks to every guy I know. They’ll keep your ankles bared in style, and your feet saved from stench. And the best part? No one has to know.