Saturday, October 15, 2011
More ribbed wool socks by Bresciani, in my opinion the world's best maker, arrived at the ASW store this week, just in time for the weather to cool off. Not that it has here in California. But my ribbed socks are still worth a look, coming as they are in new shades of chocolate, dark green, pearl gray and violet to join the six that were already on the site. Violet, as we have seen on ASW recently, works well between charcoal trousers and black shoes.
These are merino wool with 20% nylon to keep the cost down a bit and I have hundreds of them, knitted in a moderate weight that is suitable for indoor or outdoor wear. They are offered in my four standard over the calf sizes 10 1/2 to 12 along with a made to measure option for men taller than 6' 3" (190 cm) that will be online real soon now. And, by the way, pearl gray is especially nice under air force blue.
That brings us to the issue of matching socks and trousers, to which I say don't. Matching socks to trousers is safe, yes, but surely we aspire to be more than safe. The path to greatness passes through safe and goes beyond, to a place where socks complement without matching. Wear socks that pick up the ground in your necktie, or remind the observer of a check in the day's tweed jacket. Wear lighter colors that draw the eye to the ankles as Astaire did, even though you may not dance gracefully. No-one will know. They will see only that you understand socks.