Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Years ago Alan Flusser wrote something to the effect that in his opinion socks should always be patterned, and I took his words to heart. I kept a few pair of cashmere solids around but otherwise went systematically about filling my drawers with patterned hose. These things being cyclical, some years later I began noticing that Cary Grant is not wearing patterned hose in any of the photographs I have that show his ankles, and the pendulum began to swing back to the point where I am wearing solids as much as patterns. With a twist of course.
Mr. Flusser's point was that one should not have a black hole between trouser bottom and shoe, and a dandy way to fill the space is with a pair of colored hose that complement but do not match the rest of the day's clothing. Lighter shades are especially effective. I like beige for the task, and light blue and silver gray. Darker colors work as well, including teal and wine, though the latter may be done a bit too often. And then there is plum, which does an excellent job of filling the space between charcoal trousers and dark shoes, to the point that it goes unnoticed unless one happens to be looking directly at it and then there is just the slightest shock of recognition.
In the photograph, plum Bresciani socks are paired with elastic sided slip-ons and the trousers from a mid-weight double striped suit.