Despite the drabness of winter slush and spring muck, the season's smart sartorial choice regales cheerful, brightly colored socks. Whether the English or Italians are responsible for this bold new world of footwear, colorful socks are here to stay.
In Connecticut, the colorful sock movement identifies closely with R. Derwin Clothiers in Litchfield. Founded by Richard Derwin, the store carries more than 1,000 pairs of socks in an eye-popping assortment of every hue.
"The difference today is the shift toward a younger demographic," says Derwin's stepson, Jonathan Wilson. "An increasing number of lawyers and bankers wear colorful socks. As I tell my customers, 'Life is too short to wear boring socks.' "
Men's wardrobes typically consist of suits, blazers and trousers in shades of navy and gray, and dress shirts in shades and patterns of blue. The tie traditionally added personality to otherwise neutral attire.
"Some men may be averse to wearing pink or lavender trousers and shirts, but they don't think twice about a brightly colored tie," says Wilson. "As work attire has grown more casual, the tie has become less common. Bright pocket squares may substitute for a tie when wearing a blazer, and colored socks allow self-expression whether in a suit or raw denim."