Men Wearing Suits Without Socks: Love It Or Hate It?

Love it? Hate it?

I’m a wee bit biased on this one because my love affair with Thom Browne started around 2006 when he brought back the well-tailored, slim-fit suit that we see these days on Don Draper. It was about a year before we’d see those suits on Mad Men, and frankly it was about time. When and why men’s suits got bulky and relaxed is a very dark time in fashion’s history, and I’d like to pretend it will eventually cease. Forever.

But to either the delightful or dismay of those who appreciate a perfectly tailored men’s suit, Browne’s signature look is not only these gorgeous suits worn without socks, but they are (at least for those who like to take fashion risks) a wee bit short to reveal that bare ankle. He also usually pairs that “uptown meets downtown” look with a classic Oxford shoe that could go in either direction depending on how it’s being worn. It’s magical.

Thom Browne in his own design being awesome.

Although this look started a few years ago, once the summer months roll around, a decent amount of the über stylish fellas in this city bring this look back. It’s somewhere between 90 and 100 degrees, and there they are walking down the streets in their suits, sans socks, beat up Oxfords to match and usually a canvas tote that makes a political statement or just simply says “STRAND” on it, as in the book store, on their shoulder. Again, it’s magical.

Since having spotted several of these fellas in the last few days alone, and practically falling over myself because I was so bewitched by both their beauty and devotion to style, I was voicing my love for this look to a friend over lunch. As with a lot of the malarkey I tend to say, she glared at me over her own über trendy hot pink Ray-Ban sunglasses and questioned my taste in men. This is not a new topic, obviously, but come on! How can one not love the no socks look on a fella in a suit? He clearly has such an awareness of fashion trends! It’s magical! Magical, dammit!

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Thom Browne via Zeitgeistworld

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    • lucygoosey74

      Eew, all I can think about is how incredibley stinky and sweaty thier feets must be.

      • Amanda Chatel

        Style aside, my brain usually goes straight to the thought of blisters. Especially on a hot day!

      • tom tom

        Funny, I think of that when I see people wearing socks. Socks are nothing but sponges for foot sweat. They create more bad smells than bare feet. If you use soap, powder your feet and shoes, it is miles more hygenic than socks.

    • Lastango

      Mmmmm…. the Eurotrash look!

      “…she glared at me over her own über trendy hot pink Ray-Ban sunglasses and questioned my taste in men.”

      How could she do such a thing? A male isn’t less masculine just because he’s a fop! Tell her about all the great conversations she could have with him about fashion and cosmetics. And nothing screams “career success” quite the way those high cuffs showing his ankles do!

    • holleeta

      Aren’t they wearing socks though? It’s just those tiny ones that they sell for low-cut shoes. Or I’d hope so, otherwise they’d ruin their fancy Italian leather shoes with their stank.

      Totally agree with you regarding the slim suit. I was watching Hitchcock’s The Birds and Rod Taylor is seen wearing a gorgeous slim suit in the beginning, even with a skinny tie. It was so sexy. You want to see frightening suits? Watch episodes of Frasier. Huge pleated pants and ties the width of my ass.

    • Eileen

      Hate it.

      It is only okay for a man who is not wearing sandals not to be wearing socks if he’s wearing Topsiders (or other boat shoes). Boat shoes look okay with no socks. All other shoes do not.

      • tom tom

        Shut up Eileen. Men have a right to be as comfortable as women. If worn with a narrow pant leg, it looks sexy, cool, clean and a heck of a lot better than flip flops or sandals. A man should never wear show his toes/feet in public unless he is at the park, the pool or the beach. That is wildly uncooth and unmasculine. It is far better to let your feet breath sockless in shoes rather than wear socks that turn into sponges of sweat and stink. Let men dress themselves sweetheart.

    • porkchop

      I love all clothes, even ugly ones, but suits with lots of fabric are the best. The truth is, David Hyde Pierce looked AWESOME on Fraser. And Tim Robbins in The Player?? And Jimmy Stewart in his Capra days! Or in The Philadelphia Story! (He looked great in his more tailored, Hitchcock days too–good lord that man was dapper…)

      These tight suits just look undersized to me.

    • Amy

      I am secretly really drawn to that look. I love the tight blue suit no-socks sunglasses guy in the first pic.

      My man is ultra-masculine so he would scoff loudly if I ever suggested such a thing.

    • Sam Gagliardi

      I think it depends on the look you’re going for – I like the bottom look as the fit of the trousers somehow looks a bit more casual – with the top image though, it just looks somethings missing!

      I think you do run the risk though with the shorter cut of these trousers of looking a bit ‘school’!

    • cowboybob

      I am a country boy and I approve of the going sockless thing(don’t have feet that perspire). When I am in Dallas, meeting with my investment banker, he implies that I dress gay. What’s with this?