Sock it to ’em

Photo by Caroline O'Kane '15

Photo by Caroline O’Kane ’15

Jennifer Gouchoe, Staff Writer

When I walk into Urban Outfitters, I immediately gravitate to the sale section because, let’s face it, I’m not wasting my money on a $50 t-shirt. Before I reach the racks of barely marked down clothes, I’m blinded by the plethora of socks of all different patterns.

Some people think socks are stupid, but the fact is, decorative socks are all the rage.

Besides Urban Outfitter’s wide array of socks, many stores and online stores such as ModCloth, TopShop and Sock It To Me carry all sorts of socks of all different patterns.

Stripes. Polka dots. Tribal. Flowers. Cats. Dinosaurs. Avocados. Pizzas with mustaches.

You name a pattern, and it is probably on socks.

People have drifted away from the standard argyle, opting for new and exciting patterns that can express individual interests and personalities. And though some of the socks are goofy, and while some people may deem them unwearable, funky socks can indeed be worn in public.

So, now that it’s officially boot season, it’s the perfect occasion to break out the designs. Forget the boring white ankle socks. Tuck some midcalf-length socks over your skinny ones, pop on some combat boots, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a stylish outfit.

For the guys, sport some crazy socks along with Vans or Converse. Although they may not be as visible when you wear them under jeans, anybody who catches a glimpse of what’s underneath your pant legs will wish they were as cool as you.

Not only do the funky socks make major fashion statements, but they’re also great gifts. There is no better way to show your love for a person than getting him a gift that says, “Hey, I want to help you keep your feet warm and help you look like a fashion god.”

Although people may gape in awe at your unique and zany socks, don’t be afraid to own it. Ignore the judgmental looks because those boring ankle sock-wearers don’t know what they’re missing out on.

This season, it’s time to knock the socks off of everyone. And yes, that pun was intended.