Yesha Callahan

Socks And The City

I’ve lived in the MD/DC area for the past, hmmm…6 or so years now. I understand that certain styles are specific to certain regions of the country. I also understand, that certain styles are started because some people just don’t know any better and other people choose to copy.

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When I first moved here, as I was driving down the street one day, I noticed a guy walking and it looked as if he had on 2 pairs of socks on each foot. The socks were almost up to his knees and he had these on with shorts! I figured, wow, I hadn’t seen ‘scrunchy’ socks in years! When I was a pre-teen we used to wear them, and they were only worn by GIRLS. That was back in the early ’90s and here was this guy in ’03 wearing the same style. I could only laugh and shake my head.

Here it is, July 2008. Almost 5 years later.

 

MEN, what’s with the SOCKS? I don’t care what you want to call them crew socks/scrunchy socks…whatever…The madness has to stop! If you’re going to walk out of the house with some plain ole ugly white socks on, they need to be ankle socks if you’re wearing shorts!

Your socks should not meet where your shorts end!

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I repeat,

Your socks should not meet where your shorts end!

Now, I’m not a fashion expert, but that is not ‘what’s hot in the streets’.

This is what my friend Yashieka has to say about those awful socks during one of our IM chats:

Yashieka: I hate seeing that!!!
Yashieka: shorts and long socks
Yashieka: what? your calves cold?

 

Ankle socks.

Ankle socks.

Ankle socks

I’m not sure why so many men in the DC/MD area have not grasped on to this concept. I’m wondering if these same men who refuse to wear ankle socks are still in tightie whitie underwear?

I’m not sure if this is a regional crisis (yes, it’s a crisis), or if people have noticed this sock phenomenon else where. If so, please let me know!

What are some of the fashion styles in your region that you feel are definite fashion faux pas?

 P.S (Yashieka, on your Metro commute tonight, please take a photo of the madness, we know it’s not the old white men I’m referring to!)

  1. July 17, 2008 - Reply

    Um…can we talk about the “GRILLS” that every Tyrone, Junior, & Qwame seem to be buying?

    • July 17, 2008 - Reply

      @Yashieka - The Big Foot Chica

      I’ll save that for another post..lol!

      • July 17, 2008 - Reply

        @[fung'ke] [blak] [chik]

        Pleae do..Because I’m sick and tired of seeing men with a mouth full of metal throwing up signs talking about MY GRILL…GRILL THESE FOOL!

        • July 17, 2008 - Reply

          @Yashieka - The Big Foot Chica

          OHHH…My girl Pele, says men with that stuff in their mouth & gold teeth..have breath that smell like PENNIES!

  2. July 17, 2008 - Reply

    I concur with you on the grills! To me, they make otherwise normally good-looking guys look like aliens/ugg-mugs/trashy hoodlums. So sad.

  3. July 17, 2008 - Reply

    LMAO~ I have lived in NC for the past 3yrs by way of DC and I still can’t get over seeing older men wearing the matching denim short set with church shoes and the skittle color zuit suits( the suits with the really long jacket) that’s “custom” made off the rack. ROTFL

    • July 17, 2008 - Reply

      @Rena

      Rena, I like to refer to those outfits as ONESIES or Adult GARANIMALS. You have the matching hat, pant, shirt, all on ONE Hanger! lol!
      B/C you know, men like to Cooooorddddiinnnnnaattteee. LOL

      • July 17, 2008 - Reply

        @[fung'ke] [blak] [chik]

        LOL@ Garnanimals its cute for babies and toddlers but on a grown a~ man it’s a hot a~ mess

    • July 17, 2008 - Reply

      @Rena

      LORD HAVE MERCY, I’ve SEEN IT…LMAO…UNBELIEVABLE!

      • July 17, 2008 - Reply

        @Yashieka - The Big Foot Chica

        Its an epidemic here !! I actually saw this brotha in a lime green zuit suit with white gators.. * shaking my head* wth

        • July 17, 2008 - Reply

          @Rena

          Wait a minute…. he had on WHITE gators?!?! He would have been banned from church in Memphis. That outfit only works if he gets the lime green Stacy Adams from Marty’s and that the collar is a little greasy from the Soul Glo curl (yes, there are STILL jheri curls in Memphis!)

          • July 17, 2008 - Reply

            @Sabrina

            JHERI CURLS?? It’s 2008..lol
            Soullllllllllll Glowwwwwwwwwww!

          • July 17, 2008 - Reply

            @Sabrina

            I will give it to him at least he didn’t have a Jheri curl..lol

            • July 18, 2008 - Reply

              @Rena

              His pillow cases must be nasty..lol

  4. July 17, 2008 - Reply

    Out with my tube socks.

  5. July 17, 2008 - Reply

    That’s too bad. I just bought a roll of tube socks. 🙂 I’m new to the site, I’ll have to come back for more fashion tips.

  6. July 17, 2008 - Reply

    Come on back to Jesus…We’ll help you! I might sell shoes, but I can sure dress a man!

  7. July 17, 2008 - Reply

    I don’t give many fashion tips, but I’ve seen one too many men with that sock problem!

  8. July 18, 2008 - Reply

    Okay damn! I wish I had my old cellphone but imma try to paint the picture for ya’ll…
    I was in the drive thru @ my credit union…i notice this big caddilac drive up and find a parking space. Out steps “Mr. MacDaddy Slicker Than Snot on a Brass Door Knob.” Henceforth known as “Macdaddy Slick.” This brotha steps out the caddy in a suit…yeah, thats what we’re gonna call it…A SUIT! It was lavender. He had on a lavender suit and the damn suit didnt have no sleeves(I have a degree in English but there aint no other way to say it). Now usually we would call this a vest. But this was not a vest because it clearly looked like a jacket that had sleeves at some point in time. Just not now. Okay and this sleeveless jacket was double breasted (I despise double breasted suits…only fat dudes wear them right?…) anyway there were two pockets on either side of all these GOLD buttons on the front of this lavender suit and he had some gold chains hanging out of one pocket going thru a button loop and then going into another pocket. He was black as the parking lot and if it had not been for all those bright colors he probably would have melted and blended right in. And you know he had a curl. Forget what you heard the Jheri curl is alive and kickin in Memphis. Then he was wearing lavender snakeskin shoes…and had on a GOLD shirt (when I say gold I mean the brightest sunshine yella you can get without being neon-wif a lil orange mixed in) under this lavender suit with the jacket with no sleeves. Finally there was the brim (thats a hat here in the south…lol) the hat was lavender with a big fat yella feather hangin from here to Tuscon. (I live in Memphis right…?) Everybody in line at the credit union had their camera phones held up taking dudes picture because he looked a hot mess. Thats story numba one. I got plenty of these. U want more?

    • July 18, 2008 - Reply

      @Ohsoluvlee

      YOU MUST SEND ME A PHOTO! LOL!

    • July 19, 2008 - Reply

      @Ohsoluvlee

      Memphis!!!
      Seewhumsayinanshit?!!!

  9. July 19, 2008 - Reply

    Don’t nobody say shit about tighty whiteys!!!!
    OK…
    that tube sock shit is so country. I thought that was a Memphis thing. You already know how I turn up my nose at some of the shit I see down here.
    Shit, last night I took the kids out to this Chucky Cheese wannabe type place, and I couldn’t help but to notice that all the dudes were wearing plaid shorts. I hate plaid, and seeing that shit got on my nerves. Fortunately, most of them wore ankle socks tho.
    P.S. How people in the DC area gonna refer to other people as “Bammas” when their country asses wearing 70’s style tube socks and penny loafers?

  10. July 20, 2008 - Reply

    My son wears his socks that way when he’s got on tube socks..lol. I think it stuck with him because he does it when he plays basketball or anytime he’s outside with shorts on. But to see that shit on a grown-ass man is past ridiculous!! Maybe they just dont’ have any lotion….

    • July 20, 2008 - Reply

      @Boogie

      Children are the exceptions to the rule…but the men…someone please, give them ankle sock advice!

  11. July 21, 2008 - Reply

    I can’t speak for all the males here … but I know back when I was younger “Slouch Socks” were the big things. They were really big socks that damn near hit your knee, but they you would slouch them down. And purposely wear shorts so people could see them.
    But that was years ago …

    • July 21, 2008 - Reply

      @Single Black Male

      Where I’m from only women wore slouch socks when that style was out…let a man walk the streets of nyc/nj with some slouches on…uh…you’d get LOL’d @.
      And those photos were taken last week..lol

  12. July 21, 2008 - Reply

    I don’t even recall them selling slouch socks in the men’s section!!! lmao!

  13. July 21, 2008 - Reply

    No, what’s bad is when these fools wear those socks with sandals. That’s much worse than wearing them with closed-toe shoes.

  14. August 9, 2008 - Reply

    I’m 38. Some 20 something friend of mine gave me shit for wearing white socks with shorts. He was wearing ankle socks with his. Sorry, but ankle socks are, to me, only for girls are tennis players. I won’t be caught dead wearing them. If 20 somethings think I’m not cool all the better.

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