Socks ap­peal

The Weekend Australian - Life - - MOP TOP TIME - kthomp­son­stylist@big­ KEN THOMP­SON

One of the ex­pand­ing tribe of peo­ple who work from home, ev­ery few hours I re­ward my­self with a trip up to the park with the smart­phone and take a breather on the bench.

While de­vour­ing a small tub of rasp­berry sor­bet over a half-hour the other day, I was wit­ness to three gents wear­ing mis­matched socks — a much higher per­centile than the na­tional av­er­age, surely?

The fash­ion de­tec­tive within was in­sa­tiable with cu­rios­ity about how th­ese pairs be­came es­tranged.

I am fu­ri­ous that the laun­dry al­ways gets the blame and I tend to at­tribute it to sheer lazi­ness on be­half of the wearer who does not roll or stack his sock in the cor­rect pat­tern or colour­way, or cor­rect it upon dress­ing, in­stead of de­cid­ing it’s fine to leave the house look­ing like a chil­dren’s panto clown.

One of the three of­fend­ers wore sports socks with the un­think­able clash of three stripes on one an­kle and a swoosh on the other but the most visu­ally jar­ring was the busi­ness gent who pre­sumed a small white fleck on navy sock on the right foot would look sen­sa­tional with a plain tan woollen rib on the left. An asym­met­ric es­say in bor­ing.

Please re­view your sock draw­ers this week­end — it is a step in the right di­rec­tion.

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