Colorful socks are essential precisely because they are so unnecessary. Sure, you can gird your ankles in dour browns and somber blacks. Indeed, that may be the counsel of a wise man. But are not men defined by their fancy? When someone first catches that bright purple or salmon slash of color above your Oxford, below a pair of no-break slacks, he knows something of your measure. What’s more, catching an unexpected plume of color is like catching a glimpse of the sunset twixt two grey skyscrapers: unexpected jouissance thrust into the everyday.
Wassily Kandinsky, a master of color, once said, “Color is the key. The eye is the hammer. The soul is the piano with its many chords. The artist is the hand that, by touching this or that key, sets the soul vibrating automatically.” When that hand pulls on a pair of indigo polka-dot socks, it sets the day vibrating happily too.
A collection of colorful socks, unsurprisingly, should include a range of hues and patterns. Stripes, polka dots, or little squares are all good options. But take a cue from Kandinsky again: the artist once said, “objects damage pictures.” They also damage socks. Stay away from cute little airplanes or bunnies. Your socks might be bright, but they’re serious, too.