What can you say. Its perfect, yet so boring. Modern men have to dig up sartorial key points to make outfits exciting. They need to speak about you. Hence the name of your work. Its in the details. The sockless is a point for them though.
Cute boys. Nice suits. I sent Mr Cutey Pants out of the house with no socks today as well. I always wonder if the feet feel less than fresh at the end of the day (personally I cannot stand to wear closed toe shoes and no socks). Do fashion and funky feet go hand in hand or is there some secret to be void of the funk?
I go sockless and remain fresh with sock footies. They’ve been making them for men for years. Muji stores sell them in white for sneakers and in darker colors for leather dress shoes. Banana Republic sells (white only) them online only.
Well, if you believe everything GQ tells you, then I think these men are perfectly dressed. The socks issue seems to be the greatest debate here, but I think for summer it is more that acceptable to go without. I would never advocate blindly obeying any fashion magazine, but in this instance I think these two GQ men have it dead on.
I think that the sockless finish really perfects the look. kodoos to the blue suit, i love the light and dark blue combination he has put together especially ( i dont know if anyone has noticed but) with the square pocket as well.
Whilst the sockless look is great, a fresh take on a standard look, i doubt the word fresh could be applied at the end of the day. Surely this isn’t a comfortable option, hot sweaty feet is a price I simply couldn’t pay!
Nice photo, Sart. I’m finding a lot to dislike in this pic: skinny jackets, skinny trousers, skinny ties, stubble, no socks…! What’s going on?! It looks as if these two chaps are trying to copy an early ’60s Mad Men look. Enough already.
These two clad gentlemen have a liberal sense of style. They don’t conform to the idea that you must “wear” socks with oxfords… please, that was so last year, and a couple of posts ago! Let’s get innovative! Lets break rules! That’s what fashion/personal style is all about… save your breath!
One thing I’ve noticed is that whenever it comes to how men fashion themselves they are almost always at the shorter end of the stick. Why is that?
I love the gaze of these dudes. Looks like they are checking someone out in the late afternoon after-work kind of daze. But I agree with the many above who dis-like the bare ankles. I just imagine how awkward it must look when their legs are crossed legs at an office meeting and the pants shift up to an unflattering height. Sort of ruins the fit of the suit!
I’m curious as to if the style for these highly fitted, narrow suits is making men feel they have to have thinner bodies. That kind of pressure –which is usually experienced primarily by women –would be an interesting development…
Not a fan of either look–suits look cheaply tailored (notice hem is visible esp on light gray suit); though sockless (a mild plus), the shoes themselves leave a lot to be desired… for the light gray guy a nice tan-to-light brown with a touch of orange perforated cap might have done the trick (esp if he wore a nice light blue shirt); on the charcoal gray guy, the boat shoes are awful and don’t flow with the suit at all. Also, the barrel cuff cheap-looking white shirts make everything seem very JC Penny. Perhaps the only redeeming feature is the just-perceptible pocket squares.
I call these "The Temptations" suits for the R&B groups back in the 50s and early 60s. Super tailoring on the trousers. I love it, but they gotta put socks or else the whole outfits goes south! Do not try to re-define these suit by excluding socks, cause I already got it in my head how its suppose to go. LOL
Love the blue suit and the way its worn. the loose tie suits the laid back, summery feel of the loafers minus socks. I’ve always thought a plain white shirt is far too boring to wear open though. needs to be spiced up with a tie/pattern or necklace..
I dig the look on both guys overall. I think the naked ankle look works too. However, I gotta say I’m not a fan of the pairing of what appears to be black gator-skinned boat shoes with that color suit. Also, his tie, although loosened, looks too worky for me when contrasted with the rubber band on his wrist and the naked ankles. The guy in the gray suit looks perfect.
While their outfits are a bit boring, especially for this venue, I love the look of dress shoes with no socks. Coming from a man with stinky feet– the secret is those little terry-cloth inserts from Aldo. They’re $7 and you can throw them in the washer. If that’s not enough, get a regular odor-removing powder.
This is the almost-but-not-quite picture. The men are gorgeous, to be sure. The suits are slim, but not quite: the seams do not go flat. The shoes, without the sans socks discussion, are nice, except for the boating shoes. With a full suit? Not quite. These are fashion editors, and what men’s magazine has not advocated to ditch the backpack and get a briefcase? Again, not quite. Wow, early morning bitching! I guess my main beef is that there is nothing in this picture to look forward to, in terms of trying it myself or wanting to see it on other people. The men are gorgeous to be sure, but I think I said that already. Jorge from W Palm Beach
Absolutely NOTHING wrong with a backpack. They are functional and can be perfectly stylish. See last month’s issue of GQ for some specifics. These guys look fine. The suits are snug without being tight. There are small details to personalize the look: open sleeve cuffs, bracelet, unbuttoned 2nd button of shirt, pocket square. I think these guys achieved the look they were trying to achieve. Good on them.
While they don’t look dressed for a magazine editorial, it’s still a whole lot better than 90% of the real guys out there. Plus it’s still muggy and hot in NY so that’s probably why the suits don’t look completely crisp and clean. Everything just kind of works, but the shoes have to go and on with the socks. Going sockless with a suit and tie doesn’t sit well with me.
Wonderful, everything down to the feet is wonderful. Save for the fact that i’m dying to hand them socks! I just find the bare ankles look to make the entire outsift appear somewhat unfinished. And an unexpected pop of mustard or crimson or burgandy would be stunning peeping out there!
(maybe they wear tiny lower-than-ankle socks for hygiene sakes ..coz much as i LOVE this look..i’m really wondering HOW do they roam around with squelchy feet)
though to be fair ..it does look rather nice..with the fitted suits et Ăˇl .. sharp other than the practicality factor..bu then again ..who said anything about fashion being practical..:):) glad the men are discovering it too
Some thoughts inspired by the boating-style shoes: Why, when a man puts on a suit, does (should?) he feel subject to a long list of rules and regulations- the tie must end here, the sleeves be like this, this color sock and this color shoe, etc. I’m sure these rules arose to ensure conformity in a time and place in which conformity was considered desirable. Now we recognize these signs of conformity and approve of them I suppose out of familiarity, and because we can tick off the “rights” and “wrongs”. What if you treat your suits like the rest of your wardrobe, as something to wear as you like, with a t shirt or,well, boat shoes or whatever? I don’t see any reason to feel constrained by rules except when you choose to follow them.
I'm a lawyer in KY & my friends ride me out for wearing slim suits & no socks (They also make fun of my usually short tie), but I still do it on a daily basis…good to know you guys appreciate it at least.
Perhaps I'm lucky, but my feet do not sweat at all throughout the day, regardless of whether I'm out doing things or just in the office.
This picture made me realize what it is that bothers me in this sockless suit -look: they look like they spent the night on park bench and someone stole their socks (but curiously, left the suits) and briefcases while they were sleeping. The stubble probably enhances this look.
Perhaps if it was Miami and the suits were linen, and the colors of both suit and shoes were white or some kind of pastel…then I’d buy the sockless look. Mostly this feels like mis-executed fashion rebellion.
“Suits and no socks? Uh-uh.” Most comments here seem to deal with understatement. These two conventional boys… Are they, or not?… Suits, no socks… “This picture made me realize what it is that bothers me in this sockless suit”… Hey, puritans, wake up! That’s life! Some men don’t wear socks! Some… Well… Y’know.
(Among my favourite posts : “Mostly this feels like mis-executed fashion rebellion”. Haha! Bloody Sid Vicious, I presume?).
this comment is a bit delayed but not enough emphasis can be put on the NO SOCKS factor!!! What were they thinking?? …i guess when you’re a hottie you can usually get away with almost anyhting- but no one can do NO SOCKS!
Let’s have a little science lesson here- foot odor (or any other bodily odor) is caused by the gases exuded by bacteria feeding on your dead skin cells. A pedicure now and then and you won’t have any foot odor regardless of whether you wear socks or not. It’s like magic!
i’ve found that the sockless shoe only really works with brown shoes–or at least non-black shoes.
also, the backpack the guy on the left is carrying doesn’t work well with his outfit. it just looks sloppy. if you’re a guy and you want to wear a backpack with your business suit, your best bet is a leather or nylon (e.g., Coach or Tumi) pack that looks like it’s been as finely tailored as your suit. one exception is a canvas backpack, but i have yet to find one whose straps work well–for some odd reason, makers insist on using very stiff canvas straps that are stitched into the bag at an un-ergonomically correct angle, so they just dig into your ribs and armpits. not very comfortable!
Lol. Who said you have to wear socks?Going without socks in the summer is great I never wear socks in the summer. And if you don’t want to go completely sockless they have the great ankle length footies are perfect. I love to roll my the pants up on my fitted suits and rock no socks. People love it….. and no one will run when you remove your shoes. Lol