Much of the world welcomes workers in wacky socks.
Socks—and their cousins, tights or artsy hose—give professionals a place to be playful, creative, a little offbeat, even when our bosses may be more buttoned-down than brilliant hues. And unlike some more visible displays of individuality such as tattoos, hats or scarves, crazy socks easily tuck under conference tables or desks if the wearer cannot take a chance at turning off a client or senior executive.
Some wear the colors of their alma mater, others choose a single bright tone. Others pick and choose an array of animals or colors based on their mood, the season—or the clients they will meet that day.
Colorful or character socks show playfulness and make a great icebreaker or way to connect with others. Serious people and politicians don funky footwear. For former US president George H.W. Bush’s birthday last year, several political pals pulled some on. Another possible advantage of wearing fanciful socks and other unexpected attire: You build a brand as “the gutsy guy” or a creative type and over time, it may give you more room to bend or break rules.
Still, socks have become a stretch-yourself statement for companies and individuals. Warning: Not every boss will embrace your creative accessories. Some Wall Street types have even been taken aside and chastised for wearing funky accessories.
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