People often say your eyes are the window to your soul. They offer another person insight into your mind, your true feelings, and your personality. That may be true, but what if we told you there was another way in?
A recent study suggests that the crazy socks you choose to wear provide others with a glimpse of who you really are, and help shape how others perceive you. Sounds ridiculous, right? Allow us to explain.
Identifying with a group or a community is an instinctive behavior that has been instilled in us over thousands of years. When you don’t fit in with the accepted norms of society people often view you as an outsider, a loner, or treat you differently. However, this doesn’t necessarily hold true with socks.
Think about it. Socks are often overlooked, hidden under your pants, and at the bottom of your outfit. How often do you concentrate on someone’s feet? They aren’t the most in-your-face article of clothing, but that is what makes them a perfect item for self-expression.
A study published in the Journal of Consumer Research found that people who wear eccentric socks on purpose are viewed as being more creative, smart, successful, and had increased status. While we feel it is important and just not to judge others on their clothing, it is interesting that socks are linked to this viewpoint. Imagine a successful executive or politician dressed in a fine business suit with a subtle hint of flair in the form of crazy socks. You may think they are bold, rebellious, and possess extreme self-confidence. They certainly would stand out from everyone else!
A Northwestern University study demonstrated that our clothing choices (including socks) affect the way we think, act, and feel. When you choose to wear crazy and colorful socks you are most likely exuding confidence and are feeling good about yourself. Therefore, this self-confidence helps you accomplish your goals in life and at work whether you are cognitively aware of it or not. Your attitude and bold clothing choices are also visible to those around you. Choosing unconventional socks is definitely the opposite of what is considered to be the social norm.
We encourage you to embrace the ability to wear fun and crazy socks and express yourself. It will show others that you are a unique personality, and perhaps you’ll find more success along the way!
Why do we wear socks? Chances are socks were first created for the simple fact of protecting our feet from cold weather and debris. Unless you’re lucky enough to live in a climate that supports year-round warm weather you most likely wear socks to keep your feet warm and prevent chafing the majority of the year. And if you’re like most people you have a dedicated sock drawer full of dress socks, low cut socks, high socks, crazy socks, lonely mismatched socks...you name it!
It’s amazing how something as simple as a sock offers so many choices and variation. Let’s take a look at the evolution of the sock through the ages from ancient civilizations to today.
Ancient Civilizations And The First Knit Stockings
Ever since the days of the caveman, we have been wearing versions of the modern sock. Ancient civilizations such as the Greeks and Romans both adopted their own versions using animal skin or leather and often tied them around their ankles to hold them in place. The first knit stockings were first discovered in an Egyptian tomb that dates back to c.1000 CE and was most likely worn with their version of sandals. Fashion faux pas!
Socks similar to those worn in ancient Egypt c.1000 CE - Source Link
Socks As A Status Symbol And The Beginning Of The Modern Day Sock
As societies progressed knit stockings became more popular, but they were still for the privileged and rich, in particular with Europeans. Since stockings were seen as a sign of nobility their manufacturing was kept a guild secret for many years.
European stockings, the mid-1500s - Source Link
Englishman William Lee (of Nottingham) first invented the knitting loom in the year 1589, which made knit fabrics easier to manufacture. France’s King Henri IV provided financial backing and William Lee relocated to France to establish a stocking factory. Around the time of the Industrial Revolution socks, which were mostly still made of wool, became easier and cheaper to manufacture and began to spread more rapidly throughout Europe.
A pair of 18th-century socks featuring a stripe pattern - Source Link
The sock took on many lengths and patterns and designs were added. Cotton became the fabric of choice around the 17th century, but otherwise, there was not much innovation across several centuries.
Men’s dress socks made of cashmere from 1906 - Source Link
Men wearing argyle and patterned socks from the 1920s - Source Link
Tall socks from the 1950s - Source Link
Mid-length socks (over the ankle) from the 1960s - Source Link
Around 1938 nylon was invented, which added elasticity to socks and many socks today are still made of nylon. Much like the 1920s-1960s, today has seen a resurgence of socks that feature more color and bolder designs and patterns. The sock is made of cotton, spandex, wool, polyester, nylon and more. There certainly is not a shortage when it comes to options!
Happy Holidays and Happy Rinsing!
It’s that time again—your laundry hamper is full and you’re out of clean socks. If you don’t have time to do your own laundry, you can turn to a professional to take care of your clothes. Some cleaners have a 15 lb minimum policy, though, so you’ll need to make sure your laundry meets that expectation.
Not sure what 15 lbs of laundry looks like? Here’s how you can determine your laundry’s weight and take advantage of a full load.
Before you have your clothing laundered, you’ll want to check that you have enough for the minimum 15 lb weight requirement. A household washing machine usually holds 7 or 8 lbs of laundry, but professional machines can handle larger loads.
Here’s what 15 lbs of laundry can include:
Depending on your wardrobe, your 15 lbs of laundry might include more or fewer items.
If you find counting articles of clothing too tedious, you can weigh your laundry following these three simple steps.
- Weigh yourself on a bathroom scale holding your laundry.
- Weigh yourself on the same scale without your laundry.
- Subtract the second weight from the first, and the total will be the weight of your laundry.
Alternatively, you can place your clothing in a laundry basket and weigh that on your scale. Remember to measure and subtract the weight of the empty basket afterwards.