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!