• Dig Your Heels In

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY by Sara Kerens

    Noteworthy: webbed D-ring belt worn with suit, double monk straps in a dirty suede. My friend Sara caught me in the middle of being a goof over the weekend in her Chelsea neighborhood. I may, or may not, have fallen over after my impromptu balancing act.

    • Lookmatic eyeglasses
    • Rugby tropical wool suit
    • Polo Ralph Lauren knit tie
    • Rugby button down dress shirt
    • Polo Ralph Lauren silk pocket square
    • Ernest Alexander waxed canvas tote bag
    Ralph Lauren webbed D-ring belt
    • Mark McNairy dirty suede double monk straps with Dainite sole

    Apr 12, 2013 | Permalink (16) Total Comments

    S left a comment on 5/11/2013 at 6:39 PM:

    more please

    poloist12 left a comment on 4/25/2013 at 6:51 PM:

    Damn playa!  looking good, hope the new local is working out for ya.

    MMS left a comment on 4/23/2013 at 12:23 PM:


    Fashion isn’t for the faint of heart, huh?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 4/19/2013 at 11:36 AM:

    @Thomas—Yes, Sid Mashburn sells socks (sometimes), but I wasn’t to be taken literally in my embellished statement.

    thomas left a comment on 4/19/2013 at 11:29 AM:

    WSJournal, June 2011:

    Mr. Mashburn, the Atlanta store owner, said he sells only wool socks, citing their superior breathability over cotton, and has no intention of carrying invisible socks anytime soon.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 4/19/2013 at 11:08 AM:

    @Emory—First and foremost, I think it’s great that you’re visiting the site as a mother to her teenage son. Welcome.

    The reason I directed you to the piece I wrote, “Go-to-Hell Ankles” is because it does answer your question as to why your son wants to go sockless while wearing his uniform: quiet rebellion.

    I’d like to mention my suit here is a tropical wool that can be worn year round. I went to work at Ralph Lauren almost everyday without socks. No one at J.Crew wears socks either—it’s my understanding that’s part of their corporate dress code. Sid Mashburn down in Atlanta practically doesn’t even know what a sock is. The rules relax a bit in the fashion business. Perhaps your son is showing signs of interest in it…or maybe he just wants to express himself within the confines of his school uniform?

    At the end of the day, children should leave the house as their parents wish them to look. You hear that kids?!

    Emory left a comment on 4/19/2013 at 10:45 AM:

    @Fred—Why did you link to a previous blog post as opposed to address my question? I grew up in and still live in New England. My husband, and our kids, and I ‘go sockless’ all the time during the summer. That said, I have a hard time understanding when you believe it’s appropriate to wear a navy, wool, pinstripe suit without socks. A navy, wool, traditionally styled suit is a formal piece of attire - especially when paired with a necktie and leather shoes. You seem to be sending a strange signal by pronouncing that you never wear socks 3/4 of the year, regardless - apparently - of the rest of your outfit, the business at hand, etc…...and now you’ve got my son believing that ‘no socks’ is appropriate private, dress code adherent private school attire. Simply put, it’s not….and him emulating you/taking your advice will not only get him in trouble….it will have me on the phone with school administrators for hours!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 4/19/2013 at 9:54 AM:

    @Emory—After reading this piece I wrote on going sockless, this might explain your son’s behaviour.

    Emory left a comment on 4/19/2013 at 8:27 AM:

    Fred -

    When you say you “never wear socks” 3/4 of the year, do you really mean that you don’t wear socks, as a rule, with formal suits? Why? I’m now arguing with my son over this…..he’s claiming he doesn’t need to wear socks to high school with his blazer….

    Enoch Castleberry left a comment on 4/18/2013 at 2:29 PM:

    i like those double monk straps. not often seen.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 4/18/2013 at 1:14 PM:

    @M Richards—I never wear socks in the spring, summer, or fall for that matter.

    cam left a comment on 4/18/2013 at 1:13 PM:

    @ M Richards - prob bc it’s spring and the sun is shinning! why not

    M Richards left a comment on 4/18/2013 at 12:52 PM:

    Why are you not wearing socks ? very uncouth !

    Andrew left a comment on 4/17/2013 at 1:40 PM:

    Nicely done Fred!

    C left a comment on 4/17/2013 at 12:07 PM:


    SCOTT left a comment on 4/17/2013 at 11:13 AM:

    Cool look.