What wearing 'mad' socks says about your individuality

EagleHeadline | Jun. 29, 2017

You know what they say: the wackier socks, the more successful you are. Just look at the likes of Justin Trudeau , and Jon Snow.

This isn't true in all cases, but there's a distinct suggestion that people who choose to wear eccentric deigns and bold colours are 'nonconformists', and are considered more competent and ambitious.

Gone are the days of black or grey socks under suits and trousers. Now, brightness is a sign of a trendsetter and a 'brilliant mind', writes Business Insider . Those who choose to add a touch of flamboyance are those who don't feel obliged to adhere to the 'norm'.

The idea comes from research conducted at Harvard Business School, where we imagine a fair few elaborate socks are displayed on ankles.

The study found that nonconformist behavior influences people’s opinions about us. It concluded, simply, that under some circumstances we think that people with extraordinary appearances are more successful.

Reactions from people to people with a touch of intrigue and charm is usually positive. Science seems to suggest that 'you are what you wear', and it's not just the opinions of others that are impacted: you'll feel more confident yourself, too.

But your socks with pineapples or cupcakes on them don’t just have this effect on other people – you will feel more brilliant yourself as well.

One brand called Happy Socks has played on these ideals. The Swedish company's strong, fanciful designs are emblazoned with patterns that say, 'hi, I'm here to stay'.

The higher-end socks cost upwards of £10 for two. An alternative might be Asda's range , which is a little more affordable.

You might fancy wearing Tuxedo-style socks, for example, which are perfect for weddings. The groom, bride, best man, and usher are all covered. Giving these colourful characters a go might work for you too...

Or perhaps funky animals or flamingos are more your vibe.

Maybe you're an emoji kind of person.

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