Thumbs Up or Down – Shoes, No Socks, No Service
I admire people who make fearless fashion choices. Typically, they have a fearless personality to match. I especially applaud men who have the confidence to rock some color or pattern mixing or shoes with no socks.
|Nick Wooster via|
Recently, I was a bystander in a cyber kerfuffle over the whole concept of men wearing shoes without socks. I had no idea this was such a polarizing topic. I wear shoes without socks all the time. Loafers, high heels, ballet flats, chuck taylors etc. Why is it generally accepted for women to wear shoes without socks but for men it is considered a no no?!
I love the look of a man wearing a slipper or brogues sans socks. To me it shows a certain self-assured swagger. An insouciant jauntiness that says, I don’t take life or myself too seriously.
|Nick Wooster via|
|Scot Meacham Wood of SMW Design|
But the point is not really about men wearing shoes without socks. The point is about manners. This little kerfuffle happened over on Pinterest. Scot Meacham Wood, whose design skills, taste, and style I have long admired, was pinning these images of men sporting shoes without socks. And men mixing prints and wearing bright colored pants. I was surprised to see a bunch of negative comments posted about these pinned images. At first, I thought perhaps these were close friends of his poking a little inside fun. But that doesn’t seem to be the case, as he eventually had enough diplomacy to politely ask them to ‘unfollow’ his boards.
|look at his drawing room! so great. via|
Isn’t the intent of Pinterest to be a place to catalogue images that are important and meaningful to each of us? And share them with like-minded folks - people who choose to 'follow' us based on similar tastes or aesthetics? And if so, then why the need to be so nasty?
To be sure, I don’t like everything pinned by the people I follow. I might even snicker a bit to myself – wondering what in the world you were thinking. But I wouldn’t have the bad breeding to post snide comments. Unless of course, you are my sister, in which case I would tell her she was being bonkers.
|Scot's wonderful red pants! And that rug in his office! via|
I follow Scot precisely for his vision and for his taste. We are like-minded in our aesthetics but he has the added experience, confidence, and self-assurance to sport any of the looks that he has pinned. And that is why I follow his boards and read his blog - The Adventures of Tartanscot. He inspires me to push beyond my comfort zone. And I haven't even touched on his amazing work.
|his bedroom! look at all the details. via|
|a small sampling of his shoe collection. dying over here. via|
|Scot and his friends at home as featured in Rue Magazine|
In an homage to Scot, I donned a bright and cheery outfit the other day complete with loafers sans socks. Scot, if we lived in the same city, I would give you a big momma hug for always displaying such style and grace. Then I would squeal with delight over your red pants and not so subtly beg an invitation to your next holiday fete. Who wouldn't want to be smashed in the middle of these jolly gents having a laugh?!
|If only I had a bright colored pant-yellow or minty green! |
And why do I look possessed?!
|Every time I try to photograph myself it ends |
in peals of laughter over my ridiculous faces.
What is up with that dang eye?!
So, I say THUMBS DOWN to petty comments on Pinterest. And I say THUMBS UP to men wearing shoes without socks AND women! What do you say? Have you encountered any mean comments on your boards?
kisses, mrs. V