Aaron Paul has a kind of nonchalance in the way he puts himself together that is truly enviable. Whether he’s wearing a gold chain or a tie-dye shirt, it never looks like something he spent too much time on. Same goes with the bold striped dress socks he wore on Fallon last night. On paper, they’d be a daring move, but he pulled them off effortlessly. That’s because he followed the basic commandments of wearing loud socks. Not only did he go for a grown-up motif, but he used them to punch up a classic outfit instead of accentuating some already crazy gear.
We know you’re probably still high on the bare-ankles thing, and that’s perfectly okay. The summer months are a glorious time for below-the-knee fashion. But soon enough, with any luck, you’ll look like Paul here. And because dress socks are having what we call in fashion “a moment,” it shouldn’t be too difficult. What used to be a really boring, traditional category is now totally lit. From stylish startups to in-the-know indie brands, men no longer have to choose between goofy novelty patterns and old-man motifs when picking out a pair. You might not be ready for dress socks just yet, but they’re ready for you.