Why Are People Who Wear Crazy Socks So Brilliant, Creative And Successful
“Argyle socks are the visible sign of the invisible nerd fighter,” says John Green, proud nerd fighter*, argyle sock-wearer and internationally bestselling author. Oh and Internet star. Oh, and two of his books have been made into movies.
Just another living example of the notion that people who wear crazy socks are brilliant and successful.
If you think about it, it really is amazing how some people can treat socks like “just something to wear over feet” and other people can view socks as genuine and exciting possibilities for comfort, style, expression, and creativity in general. What’s more, research indicates that wacky and crazy socks actually reveal useful and meaningful insights about a human being’s character and intelligence.
Character socks are an iconic fashion trend that continues to gain momentum. Along with Scots using tartan to declare rebellion and 1960’s women rebelling against the “maxi” skirt trend by wearing increasingly-shorter minis, wearers of colorful, interesting socks demonstrate the importance of embodied cognition. There is serious science behind this: embodied cognition is the idea that what we wear is a direct expression of our mental state…and vice versa.
Whether they’re covered in polka dots, lobsters, flags, superheroes, bulldogs, sailboats or robots, crazy socks have a number of hidden benefits.
In a world where conformity often reigns supreme, it takes a bold individual to throw on a pair of socks covered in arbitrary neon colors and proudly exhibit them in public.
People who wear crazy socks are rebellious and expressive. Wacky sock wearers are leading a subtle revolution against uniforms and propriety. They refuse to let social standards dictate what adorns their feet, and other people, who aren’t audacious enough to wear dragon-patterned socks, respect them for it.
Conformity is often interpreted as being a dirty word in the modern age, and yet human beings still conform countless times on a daily basis nevertheless. However, socks present a rare opportunity to shun conformity and not have to deal with the consequences at all (as long as you’re good at keeping your socks out of sight when necessary). Yet, even if a person doesn’t try to hide their flamboyant or politically driven socks, they’re mostly covered by shoes and pants anyway, so there’s still not much of chance that sock problems will result. Moreover, people who like unique socks lookout for other people (and their socks!) who think similarly—so it could even lead to true love.
Research in the Journal of Consumer Research reveals a theory that nonconformists can sometimes be viewed as being more high class and competent than conformists are. This is good news for proponents and wearers of flamboyant socks, because it means that their images are finally beginning to receive the positive acknowledgement and respect they’ve been worthy of. It seems like the common public consensus might be on the verge of shifting toward recognizing unconventional sock-wearers as being smart and successful rather than dumb and lazy. The authors of the study (Silvia Bellezza, Francesca Gino, and Anat Keinan from Harvard University) say, “We proposed that, under certain conditions, nonconforming behaviors can be more beneficial to someone than simply trying to fit in. In other words, when it looks deliberate, a person can appear to have a higher status and sense of competency.”
It turns out that people who enjoy wearing strange socks are actually demonstrating embodied cognition, which is a concept related to how clothing choices impact cognitive processes. Dr. Adam Galinsky (a social psychologist of Northwestern University) was involved with research pertaining to the way human beings think, feel and act—especially toward their socks. It was discovered that human beings enjoy conveying their uniqueness and confidence by way of their choices in socks, and this results in enhanced personal happiness for individuals. So, instead of hiding yourself in the background with plain white or black socks, step into the spotlight and provide the world with keen insight into your personality, feelings, emotions, and beliefs—by wearing some “crazy” socks!
In other words, wearing certain clothing can give us the confidence to take on certain tasks, literally changing the way we think and act. Thus, wearing a crazy pair of socks might help us feel braver and more unpredictable, leading us to uncharted waters and, in turn, greater success in life. Success is largely achieved by leaping into the unknown and embracing risks. If you’re going to take a leap of faith and willingly approach challenging situations, you might as well be wearing some wacky socks when you do. Even if you fail, you’ll still look amazing.
Our clothing, then, is not only en extension of our personalities: it goes the other way too. Our clothing choices can influence the way we think or feel and especially they way we are perceived by our colleagues. A New York Times article notes that colorful socks have been in vogue since the late 1800’s, and this piece contends that wearing such fanciful footwear helps set you apart at work as gutsy or particularly creative, which can give you a leg up in a competitive environment.
While wearing crazy socks isn’t nearly as subversive or political, it’s still a jab at the status quo and an expression of individuality. What you wear says a lot about your personality, and crazy socks help emanate a more vivacious, innovative and intriguing image, particularly at work.
Colorful or character socks show playfulness and make a great icebreaker or way to connect with others …Another possible advantage of wearing fanciful socks and other unexpected attire: You build a brand as ‘the gutsy guy’ or a creative type and over time, it may give you more room to bend or break rules.
The best part about crazy socks is they’re unisex, and look equally great on men and women. So let’s all conquer the world together while wearing some insane-looking socks, promoting gender-neutrality in the process.