Work and Play: An Uncommon Love Story
Most guys fall into one of two camps: a more relaxed, off-the-cuff look with an overall playful style, or a more serious, put together look. These obviously aren’t cut and dry, and a lot of guys fall somewhere in between. Besides, it’s 2017; there are no hard-and-fast fashion rules. But we digress. Guys have long been told that certain clothing items are only for play or work. While we aren’t suggesting that you throw on a three-piece suit or that nice wool sweater before your next kickball game or that you wear your jorts, jersey, and prince + pete socks to your next meeting, we are, however, suggesting that all of the fun socks for men from prince + pete can be worn with whatever your style may be.
Let’s get into this fashion dichotomy a bit more. We’ll go out on a limb here and say that most guys probably work a job where they’re expected to look a little more “professional.” While the definition of professional has changed over time and has different meaning all across the States, we’re going to assume that your definition of professional dress is different from your dad’s, grandpa’s, uncle’s and maybe your employer’s. For the sake of this blog, let’s draw a line: we’re going to say professional is whatever you feel is appropriate for some high-level meetings at work, an interview, or some other important event where you’re going to put some effort into looking sharp. For most guys, this may mean a slim suit with some splashes of color (looking at you, cool socks), or some tailored slacks and a nice sweater. Whatever your professional style, prince + pete has you covered.
Alright, now that we all have in our heads the “professional look,” let’s deconstruct that look and find the balance between that and whatever your more casual look is. If your professional look includes nothing more than wrinkle-free pants and a sweater, then our socks (especially our mismatched starter pack) are right up your alley. But what about those of you who picture yourself in a suit or equally upscale outfit? Not to worry; prince + pete socks were designed to be worn with either your suit or your jeans. So, whether you choose some striped socks like our Hudson Waves style or go all-in and add our Hudson Collection, you can rest assured that your new socks will work with either a suit or those slacks your mom bought you a few years ago that you, somehow, still fit into.
But what about when we’re not dressed to the nines for an interview, meeting, or whatever; don’t you need some novelty socks that add a touch of personality to your wardrobe? For a lot of guys, breaking away from the idea that all socks are created equal can be tough. For years, we’ve all been told that no one looks at socks, so don’t worry about anything besides how they feel. Well, hate to break it to ya, but people absolutely notice your socks, just like they notice your shirt, pants, and if you’ve got crumbs in your beard. While we can’t help you with the latter, prince + pete knows guys need options for dressing both professionally and casually. And that’s exactly what you’ll get with any of our cool socks collections.
A Hypothetical: The Big Date
Let’s admit it: dating in 2017 is weird. It’s not uncommon to have met on a dating site or app — assuming one of you hasn’t ghosted the other. Or, you’re an old fashioned kinda guy and actually spoke to your date in person before asking her out. No matter how the date got set up, it’s happening. You’ve made plans at that new brewpub for a brewery tour and samples, the one with the basement below that has cozy nooks, board games, and all kinds of oddities; it’s going to be a great night. But at 4:45, your boss tells you that your project has to be done before you leave — which will easily eat up an hour of your time. Now that you’re going to be at work an hour late, your date scheduled for seven o’clock, you don’t have time to run home and change into your more casual clothes. What to do now?
While you may look a little overdressed in your work clothes, you can certainly tweak your outfit to not appear as a workaholic on your first date. That button up and tie? Ditch the tie, unbutton the top few bottoms, and stash the coat. Not a whole lot of wriggle room with your slacks, but what are those colors popping out around your ankle? Cool designs that don’t quite match but the colors bring your whole outfit together? Yeah, your prince + pete socks have your back. While all prince + pete socks are bold, our Melrose collection of bold, fun socks for men have the color combinations to make any outfit pop. While it’s no match for the jitters, butterflies in your stomach, or other nervousness, colorful socks can add enough to any situation to mix in a little fun and fashion without saying a word.
Hypothetical Two: The Meeting
We’re not talking about a boardroom meeting where you count down the minutes until you can snag another coffee. We’re talking about one of those meetings where you’re meeting a potential client for the first time. You’re stoked on this one because, for once, it’s not dinosaurs of your industry doing the talking; it’s younger guys who’ve reached out to your company for a very lucrative partnership. Already, you’re relaxed and thankful you can slip into a more normal conversation. However, your work attire more closely resembles the professional look of yesteryear. While looks don’t make or break the deal, looks and presentation are an incredibly important part of how we interact with other and their perceptions of us.
Once again, thank your lucky socks that prince + pete can add a bit of flair to your outfit. While you and your potential partners won’t be sitting around discussing the latest sock trends, you’ll absolutely take stock of each other and how each other is dressed; it’s only natural. Even simple things like having perfectly mismatched socks within the same colorway is enough to ease someone’s guard enough to break into a more informal conversation with your newfound business partners. Thanks, socks!
Hypotheticals And Reality
While each of us has our own unique reasons for choosing cool socks with for both casual or professional outfits, we all want socks that can be worn with either when they need to be. And you can expect that each and every one (or two) of our socks will lend itself well to your unique taste.If you feel like prince + pete’s unique brand of cool socks for men could add some style to your wardrobe, then take a look at our entire collection and find your perfectly mismatched pairs of socks today. Have questions that our FAQ page doesn’t address? No worries! We’re here to answer any questions you may have; just shoot us an email and we’ll have you on your way to sock perfection.