Anonymous said: When going sockless with formalwear, should one blacken the ankle with charcoal? Also, once upon a time the ankle needed to be deeply suntanned, but pasty white ankles seem to be gracing the blog. Is a tanned ankle no longer de riguer?
My thesis had concerned itself with the white male ankle. However my recent post here shows an alarming instance of a dark male ankle looking equally revolting. I may have to revise my conclusions.
Addendum: One of my post grad students has pointed out that the below referenced ankle may simply be a white boy from the unwashed denim crowd with unwashed grimy ankles.
Anonymous said: If somebody wears no socks but has cuffs long enough to cover the socklessness, is he really sockless?
A fundamental question in menswear. This is known as Schrödinger’s Elephant In The Room. The Napoli or Firenze Paradox is a sophisticated variant that is thought to have originated with vintage silk printed ties but extends to the notion of Sprazz that isn’t observed by anyone. I have many years on my shoulders and a great thirst for knowledge. Thank you for your thoughtful question.
Anonymous said: What are the new trends in anklewear for 2013?
Nothing new but a consolidation of trends. See recent post with superb unselfconscious “sprazz” of sockless with dinner suit, bow tie and velvet house slippers at day time wedding. Rule and genre breaking spills over everywhere. Day time dinner suit. Slippers at wedding. Topped off with sparkling white ankles. Relaxed devil may care attitude to convention. "It may be your wedding but just look at me"
Anonymous said: Your blog has inspired me to pursue the bare ankle aesthetic, but I find the contrast between the black plastic of the GPS device and my pale alabaster ankles jarring. How can I remedy this problem?
I’m not sure that this is a genuine question and perhaps you are a troll.
My reasoning: I have done extensive research on this matter of ankle baring - none of the bare ankle brigade would actually do anything more transgressive than bare ankles with dress shoes. Certainly nothing more criminal than riding a fixed wheel push bike up a one way street the wrong way. These are the same people who in another age would show their defiant rebelliousness by wearing “joke” ties and “fun” socks. I therefore declare that you sir, or madam, are a troll.
Anonymous said: Do you have a business of some sort/personal Facebook profile I can contact you through more detailed advice. Happy to pay for advice.
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