For some people they might even be the only way to show their ‘fashion-me’.
Just imagine someone sitting down opposite of you at the tube. Suit, shirt, tie, briefcase. The usual office worker. You probably wouldn’t look twice. But if sitting down reveals some candy coloured socks, or stripes or even checquerboard patterns, you would probably take a closer look, wouldn’t you? Because there’s a micro rebellion going on! ‘Look, I fit in, I wear what everybody at the office wears, but in my heart I am a punk/mod/romantic and I want to show it – at least when I sit down.’
(Of course there’s a limit to patterned socks: no seasonal prints, no cartoon characters!)