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Let’s get some things out of the way: J.Crew is a wee bit pricey for what it is. The plus-size offerings aren’t great. And the company invented a holiday for stripes, the least interesting of all the patterns. Despite all of this, I will be rooting for J.Crew’s continued success solely because of its trouser socks.
I never thought I would be a person passionate about socks, because what a weird and lame thing to get worked up about, but here I am. Perhaps the only other person who is also this into socks is Seeley Booth, the fictional FBI special agent on Bones. But I like to think if Booth was real, he would love these socks, too.
They’re comfortable and tall enough to wear with boots, yet lay nicely under skinny jeans. There are warmer knit fabrics for cold winters and thinner socks for the beginning days of spring. For me, not getting to wear them full-time is the only sad part of summer.
There are, of course, downsides to J.Crew's trouser socks: Obviously, they're pricey. But I've come to accept that $12.50 trouser socks are going to be what bring me joy each day.
Now, I have socks with flowers, stripes, and bulldogs. I have socks in plaid, glittery pink, and thick wool. As I write this, I'm wearing lilac socks with Barbie pink and dark purple stripes. It’s unlikely anyone will see them, but I take special pride in knowing my look is complete down to the hosiery.