The reason that I think that they were compression hosiery is because of the pasty skin colour. The guy was probably about in his 50s or 60s, and his clothing style reflected it.
What I liked about his look was that he wore another pair of white socks over it. The white socks almost appeared to be mid-calf cotton socks that were scrunched down. They helped to take attention away from the feet. Even when people notice the compression hosiery, perhaps they will understand that it is not a matter of style. On the other hand, they might understand that it is a different style, because the white socks tend to imply that he knows what he is doing.
This all is very interesting, because it flies the face of what we have been trying to do. He has exposed less hosiery, and shown that he is masculine, whereas we have been trying to show more hosiery to show that we are masculine. It goes to show that some circumstances less is more.
What do you think about it? Does it make sense? Have you seen somebody like that? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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