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These socks from the UK’s Smart Turnout add an extra element to the comfortingly twee world of colorful toesleeves: The stripes are code for the British Adjutant General’s Corps.

It’s the same trick tradition-minded Brits usually play with ties and scarves—check out J. Press for the stateside equivalent—but it usually doesn’t reach to socks for the simple reason that nobody’s supposed to be able to see them, or at least not well enough to get a read on the color. But now that high cuffs have made them more visible, this idea might be ready for its moment.

—R.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Russell Brandom