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You can tell a lot about a person by the socks they wear, and not in the way you may

You can tell a lot about a person by the socks they wear, and not in the way you may think.

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An article on Aleteia tells the story of a mom letting her chid pick his own socks for school each day. That child never chooses the basic white socks, but the fun ones with action heros and trampolines.

And she never makes him change, for a really important reason: She’s encouraging creativity, and we can all learn from her.

According to Quartz, letting children wear crazy socks is the right move. As sock choices go, crazy socks are chosen by successful, creative people.

The Quartz piece quotes a stylist who says colorful or character socks show playfulness. Lauren Rothman, a stylist and author of Style Bible: What to Wear to Work thinks the trend may have started in Silicon Valley.

“Folks are showing their power, their bravado in the boardroom. The louder the socks, the bigger the wallet.”

And there’s no shame in the silly socks, none at all. For example, for former president George H.W. Bush’s birthday last year, some of his political pals pulled some on. That’s true too for tech types at Twitter and Giga Omni Media, where the colorful geometric patterned socks serve as “this universal sign, almost like a gang sign,” Hunter Walk, a YouTube director, told the New York Times.

So, maybe we can all learn something from these bigwigs — and little kids — don’t be afraid of showing your fun side. Put some crazy socks on in the morning, no matter how old and serious you think you are!