Style blogs often talk about “investing” in clothes and justify especially large purchases as “investments.” Well, to quote Inigo Montoya, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
Taking the dictionary definition of investment, the Pantherella dress socks I purchased are likely to be one of the worst investments I ever made. After wearing them for the first time, all of my other socks suddenly seemed woefully inadequate. It’s quite likely I’ll be buying more over-the-calf dress socks as a result of that first $15 purchase. In fact, I’ll probably be replacing most of my socks with them. This works out very quickly to an abysmal rate of return: we’re talking hundreds, if not thousands of percentage points in the red.
Over-the-calf dress socks: if you’re serious about investing in clothes, stay away from them.