The Summer Wedding Mankle
The summer wedding is the perfect occasion to throw a little warm-weather insouciance into formal proceedings. If the ceremony is held outdoors, why not give your ankle some sun?
The Look: Light-colored formal wear
The Pants: Suit pants
The Shoes: Oxford lace-ups
The Attitude: Decorous, but primed for dancing at the reception
The Icon: Darren Criss
Key to success: High-SPF sunscreen
The Office Mankle
Sockless at the office? What will your boss think? He or she will see you as an employee who thinks outside the box—a master of disruptive innovation. Just make sure to guard against foot odor.
The Look: Like Casual Friday, but everyday
The Pants: Gray slacks
The Shoes: Loafers
The Attitude: Just a straight-shooter with upper management written all over him
The Icon: Zac Efron
Key to success: Loafer liners
The Cookout/Backyard Mankle
The classy summer cookout is way too casual for visible socks, but sandals might not be your speed. The mankle is a healthy compromise.
The Look: Sunglasses, short-sleeve shirt, and a “Kiss the Cook” apron
The Pants: Shorts, khaki or denim
The Shoes: Low-top Chuck Taylors or Plimsolls
The Attitude: “I’m a grown man who dresses well, but also knows his way around a pile of meat and a charcoal grill.”
The Icon: Ernest Hemingway
Key to success: Bug spray
The Happy Hour Mankle
You’re off work and ready to kick back. So, drop the dress socks and show some skin. The mankle signals that you’re easy-going, but serious about style.
The Look: Jacket, no tie
The Pants: Linen
The Shoes: Boat shoes
The Attitude: Debonair, but fun
The Icon: Jude Law
Key to success: Some sweat-absorbing powder, sprinkled liberally
The Sunday Brunch Mankle
Just as brunch combines the best of breakfast and lunch, dressing for brunch combines the best of casual and formal.
The Look: Relaxed, with a hint of the previous evening’s elegance. Try a blazer paired with a t-shirt.
The Pants: Jeans or black pants
The Shoes: Espadrilles
The Attitude: I don’t remember what happened last night and I can’t find my socks – but who cares?
The Icon: Ryan Gosling
Key to success: Bloody Mary