Since when did showing some ankle before Noon become a problem?
Ryan Seacrest has been at his job (well, his other, other, other job—the guy collects them like Pokémon) as co-host of Live with Kelly & Ryan for barely two weeks and there’s already a problem. No, it’s not that he’s not getting along with his new partner in A.M. chit chat or that the show’s ratings are down. It’s that he’s…not wearing socks.
Viewers are taking issue with Seacrest flashing some bare ankle in the 9 A.M. EST hour. One viewer, Jerry Martin, wrote in to say that Seacrest’s mother should tell him to put some socks on (side note to Jerry: Does your mom tell you what to wear everyday?). And Jerry was hardly the only fan of the show to weigh in on Seacrest going sockless, as the multi-tasking new host and Ripa tour through a pile of footwear-related emails yesterday.
But Seacrest has been wearing socks the whole time, particularly the stylish man’s secret weapon for warm weather: no-show socks.
Seacrest even proved it, lifting his foot and removing his shoe to show off one sliver of knit sock. No-show socks have been a trusted menswear hack for years, hitting the mainstream nearly a decade ago when every Pitti Uomo-loving #menswear-head started stepping out in tassle loafers and slippers. They prevent your shoes from getting wrecked with sweat and stench and keep your toes protected from what can be some uncomfortable chafing from leather linings (we call that a win-win). Seacrest is wearing them just the way they should be worn, in that no one should knows he’s wearing them.
And as for the real issue viewers seem to be having with Seacrest—that bare ankles are somehow a bad thing on a man—let’s remember two things: 1) Seacrest an Angeleno. He doesn’t work in sub-70 degree temperatures unless he’s ringing in a new year in Times Square and so, let the man get used to some N.Y.C. temperature weirdness (as he pointed out, he was wearing a turtleneck but barely any sock) and 2) It’s 2017. Jaden Smith wears women’s clothes, we don’t know what Tom Hiddleston looks like without a suit on, and Jonah Hill is a practically menswear icon. The point being that it’s one hell of a mixed bag in the menswear universe right now and it’s all for the better—morning show bare ankles included.
So while we’re all for a good menswear-related takedown, we’d advise viewers to wait until Seacrest wears a suit with a third sleeve before firing up their AOL accounts.
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