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Old 02-04-2019, 07:14 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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True but being a dork at the gym is just bad.

Not a my gym. We are a no judgment zone. We have people there of all sizes, shapes, nationalities, etc. Nobody is going to care what you are wearing as long as all the private parts are covered.
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Old 02-04-2019, 10:30 AM
 
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In school gym class, we were required to wear white socks because they were "more hygienic" and "if you get a cut, dye won't get into the cut." Then the coach let the cat out of the bag - "it's so any blood from your wounds will show."

Not kidding; that was the line the coach used. I guess we were expected to try to kill each other during practice.

Anyway, I've worn white socks to the gym ever since.
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Old 02-04-2019, 01:48 PM
 
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well, then, wear red socks so the blood will not show.
that is why the ancient Spartans wore red clothes.
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Old 02-04-2019, 01:54 PM
 
Location: OHIO
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I wear whatever socks I have, but they are all ankle/no show socks
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Old 02-04-2019, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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I am 53 and prefer white socks. I prefer the low cut socks though. Two of my sons also hit the gym and they prefer black socks. My 14 year old only wears NIKE socks and has mostly black with white NIKE on the socks. My wife prefers dark grey socks at the gym.

No one is going to ever think I am trying to impress anyone with my socks or any other clothing item at the gym. I try to impress with my workout.
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Old 02-04-2019, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Lake Oswego, Manhattan, Aspen
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Those black, fuzzy, cheap, ankle-length "dress" socks, used to be, Dork Chic. Now, they're just conformist and lame, in a homophobic, low-class, wrong side of town, "guys are supposed to be ugly" kind of way.

One of my friends in Mississippi, was observing that when his Intern, from a wealthy Palos Verdes Estates family (via ultra-expensive Tulane University) first showed up at the gym, in '92, he had on those dorky black socks, with tennis shoes. It was witty - basically what private school kids were doing, in wealthy places, in the Early Nineties.

People at the gym pointed and laughed, because it was Mississippi, and they weren't up on obscure trends. Those black socks just looked stupid, to people in Pearl, Mississippi, because blue collar Mississippians weren't in on the joke.

Those black socks weren't being worn by kids like that intern, because they were proper, or because they looked good. They were worn, in order for the wearer to deliberately look awkward - for humorous effect.

But somehow, they caught on - maybe because poor kids saw rich kids doing it.

I was in that same town, a few months back, and saw a young guy from the wrong side of the metro, wearing black socks with workout shoes. A quarter-century after black socks were a funny insider's joke among rich kids, they'd become STANDARD - CONFORMIST wear, in a blue collar neighborhood, in the poorest and most backward state. The guy looked HORRIBLE - even though he should have looked fantastic (huge, hairy, muscular, fantastic thick brush-cut hair - a total fantasy beast of a man, except for those dorky socks). He was ruining his looks, with those stupid socks. They threw everything off - made his ankles look skinny, and his legs look wrong. All that needed changing, was for him to put on some no-show socks - in ANY color.

There is nothing wrong with guys dressing well at the gym. For a significant portion of the population, the gym has replaced churches and bars, as places where people spend their time. Different looks work for different guys. And locales, matter, too. You can look fantastic, while "sweating", or you can look like less-than-zero - totally by choosing the right garments, or the wrong ones.

I met my husband in a gym (first semester of our first year of college, in 'Weightlifting 101', where we were the only two ugly ones, in a room full of beauties). Many people meet their mates in gyms. I've hired innumerable people I've met at the gym (you get to observe, and get a measure of their true character and potential). I've made some crucial business contacts, at gyms. I know cops and firemen in every town where I do business, because I hit the gyms, and they hit-me-up (they don't get any, but I do make a lot of friends, that way). Friends have married high-earning professionals I've met at gyms, then introduced to them.

So, YES! If you want to look good while there, then GO FOR IT!!!!! Looking good at the gym, can pay off, in all sorts of ways.


Oh, and the perennially standard, correct, "go-to", "default setting" color for any athletic endeavors where "sweating" is a possibility, is WHITE - white cotton, specifically - because it can be washed in hot water, is bleachable, is absorbent, and does not contain dyes: all of which means it's the most comfortable and hygienic.
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Old 02-04-2019, 09:27 PM
 
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For this set of clothes, are white socks geeky or OK? Should the socks be black or gray instead?

* Black or other dark short-sleeve gym shirt
* Black or gray gym shorts
* Gray/black running shoes

How about if the running shoes are various colors, such as light blue?

Thanks.
Doesn't matter. Wear white.
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Old 02-04-2019, 10:02 PM
 
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Those black, fuzzy, cheap, ankle-length "dress" socks, used to be, Dork Chic. Now, they're just conformist and lame, in a homophobic, low-class, wrong side of town, "guys are supposed to be ugly" kind of way.

One of my friends in Mississippi, was observing that when his Intern, from a wealthy Palos Verdes Estates family (via ultra-expensive Tulane University) first showed up at the gym, in '92, he had on those dorky black socks, with tennis shoes. It was witty - basically what private school kids were doing, in wealthy places, in the Early Nineties.

People at the gym pointed and laughed, because it was Mississippi, and they weren't up on obscure trends. Those black socks just looked stupid, to people in Pearl, Mississippi, because blue collar Mississippians weren't in on the joke.

Those black socks weren't being worn by kids like that intern, because they were proper, or because they looked good. They were worn, in order for the wearer to deliberately look awkward - for humorous effect.

But somehow, they caught on - maybe because poor kids saw rich kids doing it.

I was in that same town, a few months back, and saw a young guy from the wrong side of the metro, wearing black socks with workout shoes. A quarter-century after black socks were a funny insider's joke among rich kids, they'd become STANDARD - CONFORMIST wear, in a blue collar neighborhood, in the poorest and most backward state. The guy looked HORRIBLE - even though he should have looked fantastic (huge, hairy, muscular, fantastic thick brush-cut hair - a total fantasy beast of a man, except for those dorky socks). He was ruining his looks, with those stupid socks. They threw everything off - made his ankles look skinny, and his legs look wrong. All that needed changing, was for him to put on some no-show socks - in ANY color.

There is nothing wrong with guys dressing well at the gym. For a significant portion of the population, the gym has replaced churches and bars, as places where people spend their time. Different looks work for different guys. And locales, matter, too. You can look fantastic, while "sweating", or you can look like less-than-zero - totally by choosing the right garments, or the wrong ones.

I met my husband in a gym (first semester of our first year of college, in 'Weightlifting 101', where we were the only two ugly ones, in a room full of beauties). Many people meet their mates in gyms. I've hired innumerable people I've met at the gym (you get to observe, and get a measure of their true character and potential). I've made some crucial business contacts, at gyms. I know cops and firemen in every town where I do business, because I hit the gyms, and they hit-me-up (they don't get any, but I do make a lot of friends, that way). Friends have married high-earning professionals I've met at gyms, then introduced to them.

So, YES! If you want to look good while there, then GO FOR IT!!!!! Looking good at the gym, can pay off, in all sorts of ways.


Oh, and the perennially standard, correct, "go-to", "default setting" color for any athletic endeavors where "sweating" is a possibility, is WHITE - white cotton, specifically - because it can be washed in hot water, is bleachable, is absorbent, and does not contain dyes: all of which means it's the most comfortable and hygienic.
You're kind of negating your own argument... if you two were the "only ugly ones" at the gym, but still hooked up... it must not matter. I met the guy I'm currently seeing at the gym, where we were in the same workout group. He never saw me except when I was in workout clothes, sweating like crazy, red-faced, huffing and puffing (and no, the most fashionable workout clothes were not going to negate those other points). Asked me out anyway. He must've seen something more in my working out and in my personality when talking to me, than in how trendy I looked. If he wanted a catwalk model, he would've gone to a fashion show. I don't care if you look like a fashion plate in the gym... if you're not actually working out (especially if you're just there to be seen looking good), if your form is ridiculous and you don't care, if you do something dumb to injure yourself, if you have no idea what you're doing, I'm not impressed. If you can work hard with good form, you're legit in my mind even if you're wearing a clown suit.

It's fine if I make business (or any sort of) contacts at the gym, but if they expect me to look like anything except a person who's working out, and hopefully hard, they're going to be disappointed. (And I will be disappointed in them for having silly and unrealistic expectations, never mind if they make judgment calls about me based on the color or cut of my socks.) I don't worry about looking good IN the gym because I'm there to look (and feel) good when I'm not in the gym. Which is a hell of a lot more attractive than knowing the "right" color socks to wear.
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Old 02-04-2019, 11:23 PM
 
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For this set of clothes, are white socks geeky or OK? Should the socks be black or gray instead?

* Black or other dark short-sleeve gym shirt
* Black or gray gym shorts
* Gray/black running shoes

How about if the running shoes are various colors, such as light blue?

Thanks.

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Old 02-06-2019, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I donít wear white socks to the gym since I have no white clothes and I hate dingy looking socks. I usually wear ankle socks that are no show. Mostly grey, but whatever is clean wins.
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