Ever since Seacrest joined Live With Kelly & Ryan back in May, the co-host has stirred debate over his bare ankles, which he regularly shows off while wearing dress pants, sneakers, and suits, leaving the impression that the 42-year-old is sockless.
The look has raised etiquette concerns among viewers, and on Wednesday, the show attempted to settle the matter once and for all with a Twitter poll.
“Should Ryan wear socks?” asked the tweet, to which 18 percent answered no, while 30 percent said yes. More than 50 percent felt Seacrest should “wear whatever he likes.”
Should Ryan wear socks?
— LIVEKellyRyan (@LiveKellyRyan) August 2, 2017
“It’s a cool summer look. So you’re cool, no worries,” guest host Carrie Ann Inaba said while reading the results on-air. “I know, I give sexy ankle,” replied Seacrest.
And the Twitterverse weighed in.
@RyanSeacrest hey watching you on live and just want to say I haven't wore socks for 15 yrs. Don't even own 1pr.
— Bob Vernon (@builttuff808) August 2, 2017
— Halley (@HalleyJBrock) August 2, 2017
Seacrest had already clarified the matter during a May 10 episode of Live With Kelly & Ryan. Responding to viewers’ comments, he kicked up a leg and removed his shoe to reveal a sad-looking sock folded down to the middle of his sole.
— LIVEKellyRyan (@LiveKellyRyan) May 10, 2017
Still, the debate over whether socks should show in the first place rages on.
When it comes to pants, length matters. “If a man is wearing a shorter pant, it’s best to choose ‘no-show’ socks that aren’t seen while he’s walking or sitting,” says Jacoby. “If a man wears a longer pant, the sock should only show when he’s sitting down and crossing his leg.”
And not just any sock — instead of black or white pairs, Jacoby recommends funky conversation-starters such as polka dots, hearts, or bold colors.
Seacrest, who often wears a short pant that reveals his bare ankle, is clearly on trend. So there you have it.
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