I buy only white cotton female ankle socks - not more than 0,5 cm higher than the shoe. I also use "old style" jerseys, with sleeves ending right before the biceps, and shorter bibs (not Voeckler like short but covering like half of my upper leg.
why? first and foremost - tan lines (hint: see my avatar). even for work I often wear shorts and flip flops or surf slip-ons, or moccasins, plus a regular t-shirt. that's the wardrobe I use since late march till early october (sunny 10-15C means a flip flop season start). late '90s/early 00's standard tan lines just blund in with most of them (and no, I dont use gloves as well), and no one can tell I'm tanned untill I get naked ...OK, that didn't sound right, but you catch my drift (BTW, girls did dig that a lot, now my wife is probably so used to, she doesn't even notice lol)
second - long socks remind me of my tennis days and I'd just feel awkward wearing so much material when it's warm and sunny outside. and when it's wet - it's even worse. same with bibs and jerseys. I even entertained riding Cipo style with sleeveless jerseys, but then I looked like a dork and after few rides got rid of it (interestingly, sleeveles are kinda popular with female cyclists here).
so yeah, fashion is the least thing on my mind (of course I do ride color coordinated stuff, I'm no savage) but I guess covering so much of my body just feels wrong. I don't know who sets these leghts, but I'm fine with mine - been riding like this almost two decades now, and won't change it unless a doc tells me my health and life depend on it!
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