Justin Trudeau Socks: Proof That Work Outfits Can Be Fun

The expectation of world leaders is to dress professionally — they are representing their countries after all. However, one of them is breaking the rules slightly. That is none other than the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, best known for the wacky statement socks he’s worn on various diplomatic and media events.

Justin Trudeau has always been loud and proud with his fun socks, showing them off wherever he goes. You will almost never find him out and about with a pair of plain-colored socks; even his more “normal” socks are always colorful and patterned. His love for fun statement socks is so well-known that he has received them as gifts on various occasions.

Here are some of the funkiest Justin Trudeau socks that definitely break the norm.

Star Wars

Trudeau has been known to be an avid Star Wars fan since young and it shows in his sock choices. He wore a pair of R2-D2 and C-3PO socks to commemorate Star Wars Day on May the Fourth while meeting the former Irish Prime Minister in 2017.

Justin Trudeau and former Irish PM Enda Kenny, focus shot on Trudeau's socks
Trudeau meeting with former Irish PM (2017). Photo from @elnorte on Twitter

He was also been spotted wearing Chewbacca socks during a visit to New York City later that year.

Justin Trudeau wearing Chewbacca socks at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum
Trudeau at the inaugural Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York City (20 Sep 2017). Photo by Getty Images (via The Hollywood Reporter)

People also managed to spot the PM wearing this pair of Darth Vader socks during a diplomatic trip to India.

Justin Trudeau and family at the Taj Mahal, focus on his Darth Vader socks
Trudeau and his family at the Taj Mahal (18 Feb 2018). Top pic from Sky News; Bottom pic by Reuters (via Daily Mail Online)

Patterned designs

Canadian pride

Trudeau has been spotted with these patriotic maple leaf socks on many public events.

Close-up on Justin Trudeau's maple-leaf socks
Trudeau wearing the maple leaf socks at his first First Ministers meeting in Ottawa (23 Nov 2015). Photo by Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP (original article from Mashable, pic taken from eleccafe.com)

Justin Trudeau at Canada Day with his maple leaf socks
Trudeau in Ottawa at his first Canada Day as PM (1 Jul 2016). Photo by QMI Agency, Matthew Usherwood (via Le Journal de Montréal)

Justin Trudeau with TV hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest
Trudeau in Niagra Falls with American TV hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest on an outdoor broadcast of Live with Kelly and Ryan (5 Jun 2017). Photo from Huffpost

He also owns a truly-Canadian pair of blue and yellow moose socks.

Close-up on Justin Trudeau's moose socks
Trudeau’s moose socks at a meeting with his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar in Montreal (20 Aug 2017). Photo by REUTERS/Christinne Muschi (via rediff.com)

Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump
Trudeau at the G7 Summit in the Charlevoix region of Quebec (8 Jun 2018). Photo by REUTERS/Christinne Muschi (via @thehill on Twitter)

The really WTF socks

Trudeau went viral for sporting these bright purple socks with yellow ducks at last year’s World Economic Forum.

Justin Trudeau with Malala Yousafzai
Trudeau and Malala Yousafzai taking part in a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (25 Jan 2018). Photo by AP (via Daily Mail Online)

He also seems to have a few pairs of colorful socks with skulls and crossbones on them.

Close-up on Justin Trudeau's skull socks
Trudeau wearing a pair of skull socks in Davos, Switzerland (21 Jan 2016). Photo by Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press (via The Globe and Mail)

Close-up on Justin Trudeau's colorful skull socks
Trudeau during a Q&A session after his U.S. Chamber of Commerce speech in Washington (31 Mar 2016). Photo by Gary Cameron/REUTERS (via The Globe and Mail).

Sock diplomacy

You’ve heard of fashion diplomacy — using fashion to cleverly deliver a message. Similarly, Trudeau’s colored socks are sometimes not just wild designs but they carry meaning and significance.

He wore this pair of rainbow stripey socks with the words Eid Mubarak (an Arabic greeting Muslims exchange at the end of their holy fasting month Ramadan) to attend the Pride Parade in Toronto. Coincidentally, the event took place during the religious holiday so Trudeau commemorated both festivals with his unique socks.

Trudeau shows Toronto Mayor John Tory his socks at the Toronto Pride Parade (25 Jun 2017). Photo by Adam Scotti/PMO (via Maclean’s)

He has two pairs of colored socks with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) logo on them, one pair in blue and another in pink.

Prime Minister Trudeau posing with a Staff of the Canadian Joint Delegation to the North Atlantic Council at NATO HQ in Brussels (25 May 2017). Photo by Adam Scotti/PMO

Forming international relations

His love for fun socks has even spread to other fellow political leaders. During a visit to Ireland, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar upstaged Trudeau’s grey-and-white striped socks with his own bright red Canadian-themed socks. He also gifted Trudeau with a custom rugby jersey and a pair of Irish socks.

Justin Trudeau laughing and pointing as Irish PM Leo Varadkar shows off his Canadian socks
Irish PM Leo Varadkar showing off his red socks with maple leaves and mounties. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images (via Newsweek)

Close-up on Justin Trudeau's and Leo Varadkar's shoes and socks
Both leaders revealing their unique socks. Photo from Huffpost

When he met with British Columbia Premier John Horgan, the two close friends both wore fun socks of their own. Horgan wore socks with planets on them and Trudeau wore bright blue socks with instructions to make a gin and tonic.

John Horgan and Justin Trudeau's socks
British Columbia Premier John Horgan (L) and Trudeau (R) at the Women Deliver kickoff event in Vancouver (16 Nov 2017). Photo by Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press files (via Winnipeg Free Press)

This promotes a close relationship between both parties as it balances out the heaviness of politics with something more lighthearted to break the ice with. Who says politics always has to be so serious?

Trudeau’s “sock diplomacy” is a very subtle yet clever way to convey a message. People rarely notice socks so when they’re the only elements of your outfit that stand out, they naturally draw attention. Whether it be showing support for a cause or paying homage to an event, Trudeau always manages to strike up a conversation around his socks.

Add a little fun to your outfits

It’s been drilled into our societal norms that the modern man has to look smart and professional. It makes you look more presentable and gives the impression that you take your job seriously. That’s not to say that you can’t turn your regular work outfits into something more fun.

If getting your own “Justin Trudeau socks” is too much for you, you can change up your formal or business casual office attire in different ways. Try out a bright-colored or patterned shirt or jacket that will help you stand out from the other drab neutral and dark colors.

man in a pink suit holding a tablet
Photo by The Lazy Artist Gallery from Pexels

Accessorize!

You can play around with your choice of accessories as well. Put on a tie or pocket square with fun colors or an interesting pattern to add a pop of color and quirkiness. Look for novelty cufflinks that have interesting and creative designs. They’re a great way to show off your personality and can make great conversation starters too!

man in a dark blue striped suit with a magenta paisley necktie
Photo by malcolm garret from Pexels

Rather than sticking to a boring backpack or leather briefcase, choose one that has some interesting accents or comes in a unique design. If for some reason you can’t wear any loud colors for work, your bag can actually help to add some color and variety to your work outfit.

man carrying a navy blue backpack with red and yellow accents
Photo by THE COLLAB. from Pexels

If you prefer to stick with the traditional bag for work, you can check out our article on leather messenger bags that are versatile for any outfit.

Play by the rules

Of course, do take into consideration your individual company’s dress code. Different companies might require their employees to dress in a certain style or color so do keep that in mind when making your outfit decisions.

If you’re going for an event, like a meeting or a business dinner, that has a specific dress code, keep that in mind as well and work around it. Take into account the nature of the event too — is it a very important meeting or just a casual catch-up session with a client? You don’t want to come off as too informally dressed for the occasion.

It’s okay to be unconventional

Whether you choose to follow in Mr Trudeau’s footsteps (quite literally) or not, it’s perfectly okay to break out of the conventions and try making your work attire more “you”. It’s all about non-verbal communication — how you dress can say a lot about your personality and mood. It influences how others perceive you and that in turn can affect how they feel around you as well.

Feel free to experiment with different styles and clothing combinations to find one that fits you best. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. If you’ve been wanting to try on that pink shirt for work, by all means, go for it! Most importantly, whatever style you choose to rock, wear it with confidence!

 

 

 

 

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