Visiting our son during his freshman year, we were shocked by the mess in his room: clothes, books, and rubbish lay everywhere.

Later, over dinner, we tried to touch on the informal versus formal dress codes that life after college might require.

Our son, however, shared his own firmly held dress code guidelines:

  1. informal: socks optional
  2. semiformal: two socks required
  3. formal: both socks must match