* A fashion magazine runs a lavish spread that asks, "Are socks the new tie?" It features $85 striped varieties from Domenico Vacca, or subtle red plaid ones from Etro that cost $65.
* The Wall Street Journal reports on fast-rising sales of $68 cotton boxer shorts from Hanro. Men, the story contends, are beginning to want "underwear that fits just so."
* A clothes-conscious friend tells me that he has become obsessed by hosiery.
The last item got my attention.