This might seem silly. I (24F) like wearing cheerful socks, since my uniform is all white (currently working as an phlebotomist), it usually cheers up the patients too.
I've spent a few years collecting strange socks, ones with sushi, pizza, corgis, cats, Nick Cage, etc. I think I had about 30 pairs. My boyfriend (29M) has always hated them, and thinks they're childish. So I agreed to only wear them to work, and never on dates or around his friends/family. I thought that was fair.
On boxing day his parents came over for coffee and gifts (just the 4 of us, which is allowed where I live, and keeping a solid 3 meters apart). I accidentally put on a pair of 'childish' socks, and his mother made a comment about it. I explained that I wear them to work to cheer people up, and she liked that. My boyfriend didn't.
The next day all my socks were gone, and the drawer was filled with plain black socks. I asked my boyfriend, and he told me he threw them away and purchased some more 'appropriate' socks, so I won't embarrass him in front of his parents again.
I told him that that's insane, they were mine and he had no right to throw them away. Not to mention that I spend quite some time collecting them.
So I made a list of the ones I remembered I had, and told him that I expect the same ones as a replacement. He told me that's completely unreasonable, and that it would take a lot of time/effort/money for him to find those specific pairs. I haven't changed my mind yet, they cost me a lot of time and effort to find too.
I think he's being controlling, he thinks I'm being unreasonable and demanding.
I think I might be an asshole for asking for the exact same pairs, I know that'll take a lot of effort to find.
Edit: Thanks everyone for replying, I've realised that this might not be a 'normal' fight and am evaluating the relationship.
I put on one sock and one shoe at a time. I do not put both socks on and then both shoes on. I've had people comment before that this is weird, but it is a better way for these two reasons:
You're already focused on that foot and you don't need to readjust your body. You can go directly from a raised foot into a shoe.
in the winter there's often water in the floor near my shoes. Even with mats and containment snow and ice still falls into the floor of the mudroom. If I set my socked foot onto the floor then it might get wet. Then I have wet socks! The alternative allows me to dry water of the bottom of the foot and there is zero risk of wet socks.
if you wear socks on your arms legs and head, and a giant sock on your torso, the probability of getting grabbed by the fuzz or other assailants decreases significantly.
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How do you manage your skirts and dresses in the winter? Personally, I recently moved to a very warm climate but it can still get into the 40's Fahrenheit (that's single digits in celsius) in the mornings.
But I'm pretty clueless on how to style boots, especially ankle boots, with skirts and dresses. Plus I really, really hate wearing tights - that compression around my torso is unbearable and basically why I also gave up pants in favor of dresses!
I would love to hear your thoughts!
EDIT Thanks so much, all! You've given me some seriously great ideas. I really appreciate you :)