BuzzFeed asked George H.W. Bush what rules he uses in picking out his socks for the day.
His response is printed in full below, with our own added illustrations.
2. "Assess the prevailing mood."
"Sometimes a good sock can give those around you a lift..."
"...like a catchy tune or a post-convention bounce in the polls."
3. "When the thermometer dips, thread count matters."
"It is a little known scientific fact that freezing your tail off actually starts in the toes."
4. "Sock length matters, too."
George H.W. Bush, approximately age 12 (left) and 16 (right).