Paul Manafort refuses to wear white socks in court -- and people are going crazy over it


It's one of the most-anticipated trials of the year: Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has spent 11 days on the stand at the United States District Court for bank and tax fraud.

However, there's something else about his court appearance that's making headlines -- and it has to do with his style.

Sketches from the trial have gone viral, depicting the 69-year-old controversial figure in hundreds of thousands of dollars of designer clothing, including a $18,000 python jacket and $15,000 ostrich jacket. It's a look that Manafort has reportedly refused to pair with his jail-issued white socks.

According to CNN, over the course of the nearly two-week event, the socks appeared once briefly on Wednesday. The following day, however, Manafort once again went sock-less.

Why? "He doesn't like white socks," put his spokesman Jason Maloni simply. Since Manafort's look, which is chosen by his defense team, is "limited" by the court, he's not allowed to wear shoelaces or belts, but is allocated only white socks.

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As always, the internet had some things to say about Manafort's sartorial decision. One theory, as explained by Esquire editor Jonathan Evans, is that he has "no swag."

"The man is a black hole of style. Yes, he's spent more than a million dollars on clothing. No, none of that clothing could be classified as a 'good idea,' wrote Evans.

Twitter was also very vocal about his lack of socks. "Here's a courtroom sketch of Paul Manafort and all I can think about is... no socks?," commented one user.

Joked another, "Trump may pardon him for his financial crimes but Manafort knows wearing white socks with a $5,000.00 suit isn't a pardonable offense."