I have a theory as to why Sock wears a skirt.
Sock has a middle name Maxwell that comes from the Scottish steam that was called "Maccus Wael", and as we all remember, Scottish people wear kilts. So, I guess Sock just feels kinship with his distant relatives and shows it by wearing a skirt, but he doesn't really care if it's a plaid kilt or a plain skirt with jeans underneath. No one gets it and he either has to explain it to everyone or ignore endless questions. Did I get to the truth?
Oh, huh! I wasn’t aware that Maxwell was derived from Scottish “Maccus Wael” but that makes sense. You know what’s kinda funny is that early on, I envisioned Sock’s skirt being a plaid purple, but mostly just because I like plaid. Additionally kinda funny, I visited Scottland when I was maybe 13 or so, and went to a kilt shop (I really wanted one), and we asked a lot of questions about all the patterns, because we didn’t realize going in that every tartan pattern corresponds to a specific family/clan. Anyway just for the hell of it, I googled it, and the Maxwell clan’s tartan is this:
So that’s kind of a neat idea, because you could actually trace it back to something if you wanted to! (Even if Sock doesn’t necessarily know anything about his heritage).
I also admittedly didn’t think about the name Maxwell being a part of his heritage, but it’s definitely a cool idea! And as for answering questions about his skirt… I was kind of planning on it just never coming up. Like no one in the W2H universe questions it or seems confused by it at all, they’ve got other things to worry about. Haha. If only it were like that IRL, right?
Anyway, cool theory! I dig it.