Many men think it does not matter what kind of socks they wear.
Perhaps they believe this is a discreet part of office wear and since it is hidden, it does not matter.
Would you want to be caught with your trousers slipping off, showing your grossly mismatched socks to your attire?
The colour of the socks is very important.
Never select socks that match your shoes. Make an effort to rectify any deviant sock tendencies you may have.
Certain types of socks are only for particular occasions. And specific colours of socks should only be worn with specific outfits. Take a look at the least below and avoiding sabotaging your style.
When to wear white socks
No doubt, one of the most dishonoured rules of fashion is wearing white socks outside of sporting activities.
Just the other day, I saw a cautiously groomed man wearing a decent quality black suit with black dress shoes but when he sat down two inches of white socks poked out of his shoes and totally ruined his look by somewhat making him look ridiculous.
Unless if you are Michael Jackson, white socks should be worn when going out to the gym or playing outdoors. But it is a strict no when it comes to formal dressing.
Never wear contrasting socks to your pants. This is a sure way of drawing attention to yourself. Apart from activities where you are going to generate a lot of sweat, however, white socks are a big no-no; even with jeans, you should never wear white socks.
Section off your sock drawer and keep your white socks close to your workout clothes and well away from your dressÔÇôup wardrobe.
Dress shoes require dress socks
When wearing dress shoes, the rule is to blend the colour of your socks with your suit colour or pants. This is so because you will enable your outfit to visually flow from top to bottom. If socks are corresponding with the shoes, then the people’s eyes will stop at the end of the pants because the pants and the shoes seem separate.
Match your socks with your pants not shoes. When wearing dress pants or casual pants, apart from jeans, the colour of your socks should be dictated by the colour of your pants and not by the shade of your shoes. Choose your socks carefully for pants in other hues.
The thickness of your socks is something that should change with the occasion. If you are going for a formal occasion thin socks. The thicker variety is best worn for games and informal gatherings.
Avoid socks with shorts
Another all too common sock blunder is wearing socks with shorts.
Committing this fashion error also involuntarily results in two further faux pas. Inevitably, you’ll have to either roll, fold, scrunch up your socks when you wear them with shorts since you won’t wear them pulled straight up your calf.
However as we’ve already discussed, rolling and folding socks violates the rules of proper sock etiquette.
Second, wearing socks with shorts visually cuts your leg almost in half, thus making your legs appear shorter and stockier.
Since you don’t want to go around wearing shoes without socks, invest in a few pairs of ankle socks that are not overly visible when you wear them with sneakers.
And for the record steer clear of socks with sandals.
Funky socks are only okay for home
Yes, purchasing unique socks with crazy patterns or your favourite animal characters is fun but please don’t leave the house in them. Socks with wild stripes and other weird details are the right thing to wear when you are chilling out and doing what you want.
Sporting unusual socks in other situations such as work or even at the clubs will result in people thinking you’re immature and a bit of a joke or, at least, a goofball and makes it harder for other people to take you seriously.
Replenish socks often
Buy new socks at least once every six months to a year. You probably don’t need to buy an entire new collection of socks. But you should at least buy three new pairs.
Socks go through a lot of wear and tear and since they are not made of the best quality cotton, they easily get holes, but so many people do it that it warrants comments.
Socks with holes make people think you can’t afford these basic items. In addition, socks with holes can demolish outfits that otherwise suggest you have fabulous sense of style.
Don’t roll or fold socks
Despite the fact that you’ll appear as though you’re stuck in the worst part of the 80s, rolling your socks down around your ankles looks downright careless.
Folding looks neater but, though it’s strange, it makes your ankles appear bulky, especially when you wear narrowed pants. If you roll or fold your socks and then wear dress pants, your exposed hairy legs will often be visible when you sit down – a look that’s uncouth for the business or office and definitely one that won’t win you any points with ladies.
Just wear your socks pulled up. Instead, doing so will create a lean coherent silhouette with even the narrow leg points.