Socks can be the make-or-break part of your ensemble. Sure, the suit, shirt, and tie are important, and you need to pick out shoes to wear over the socks, but those other items aren’t nearly as crucial (unless you are trying to decide on a quality bow tie). When deciding on your socks, there are two vastly different routes you can go down: whacky and mis-matched to your outfit, or matching and subtle, but with the right amount of pop. We can’t give you any advice if you choose to go down the route of the former, but if you do choose to match, we have some tips for why it’s good to go with your pants, not your shoes or belt.
Your Shoes Should Match Your Belt
Firstly, you should match your socks with your pants because your shoes have already found their partner: your belt. They are far enough away from each other that they are not cramping each other’s style, but with the buffer that is your legs, a matching shoe and belt combination looks sharp and well put together. There’s no better way to complete your outfit than a matching (or nearly matching) shoe and belt duo. Also, if your shoes and socks match, it might give off the appearance that you are wearing odd hightop dress shoes. Unless you’re going for the classics courtesy of Mr. Taylor, steer clear of that look.
We constantly bring this up, but pants have an affinity for riding up and showing some calf, covered or not. If you are the type who doesn’t feel the need to show any lower leg, matching socks are almost an extension of your pants, but not the bad way that we mentioned above in the shoe-matching scenario. Instead, socks that match your pants provide flare and enough of a difference to know they are socks, but without drawing attention to the fact that your pants are not at their proper place.
You Look Like You Know What You’re Doing
When buying socks, you are most likely not wearing the pair of pants they will need to match. In fact, it’s almost impossible to wear every pair of pants for which you need some matching socks. If you come out of the store with socks that nearly match multiple pairs of pants, people will notice. Taking the time to know the patterns and colors will show onlookers that you have a grasp on how to dress and what colors work best together. Doing this will prove that your style is unparalleled and that your sock game is not to be messed with.
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