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    Why Your Socks Should Match Your Pants

    Why Your Socks Should Match Your Pants

    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.

    Wits and Beaux is here to help you take your style to the next level. Our over-the-calf socks and bow ties are unparalleled in fashion and functionality. The modern gentleman needs to constantly improve and build a wardrobe, and our sock and tie collection can’t be beat. Check out our newest styles and find the best one for you today!

    Proper Dress Sock Etiquette

    Proper Dress Sock Etiquette

    Dress socks are not just to be worn with your suit anymore. With the numerous styles and colors being developed everyday, socks are one of the clothing items you can utilize with any outfit to make it your own. As one of our specialties, the Wits and Beaux team wants to give you some tips on how to best wear your socks to make your next outfit truly pop. Afterward, we suggest you browse our selection and pick out a few pairs because, as you’ll see, variety is key!

    Dress Socks Should Be Thin

    Wool socks are great for early morning hunts or trudging through a snowstorm. They keep your feet warm and dry, which is great when the circumstances call for it. However, when you are searching for socks to wear with any other shoe (save athletic shoes), you are looking for thin material. When we say thin, we do not mean poorly made, but rather socks that will not prevent you from wearing any sort of shoe with them and adhere to your feet well. This also helps ensure your shoe size is more accurate; thicker socks mean added size to your feet which means you may not get the size appropriate for your actual feet. Choosing socks with the right material will be better for your overall style.

    Cover Your Calves

    Hey, we get it, you want to prove to everyone that you don’t skip leg day, and socks that hide your calves do exactly the opposite. However, Wits & Beaux wants to stress that the right dress socks will and should cover your calf, rising up to just below the knee. Many of you fine gentlemen might be asking why exactly this is important if you are wearing socks with your dress pants or other form of pant (if you’re wearing dress socks with shorts, well, we’re sorry). More often than not, sitting down, crossing your legs, or any other movement that is not standing will cause your pant legs to shift up. This can lead to exposing the bottom part of the leg, and rather than showing off those fine (and potentially hairy) calves, cover them up with the right socks and leave something to the imagination.

    Match Your Pants

    If you are utilizing dress socks in a more conservative way and are trying to match them with another piece of your ensemble, focus on your pants rather than your tie or shoes. The reason for this is because matching to your shoes would be overkill, as those are (theoretically) supposed to match your belt. If you are attempting to match your socks and your pocket square, you could overpower onlookers if the pattern is exactly the same, defeating the purpose of using those two items as statement pieces. Matching your pants will give you the ability to employ the same color scheme without too much similarity, which would be the opposite effect to what you are trying to achieve with a strong sock game.

    Wits & Beaux is here to make sure your dress socks are looking just as dapper and classy as the rest of your outfit. If you are looking to improve your sock collection, need a bow tie to accompany that new pair of socks, or need some other fine fashion accessories, we have you covered. Check out our extensive collection and find your style today!

    Accessorize Your Suit

    Accessorize Your Suit

    When you’re heading to a wedding, finding the right thing to wear is always a priority. Unless you’re one of the groomsmen, you probably won’t have someone telling you precisely what to wear and coming up with an outfit that looks both trendy and dapper can be a challenge, even for the most fashion-forward of us. We wanted to help. Here are a few tips to help you look great at your next big occasion.

    Stick with What You Know

    Sure, you could go out and buy a new suit with a fancy cut that you’ve never worn before, but you don’t have to. If you have a nice suit hiding in the back of your closet and it fits, wear it! You’ll be more comfortable wearing something you know you look good in and that’s half the battle. After all, confidence is key in establishing a trendy style.

    Neckwear Matters

    We know — as bow tie aficionados, we don’t have to tell you how awesome you’ll look in one of our dapper bow ties. If you’re on our site, you already know that they’re far superior to the straight necktie. However, you should always look for a tie that will fit both the suit’s style and show of a bit of our character. Look for a tie that has complementary colors to go with your suit and your shirt. Rather than sticking with a solid color, branch out and choose a patterned tie. You’ll show off your creative side while looking classy. If it’s cold out, don’t be afraid to wear a scarf. The same rules apply; look for a scarf that has a similar color scheme to your bow tie. While you’ll take it off as soon as you’re inside, you’ll still want to look awesome as you walk in.

    Don’t Neglect Your Feet

    Break out of the ordinary when it comes to your socks. Sure, plain black or navy are classy options, but why not show some flair when you’re sitting down? Wits and Beaux has a wide selection of dress socks for men, so we’re sure you’ll find the perfect pair in time for that wedding. Best of all, like our ties, our socks are colorful and trendy. You’ll be able to show off your creative side when your cuffs lift up.

    Stay Classy with Your Shoe Choice

    While we’re huge advocates of showing off your personality when it comes to your neckwear, you can’t go wrong being a bit conservative with your shoes. A solid black or brown oxford is the perfect way to complete your outfit and tie your look together. Sure, there are statement shoes out there, but with fashion, you really can have too much of a good thing in one package. Don’t worry, no one will think you’re boring if you play down your footwear. Just make sure they’re polished leather and leave the hightops in your closet.

    Keep Track of Time

    Very few people actually remember to wear a watch to the wedding. Hey, if it’s a long ceremony, this can make it go a bit faster, but someone should have a watch on. Let that someone be you! Look for a watch with a nice leather band. The color leather should match your shoes and should have a similar polish. As the night wears on and people start wondering how late it is, you’ll be the most popular man there, excluding the groom, of course!

    The next time you’re looking for a high-quality bow tie to complete your outfit, stop by Wits & Beaux. We have a wide selection of patterned dapper bow ties sure to strike your fancy. Browse our collection and order today!

    Myths About Bow Ties

    Myths About Bow Ties

    At Wits & Beaux, we believe that the bow tie is the best choice for men’s neckwear. They’re versatile, as colorful as you want, and help you stand out from the crowd of necktie-wearing, half-Windsor tying, businessmen. For some reason, this opinion is not shared by as many people as we would like. To remedy this, we’re taking on seven myths about the bow tie and debunking them once and for all!

    Myth #1: Bow ties are only worn by magicians, clowns, and other entertainment artists.

    While we can’t deny that magicians have dapper taste when it comes to old-school fashion choices, the bow tie is a versatile fashion choice for just about everyone. Wearing one only shows that you have superior taste in fashion and shouldn’t suggest that you belong to the proud and elite group of stage magicians.

    Myth #2: Bow ties are outdated.

    On the contrary! Bow ties are timeless accessories perfect for dressing up a casual outfit or dressing down your favorite vest. Remember, it all comes down to the print and fabric you choose. Not all bow ties are plain black silk! Some have fun and vibrant patterns designed to add a certain flair to your wardrobe. With constantly updated patterns and fabric choices, the bow tie is most certainly NOT outdated.

    Myth #3: The only way to get a perfect knot is to buy it pre-tied

    All ties are hard to tie at first. Remember struggling with your first simple knot when you were a child? Everyone struggles with it at first, but bow ties are really no more difficult than a straight necktie. After a few attempts, your bow tie will look perfect and you’ll look like a pro.

    Myth #4: Bow ties are for black tie occasions only.

    Again, we have to shake our heads at this one. While the bow tie is a favorite for many formal affairs, they’re far more versatile than that! At Wits & Beaux, you’ll find many color and pattern options sure to suit your sense of style. We pride ourselves on having eye-catching ties you want to wear time and time again, rather than selling plain, demure neckties that sit unused in your closet.

    Myth #5: Bow ties are unsophisticated and reserved for nerds.

    The tie is only as sophisticated as the person wearing it. While once the property of nerds across the country, the bow tie has grown up. The necktie has a reputation for being a slimming and sleek accent to any suit, but they often lack the same level of personality as a bow tie. If you’re the type of person who loves making a statement, go with a bright and bold pattern. If you’re looking to add a level of timeless sophistication, stick with darker tones that match your suit color. Remember, sophistication is in the eye of the beholder.

    Don’t get stuck in the boring necktie rut! Update your wardrobe with a colorful and dapper bow tie from Wits & Beaux! Browse our selection and order yours today!

    When is a Bow Tie Appropriate?

    When is a Bow Tie Appropriate?

    When is a bow tie appropriate? It’s one of the most commonly asked questions we get here at Wits & Beaux. While deciding what counts as formalwear or casual attire can be tricky for many of us, we decided to put together a handy guide to help you make the choice easy.

    Formal Events

    When you think of a bow tie, it’s likely that you picture a full tuxedo or other formal suit. While black tie events often encourage attendees to don the classy matte black bow tie, they typically allow for just about any nice black tie. Generally speaking, a solid color tie is better for formal events, but you can get creative with textures. Remember, a bow tie will make you look classier than a straight necktie.

    Semi-formal Events

    Semi-formal events are the perfect occasion to play with patterns and colors on your tie. Stand out from the crowd and wear something eye-catching. While a straight necktie can hide in your vest or jacket, a bow tie will always make a statement and is always visible. At the end of the evening, you can even untie the bow tie and let the leaf drape over your chest. While no one will be impressed with an untied necktie, plenty of people will be impressed with the fact that you tied a bow tie yourself.

    Casual Events

    While bow ties have a reputation for being reserved for formal events, nothing could be further from the truth. Bow ties are the perfect way to accessorize a plain old button down, adding a touch of class and personality to your everyday outfits. With casual outfits, anything goes. Wear a tie with a bold pattern and match it with our boldly patterned dress socks! There are no rules as long as you feel sharp in your dapper bow tie. It’s all about confidence!

    Order your next bow tie from Wits & Beaux and jazz up your drab wardrobe. We offer free shipping on all orders with no minimum order size! Browse our selection today.