Back as early as a decade ago, your sock drawer was probably filled with white tube socks adorned with a colored stripe or grey insets at the heels or across the toes. Times have changed, however, and now the types of socks available for men are widely varied in both style and color. The array of choices may have you a bit puzzled when it comes to how to dress up your feet for the occasion, but there are a few tips you can use to ensure you always make the right decision.
- Dress for the occasion. Before you open your sock drawer, it is important to consider what type of occasion you are dressing for. Are you headed to work or going to the gym? Who will you be seeing once you arrive at your destination? Considering these factors can help you pick out a suitable pair of socks, right down to the color. Depending on the type of work you do, your sock selection may vary slightly. For example, if you wear a suit to the office every day, then dark dress socks or those with a subtle pattern, such as small diamonds in a subtle color, make for a fine choice. If your office or place of work is a bit more casual, then consider full-length socks under your khakis or jeans in neutral colors.
- Consider length. There are few worse fashion felonies than wearing a sock length that does not compliment your pants. While some men like to wear long socks with sandals and shorts, this is a look that is generally frowned upon. To avoiding committing a serious faux pas, make sock length a factor when you plan an outfit. In general, no-show and ankle-length socks are best suited for athletics and outdoor sports. They make the best match with sneakers of all types and can be a great choice for the gym. Mid-calf socks tend to be a more casual look, suitable for jeans and casual pants, such as Dockers, and those that rise above the calf are usually best matched with a suit. However, if your office offers a casual Friday, you might want to keep a few pairs of crazy men’s dress socks on hand to join in on the fun.
- Peruse material types. Men’s socks are available in an array of materials, from cotton to wool to silk. The fabric you choose will likely be due to personal preference; however, there are a few points to keep in mind. For example, cotton socks are usually lightweight, comfortable, and a good choice if you tend to have sensitive skin or allergies. Wool socks can keep your feet warm and some wool, such as the merino variety from Australia, is lightweight and soft. More expensive fabrics, such as silk and cashmere, are likely to be found in high-end men’s fashion stores. You might consider investing in a few pairs, if for no other reason than to spoil yourself. They are also lighter than wool, which can be a boon in the summer when you have to wear office attire for most of the day.
- Let your tastes come out to play. While there are some fashion rules to remember when it comes to picking out socks, it is important to let your own sense of style play a role as well. After all, you are unique and your choices reflect that, whether you prefer something hip and stylish or enjoy shopping for fun socks for men instead. No matter which you choose, your sock style can reflect your individuality, confidence, or sense of humor.
Choosing which men’s socks deserve a place in your dresser drawer can be challenging. However, when you know a few fashion guidelines and which fabrics you prefer, the choice might be a bit simpler.
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