Last week, while I was talking to a friend, he gave me a very good idea: to talk on the blog about men socks and how to correctly match them with the outfit. Right after we finished talking, I began to wonder how much did I know about this matter. There really was not much, let´s say I knew the essentials: white stockings only for sports, black for black and gray suits, brown for earth tones and blue for blue pants… As you can see, it was not enough; there is an immense variety of patterns and prints when it comes to socks designs.
The combinations I mentioned above are classic and always useful for formal meetings and events, but… What happens when you want to be different? I have always liked the combinations shown in men´s magazines, using socks with squared patterns, dots and many colors, but I had never thought about the rules behind them , everything has a logic and a meaning.
Doing some research on the subject, I understood several things and did a summary to help you combine socks with suits and clothes properly, so in the following post I will start with the most basic combinations to progressively reach the most risky ones.
1. THE RIGHT WAY TO WEAR UNI-COLOR SOCKS.
When you use uni-color socks, whether in classic colors like black, blue, brown, or in any other color; the socks should match the color of the pants and they should be different from the color of the shoe. This has an explanation, when the socks are the same color as the shoe, seen from far it will look like a boot, making the foot look very big and wide, you definitely don´t want that, it is very unflattering to any person. If you want to match the socks perfectly, do it with the pants, if the pants and the socks are blue, there is no problem, it would only make your legs look longer, and that is flattering for everyone.
1.1 COLORFUL, UNCONVENTIONAL SOCKS.
When I talk about unconventional colors, I refer to all colors except black, navy, brown or gray. To use socks in shades like burgundy, green, purple, sky blue, yellow, orange … you must find a way to match them with one of the pieces you are wearing. For example, if your shirt is sky blue, you can choose a light blue for your socks, you get a different result and a harmonious look. For another example, consider a plaid jacket with stripes , these patterns always highlight one color, take the most attention-grabbing color, and wear socks of the same shade. Another thing you can take as a reference is the tone of your tie.
1.2 MONOCHROMATIC COMBINATIONS.
If you want to play it safe, you can bet on monochromatic looks: suit, stock s and shoes of the same color. It is a safe, classic and elegant way to combine your socks.
2. SOCKS WITH PRINTS AND PATTERNS.
The important thing when we walk into this subject is to find a harmony between the colors you wear. It’s never good to exaggerate; it is essential that you play with the colors and use the prints to complement your look. It has to be harmonious. There are no rules, the patterns are endless. If you wear ties with prints you will understand what I mean, because before choosing a tie you should first see the suit and the shirt, then you pick one tie that makes the suit stand out and be special.
When wearing jean, trousers or chinos for informal occasions, these kind of socks are a great option because you can have more fun and make jeans and a white or blue shirt look more stylish.
To give more importance to your socks and make them more noticeable, you can roll up the pants a little.