Style Guide: Socks

Style Guide: Socks

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If shoes are the rock stars of men’s fashion then socks are their trusty sidekicks. Socks can either bring out the beauty in a good pair of shoes or completely ruin the aesthetic of an entire outfit.

Believe it or not, many people still do not know how to properly style their socks and while it might be funny to observe other people’s fashion blunders, you don’t want to end up the but of jokes.

To properly wear socks, there are a few basic rules that must never be broken. While you won’t necessarily become a sock con from these, here are a few rules to guide your sock usage.

  • Know when to wear (and not wear) socks: Not every pair of shoes require socks and not every outfit call for them.

While some outfits like the traditional business attire often require socks, some shoes like loafers have little use for socks. Identify when an outfit calls for socks and when it doesn’t.

Wearing socks when you don’t need to is a sure way to step out looking silly.


  • Match: For the love of all that is holy, please wear socks that match. It’s a reoccurring joke that socks get mismatched and missing all the time but that is no need to wear different socks of different colors, lengths or makes.

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This is especially important if the type of outfit you will be wearing leaves your choice of socks visible to the public.


  • Wear socks that are appropriate: If the type of outfit you will be wearing will not leave your socks visible to others then you may discard this rule.

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If it does not, them make sure the type of socks you are wearing is appropriate. If you’re wearing a corporate outfit, no one wants to see you SpongeBob motif socks peeking out from under your trousers.


  • Wash and wear: Because socks are one of the least visible parts of an outfit, many people tend to neglect them to the point of abuse.

It’s not uncommon to see people take off their shoes and socks after a long day and tuck their socks into their shoes. The next day, they simply wear the same socks again.

Worst case scenario, the socks become permanently discolored due to lack of care. Best case scenario, they simply don’t last for very long.


Socks are your shoe’s partners-in-crime and should be treated as such. They should be properly cared for and should be worn in an appropriate and stylish manner.