Men’s Fashion 101: A Man’s Guide On Wearing Socks

If you want to be taken seriously then you have to dress the part. You need to pay attention to every little detail, because they do have the capacity to make or break your entire wardrobe. Socks, probably one of the most overlooked article of clothing, actually have the capacity to render a man’s respectability to zero if they are worn wrong. Even if you are wearing a thousand dollar suit and an equally expensive pair of leather shoes, they will all seem irrelevant if you pair them with white gym socks.

So to prevent you from making a fool out of yourself because of poor sock choices, here is a short guide on how a real man chooses and wears socks.

1. Dress shoes warrant the use of dress socks

Even if your sports socks are black you should never wear them with classy dress shoes. Athletic socks have a thick and rather fluffy weave, so they do not really match with the sleek and stylish look of dress shoes. If you do try to wear your gym socks with dress shoes you will find that they bunch over the sides and top of the shoes, which looks a bit goofy.

And do not by any means commit the sin of wearing white socks with dress shoes! Doing this just instantly advertises to anyone (and every woman) in your vicinity that you are completely clueless when it comes to dressing yourself.

2. Your socks should match your pants, not shoes

A lot of people are confused with this rule, a lot of people still think that the socks should match the color of the shoes, which is incorrect. The reason why socks should match the pants is because when you are sitting down (which is the only time that your socks are clearly visible) you want a solid line of color that connects your pants to your shoes. If you have socks that do not match your pants it creates a break in the line of color which breaks the flow of your entire outfit.

3. Do not wear socks when wearing sandals or shorts

Sandals are designed to be worn with just your bare feet, you will only look goofy if you wear socks with your sandals so do not even bother.

Another occasion where socks should be avoided is when wearing shorts. Socks with shorts will only make your legs look stumpy. If you really do need to wear socks with your shorts, invest in a good pair of ankle socks that are not so visible over your shoes.

4. Novelty socks are a No No

If you really want to be taken seriously then why would you want to wear bright yellow socks with SpongeBob Squarepants embroidered at the sides? The only people that these kinds of socks will ever look good on are those aged 3 or below, so if you can read this guide then you are probably too old to wear novelty socks.

Who would have thought that socks would have such an impact on how you look? So if you want to be perceived by others as a man who needs to be taken seriously then just take a good look at your socks.