Dane asks, “What should the socks match? The shirt? The pants?”
Good question, one often overlooked. The simple answer I gave was: “the socks should match the pants and shoes – all three should create a seamless look.”
However, you can get even more complex. So, if you don’t want to be confused, just stick with that simple rule. If you want to know more, keep reading. The basic rule covers off “colour,” but it doesn’t focus on all the elements.
The elements you need to consider are:
Most of the time, heavy/thick socks are not appropriate. When you’d expect to wear them: when playing sports, or in heavy shoes such as hiking boots.
When in business shoes of any sort, you want a more formal sock in something like silk or thinner cotton.
Ok, I know it feels weird, but you really do need to wear longer socks when you’re in business pants. Yes, yank ‘em up too. No bunching at the ankles. At all other times, in casual socks, wear crew (the ‘normal’ guy sock) or ankle socks.
Ankle socks are perfect for running shoes and anytime shorts are worn – this way, you don’t have a giant sock pulled up your leg visible for all to see.
Most business shoes are black or brown, so stick with those colours for socks, but a grey is also acceptable. Some people like neutral/nude socks – I think they are out of fashion and rather ugly.
Should you wear socks with patterns? In most cases, no. You can get away with subtle patterns, such as stripes or diamonds, but always in the same colour/shade.