Sock It Up!

It is really sad to see men spoiling perfectly reasonable outfits by wearing the wrong kind of socks.  Wonder why men are so careless when it comes to socks. Are there any rules related to wearing them?

“ Well, I know that black socks go with any outfit, but that’s all I know about matching socks to the attire. And, although I realize that mismatching your socks with your clothes can ruin your entire look, I seem to make a lot of mistakes because of carelessness and confusion,” admits Prasanna Thapa, a BBA student at Ace Institute of Management.

Like Thapa, lots and lots of guys face confusion when matching their socks to their attire. However, there aren’t a ton of sock rules to follow, just some to make sure you’re able to pull off your otherwise carefully put-together ensemble. As it is, certain socks are only for certain occasions. Colors of the socks also say a lot. Don’t fret too much—pairing up socks might not be much of a headache once you follow these simple yet valuable rules.

Rule 1: Match your socks with your pants
When you’re sporting dress pants, the color of your socks should be dictated by the color of your pants. Black pants should be worn with black socks, and brown pants with brown socks. The same goes for blue and gray pants. Choose your socks carefully for pants in other hues. Try out a few pairs of socks if you must in order to determine which socks match best with your pants. If you’re in doubt, a darker color usually works better. The reason it’s important to match socks with your pants is that when you have to take your shoes off, or sit down, and your socks are exposed, socks that coordinate with your pants make your outfit appear more fluid.

Rule 2: White socks are only for sports
Probably one of the most violated rules of fashion (even I was surprised to learn this one!)—wearing white socks outside of sporting activities is considered too common. Just the other day, in fact, I saw a carefully groomed man wearing a decent quality black suit with black dress shoes, but when he sat down, two inches of white socks poked out of his shoes and totally destroyed his look. If you’re going to the gym, white socks are fine. Apart from activities where you’re going to generate a lot of sweat, however, white socks are a big no-no. Section off your sock drawer and keep your white socks close to your workout clothes and well away from your dress-up wardrobe.

Rule 3: Dress shoes require dress socks
If you’re going to wear dress shoes, you can’t wear athletic socks, no matter what their color. The reason for this rule, well, here they are —athletic socks are often bulkier than dress socks since they’re usually made of heavier cotton or other materials, so they tend to bunch out over dress shoes. Plus, athletic socks are frequently ribbed and the contrast of cheap, ribbed socks against smooth, high-quality dress shoes looks odd. Instead, wear dress socks with dress shoes. They’ll be easier to slip in to your shoes and the finer, thinner material will mean that any attention focused on your foot area will remain centered on your shoes instead of your socks.

Rule 4: Don’t roll or fold socks
Well let’s get straight to the point, rolling your socks down around your ankles looks downright sloppy. Folding your socks looks slightly neater than rolling them, but it’s still strange because it makes your ankles appear bulky, especially when you wear slim-cut pants. As well, if you roll or fold your socks and then wear dress pants, your exposed legs will often be visible when you sit down— a look that’s unseemly for business or the office and definitely won’t win you any points with the ladies. Just wear your socks pulled straight up.

Rule 5: “Funky” socks are only OK for home
Purchasing novelty socks with crazy patterns or your favorite anime characters is definitely fun, but please don’t leave the house in them. Socks with wild stripes and other wacky details are the right thing to wear around your pad when you’re chilling out and doing what you want. Sporting unusual socks in other situations, such as work or even at the bar, will result in people thinking you’re immature and a bit of a joke or at least a goofball, and it makes it harder for others to take you seriously.

Rule 6: Avoid socks with shorts
Another all too common sock-mistake is wearing socks with shorts. Well it just looks so strange! And, in addition to that, wearing socks with shorts visually cuts your leg almost in half, thus making your legs appear shorter and stockier. If your body type is short and athletic-looking to begin with, wearing socks with shorts definitely won’t do your appearance any favors.

While sock rules are not numerous, there are a surprising number of people out there breaking them every day. Fortunately, picking the right socks is not that tricky and you can get them everywhere from branded stores of Durbar Marg to local stores of New Road with a price range to suit all you gentlemen out there—falling somewhere between Rs. 200 to Rs. 2500 a pair.

I hope after having read this article, selecting the correct pair of socks will come naturally to you and you’ll never make a bad sock choice again. Till then, keep styling!