Men and socks, a rather difficult subject...that's why we have some tips for you.
Aside from white tennis socks, most men just have simple black socks, brown, navy blue or grey ones in their wardrobe. On really good days they love to wear ribbed socks. No matter the event: work, fancy dinner or just enjoying the day at the park. And that's how it's supposed to be.
And then there is a much smaller, very different “group” of men. The ones who wear very colourful socks and really want to attract attention.
But the question is: who can actually pull off “crazy socks”? And what should men be aware of in general when choosing socks and mostly what to wear them with?
So now, who can pull off crazy socks?
The artist type for example, with no bourgeois boundaries, such as an office dress code. Or just a really handsome Canadian prime minister, like Justin Trudeau who made crazy socks his trademark, so much that he uses them as a diplomatic tool.
To sum it up, follow this rule: the younger and the more handsome you are, the crazier can be your socks.
Over 25, not an artist and not a prime minister?
1) Never wear sport socks in combination with business clothes or formal clothing. Sport socks are active wear so only wear them when you're working out. For any other occasion really, wear knee highs for men. That's it, no discussion!
2) Don't mix-match socks. There's a reason why socks come in pairs. They're not meant to be combined and mixed. Even the simplest black sock might have a slightly different shade than another black sock. Be very cautious to always have the actual pair or else throw them in the trash.
3) Match your socks with your outfit. When wearing suits: match your socks with your pants. The closer the colour transition between your pants and your shoes, the better: Black socks paired with grey trousers don't look elegant. When wearing striped socks you can always use one of the colours appearing in your socks in something else that you're wearing, maybe your tie, bowtie or handkerchief or maybe even your shoe laces. In case, you're wearing jeans or chinos, all colours are allowed, although they should never reappear in anything else you're wearing.
4.) Avoid ripped socks. “It's just a tiny hole”? Doesn't count! The socks have to be thrown away immediately. After all, a man never knows when he might have to take off his shoes: what if an emergency happens and someone has to take off your shoes at the hospital, maybe spontaneous sex, there are uncountable situations. A hole in your sock is a natural enemy of your authority. That's why you should always buy not just one pair of socks, but a dozen.
5.) Don't match colourful socks with black ones. Purple would be a good compromise. Even though, you might be leaning a little too far out of the window combining purple socks with a black suit and a black or a white tie - although you'd definitely stand out.
By the way: the newest and hottest trend is called “flanking”! Sockless feet or barefoot whatever you want to call it. A combination of the word “flashing” and “ankle”. Although, that's where people's opinions differ. Like back in the day when people would wear socks in sandals! Which looks like that:
Emphasis on quality:
The only important thing here is: material! Socks with colourful patterns are mostly made of low quality wool: Nylon and polyester to keep the prices low. What you mostly pay for when it comes to larger amounts is the design and the eccentricity. To find good quality socks with crazy colours and patterns is extremely difficult in reality.