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7 Common Mistakes to Avoid when Wearing Socks

7 Common Mistakes to Avoid when Wearing Socks

25 May 2022

7 Common Mistakes to Avoid when Wearing Socks

By Josh Bozin

There is a misconception amongst men that socks are just that; socks. They are functional accessories to keeping your feet warm, right?  

Wrong. As new fashion trends have emerged, so has the sock trend. There are ways you can get it wrong and wrong happens far too often. To quell these common mistakes, take a read of the sock no-no's and how to correctly pair your socks with the outfits you sport.

Mistake #1: White socks

White socks are for the gym and should never, ever be worn unless you are participating in physical activity. Essentially, they are sport socks. Laugh if you want, but it’s a common mistake we see all the time. Don’t do it, unless you want to look like Jerry Seinfeld from the 80's.

Mistake #2: Wearing any socks with dress shoes

Dress Shoes should always be worn with dress socks. It is not OK to wear sports socks of any colour, even black, with business shoes.

Sports socks are usually ribbed and made of a heavier cotton material and the bulkiness of the heavier fabric tends to make it bunch over the dress shoe. Not to mention that ribbed gym socks will look ghastly against your stylish leather shoes.

Mistake #3: Colour coordination

The general rule is that you should match your sock colour with your pants, and not your shoes. However, we have seen some great pant-sock-shoe coordinations that don't generally abide by this rule.

You want fluidity in your outfit so when you're sitting with your socks exposed, it's important to have a solid line of colour from your pants to your shoes. Wearing socks that don't match your pant colour will result in a garish break in your outfit. With the exception of casual wear or if you're using the juxtaposing sock colour as part of your statement ensemble, then black socks should go with black pants and navy socks with navy pants, etc.

Mistake #4: Exposed skin

If you’re flashing skin over the top of your socks, then they are too short. This includes showing flesh when you’re sitting; not cool.

In saying that, we are big fans of ankle socks in the summer, with loafers or sneakers.

Mistake #5: No rolling or folding

Why would any man feel the need to scrunch or roll their socks down around their ankles?? It’s sloppy and reminiscent of a 9-year old boy in school uniform. As for folding your socks down, you add unnecessary bulk around the ankles, especially in slim pants. Wear your socks pulled straight up.

Mistake #6: Socks & shorts

If you’re wearing shoes with shorts, then keep your socks as short as possible. Better still, get yourself a pair of no-show or invisible socks. They’re not just for the ladies. A visible sock line is not ideal.

Mistake #7 Novelty socks

Do you own a pair of Mr. Grumpy or Homer Simpson socks? Get rid of them. Now. Not only are novelty socks so 2010, but they are very unbecoming of a sophisticated, stylish man.

Good sock etiquette is non-negotiable and now you know the rules of engagement, we expect you to never commit the same mistakes again.

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