7 Valuable Tips on Wearing Dress Socks

Socks are an often overlooked piece of clothing. Modern gentlemen should always pay careful attention to their choice of socks. That said, picking the perfect pair of socks still requires some thought—there’s a fine line between looking dapper and completely missing the mark.

This is a valuable guide to help with selecting the perfect pair of socks for your outfit. 

1. Do not wear thin dress socks when wearing athletic shoes and shorts.

2. If you can't find the perfect pair to match with your dress outfit, stick to black. White socks should be reserved for sports or white tuxedos, only. 

3. Check your socks to ensure they fit well. You don't want them sagging.

4. Pick a color that goes back to some element of your outfit, whether its color or pattern, or has matching undertones. 

5. Know how much sock to show.

How much sock to show?

6. Don't wear bright socks to solemn occasions or business events. The challenge of wearing bright socks should be left to the most brazen of gentleman. If you're unsure, stick to something conservative.

7. Know the materials and how they affect absorbency and warmth:

  • Cotton socks are absorbent and good for soaking sweat off the skin, but they do not wick moisture towards its surface and do not help humidity evaporate quickly.
  • Wool breathes easily and lets wetness evaporate. It’s warmer, but lacks specific properties for speeding moisture away from the body.
  • Synthetics such as polyester and nylon encourage wicking, but provide little cushioning for the foot.
  • Cotton and cotton blends are usually used for striped and patterned socks for casual sneakers and casual or dressier leather shoes.
  • Fine wool blends and cashmere dress socks are good for leather dress shoes and anything that needs to be smart.



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