The elegance and style of your outfit result from the subtle mix of all the elements that compose it: shirt, pants, jacket, tie, and also belt, shoes, socks, cufflinks, watch, etc. So it is important not to neglect your choice of socks!
Though the two schools disagree on how to match your socks to an outfit, they are nevertheless agreed on several points :
- The sock is not a detail to be overlooked.
- White socks should never be worn with a suit.
- Socks should be long enough to not let your calves be glimpsed when you sit.
- If you are not tall in stature, match your socks to your shoes so as to elongate your figure.
- In a formal setting, opt for classic socks with dark colours.
Traditionally, the colour of the socks should be matched to the colour of the shoes rather than the pants. So if you are wearing black shoes, choose black socks. With brown shoes, choose brown socks... You do not have socks that match your shoes? In this case, choose socks that are darker in colour than your shoes.
Your socks have the power to highlight a piece of your outfit. Depending on your mood, match the colour of your socks to the colour of your jacket, or the pocket square handkerchief of your suit, or your tie, your bow-tie, your belt or your shirt! The advantage is that the attention will be focused on your whole figure.
You can match the colour of your socks to a complementary-coloured accessory. For example, you can marry red socks with a green tie.
Matching of complementary-coloured socks/pants.
Patterned socks are a good way to bring some originality to an outfit. You can own socks in all possible colours, but this is not the case for patterns. Only a few patterns can be tolerated, such as dots, checks, stripes and relatively discreet patterns in general.
Patterned socks for a touch of originality.