It’s apparently a fashion faux pas to match the color of your socks to the color of your shoes. Yet, this is what I’ve been doing for the longest time. It’s only when I recently bought a pair of dress boots and wore them with blue jeans and white socks, sat cross-legged on a Starbucks chair, and looked down at my sock showing itself, that I turned to the internet.
GQ, Men’s Fitness, and similar websites told me I was wrong. The Art of Manliness shares best practices when wearing socks and the second rule explains there should be “a streamlined look with no unnecessary color contrast until the eyes meet the shoes.”
Reviewing my sock bin, I saw lots of blacks and browns. This was sensical as I own a pair of black dress shoes and a pair of brown ones. Yet, my pants are mostly browns, blues, and grays. I didn’t own any blue or gray socks? I’m sure I did at one point but where did they go?
The third rule of that webpage indicates socks should reach your knees. Yeah, I didn’t have those either.
Time to say goodbye to my older socks, I went shopping.
I bought blue socks, gray socks, some newer black and brown socks, and ensured all of them have a height. Some of my new socks are solids but most have patterns, be it stripes or argyles or polka dots. My quest for socks is complete.