Sock Etiquette - The 7 rules of socks

There are 7 basic principles when it comes to lining your feet.

Rule 1: Match your colours or patterns correctly
Socks compliment or contrast with your outfit, but never clash with it. Learn what colours work well together. If in doubt, choose socks the same colour as your trousers. This is a guideline that will give you a look you won’t go wrong with. Once you know your style, you can express through socks. You can get socks that are colorful, have patterns or are different in other ways and even pair them with your tie or shoes. Patterns and plaids are best worn with a more casual pair of pants. The more pattern you have on your sock, the less formal the look. The dressier the situation is, the darker the socks are.

Rule 2: Your socks should match the dress level of the rest of your ensemble.
Wear athletic socks with sport shoes. Socks, like the rest of the pieces you are wearing, must go with the whole outfit and the occasion. I repeat, don’t wear white socks, unless you are in a gym. Wear dress socks with dress shoes. If you’re going to wear dress shoes, you can’t wear athletic socks — no matter what their color. Athletic socks are often bulkier than dress socks since they’re usually made of heavier cotton or other materials, so they tend to bunch out over dress shoes. No socks with sandals. Unless you want to look like your great grandfather.

Rule 3: Do not take your socks for granted
Don’t undermine your style credentials. Upgrading your socks is an affordable upgrade, where a step up in quality will make a significant difference to how you feel. Remember socks do not always have to be boring. Colour is cool, fun and fresh. 

Rule 4: Socks should always look clean and fresh
If socks are starting to look worn out, they are. The days of dyeing and darning socks are long gone, throw them out and replace them. Buy new socks at least once every six months to a year.
No holes, never. Never!

Rule 5: Never show your calf
Don’t roll or fold socks. Aside from looking like you’re stuck in the worst part of the ’80s, rolling your socks down around your ankles looks downright sloppy. Folding your socks looks slightly neater than rolling them, but it’s still strange because it makes your ankles appear bulky. The only time you can show skin is when you decide not to wear any socks at all. Your trousers will rise up approximately 5″ when you sit down, so make sure your socks can cope.

Rule 6: Socks come in pairs
Socks should live together and die together. People notice you wearing 2 different socks. Don’t risk it. You are an elegant modern gentleman, you don’t do sloppy.
Exception to the rule: if you have matching patterns or colors statement socks, you can combine.

Rule 7: No socks in bed
On top of the fact that wearing your socks in the sack looks utterly absurd, girls like to play footsie with you, and it’s really not as much fun with a foot that’s covered up.

Disclaimer: Sometimes, the classic rules of thumb are meant be broken – wear a vivid sock and make a style impact to its own.

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