While I’ve been hammering home the trend du jour, or rather, trend of the year (or few!), regarding colorful socks and how they’re relentlessly contributing to the men’s wear revolution we are witnessing, for those of us that are more conservative, here are some basic guidelines we should follow when matching socks to our shoes and trousers:
Matching socks with trousers
A general rule of thumb when deciding what socks to wear is that your socks should be the same shade or a shade darker than your trousers. For example, with blue trousers, you can opt for navy blue socks, and with grey trousers, go for a charcoal grey.
The exception to this rule (partially) is that with brown pants you generally want your socks to be darker than your shoes.
Matching patterned socks to your trousers
As is the case with matching patterns for ties that I have outlined in earlier articles, if your trousers are striped, match the color of your socks with the less dominant stripe. For example, a pair of pants with a less dominant grey stripe would go well with grey socks.
If your socks are patterned, the dominant color of your socks should match your trousers. So, argyle socks with a dominant navy blue would match up well with navy trousers!
Matching shoes to your trousers
Unless Craig Sager is your fashion idol, matching shoes to your trousers is imperative. Socks may be the trend du jour, but barring a few moments during the day, are largely hidden. Shoes, on the other hand, are fully exposed. Make the wrong move, and you could leave a scathing impression. Here is an infographic from Gilt Manual that succinctly depicts what shoe and trouser combinations work:
What the above diagram is essentially saying:
- Blue pants go with brown or black shoes
- Grey pants go with brown or black shoes
- Brown pants go with brown shoes
- Black pants go with black shoes
And that’s a wrap for this one! As always, comments and suggestions are welcome!
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