I talked about adding some color in our outfits before since it is the summer. One specific item I want to touch upon is the dress sock. Fellas, when we put our suits on I understand it is quite normal to throw on a pair of black, navy, or brown dress socks. However, let’s step outside of these generic colors and throw in some pink, yellow, orange, red, purple, or light blue. Now, you may ask why wear colorful socks if no one will see them? Trust me, people notice socks as you sit down or when you walk. Gentleman, it is important to take note that people notice the little things. By stepping outside the generic realm, this shows a colorful (no pun intended) and outgoing side of you. Personally, I have received complements before about my socks from ladies, which has led to more conversation.
Now, there are many designs out there that draw positive attention. Please stay away from the cartoon looking dress socks. Those socks portray you as a child and not the gentleman you are. I am a fan of dress socks that are argyle or stripped. These socks add fun to your outfit, while keeping a classy feel.
When wearing these outgoing and fun socks, I’ve noticed that many gentlemen are concerned about what the socks should match. First, you do not want to have your sock match exactly to your shoe. This will make it look like you are trying to wear boots. Let your shoes speak for themselves. The only time your sock should go in unison with your shoe is if you are wearing a black suit, black shirt, and black tie to match. Then you should have on black socks with your black shoes. You should look to match your dress socks up with your tie or shirt you are wearing. A good friend of mine always mentions having a good sock to tie ratio. I agree with that statement, meaning if those two are in sync, they are great accents to the whole outfit.
Gentleman, again since we are in the warmer months of the year so let’s take full advantage! This is the opportunity where you get to be daring and take a chance on items you normally would not wear. Step a little outside your comfort zone to grow and become more comfortable. I guarantee if you wear a pair of yellow dress socks with a navy or charcoal suit, white dress shirt with a tie to match, you will not have a problem wearing another pair of colorful dress socks. The complements will come from there! Let’s not limit ourselves in what we wear, expand, and show our confidence! Until next time…
A Gentleman’s Mentality,